We Now Return to Regular Life Read Online Free - A ripped-from-the-headlines novel that explores the power of being an ally—and a friend—when a kidnapped boy returns to his hometown.
Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend Josh thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive.
Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he’s coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it—even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor.
And as Sam starts to confide in Josh about his past, Josh can’t admit the truths he’s hidden deep within himself: that he’s gay, and developing feelings for Sam. And, even bigger: that he never told the police everything he saw the day Sam disappeared.
As Beth and Josh struggle with their own issues, their friends and neighbors slowly turn on Sam, until one night when everything explodes. Beth can’t live in silence. Josh can’t live with his secrets. And Sam can’t continue on until the whole truth of what happened to him is out in the open.
For fans of thought-provoking stories like The Face on the Milk Carton, this is a book about learning to be an ally—even when the community around you doesn’t want you to be.
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July 31, 2017
Have you ever read a book and acknowledged that, yeah, it wasn't a perfect read, but it was the perfect read for you? That was case and point We Now Return to Regular Life for me. While this story is mainly narrated from the POVs of Beth, Sam's older sister, and Josh, his next door neighbor and f...
August 22, 2017
The first book to make me cry in a long time, We Now Return to Regular Life reaffirms Martin Wilson's status as one of the most skilled young-adult writers of our time. The novel begins with the return of Sam Walsh, a now fourteen-year-old boy who had been kidnapped for three years. Throughout th...
November 14, 2017
Some books are just too much for me to try to describe in words on a page. I need my hands waving around and facial expressions to help. But obviously I can’t do that here, so I’m just going to pour it all out on the page and see what happens.
Powerful is not a big enough word to describe We Now R...
September 29, 2017
We Now Return to Regular Life is one of those books that didn’t have a lot of feel-good moments. In fact, it was often difficult to read, caused many tears, and generally hurt my heart. But it was also incredibly impactful and one of the better books I’ve read this year.
Sam Walsh (a nod...
January 07, 2018
This was a sad book. We had two points of views...Beth (Sam's sister) and Josh (Sam's convenient friend).
Sam went missing on a hot day in July and three years later is found. Beth and Josh have had guilt over those years on what they think they could have done differently that day.
Beth feels gu...
September 04, 2017
Initial post reading thoughts:
I had heard about We Now Return To Regular Life earlier this year and I instantly knew that it would be a book that I enjoyed based on its synopsis alone. Contemporary novels with darker and more serious elements are probably my favourite genre to read and this book...
December 05, 2017
Video review: https://youtu.be/eFW-uQPFwks
November 25, 2017
What an emotional rollercoaster of lives altered by one evil act (and by one, I mean 3 years of sheer Hell). The shell of a boy returns home, trying to find some sort of normalcy in the aftermath of three years of abuse by his captor.
It's hard reading about the abuse of children in any fi...
July 26, 2017
Wow. Just...wow. That I finished this near 400-page novel in a single sitting should say something. Yes, it's extremely gripping and intense, but it's also so gut-wrenching. Three years ago Sam was abducted. Three long years his family searched and made pleas to his captor, ultimately coming to t...
February 23, 2018
This is a book about Sam Walsh. Sam disappeared at the age of 11, but turns back up three years later.
This is a book about Sam, but it follows two other narrators — Beth- Sam’s older sister, and Josh- Sam’s “friend” and next door neighbor— for the entire 370 pages.
The problem here is, both Beth...