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Posted January 21, 2013
I found this book perusing Alison Can Read's Top Ten of 2012. Sh
I found this book perusing Alison Can Read's Top Ten of 2012. She listed From What I Remember as being one of the funniest books she had ever read, and I have to agree. I giggled and, maybe even, snorted a couple of times.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Sometimes my life seems a bit like Kylie's. I'm sure you know the feeling: The tiniest thing goes wrong and before long your entire day has snowballed into oblivion. Most of our stuff consists of spilling juice on the counter, the baby spitting up on you, forgetting your password, and a list of mildly irritating things that could happen during any given day. Well, we've got nothing on Kylie.
Two days until high school is out--forever. All Kylie wants to do is finish the last project her English teacher assigned and edit her valedictorian speech. Unfortunately, Kylie somehow got assigned to interview the school jock, Max. He's done. Parties have started and he has no intention of doing this little project with Kylie...except, Kylie's NEVER doesn't do an assignment and she's determined to complete this one--one way or another. After many disasters, Max agrees to meet Kylie at a Starbucks and answer a couple of questions. Once Kylie finally shows, Max shocks her with a couple of answers, but then--dun, dun, dun--Kylie's laptop gets lifted from Starbucks. Her life is on that computer: her valedictorian speech, a screen-play she'd written, and other life necessities; non of which had been backed up. Well, Kylie isn't letting go of her laptop that easily, and Max is forced to go along for the ride, in more ways than one.
Kylie thinks Max is the smarmy rich kid with no problems. He lives in a huge house, drives a nice car, and knows all the right people. She believes this because it's exactly what he wants people to see, but on his and Kylie's adventure, she learns there's so much more to him. Max thinks Kylie is a straight A student, ready to get started on college as far away from SoCal as possible. But Kylie's home life is pretty screwy. She spends her evenings taking care of her brother who has Asperger's, while their mom works the night shift as a nurse and their dad works late into the night trying to sell medical supplies. Something only Will, her best and only friend, knows.
Will's a bit of an odd duck, but I loved him so much. He's openly gay, if it's possible, he's a little too open. He decided if everybody was going to make jokes anyway, he'd beat them to the punch. He's taken to cross-dressing at school, although he really has no desire to be a cross-dresser. He loves suits, nice manly suits. College is only a few months away where Will prays people will be more accepting and, perhaps, he'll find his first true love.
From What I Remember is written in first person via Kylie's, Jake's, Will's, and Max's POVs. It's possible I missed a person, and for that I apologize. I enjoy stories with a couple different POVs, but this one overwhelmed me just a little. I had to rethink who was speaking in each chapter, though the chapters are clearly marked. This is the single reason I'm giving it 4 Stars instead of 5.
A belly-aching, tears running down your face, laugh inducing coming of age story. These characters mature, each in their own ways and at their own pace. They face many obstacles, and one-by-one they conquer them, but not before you're completely enraptured and fully entertained.
*A highly entertaining and moving story. A must read*
Posted December 24, 2012
A cute and entertaining YA read Have you ever dreamt about havin
A cute and entertaining YA readWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Have you ever dreamt about having one of those crazy nights before graduation or the night of graduation? I did. But, it was never crazy like this. Kylie and Max run into some bad lucky and Kylie is determined to change her life around. Well she definitely turns her life upside down and goes on the adventure of a life time. What At first I didn’t really like Max, or Lily. They sort of stuck to their stereo-type of the snobby rich kids and even though they were going through some tough stuff I didn’t really like them. I still don’t even know about Lily—begging never looks good on a girl. But, Max…well I had a change of heart about him, although he still did some stuff to warrant a smack in the face, overall he was a pretty good guy. Now, Will. Well he made me laugh. Many, many a times. I found myself laughing and crying (these teens all can relate because they have some serious issues going on in there lives—which I really liked) and I was laughing and smiling some more.
Kylie—Independent and determined.
Max—Over comes his stereo-type and really finds himself
Movie Quotes: There were some awesome movie quotes at the beginning of each chapter and even sometimes in between.
Something about this book just didn’t grip me. I found I could set it down and wander away. I sometimes liked the characters and I sometimes didn’t. I guess that’s just me and my preference.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall this book was a nice cute read. It has the smackdown of reality and serious issues, but still managed to bring the humour and allow the teens to really act like teens. It was emotional and funny and had random adventures around every corner. Kramer and Thomas fun young adult read lets you live the adventure you always wanted to have on your graduation night without any of the risks and manages to bring some laughter into your life.
Posted July 31, 2012
Definitely a great summer read!!!
I've gotta say when i first read the description on the front inside cover i wasn't overly enthusiastic about reading the book. But once i began to read the first chapter i was instantly hooked. From then on, i couldn't put down the book and it just so happened that because of this, i finished the entire book within 2 days. ( Not sure if this was a good thing that i had that much time on my hands or a bad thing. But who knows! :) ) No matter where i planned on placing my bookmark, there always seemed to be some sort of twist and turn to the plot in the begining of the story. As the story went on i found that the speed of everything that was begining to slow down, which i personally wasn't a fan of but, i understand it was done to emphasize Kylie and Max's new found relationship. One way the story slowed was by the amount of perspective changes between all five characters, (Max, Will, Jake, Lilly, and Kylie). I feel if the authors focussed more on just the two main characters, Kylie and Max, the story would've not only been shorter but also have a quicker pace. Other than that, the story was excellent!!! I loved Will's personality and enthusiasm. The authors did a great job creating an excellent summer read!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2012
Right when I read the overview for this book I knew I had to rea
Right when I read the overview for this book I knew I had to read this book. It sounded so hilariously awesome, how could I not want to? Well, I tell you. It was really great. It wasn't just all fun though. It was super entertaining, but there are some good messages, and some really cute, sweet romance in there too. This is just one of those books that has you grinning while you are reading it, and at times literally laughing out loud. There were also so many times that I was like OMG did that really just happen. It's like right when you think things can't get worse, they do. But it always leads to something good that comes out of it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kylie was a bit hard for me to like at first, and at many points during the book, but overall she was such a great character. She really grows and changes a lot in just a few day. She is the straight edge, smart, good girl. Valedictorian, never breaks rules, never dated, and never ever partied. She is not a rich privileged kid like all the other students, and her only real friend is Will, a totally awesome, way out of the closet gay guy. (for the record, he is like my favorite character in this whole book.) Kylie is so used to not having a life outside taking care of her brother with Asperger's Syndrome due to her mothers work schedule and her dad's lack of wanting to care enough to be there to help. The whole way that the whole situation happens to lead her to Mexico and how she behaves while she is there is not the way she would ever act, but she wants to just let go. I really think it's awesome seeing that side of her, but also her internal struggle too.
Max I really hated at first, but grew to really love him. He was a total tool and he knew it. He made it a point to be a jerk. It's really like his protective shell though. He doesn't want to feel things or want anyone else to know too much about him on a personal level. He is dating Lily who is hot and a super B*&%$. He is friends with all the popular jocks and looks like he has a pretty much perfect life, but we all know that everyone has secrets. I loved seeing the real Max, that only Kylie was able to bring out. The true Max hidden under all the exterior armor is a wonderful guy that you can help but love.
Will is freaking awesome!! He dresses off the wall in outfits like t-shirts, skirts, and combat boots, and is very openly gay. He tells it how it is and isn't afraid to just be himself. The only thing is that the way he acts at school isn't really him. I mean yes, he is gay, but he prefers suits over girl clothes. He more does that just to make it a point. He realizes later that it's completely unnecessary and he should do what makes him comfortable. He is a true friend too. No questions asked he is there for Kylie. Actually to him it's a fun adventure. I loved the scenes with Will. He is just too awesome for words.
I don't have much to say about Lily. She is shallow, snotty, and self centered. She thinks everything needs to be about her all the time. She is going through some tough things at home and at a few times I almost felt bad for her, but then she would show her true colors again. She is just one of those people who wants the easy way out of everything and wants everything to be about her and won't change.
I loved how this book started on graduation day then goes back to 2 days before to tell us how Kylie ended up there. The best part about it though, was the book doesn't end where it started. The morning of graduation is actually just a bit past the middle of the book so it continues on from the starting point. I thought it was fabulously done. This book is full of laughs, heartache, and the dumb, happy grin moments. It switches POV's for all of the main characters, but it was never confusing at all. I think it's a perfect summer read, but a book you could enjoy over and over again at any time. If you love good fun contemporaries, this is a book to pick up!
Posted June 20, 2012
It’s amazing how much can happen in just TWO DAYS...espec
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It’s amazing how much can happen in just TWO DAYS...especially since this book comes in at 460+ pages. here is DANGER, ROMANCE, and way to much alcoholic beverages consumed (remember kids, this is FICTION, don’t try this at home). Let’s talk characters…
Kylie: Scholarship student…which makes her automatically feel the need to prove herself. Scary smart and endearing with her innocent view of the world tainted only by life experiences and a few too many movies. She’s that diamond in the rough, the girl who doesn’t know how much she really has going for her until one day…chance and circumstance blow her cover once and for all.
Max: Son of the richie rich elite with smarts to spare despite his brawn/popularity over brains persona. He’s not seen as the “dumb jock” per se but its pretty close. But wait, before you write him off…there is more than meets the eye here, though the eye is definitely pleased.
Will: richie rich child but a bit more flamboyant. Will is out of the closet in a big way and he wants to make a statement in his little old town, cross dressing seemed like the easy answer! He’s Kylie’s best friend and confidant, there for the ride no matter where it might lead, and always pushing Kylie to be the best version of herself.
Lily: Easy to dislike, especially when she shows her somewhat true colors, but she gets hers back in spades so karma wins.
We see the best, the worst, and the true colors of all four of these characters as events go from unusual to bizarre. The whole spectrum of emotions is represented leaving you with a roller coaster affair you can’t miss. There’s even an inclusion of the love of family. Let's not forget Jake, Kylie's brother. He’s a special kid but much smarter than the world gives him credit for…everyone except Kylie. She accepts him for who he is quirks and all. She doesn’t try to change him or make him conform to the “norm” just because his norm is a few shades different than Johnny Q Public. He’s wicked smart and genuine in all he does.
I love the fact that although you kinda sorta knew what to except, you really didn’t because the narrative switch offs kept you in the dark JUST enough to hide the twist about to be sprung. The characters were one puzzle to figure out but the story drawing them together whether by chance or fate was something else altogether. Who knew that an unexpected road trip would uncover so much not only about your traveling companions but also about your past…and perhaps your future?
There were but two problems I had with this book, minor to say the least. First, there were times when the multiple voices of the story seemed OVER heard from. Second, the voice of the characters versus their actual ages. They’re teenagers but a few times, I found myself wondering if they were actually in Middle School. Both may have been corrected in the final print version but something to be aware of nonetheless.
Overall, one wild ride through the last days of High School that you WON’T want to miss! Recommended for older teens and beyond. If you’re young/old enough to remember what its like to be a teenager, experiencing things for the first time with your best buddy at your side and your eye set on tomorrow, this is…well not exactly that, but FUN a haphazard ride through all of it that will have you laughing, smiling, ooh-ing and ahh-ing all the way to the BIG finale.
*review copy received in exchange for my honest review
Posted June 11, 2012
When I started reading this book, I didn't like it. I found it b
When I started reading this book, I didn't like it. I found it boring and hated how the author kept switching between the different points-of-view, but I kept reading it. Before I knew it, I was halfway through the book and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting, which rarely, if ever, happens with me anymore.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2012
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Posted July 19, 2012
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