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Cheesus Was Here Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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This book is OOZING with voice, and the best part is that it feels effortless. Davis has an eye for details; her characterization of this tiny Texas town feels spot-on. Characters, dialogue, setting - every detail is perfection.
Del is a protagonist you just want to envelop in a hug. She's hurting so much, but she doesn't quite know how to manage her grief. Every character feels fully fleshed out. Though it would have been an easy path to take, there are no stereotypes here, which is extremely refreshing.
CHEESUS WAS HERE expertly mixes humor and heartbreak, and it's one of the most unique 2017 debuts I've read.
I fell in love with Del from the first page. She is snarky and funny and so full of heart. I ached for her as she struggled to make sense of her sister's death and hold herself together. I loved her fierce loyalty to her friends and her love of her family, in spite of their dysfunction. The mystery unfolded and I found myself completely drawn in, wanting to know more about the miracles in Clemency, Texas. This was a great story, full of heart and depth and humor!
As a Christian, I love that CHEESUS interrogates faith while also showing lives of people who both believe and don't. It feels like most books about faith are one-sided, but this one gives multiple perspectives on faith and belief, commenting on the absurdity of these fake miracles while also allowing room for belief. I don't know if this was intentional, but I found it wonderfully ironic that there were never any scripture passages or verses used to defend or deny Cheesus--it made me think about how so many debates about religion aren't actually really about religion but something deeper and more personal. Del is a lovable, relatable and vulnerable protagonist. Her grappling with faith is very human and real. I fell in love with Gabe right away and how he and Del complimented each other with different perspectives. A great and unique debut--well done!
Clemency, Texas is a town where everyone knows everyone's business... but underneath all that are some major secrets. One of which completely threw me for a loop (don't worry, no spoilers here.)
It's an exploration of loss and how it can destroy a family in a way that no miracle can fix. It's also a story about how miracles can lead to both good and bad.
I also love Del and Gabe's budding romance and the ending... ugh! It just left me wanting to know what happens next.
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