Funny How Things Change
By Melissa Wyatt
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374302337, 208pp.)
Publication Date: April 27, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Remy Walker has it all: he found the love of his life at home in crumbling little Dwyer, West Virginia, deep in his beloved Appalachian Mountains where his family settled more than one hundred and sixty years ago. But at seventeen, you’re not supposed to already be where you want to be, right? You’ve got a whole world to make your way through, and you start by leaving your dead-end town. Like his girlfriend, Lisa. Lisa’s going away to college. If Remy goes with her, it would be the start of everything they ever dreamed of. So when a fascinating young artist from out of state shows Remy his home through new eyes, why is he suddenly questioning his future?The author vividly depicts a rich and beautiful place in this powerful novel about a young man who, over the course of a summer, learns how much he has to give up for a girl, and how much he needs to give up for a mountain.
MELISSA WYATT fell in love with the landscape of Appalachia on trips “home” with her husband, whose family is from West Virginia. She lives in York, Pennsylvania.
“Wyatt’s prose is tautly evocative throughout; her plot is a welcome departure from the stale conventions of the hero’s journey.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“Good writing drives stellar characterization of this strong but introspective protagonist struggling with his own version of the universal questions of who he is and what matters most . . . . Kinship with Remy will come easily to readers facing similar decisions about growing up and leaving home.” —School Library Journal
“Beautifully spare language portrays the quiet story of a good guy.” —VOYA
“Readers will identify with Remy and his feeling of being torn between a comfortable past and uncertain future.” —Booklist
“This timeless drama of a teen trying to make the right decision about his future is credibly set against timely issues about bad local economies based on unsustainable mining practices, making for a memorable and truly compelling coming-of-age-story.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Thoughtfully written.” —Teensreadtoo.com
“An intimate look into a young man’s life and the decisions he must make.” —Towerofbooks.wordpress.com
“A beautifully written male character.” —Apatchworkofbooks.blogspot.com
“A great look at reasons to leave home versus reasons to stay (without involving any abuse, death or depression) and also has an environmental angle involving mountain top removal . . . . Very well done.” —ChasingRay.com