Monday, 8 May 2017

Book Review. Cheesus was Here. J.C.Davis.

Genre Young Adult
Publisher Sky Pony Press
My Rating 😍😍😍😍

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Sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her kid sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a Babybel cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession. Soon, religious signs begin turning up all over Del’s hometown, tiny Clemency, Texas. Overnight, news vans fill the streets and religious pilgrims start searching for God in the discount aisle of the grocery store.

Hell-bent on proving the so-called miracles are fake, Del convinces her best friend, Gabe, to help her find the truth. While Gabe’s willing to play detective, as a preacher’s son he’s more interested in finding evidence that supports the miracles. But when the whole town becomes caught up in religious fervor and even the late-night talk show hosts have stopped laughing and started to believe, finding the truth might cause more trouble than Del can handle. This novel is neither pro nor anti-religion, and will appeal to fans of contemporary YA novels that explore deep themes with an element of humor. The voice and characters are funny, strong, and full of heart. This is a book for anyone who loved Saved!

Small town Clemency has encountered a miracle - the image of Baby Jesus on a Babybel cheese wheel. A preacher buys it from store clerk, Andy, and installs it in his church. With people praying over this Babybel cheese, some positive results are achieved. But are these merely coincidental?
Delaney, our heroine, was there when the cheese was first discovered. A religious town, Del doesn't believe in God since her sister died, and her family fell apart. I really did feel for Del, and believed in the turmoil of her family members - her mum, dad, and brother. The initial description of the town was great too, and set the scene. 
After Baby Cheesus McJesus, the image of Jesus on a window at a drive in, is seen, and soon more attention is attracting people out of town to Clemency. It is easy to see how quickly these things blow up. People in, and out town, are hailing these 'signs' as religious miracles. 
A genius plot idea by J. C. Davis, Cheesus was Here also has a blossoming relationship between Del, and best friend Gabe, and the book doesn't focus solely on this.
I enjoyed the one liners too. "That same day Andrew Carol, our quarterback, found a four leaf clover on the practise field. I'm willing to admit there be a miracle in there somewhere because I wasn't aware Andrew could count that high."
There is plenty to chuckle at, including a Garfield magnifying glass. It is the small details that put thought into this book. 
I loved also Del's grief was written sensitively, with vulnerability, and heart, and also how she had a differing opinion from the whole town, her peers, even her best friend, but continues to fight to expose those so called miracles as fakes.

There is a lot that marks this book out from your typical YA lit (and it stays rooted in reality) It made me think of Hope was Here, by Joan Bauer.
Ultimately Cheesus was Here was gripping, and had characters I was sorry to say goodbye to. 

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