I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain

How do you deal with a hole in your life?Do you grieve?Do you drink?Do you make out with your best friend?Do you turn to poets and pop songs?Do you question everything?Do you lash out?Do you turn the lashing inward?If you're Avery, you do all of these things. And you write it all down in an attempt to understand what's happened -- and is happening -- to you.I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain is an astonishing novel about navigating death and navigatin...

Details I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain

TitleI Felt a Funeral, in My Brain
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Contemporary

Reviews I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain

  • Elizabeth Willis
    Not a poem, not a novel, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain is a story in fragments. Our teenage protagonist, Avery, is attempting to piece it all together: a friendship that is becoming something more, a mother who fails him, and overwhelming, incomprehensible grief following the death of a loved one. Walton masterfully captures here the ways in which grief shatters one's narrative, the ways in which its sharp knives jab at unexpected moments.As Aver...
  • Hannah
    It's not often I read a book in one sitting, but this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Avery's world, shattered by betrayal and grief and reassembled with the help of a passel of poets will reel you in, rock you gently back and forth, and release you into the world, transformed.
  • Tyler Goodson
    On the first day of summer, Avery brings home a stack of poetry. Later that summer, as he tries to navigate crushing loss and disappointment, he turns to that poetry again and again; the reading and writing of it. This book is Avery's bold and thrilling record of his heartbreak, love, grief, and family. It's about creating art through pain, and dealing with pain through art. It blew me away.
  • Barbette
    Walton is the poetry teacher I never had. He makes me want to eat up Sexton, Berryman, a host of other writers with a spoon. I left "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain" wanting to read other books, and then this one again.I lapped Walton’s words up, because there was a funeral in my brain, too. I inhaled his meditations and observations on how alcohol wrecks a family and leaves no one untouched. I felt hurt, but I also felt young and new and an empa...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Being a human being is terribly hard. Those stuck between childhood and adulthood can be the most vulnerable, dealing with grown-up issues without the necessary emotional tools. In I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN, Will Walton shares Avery's story in a format that is totally original and a beautiful representation of teenager's inner emotional life. This book is a poem, a eulogy, and also a work of short fiction that you will never forget. Walton to...
  • Janet
    How in the world do I review this book? It's a love poem; it's a eulogy; it's poetry; it's prose; it's uplifting; it's heart-cracking. I'm one of the luckiest people in the world to know Will Walton personally, and it's such rare and wonderful magic to read a book that so beautifully reflects the author's empathy and authenticity. Will Walton is all heart, and so is this book. You should add this to your to-read list right now.
  • Alex Reubert
    If you love poetry, or pop music, or if someone you love has passed away, this book will mean a lot to you. I haven't read anything like it. I thought it was amazing.
  • Casey Hannan
    You've got to be in for the ride, and I was. This is a book that changes forms as you read it but never to trick or confuse you. It makes both intellectual and emotional sense by reflecting the ways we actually think and feel about our families, friends, lovers, idols, and selves.
  • Gina
    This! Book! Because it's Will Walton writing, everything is tender and full of love, but also pain and questions and grappling with memories. I was struck by how different the prose style is here from his previous book, echoing the book's poetic concerns– it's not that it's more abstract, but rather both tighter and blurrier at the same time. It's a strange and loving text, all raw meat heart. I love it so much.
  • Andria
    Not for the casual reader, this book asks a bit of its audience as the narrative unfolds in a non-linear manner, mixing past and present, poetry and prose. But worth the effort of a careful read, it's a hard-hitting exploration of love, loss, and the power of the written word.
  • Danielle Chambers
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5I challenged myself to read this book because it is National Poetry Month. I don’t generally like poetry so I knew this would be a tough read for me. I have a hard time understanding poetry. I kinda just want things spelled out for me. I really enjoyed the story. Only because poetry isn’t my thing, I wish I could have gotten more detail about characters and events. It’s n...
  • Billie
    It's lovely and heartbreaking and brutally emotionally honest. However, although not all of it is in verse, enough of it is for it to not quite be my cup of tea.
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  • Theresa
    My library received an ARC from PUSH/Scholastic. This is a book told with a train of thought that roams around just as an unsettled mind can’t fixate on one thought at a time. Avery has just lost his grandpa, “Pal,” and he comforts himself by writing poetry, remembering Pal, listening to Pop music, and thinking about Poets. This is a quick read, but it’s also a lot to take in. It’s an emotional roller coaster that covers death, grief, a...
  • Emilie
    Avery has a lot to deal with -- recuperating from a serious injury, coming to terms with his family history of alcoholism, navigating his changing relationship with his best friend, coping with the death of his beloved grandfather Pal. In Walton's capable hands and original voice, Avery's difficult summer is full of tenderness, wit, and the transcendent beauty of both poetry and pop music. I FELT A FUNERAL IN MY BRAIN is a book for anyone who has...
  • Christina
    @kitlitexchamge #partner✒Thanks to the @kidlitexchangeprogram- for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.✒Wonderful and emotional writing. I read this book in one sitting. Avery is grieving over the loss of his grandfather and his only way is writing. He is also developing feelings for his best friend and dealing with his mother's addiction. So he turns to poetry to cope with it all. It tugged at my heart, this is so different t...
  • Angie
    This book was very fragmented and disjointed. Maybe that was the intent?? It wasn’t poetry and it wasn’t prose, but more like the journal of an unstable teen with ADHD. I see where the author wanted to go, but for me it just didn’t work.