Read We Now Return to Regular Life 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...
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...
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...
March 15, 2017
Holy crap!!! I just finished the ARC of this and I'm shaking on the floor in a myriad of emotions from sadness to anger to just cursing some Divine Being for how unfair the world is. We Now Return to Regular Life is basically any child abduction and rescue cases all rolled into one from Elizabeth...
June 27, 2017
I loved this book. It is a complex, thoughtful exploration of trauma and how it impacts survivors and the loved ones of survivors. It also digs into how we, as a society, respond to difficult experiences.
This book follows the story of Sam Walsh and is told in the dual perspectives of his sister...
August 01, 2017
Sam returns home after three years of captivity no longer the mischievous boy he once was. His return throws his sister Beth's life into turmoil as she wrestles with guilt. Also feeling guilty, his friend Josh, who never told all he knew about the kidnapping. Sam's recovery, through the p...
September 12, 2017
Wow, what another amazing page turner from Martin Wilson! It was nice from the perspective of Josh and Beth looking at Sam. Didn't really know what Sam was ultimately feeling, but everything came through from his sister and friend.
I gravitated more to the chapters from Josh. I liked the idea of...
September 01, 2017
I found this book incredibly problematic and unauthentic. While the story itself kept me reading until the end, it was disturbing to read sections of this book that had no follow up/no reflection. (view spoiler)[The sex scene between Sam and Josh was particularly icky: non-consent, sex abuse victims, and teens... (hide spoiler)]
August 14, 2017
A wonderfully written novel, We Now Return to Regular Life weaves together the story of the kidnapping and return of Sam Walsh, through the alternating perspectives of those impacted by his disappearance and subsequent return. What happened to the Sam that they once knew, and who is the Sam they'...