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From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer
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Also, the main guy just didn't do it for me. He was a bit too whiny for my taste. The characters especially the hero made some seriously offensive remarks about Mexicans. Here's how the 'hero' reacted when he found out they were going to Mexico. I read the papers. Someone get this guy back to a wealthy white neighborhood where it's safe.
Things weren't too much better at Tijuana either. You can't go around dissing towns and expect me to be ok with it. This chick is judgmental and more than a little pretentious. I didn't appreciate her making fun of Lady Gaga and Jessica Simpson. Let me borrow a quote from Mean Girls- calling someone stupid doesn't make you any smarter. I was seduced by the dark side intriguing blurb. I really should know better by now. The only good thing about this book are the phenomenal movie quotes. View all 23 comments.
Jun 22, Mimi Valentine rated it really liked it Shelves: You can check it out HERE! It had me smiling and aching and wishing it could be turned into a movie. I just couldn't get enough! Mostly taking place over the span of three days, From What I Remember is told through 5 different POVs — which normally wouldn't be my cup of tea, but totally works here! Each of the characters are distinctive and fun and have their own personalities that make it so easy to tell them apart and even easier to connect with them.
The romance between Kylie and Max starts out rocky but progresses beautifully through whacky events like being kidnapped and taken to Mexico. It's more than your average serious-smart girl and heartthrob jock love story. They compliment and bring out the best in each other, and everything was realistic and sweet and SO genuine! But the rest of the characters also stand out and make From What I Remember even stronger than it already is! There's Will, the gay best friend who is literally the funniest guy ever. His love for Kylie and their habit of quoting movie lines to each other made me smile.
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Somehow I even found myself empathizing with Lily, the resident mean girl. Another thing I loved was the amount of self-discovery and growing up in this book. So close to graduation, each of them go through their own epiphanies and growth. I think that this would be the perfect book to read especially if you're a teen who doesn't know where you're going.
I was inspired by these characters and I feel everyone will be too! With an amazing cast, a perfect pace, and an absolutely sweet romance, From What I Remember was an entertaining story about self-discovery and unexpected romance. I was captivated for all near pages and I almost wished I could've had more! I love owning this book not just for the big amazing things, but the little amazing things too — like the fact that each chapter starts with a quote from a well-known movie. View all 19 comments. Jun 14, Eunice rated it really liked it Shelves: Three is my limit but apparently I can actually manage more than that.
Because this book has five POVs. Yet I seriously freaking adored it! I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much but boy, no matter how many povs it had or how cliched it was it still kicked my ass! This was a fuuuuuun read but had its deep and insightful moments too that definitely made it more wonderful and enjoying! The characters were the best pa 4. The characters were the best part of this book! Kylie and Max were both adorable and fun characters.
Despite being flawed their characters seems to be so genuine. They were opposite characters you guys know how I loved that kind of arrangement and had zero interest to each other but through their forced and unexpected journey they discovered so much more about themselves and realized things they might actually really liked about each other. I love how these two grew and developed throughout the story. The romantic build up was great. I adore authors who can manage to write a well developed romance even when the story was set for a short period of time. I loved how Kylie and Max's relationship progressed.
The attraction between them doesn't feel forced. It was well paced and very genuine. Their chemistry was really good so when the final moment came, it was absolutely swoooooooooning! It was just so sweet, sexy and cute! Supporting characters like Will, Jake, Lily and Charles were never left on the side too.
They had their own moments that didn't feel unnecessary to the story. Aside from Kylie and Max's pov I really enjoyed Will's! Being inside the head of a gay was just really fun. He was also a very wonderful and caring best friend and I like how much he loved Kylie. Jake's pov Kylie's younger brother with asperger syndrome was a touching one and Lily's, although she could be a bit bitchy, I found myself empathizing her situation. The five povs in the story were all so different but what was so good about that was it gave us some level of understanding to these different kinds of people without being one-sided or too judgmental.
With awesome characters, intriguing plot, and sexy and fun romance - all I could do was just to simply adore this book. I would absolutely recommend this especially if you're looking for a fun and sweet read but with great and in depth lessons. Thanks to Netgalley and Hyperion for providing a copy of this awesome book!
This review is also posted at Book Overdose View all 15 comments. Jan 21, Jasprit rated it really liked it Shelves: Stranded in Mexico with no passports and just a few hours from their graduation is the situation Max and Kylie find themselves in. But Max and Ky Stranded in Mexico with no passports and just a few hours from their graduation is the situation Max and Kylie find themselves in. But Max and Kylie ended up getting a bit more than they bargained for when they ended up stuck together. So both you can say are thrilled to be partnered together.
From What I Remember was a book full of misunderstandings and misconceptions. A lot of the characters went into situations thinking they knew what to expect or what a person was like but time and time again they were proven wrong. Max and Kylie were an unlikely pair, but the more time they were forced to spend together, the more they realised how much they had in common. I was always pre-occupied or stressed out about studying and just never had or made the time to sit back and have fun.
And so I liked how in Mexico, Kylie was a lot less uptight, she was able to let her hair down and finally have fun. Max also had initially come across as a jerk, but in Mexico he was able to open up a bit more. He was genuinely a sincere and nice character, I may have also been a bit biased towards him because of his floppy hair this does me in every time I just loved getting into his head. The secondary characters Lily, Will and Charlie also brought so much fun to the story. When together with their high speed car chase, unexpected announcements and try as they might to make it to graduation on time, made their escapades so much fun.
I would have loved to be part of their group! I loved the unusual premise they provided us with, the fun loving characters and the endless banter along the way. I especially loved how the characters were able to take the mick out of themselves from time to time and not take each other so seriously. I wish our stay could have some more original twists and turns. Maybe one of us will turn into a vampire or something. This review and more can be found on The Readers Den View all 6 comments. Jan 27, Katy rated it it was amazing.
This was such a FUN book to read, and it kept me on my toes the entire time. First, let's talk a prologue. Can you get a better hook-in!
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It was kind of like The Hangover except even more intriguing. It kind of made me want to flip to the end of the book because I didn't want to rewind to two days earlier. But I kept myself in check, and I read the book in the order I was suppose to. You would think this book was cliche, and maybe it was, but the story goes so much more beyond that. I admit, the book was a bit long because so much was going on. I mean a special brother, a father who's had a tragic past, overbearing parents with expectations, a father with cancer, gay issues when to step out of the closet, being an uptight valedictorian and looking beyond the surface and getting to really know people.
This book also had its deep moments. And the characters in the book, I just loved each one of them for their own strengths and faults. I love banter as well as the soul-searching conversations between Kylie and Max. I like how each have their own problems and how they learn there is more to each other than they originally thought. I think they had great chemistry, and I think the progression of their relationship from between to end was well paced and exciting. And I'm not usually a fan of authors who have the token gay best friend who's just overly flamboyant - not because I have anything against gay people but that I'm not a big fan of annoying sidekicks in general - but Will's role in this book fit perfectly.
It just somehow worked really well how they would become friends and they connected on a level that's beyond understanding. And I don't really like it when authors throw in more than two or three points of views - and there were FIVE in this one - but for some reason, it worked in this one too. Somehow Thomas and Kramer managed to take everything I normally hate in a book and twisted them in a way that I really enjoyed. Like I said, a total train wreck but I loved it anyway. Apr 20, Danny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Review posted at Bewitched Bookworms How do you usually find your next favorite books?
Well, sometimes they just happen to find you! Boy - how glad I was this book jumped my like this!! When we open the book, we are confronted with a scene where Kylie lays in bed with gorgeous Max somewhere in But, she has no idea how that happened and.. The opening scene was perfection, it teases you to the point where you want, no - where you need to know how the hell all this happned to Kylie! I love beginnings like this! Kylie the the school nerd!
Always learning, having the best grades and clearly, she does not belong to the popular crowd..
Her only friend is Will - gay and rich outcast who is the best friend you can always wish for! Then there is Max - school's most popular and incredibly gorgeous boy who never looked twice at Kylie before. In addition we have Max's grilfriend Lily. Apart from the fact that this story is simply cute, sexy and fun. There is much more to it. Each character has their own problems none of them truly liked talking about. It's a story about finding your own self. How are you on the outside but who do you really want to be.
Self Finding, Growing Up and disvering who you could be! I simply loved getting to know each one of them better and discover what who they really want to be. Sexy and Romantic Love Story! The surprising, unfolding love between Max and Kylie was made of wonderment and cuteness. Those two couldn't be more different from each other - on the outside. But, forced on this trip to Mexico together made them realize that this is not true, in fact they share much more than both of them would have ever imagined! I had butterflies in my stomach! With me being me, I had tears in my yes so many times - heartbreaking and incredibly touching scenes made sure to trigger emotions!
Bottom Line Smashing, Cute and Sexy. If you look for a lovely coming of age novel, that will touch your heart, make you laugh and cry - then you most definitely should pick this one up. This book is movie material, explosive and romantic! May 12, Andreea Pop rated it it was amazing Shelves: You can read this review here: This has been a hell of a ride and I loved it! From What I Remember is actually very different. I recommend this to everyone who wants to have a fun time readi You can read this review here: I recommend this to everyone who wants to have a fun time reading a page book.
Yeah, it was kinda big. Very big, but whatever: The book follows the adventures of more high-school, almost graduated and very different teenagers, but the main ones remain 4 freaky characters 3 were really awesome and one less awesome from Freiburg Academy in La Jolla, San Diego. Kylie, the smartest girl in school, half Jewish, half Latino, with some skills in car burglary and some nasty problems waiting for her at home her brother has special needs. Jun 24, Janina rated it it was ok Shelves: I did not have high expectations for From What I Remember, to be honest.
The summary sounds a bit too much like an MTV reality show, and the cover doesn't really do anything to contradict that. Yet, I can't deny that for the time being, the book entertained me. It did not blow my mind, no, but it was definitely a welcome distraction on an otherwise uneventful, partly sunny Sunday afternoon on my back porch. At Freibury Academy, Kylie is an outsider in every possible way. Coming from the wrong side of town, scholarship student, determined to succeed and working hard for it even on the last day of senior year.
She and her best friend Will are okay with spending their time alone watching movies, waiting for college to start and life to move on away from Freiburg and its rich posse. But when Kylie is forced to work together with school heart throb Max to get back her stolen computer and ends in a Mexican border town with him but without passports, things are about to get interesting.
While best friend Will comes to the rescue, Kylie has to ask herself one question: Is Max maybe not the dumb and arrogant jock she always thought him to be? Seriously, does that not sound like one of those movies always starring Freddie Prince junior? Okay, maybe I did my best to make it sound like one, but the similarities are definitely there. Loner heroine who thinks she's ugly but in reality just manages to hide her beauty well hello there, strict bun and baggy clothes and spends a lot of time at home taking care of her younger brother.
Gay best friend who likes to wear ourageous clothes to attract attention, is somewhat of a drama queen, but really just wants to be accepted like he is. Popular jock who deep down is interested in books and photography and might be rich, but has his own package to carry. Not to forget the beautiful girlfriend ready to scratch Kylie's eyes out. So cetainly, if you are in the mood for it, you can find heaps of faults with this book. I did try to stop the analytical part of my brain from paying too much attention - I just wanted a few fun hours, after all - but some things just couldn't go unnoticed.
I am not completely sure what this book tries to be - does it want to comment on minorities at posh private schools or is that just the most convenient setting for the story to unfold? Does it want to show us what it's really like to live with a sibling with Asperger's, or is that just a way to add tension to the heroine's family dynamics?
More often than not, I felt like problems where just created to add a "special flavour" to the story, not to really explore them. Characters were ladened with issues, but did not truly seem to suffer under them. The altogether five point of views did not really help much with that either. I always had the feeling that the realness in each character only simmered through in rare moments - real depth was often missing.
In the end, the book remained quite forgettable - precicely like all those high school flick starring Freddie - but I had a good time with it nevertheless. Still, I have already forgotten some of the characters names although it has only been two days. That means I honestly can't give out more than two stars. And, seriously, what are those ellipses doing in the title?!
Thanks a lot to Netgalley and Hyperion for the review copy. Nov 04, Bookaholic reads every mortal thing rated it it was ok Shelves: This is basically cliched characters, slut shaming and boredom, all inside one very pretty cover.
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There was little to no chemistry between Max and Kylie. And to be honest, Max needs to get some balls and man up. And couldn't Max and Kylie have waited an, oh, 1 DAY to rip their clothes off and start making out with each other? I mean, pfft , it's not like Max has a girlfriend or anything, right? I didn't think so. View all 3 comments. Jan 09, oliviasbooks rated it really liked it Shelves: A cover-reveal and some early reviews later my expectations felt a little dampened.
So I decided to have a go and see for myself. There is also a slightly prickly girl who wants to gain entry into her dream university, there is also a boy who pretends that everything is sunny and easy-going and problem-free for him, there are some mean girls, there is an embarrassing drunk scene, which involves inhibited dancing, and there are attracted opposites and the probability that the unlikely attraction will be buried under a number of obstacles.
But I liked that film and did not find it too superficial. The latter, the pull a story has on my willingness to spend time with a book, is a great indicator for my personal enjoyment. I must say that have been very reluctant to let go of this book. Kylie herself is not depicted as the brainy, mousy girl with a secret wonder body under some rags, who always dreamt being one of the in-crowd, but is too shy to make a move.
Kylie is someone who has her hands full with balancing her 80s-ands-film-addiction, her grades, her scholarship and her much-needed, but only marginally appreciated input at home and is truly contented with having one wonderful best friend on her side.
Max learns to his own astonishment that Kylie really did not deem the rest of her rich and inambitious classmates to be interesting enough to spend her time with. All in all, Kylie is someone very spontaneous, very brave bordering on dangerously stupid and very likable. Someone, who - like Max, too - fears to find her family broken into pieces rather soon. Someone, whose conversations with her father, whose realizations about her father and whose introduction to strangers - who consider her family - moved me to tears.
Someone, who still has A-Cup-boobs and a rather large behind after shedding her gray jeans. A girl as structured as her simply has to have some back up files of her private and academic writings, by the way.
Also the idea that a teacher might fork out an assignment on the day before graduation, which is to be dealt with in pairs selected by said teacher and will have effect on the final grading of the course, seemed to be eyeball-poppingly farfetched to me. But once the unlikely pair got to Mexico I did not care so much about the unbelievable premise anymore.
One note concerning sex: It occurs as a part of the plot, and I am always grateful, when authors do not turn it into something dirty or inappropriate only because of an underage readership. Thank you, authors, for not being cowardish on that front! And one last - second - note on the final? I wish there was enough time to exchange it.
Kylie, for instance, has a mop of dark corkscrew curls and big, light-brown eyes. How difficult would it have been to reflect her being half-Mexican by a fitting stock photo? I personally would have loved a picture of her and Max relaxing together in a frayed garden-hammock with a tray of Sangrias nearby or of the two of them standing dishevelled in front of a small, cosy boutique with that figure-hugging, red evening-dress decorating the window display.
I know, I know View all 9 comments. From What I Remember is exactly what that synopsis makes it sound like: Utter, complete, involving, engaging, occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, and compelling fluff. It's light, it's charming and it's fun, despite the near page length. Aside from a few 5 vocabulary choices that had me seeing red, this was an unexpected and amusing roadtrip coming-of-age story. The characters may veer a little too close to stereotypes at times in their presentation, especially the flamboyant, cross-dressing Will and the uber mean-girl Lily, but on the whole, From What I Remember does what it aims to - it entertains the reader while making them care about these flawed, human and vastly entertaining characters.
It's a beach read for teens and adults that enjoy a fluffy, sweet romance. I'm usually wary of a rotating POV scheme, especially when it's used by so many characters, like it is here. Fortunately for both myself and the novel, each of these unique perspectives actually managed to bring something different to the table, while adding to the overall picture and plot of the novel.
I do wish Lily and Will had been less of cliches in their expected roles seriously, Lily mean-girls the shit out of Kylie for out of pages and it got old fast , but Will, especially, grows into an actual, rounded person instead of a caricature. These are characters that actually evolve and grow over the course of the book - it's refreshing to read and makes it easy to invest in most of the cast.
This is a happily-ever-after type of novel, and that's not a spoiler. The romance is the most obvious part of the entire plot, and though one of my least-favorite plot devices the miscommunication! The payoff in reading From What I Remember Max and Kylie are two interesting people who work well together; one of the few YA pairings that aren't based off instalove or pure lust. Kylie is the perfect foil for Max's studied cool-act, and he complements her outrageousness nicely. This was so close to being a perfect, lazy read for a relaxed and lazy day.
There's always a "but. Kylie has a brother with Asperger's syndrome and persists in using the word "retard" as an insult. That bothered me immensely, enough that I was jerked out the book every time it was uttered. Kylie has a brother that in all likelihood, would've heard that leveled at him in a mean way.
That is life, but that doesn't make it okay, especially for his sister to use so glibly. For a novel that takes care to show so many awesome examples of gay youth, I was disappointed not to see the same civility and consideration for the handicapped. Despite its impressive length, this is a book that reads both easily and well. It's cute, and for the most part, inoffensive as it tackles growing up and moving on from high school.
It's brain candy - a bubblegum book for when you just want to read something cute and predictable instead of a literary meal that needs digesting. It easily could be billed as The Hangover In Mexico - for teens. Buckle up for one hell of a road-trip, filled with border dodging, illegal gangsters, mass weddings, and even a police chase of sorts. From What I Remember is best termed a fun "romp" - one that will engage and please its readers from the get-go.
Oct 06, Zizz rated it it was amazing. It was and it was more. This had a plot Sixteen Candles-style where everything happens overnight - with so many twists and turns crammed in this brief adventure. We follow these two from an argument in a squash court to a stolen backpack that led them all the way to Tijuana to an all-night party in Ensenada honoring St.
John the Baptist to a car chase scene in the streets of Mexico and to finally making it in record time to graduation in a police patrol car. But beyond all these crazy happenings was a message - typical of any YA books. AND who cares if there were numerous cliche's that riddled this book if the package was as shiny as this. High School has such an inhospitable climate. People judge and are judged. To survive, kids compartmentalize themselves in these little cliques.
The need to belong is urgent and pressing. BUT Hopefully, in the Venn diagram of their lives, they can find a little more overlap. This is exactly what happened one crazy day before graduation. Max and Kylie inadvertently fell into this adventure together and ended up falling in love hard and fast. She rallied and took charge in times of crisis while pretty boy bucked under the pressure.
He's never had to work for anything in his life - what can you expect? But it is when you deal with the unexpected and crossover that you learn most about yourself. This was Max's lesson among other things. Hobbies are for wimps who dan't have the guts to follow their passion. Max eventually learns a thing or two about bravery and risk-taking as opposed to his usual style of shutting down to protect himself.
And anal, little-miss-organized Kylie learns the same thing. I learned I can survive outside of my tiny little world. I learned that even if it hurts sometimes, I'd rather be out there in the big, wide world than hidden safely inside my own cage. My heart may be broken, my clothes may be lost, my speech many no longer be relevant, but I'm stronger for it.
There were also a million other side characters thrown into the mix. There's Will whom I've mentioned as gay and who cross dresses for the shock value. While I loved Kylie's biting sarcasm and Max's equally sharp mind surprisingly , Will delivers the best lines in the book. Did I actually get this lucky, or is Juan a serial killer?. There is also Jake, the brother who suffers from Asperger's. His brilliant mind and his need for familiarity was an amazing thing to behold.
We have Lily, Max's girlfriend, the token HS prom queen bitch who puts social status as her priority above all else. She's the only unlikeable character in this group. There are a whole slew of cameos to add to the funny, one memorable one was Jess Stern - the nice Jewish boy from La Jolla who thinks he's gangster. It didn't read like that even when you had a million POVs working together.
In fact, it read almost like a screenplay of a John Hughes movie where the dialogue was spot on engaging. This was freaking awesome. YA done right beats run-of-the-mill NA plots by a mile. Aren't you sick and tired of the broken male MCs? The same sex scenes? I found From What I Remember so refreshing. This may not be groundbreaking but this sure was a whole lot entertaining. Thank you for helping me get rid of my book rut. Jan 30, Devyani rated it really liked it. From What i Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas , starts with a 'Hangover-ish' opening with our main protagonists stranded in Ensenda , Mexico on the day of their graduation with only 5 hours left with them to make it back.
She's comfortable with her lonely MoJo going on for her as she hates the popular crowd and tries her best to stay away from them along with her only companion and best friend for life , Will Bixby. Will's character was one i loved a lot! Kylie's and Will's friendship was highly adorable. Their way of easy talking with each other , the 'i've always got your back' feelings for another and the 'whatever best friends do we'll do better' vibes brought together by extreme knowledge of movie lines was just fantastic! He's the perfect asshat with qualities that make him a certified jerk.
Though , When in Mexico , we get to see his awesome side. Enters the barbie girlfriend , Lily. The classic cliche Beyatch. This was a fun read but with deeper things going on under the surface as well. All the above characters have problems in their personal spheres. This book is on a longer side though it wouldn't fail to entertain. View all 7 comments. Jun 09, Allyn rated it it was ok. Read a lot like the John Hughes movies I grew up with, so I can very much see it as a movie. However, from a parent's persective, there was just too much about the book I can't support - the language, drinking, allusions to sex Again, the "good girl" finally becomes "normal" when she loosens up and gives in to what all the other kids are doing.
I know I'm in the minority, but I still don't understand why adults, and especially educators, are saying this is what makes a great story. What is wr Read a lot like the John Hughes movies I grew up with, so I can very much see it as a movie. What is wrong with being a teen who follows rules, doesn't drink or have sex? Also, I was very disappointed in the number of times the word "retarded" was used. Not only would I ever imagine an author using that word so flippantly, but there is no way the main character would use that word having a sibling with a special needs.
The first time I saw the word I wanted to shut the book; I was hoping there was a purpose to it, but no such luck. Being a parent of a teen with Aspergers there is just so much about this book that makes me not want to pass it on to her. Dec 29, Zoe and the Edge rated it it was ok Shelves: The Rant Okay, this soooo did not work for me. First, it's ridiculously long-winded. Are you kidding me?! Who writes a book like this? The icing on the cake was definitely when the author started justifying cheating in the most ridiculous and inappropriate way.
The Review For anyone else it would be social suicide, but I was dead on arrival years ago. Kylie is extremely unlikeable. She's weak in all the wrong places. True, she has a head for crises The Rant Okay, this soooo did not work for me. True, she has a head for crises but it's not enough to make up for her less-than-stellar personality.
Max is a huge pushover and a drama queen. Neither characteristic is particularly attractive. It was amusing to see his attitude toward Kylie change from viewing her as a freaky nerd to a real person. There are make out scenes but they're not hot at all. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments that surprised me but they're few and far in between.
So not worth the read. View all 5 comments. Aug 21, Lex rated it really liked it Recommended to Lex by: This book is--just as Deniz said--a roller coaster ride in which I think I barely held on. I sincerely liked it from the start. It's really intriguing to have a Prologue like that. Kramer knows how to get the reader's attention, in my opinion. I honestly want to pull my hair out sometimes though. But as I mentioned before, the book is annoyingly good. One minute, I like it, another minute, I want to bang my head to the wall. Seriously, what's up with you Max? You have some bipolar issues or somet This book is--just as Deniz said--a roller coaster ride in which I think I barely held on.
You have some bipolar issues or something? I do have a tendency to be bipolar but man, you have some serious problem. Cause in my case, I only have it for like 5 to 10 minutes. Kylie is soooooo over thinking about things and sooooooo uptight too about almost everything. I mean, I totally understand she's an achiever and all that. Max, oh for God's sake. I feel like I'm in high school once again. Not that I partied up late or have been in an adventure like that.
Maybe the it's just the issues I could relate to. And it's cause there's a bit of Spanish. I could understand some words cause we are colonized by the Spaniards way, way back. And we still use some Spanish words in daily life. The way the Mexicans partied, almost the same with ours. We also have lively Fiestas and all of the people in the community would join the fun. Can I just say I love Will? I totally like his gayness. And also, I quote "What the fuck? P I was contemplating between a 3 or 4 stars or even less. But when I got to the speech, man, I know I should give it a 4stars cause it deserves it.
I'm sorry but Kylie annoyed me too much that I just couldn't do it anymore. Max is not really that bad. At least, he sees his own flaws. But Kylie, she's so judgemental and superficial. Ugh, it really frustrated me. Jul 13, Heidi rated it really liked it. A fun contemporary with real and flawed characters.
For four seniors the upcoming graduation means something very different for each of them. Kylie is anxious to give her valedictorian speech and finally be free of the snobby private school where she has been a social outcast for the last four years. Max is just looking forward to the parties and all the mayhem. Will is gay and tired of being rejected. He longs for freedom and perhaps a reprieve from his ridiculous flashy wardrobe. Lily is desperately trying to hide a family secret that will ultimately ruin her popular girl reputation. What none of them plan on is an unexpected detour to Mexico that results in a night of magic and reckless abandon for Max, Kylie and Will.
A night that changes everything and allows them to explore and learn more about themselves than they ever thought possible. The problem is that things are now complicated and the morning after brings a steep price. The clock is ticking and the gang only has a few hours to make it back over the border in time for graduation. Can they make graduation? The book seamlessly blends the fun with the serious and in the end you get a book with hilarious situations, flawed characters and new beginnings.
It isn't always easy to step out of your comfort zone and dare to explore and try new things. Our four main characters are at the major crossroad in their lives where high school will soon be the past and ahead is a future filled with big changes. Do they have the courage to dream of something new?
From What I Remember...
This book utilizes five different voices: Kylie, Max, Will, Lily and Jake. I thought the integration of the POVs was well done and it added so much depth to the story to get inside each of the character's heads. I always enjoy seeing scenes from two different view points, especially when it comes to the romance. I really liked that each of the characters was unique. You have the uptight, driven, smart Kylie, Max the handsome jock, who hides his intelligent side, Lily the spoiled rich mean girl who will stop at nothing to get her way, Will the flamboyant gay boy who isn't afraid to be himself, and finally Jake, Kylie's younger brother who has Aspergers.
I was interested in each of the characters and liked that this book incorporated a gay teen and a young boy with a form of autism. If you enjoy boys with alternating view points you should check this one out. What ensues is a day filled with revelations, changing perspectives, and ultimately romantic sparks. The romance that ensues is sweet and amazing as two people who thought they were complete opposites learn that they have some common ground. This is one of those romances that starts out as antagonistic acquaintances and moves into something more. I am always a big fan of these types of romances and this one certainly was fun!
Max especially had moments where I was shocked that he didn't step up and be the hero, and at first I was disappointed, but then I realized that it just made him more vulnerable and realistic and in the end I loved him even more because he does have flaws and he makes some big mistakes. When Kylie and Max first venture over the border, they are a bit put off by their surroundings, but once they get to Ensenada, they begin to see things with new eyes.
Mexico ends up showing them some wonderful things, and they meet some fantastic people. I loved seeing how they changed their mind about Mexico and how they fell in love with the people and the town. I love books that keep me entertained throughout and then come to a satisfactory conclusion! And The Not So Much: This is not a big issue, just roll with it and have fun. I loved knowing what happened to them, but I was a bit perplexed to not gain any insight into Lily's fate.
Granted, she wasn't my favorite character, but I would still like to see how she fared. Did he return to Mexico to visit his old friends? I realize this is the way things are when it comes to teenagers, but if you prefer to keep this type of material away from your younger reader, this book is probably best suited for readers sixteen and up. From What I Remember is a great, pick me up read.
It is filled with all the things you love in a good contemporary: I loved that this book presents varying view points and that we meet some flawed and realistic characters. This is a book about change, new beginnings and opening your eyes and daring to see things in a new light.
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