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I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain

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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 Funera
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Push
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Elizabeth Willis
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: six-stars, arc
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 Avery grapples with this most difficult of summers, he
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Hannah
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best-books
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 empathetic kinship with the young protagonist.

The poetry
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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 took big risks with this book and the payoff is huge ...more
jaroda
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my most anticipated releases of 2018, I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN is novel that reads like a poem. Avery is lost, trying to make sense of everything going on in his life. Inspired by the poems he reads, he decides to write his way through it all. Covering topics such as addiction, death and sexuality, Will Walton has woven a unique storytelling experience that is both brutally honest and honestly beautiful. I could not recommend this one enough.
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
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
JoBeth
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly crafted genre-bending glimpse into the poetic heart and soul of wise, naive, trusting, cautious adolescent Avery in a family blessed with love and bedeviled by alcoholism.
Casey Hannan
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5

I 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 not like the story was lacking in any way, I’m just used
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Billie
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Shauna Yusko
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmmm...
Kayley Hyde
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75/5
Samantha
Dec 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
I use literature all the time in my work with people going through grief and loss. Different ways to help people view and understand the unexplainable. Looking forward to seeing this authors take. (Grabby hands, yes.)
Matthew Hidalgo
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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christinemm
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short young adult fiction story is about a 16 year old male who is struggling. A deep thinking poet, he aspires to write more as he spends a summer recovering from a knee injury while taking doctor prescribed pain meds. Raised without a biological father his father figure is his best friend grandfather. The boy is gay and in the closet and in love with his best friend.

Near the end we see his deeper thinking and his attempt to understand how adults cope when life throws you problems and non
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Lauren
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A very intoxicating (pardon the pun) little novel that is partly prose and partly something else entirely. Avery has lost his grandfather, a prominent and steady figure in his life, and uses poetry, music, dead poets, and experimenting with his own limits to cope.

As he tries to understand the more “adult” things he is forced to deal with, his alcoholic mother, his grandfather’s hidden alcoholism, a best friend/hook up partner who isn’t sure he’s ready for a full commitment, and his budding poet
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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, alcoholism, religion, sexual orientation and more.

While some
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Krystal Summerhill
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been waiting for years for another Will Walton book and I was so excited when this was finally announced. I loved his debut novel so much, that I knew I would automatically buy anything he put out.

I started reading this and I will smut I was confused because it is not written like a traditional novel. It’s very much a stream of consciousness and once you realize that, it’s so enjoyable and I was zipping right through it

It was so different from the usual format of books but maybe that’s wh
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Emilie
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ever been moved by a poem or a song, anyone who i ...more
Christina
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 to anything else I've read and it has so much emotion I
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Isabel
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read a book quite like this. It’s a poetic, fragmented novel, yet it all makes sense. The main character is a poet who struggles with death & his family members’ alcoholism. He’s also gay, but that’s only one layer of his identity, because there’s so much other stuff going on.

Books like these require second and third readings, because there’s so much packed in each page! I’m sure I missed some things, and feel like I need people with whom to process this!
Jacqueline
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This was not for me. So many glowing reviews, but it was a total miss for me. I felt very similarly when reading "Grief is the Thing with Feathers." I really wanted to like that one, as well...but just too weird for me.
Kate
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great little book that packs a big punch! I read it in one sitting, completely absorbed in narrator Avery's processing of his grief and love. I appreciated Will Walton's integration of poetry and prose -- there are some really lovely moments.
Angie
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.
Kristen
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible, inventive, and brilliant book.
D.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come on my blog masqueofthereaddeath.wordpress.com
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