Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

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  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Source: eBook from NetGalley/Hyperion for review
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Overview

KYLIE: MEXICO 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 their 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


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! 4 out of 5 stars. 

26 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this too! :)
    I thought it was an entertaining read as well. Like you, Max and Kylie were not characters who I instantly liked, but they grew on me. Will was my favorite character too!! He was so awesome when we wore his dresses and all! :D
    Great review, Amy. It almost makes me want to read the book all over again!

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    1. It was just the type of book I needed to read at the time too. I had just read some other darker books and wanted a fun and entertaining read.

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  2. So happy to hear that you liked it! The OMG moments were my favorite!

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    1. I was seriously like shaking my head and thinking "Are you for real? What else can possibly happen to them?" Lol!! It was so great though. I loved how fun and crazy it was.

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  3. This sounds SO MUC FUN! I've seen a lot of great reviews on it and it sounds right up my alley with all these fantastic, witty, characters. This is a book that seems plain entertaining that I should read between heavier ones! Awesome review, Amylicious!

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    1. Ohh you would really like this one!! I had just read some darker books and this one just made me laugh so much.

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  4. Must admit that I'm wondering what made you come to love Max. Looks good. Nice review girl.

    Valerie

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    1. It was just the type of book I was looking for. I wanted a nice fun read.

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  5. Great review! It sounds like a perfect summer read! I'm always scared that chick lit books are always SO CHEESY but this one doesn't sound like it at all! :) I'm glad it's really funny, too! :)

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    1. This one was so over the top with the crazy things that happened, that it was really great and entertaining.

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  6. Great review! I have had my eye on this book for months and can't wait to read it. It sounds so funny and just like the type of book I would love. It's good to hear you enjoyed it! Some of these characters sound awesome too, especially Will.

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    1. Will was so great. It was a great book. Not all of it is funny, there are some serious things that go on in the book too, but the balance is great.

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  7. I totally agree! This was such a great book! And Kylie had to grow on me a bit too but I loved watching her grow! And I too loved Will. Some think he was a bit too much, but I loved him!

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    1. I have a friend who reminds me of Will so I really loved his character. I thought Will was perfect!! Kylie was a bit hard to get a grip on, but I really did end up liking her a lot.

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  8. This sounds like a book I would like for sure! I'll have to add it to the growing TBR! Thanks for the review!

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    1. Haha!! The never ending piles of awesomeness!!! OMG it's so ridiculous the amounts of books I have on my TBR list and ones that I have bought that aren't even on it lol!!

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  9. I am SO mad that I missed this on NetGalley. Am going to try to get hold of it because it sounds like exactly the kind of book I love. Great review ;)

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    1. Your library might have it. It's been out for over 2 months. It really was a pretty fantastic book.

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  10. Hehe.. I may have put this in my amazon shopping cart a few days back :P

    This book sounds so cute and so funny! You basically sold me on it a week ago while I read your goodreads status updates.

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    1. I think you would love this one Lauren!! It was really great!

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  11. Oh yeah, FWIR sounds like the book for me. I must read it when I have a chance. Great review!

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    1. I loved how crazy this book was. It was just the pick me up I needed after reading a lot of darker books.

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  12. Fantastic review! I really enjoyed this one since it provided so much entertainment and while I don't usually like multiple POVs, this one was great! :D

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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    1. I love multi POV's so that made this one so much better for me. I think that when done right, multi POV's give you so much more of a story.

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  13. what a lovely review! woke up to see this and it put a smile on my face all day! as did all the great comments! thanks so much for taking the time to read and review! stacy

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    1. It was my pleasure!! I really enjoyed it.

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