From What I Remember...

From What I Remember...

by Valerie Thomas, Stacy Kramer

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ISBN-13: 9781423155089
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.52(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Valerie Thomas is the author of the middle-grade novel Karma Bites (Houghton-MIfflin). Before turning to novel writing she had a long career in film, overseeing the development of such films as Philadelphia, Adaptation, and Ulee's Gold, which she also produced. She lives outside New York City with her daughter.

Stacy Kramer writes movies, television and humor pieces for magazines and newspapers. She is currently writing a screenplay for Twentieth Century Fox. Before becoming a writer, Stacy produced movies and television. She lives with her three kids and husband in Brooklyn.

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From What I Remember... 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This book reads like you are really watching a John Hughes film from the 80's, but its so entertaining you really don't want it to end. The amazing thing is that the book deals with two short days, right before graduation, but there is so much going on its hard to think of it as 48 hours. Things start out with Kylie waking up with a pounding headache, in an unfamiliar room, and shes laying next to Max, the cute popular guy in school. To make things worse she cant remember how she ended up there, why shes wearing a wedding ring, oh and Max's girlfriend Lily is standing in the doorway ready to blow a fuse. This is how the story begins and you spend the next 480 pages going back to the start of the adventure and piecing things back together. Personally I like Kylie, she is a very good-hearted girl who is more concerned with getting out of school and the life she has in La Jolla and going to NYU in the Fall. Her best friend Will is gay, and goes to great lengths to make that point. Its nothing for him to go to school wearing some things female and other things male. But he is loyal to Kylie and they share a love for all things cinema, easily shown in the ease of which they throw film quotes back and forth to each other. But a chance meeting between Kylie and Max makes things totally change for both, and they end up chasing robbers across the border into Mexico. What happens after involves a lot of drinking, great street parties, secret pasts, and a lot of wild twists. I do love the point of view changes because you get to see things in a different light. And in keeping with the cinema feel, you really feel as if you are just changing camera angles between the points of view. I would recommend this to anyone graduating high school, or even if you are just starting college, just the drinking could put you off, but it is meant for an older teenage audience. Its a fun look at the value of friends and what can happen if you just let things happen for once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book got me hooked before i even started reading it. The way the author portrays all the charactes is amazing. And the love story in this book was esquisit. I am a suker for romance and this book had everything in it that i look for. I highly recomend it to anyone.
kissedbyink on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I absolutely LOVED From What I Remember! Finding out in the prologue that Max and Kylie woke up in Mexico sporting gold bands shocked me. So much that I just had to find out just how this could happen to two high school seniors on the verge of graduating. One of the best parts was that each chapter begins with an awesome quote from a movie. This was genius! Many of the movies quoted took me back to a time that I was young and dumb, just like Max and Kylie. The fact that this was connected to Kylie and her friend Will's love of movies was fun.Was the story line totally new? No. It was the same old boy and girl hook up even though they are from different classes and no one understands what the hot jock sees in the weird smart girl. Whew! There were some new twists and turns that were unexpected, but really this is a story that has you rooting for young love. Kinda reminds me of The Hangover meets Pretty in Pink.Just a small word of caution...there is a lot of sexual material, talk of alcoholic beverages and tons of language.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Geeky Freiburg High valedictorian, Kylie, wakes up graduation morning in a strange room, a wedding ring on her finger, lying next to cute senior, Max, and his girlfriend, Lily, staring at them from the doorway. Kylie has no memory of the previous 24 hours. Thus begins a narrative of the previous day¿s improbable and unbelievable events: Kylie¿s laptop getting stolen, she and Max (who previously barely acknowledged each other¿s existence) following the thief, getting trapped in a truck transporting stolen merchandise, crossing into Mexico without passports, meeting friends of her Ensenada-born father, and calling stateside friends to bring them their passports. Of course, during their Mexican adventure, Kylie and Max fall for each other. Kylie calls BFF Will who comes to their rescue but meets Juan and falls instantly in love. Max calls Charlie who is ambushed into taking Lily with him on the rescue operation, making an uncomfortable trip home.From What I Remember tries to have something for everyone (and fails miserably): Kylie¿s brother has Asperger¿s Syndrome, Will is gay, Lily¿s father is indicted for stock fraud, Max¿s father has cancer. Better a `made for TV movie¿ than a book, the writing is fair, the plot is unbelievable, the characters are stereotypes. At 461 pages, it is too long by half. Yet the fact that each chapter starts with a quote from a movie, the story is told from each character¿s perspective and a tantalizing first chapter, the book may appeal to teens. Great literature it is not, however.
GRgenius on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a furiously fast and crazy fun story PERFECT for a summer escape. Pardon the ¿valley-girl-esque¿ sound to my review, but it¿s SUMMER¿.lighten up! ^_^ It¿s amazing how much can happen in just TWO DAYS...especially since this book comes in at a fairly substantial 460+ pages, but you know what? It works. Once you have the characters down, strap yourself in for a wild ride because as the synopsis promises, there is DANGER, ROMANCE, and way to much alcoholic beverages consumed (remember kids, this is FICTION, don¿t try this at home) that all add up to an experience NONE of them will soon forget. 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. When given the chance, he¿s a talker, he likes a girl equal parts rescuee and rescuer, crumbles in times of panic, and yet can charm the pants off any crowd. Will: Again with the richie rich child but a bit more flamboyant in this case. You see, 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 though the heels can be a killer! He¿s Kylie¿s best friend and confidant, always there for the ride no matter where it might lead, and always pushing his friend to be the best version of her even if she doesn¿t listen. 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; a handful at times, but who isn¿t? His world is black and white and he calls it as he sees it, no holds barred; in short, a great addition to this tale that you¿ll be happy to know. Now back to that story¿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? Secrets come to light and truths are uncovered that change not only how they see each other but how they perceive themselves. It was an unexpected addition to an already rip-roaring story that added even more depth and heart. Nice touch. Now on to the not-so-fun¿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; as in too much about every step of the journey. It can happen when all of the characters are giving their two cents because things tend to over lap at certain points, but this issue straightens itself out as the
novelgoddess on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Goodreads Synopsis: KYLIE: Tijuana WHAT? I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY, and is this a wedding band on my finger.MAX: It all started with Kylie's laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics Okay, it was kind of hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we're stranded in TIjuana. WIth less than twenty-four hours before graduation. Awesome. WILL: Saving Kylie Flores from herself is kind of a full-time occupation. Luckily, I, Will Bixby, was born for the job. And when I found out she was stuck in Mexico with dreamy Max Langston, sure, I agreed to bring thier passports across the border--but there's no reason to rush back home right away. This party is just getting started. LILY: I just walked in on my boyfriend, Max Langston, canoodling with Kylie Flores, freak of the century. Still, I can't completely hold it against him. He NEEDS me. It's even clearer now. And I'm not giving him up without a fight.My Thoughts: What a gem of a book!!! I absolutely loved it!That prologue hooks you completely and makes you want to know who Kylie and Max are, where they are, and why are they married. Well it starts innocuously enough, but then the story takes you on a joyride through adventure after adventure after adventure.During the ride we learn Kylie and Max are not who they seem. She is stronger than she appears and his strength is mostly a show he puts on because it¿s what others expect. They have great dialogue and are just a perfect compliment for each other.The writing is funny, witty, serious, thoughtful, it¿s just everything and then some. The authors poke fun and really don¿t take themselves too seriously which makes the story all the more enticing.This was a fast read, done in one sitting because I had to know the lead-up to the wedding rings, the aftermath and if Kylie was ever going to deliver her Valedictorian address. She does and while it¿s not the speech she wrote, her off-the-cuff remarks are something you can see an 18 year old saying, rather than an adult writing for an 18 year old. This is one of the things I so enjoyed about this book...Kylie and Max were authentic. Kramer and Thomas are on my watch list now. Can¿t wait to see what they do in the future.
eheinlen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing storyline and characters.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
FROM WHAT I REMEMBER is the story of four teens who start their graduation day in a very unusual way. Kylie and Max are waking up in Mexico and it looks like they are married. Kylie's best friend Will probably just had the best night of his life and Max's girlfriend Lily is seething with anger. Their story is like the YA version of The Hangover. Unfortunately there's no hunt for clues or tracing back what happened the night before, but don't you just love stories that present you with an end result, leave much room for speculations and slowly unravel what had to happen for our characters to end up in their current situation? Rewind 48 hours and Kylie and her friends will fill you in on the rest. Stacy and Valerie's second book is told from five different point of views. Kylie, Max and Will all have something to add to the recreation of the past two days. We learn more about each teen's life at home, their families and plans for their future. Lily's story didn't give away too much about her life to acutally care about her. I had a feeling her perspective was only part of the story to add a second female main character and a new source for possible conflicts. I could have done without her POV as her issues and story remained mostly unresolved in the end. Kylie has always kept to herself. She is studious and goal-oriented and not everyone knows how much fun she can actually be, except Will. Her flamboyant (and gay) best friend is always set out to protect her. He is kind of a stereotype but so free-spirited and hilarious there's only room for an occasional cringe because you will be too busy laughing. Kylie and Will are best friends and throw in movie quotes in their daily conversations all the time. So it's no surprise that each chapter starts with a new movie quote that fits the chapter's content. Kylie and her younger brother Jake (his is the fifth point of view) are very close and it was very touching too see what his two days without Kylie felt like. Max was an adorable love interest with one major turn-off, he couldn't once say what he wanted or stand in for his beliefs and the people he cares about. He's got a long way to go but the night with Kylie is his chance for change. If it weren't for fate, the risky situations they find themselves in and the night away from (almost) everyone and everything they know, I don't know if Max and Kylie would have ever found to each other. In high school they never really took the time to find out who the other person was. It was the seductive prologoue that had me hooked on FROM WHAT I REMEMBER. I had wished it would continue that way, but the love story wasn't as intense as the first few pages suggested it could be. Their two days spent together are supplemented with debacles and unfortunate series of events but there's still time for some little romance. Luckily Max and Kylie get to spent the main part of the story on their own in a scenic Mexican city that serves as background to our colorful, crazy and reckless adventure of a night. 4/5 **** FROM WHAT I REMEMBER – An energizing and comical night to remember. Fate (and Stacy and Valerie) sent Max and Kylie on a venturous trip to Mexico, a vacation from their old routines, showing them that one night can change everything. Currently there is no announcement about a new book by Valerie and Stacy but I'll keep an eye on their blog!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I love this book. It made me laugh and I would totally recomend you read this book. I'm only 12 and I know this book is for teens but I didnt mind any of the use of bad language in this book or any of the physical content in it. It was hysterical. And I like how the authors put movie lines in the begging of each chapter and they used different points of views. I hope there will be a series of the books and maybe even a movie! That would be even better.
kristinja73 More than 1 year ago
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. 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*
Jetches More than 1 year ago
A cute and entertaining YA read 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. Good: 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. Bad:  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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love It!!!!!! From beginning to the end! I think it could have a better ending but I love it anyway.
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KissMyLit More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it feels as though we can live a lifetime within a few short days. The adventure, the new From What I Remember...experiences, and the friends we make set our normal lives light-years away. Reading can also create this phenomenon. When you live in the heads of these narrators for so long, your own life feels empty and distant. From What I Remember… is a literary example of this feeling, throwing three graduating seniors into a small Mexican town and into an action packed, romantic adventure where they each find something they were missing– all of this a day before their graduation. This is another gem by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas, the same authors of Karma Bites. Where Karma Bites was geared towards a middle grade audience, From What I Remember… is definitely intended for older teens. Anyone who knows me personally and what I like to read and write knows for a fact that I am a sucker for alternating first person narrators. Kramer and Thomas juggle the inner monologues of several characters without a single drop. Their shift between characters is easy, the reader is able to follow the train of thought without wondering where this new voice came from. They also do not fall into the trap where voices blend together and sound similar– each character is a bold statement and feels something different from everyone else. Kylie’s insecurity, cool head, and determination stands out from Max’s anxiety, eagerness, and aloof mask. Will’s desire to stand out is different from Lily’s desire to be on top. All of them are teenagers that just want to make it to their graduation, but who can fault them their fun along the way? This is a true coming of age story. Each character develops in a way true to their experiences and their personalities. They become new people, the people they were always meant to be. This book was a John Hughes movie, and I mean that in the best of ways. It made me long for the adventure of being young, the courage to do something stupid and stand up to those that belittled me. I wanted to be Kylie while I read this book. Sure she was insecure, but she was growing. If you love the warmhearted, screwed up yet perfect coming of age stories John Hughes churned out, then this book is definitely for you. It is appropriate for mid to late teens and adults, boys and girls alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
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. 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!
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Lanie27 More than 1 year ago
It was funny and had a good storyline.
GReba More than 1 year ago
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