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Funny How Things Change Hardcover – April 27, 2009
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“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
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When you grow up you, you move out and move on, at least that is what Remy's girlfriend, Lisa, is doing when she heads to Pennsylvania in the fall for college. Of course, Remy wants to go - it's what Lisa and him have been talking about for years. The start of a whole new life, everything they have always wanted.
Or is it? It's okay to be uncertain, especially at seventeen. You are not expected to know everything, but if you are going to leave, make sure you are doing it for all the right reasons.
For Remy, Dwyer, West Virginia, is his home and no matter where he goes or wants to go it will always be his home. Some people may look at Remy and think that because he is one of those mountain people that he is a hick, a redneck, or a hillbilly. Home is where the heart is.
While he doesn't have much, he and his pops live in a trailer up in Walkers Hollow, Remy knows every nook and cranny of that place, and he looks forward to seeing those mountains every day. He knows he is home. His family all lives there and his roots are deep into the soil of the mountains.
The two loves seem to be in competition with each other. Which one is stronger? There are a lot of factors that play into this tug-of-war. His family, money, and even an outsider's opinion will weigh heavily on what he decides. What is the right choice?
I think there should be more characters like Remy Walker. By no means is he perfect, but he has a good heart and head on his shoulders. Through Wyatt's characterization, you get a real good feel as to who Remy really is.Read more ›
The decision becomes more complicated with he learns that his father may sell Walker Mountain to a large mining company in order to help support Remy financially in Pennsylvania. Adding to the complexity is the arrival of an intriguing young female artist in town who helps Remy to see beauty in a whole new way. With its unforgettable characters and electrifying storyline, this superb book has enormous appeal from start to finish.
The main character, Remy Walker, is realistically and deeply portrayed. I sympathized with him as he struggled to choose between his high school girlfriend who couldn't wait to get out of their tiny mountain town and the town itself, which had been home to his family for hundreds of years. All the characters were three-dimensional, and the mountain setting itself was so vividly conveyed it practically became its own character.
This was a fast read but one that will linger for a long time.
Funny How Things Change is an intimate look into a young man's life and the decisions he must make. Remy is one of the most well-developed characters I've read about. Wyatt really dug beneath the surface of him, and this helped create a novel with a lot of feeling. Another great thing about Remy is that while overall he is a good person, he is not perfect. Funny How Things Change shows several mistakes that Remy has made, but these mistakes do not detract readers to the character. There's a specific moment toward the end (that I will not spoil) that could have ended in readers disliking Remy, but because his character was so well-written, readers were able to understand Remy. It takes a gifted writer to that, and Wyatt succeeded.
Another thing I liked about Funny How Things Change was that it's so different from most YA novels. I mean, how many YA novels have you read that take place in a mountain town? I enjoyed reading about mountain town because it's similar, yet different to what I know.
He agrees to go, since he doesn't really see a major reason not too. Everyone else seems to be quite willing to get out of town as soon as they can. Sooner, if possible. Then he runs into Dana, an artist who is spending her summer painting water towers to prove to her parents that she really can make money at being an artist. (They disapprove of her choice of major). He thinks about Dana a lot, and confusion sets in for young Remy. He loves Lisa, but there's just something about Dana that he can't quite figure out.
If you add in Remy's dad, their mountain (Walker mountain has been in his family for over 150 years) and the developers who want to buy it, you get quite the story. If the developers buy it, they will use it as a passageway to get to the other mountains that they are blowing up. Yes, the developers are literally blowing the tops off of the mountains to get to the coal inside. Remy's dad has made him an offer that he really thinks about before accepting. But what happens when he discovers something new about himself and wants to change his mind? Will it be too late? Will he choose Lisa or the mountain?
This was a good, quick read. You will feel for Remy as he comes to terms with how he feels about Lisa, his hometown, and leaving to see the rest of the world. This coming-of-age story will keep you turning the page, and leave you thinking about your own past choices long after you've finished the story.
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great item. great shape. had to get this book to replace a school library book that was ruined. when you can't find something - go to amazon. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by M. D. Gaines
This book was definitely a fun and easy reader. My husband and 18 year old son also read it and said that it was one of the best books they ever read. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by sluckenbaugh
Really enjoyed this book, but it dissapoints me that there wont be a sequel!..the ending is left very openended.Published on June 13, 2010 by Kindle Customer