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Thursday, February 9, 2017

REVIEW: Cheesus Was Here by J.C. Davis

Expected publication: April 11, 2017

A year following the death of her younger sister and the subsequent unraveling of her family, sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles are not real, if they were, her life would be much different. When the image of baby Jesus emerges on a Babybel cheese wheel, Del is not buying the idea that God’s message would appear on dairy products.

As more religious signs begin to turn up throughout Del’s hometown, it seems as if overnight, news vans and religious pilgrims are flocking to glimpse a real life miracle.  Del, along with her best friend and unrequited love, Gabe, embark on a quest to prove the miracles are a fake. What they find is that discovering the truth might unearth secrets neither were prepared to learn.

Cheesus Was Here excels with the authentic voice of its characters.  The writing is funny yet poignant with deep themes about faith, grief and the ability to move on despite tragedy plus a commentary on the crazy behavior humans will exhibit in order to find some meaning in this chaotic world. Del is a fantastic female protagonist--charismatic, witty and yet vulnerable.

Recommended for readers in junior and senior high. Other readers will also like the romantic tension between Del and Gabe. This book will appeal those seeking humor with a thought provoking narrative and who enjoyed Saved!

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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