Mon, January 27, 2014

From What I Remember Review

From What I Remember book cover

From What I Remember book cover

From What I Remember
By Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas
Publication date: May 15, 2012
Disney Hyperion, 462 pages
Source: OMG I FORGET. Maybe Melanie? If it was you, Melanie, THANK YOU! YOU ARE THE BEST!

KYLIE: Mexico? What a nightmare! I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY! Wait! Is this a wedding band on my finger??

MAX: It started with Kylie’s laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics and it ended in Ensenada. It was hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we’re stranded here, with less than twenty-four hours before graduation.

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: This cannot be happening. It’s like some cruel joke. Or a bad dream. I close my eyes and when I reopen them, they’re still there. Max and Kylie Flores, freak of the century. In bed together. If Kylie thinks I’m giving him up without a fight, she’s dead wrong.

— Goodreads.com description

I can’t remember the last time I was THIS happy with a multiple point-of-view book! Okay, well, I did love Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando, but that was two characters. For me to enjoy a story told by four?! Insanity.

Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas did a lovely job of keeping the main characters’ sections more frequent and longer so I didn’t get pissed every time a secondary character’s point-of-view interjected. And each voice was so unique and strong that you could instantly tell who was narrating. Kudos to them!

Overall, From What I Remember is a great concept and a super fun, adventurous book.

I thought the “this is like a movie!!!” aspect was pushed a little too hard for my tastes. All the frequent reminders — movie quotes at each chapter, characters spouting movie quotes, characters talking about their favorite movies — were too much.

Still, I couldn’t put it down. Definitely recommended for a light, summery kind of read.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: These characters are NOT how I pictured them on the cover. For some reason I imagined Will to be African-American?

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: adventure, romance, stacy kramer, valerie thomas
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12 Comments

  1. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I really enjoyed this book, I actually read it in the summer and it was the perfect summer read. It reminded me a bit of the 80s movie The Sure Thing (two very different characters on a road trip where a lot of things go wrong, and right). So much fun!

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    Anna Reply:

    Oooh, I don’t know that movie. Gonna to look if I can Netflix it! 🙂

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  2. Rachel said:

    Ok, I definitely have to read this book. A few people have recommended it to me, and while I LOVE multiple POVs, I was worried four would be a little too much. I’m glad that they keep the sections longer as I think that definitely makes it easier to focus on the story.

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    Anna Reply:

    Rachel! I think you’d totally like this one — it’s super fun!

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  3. D. @ The Nerdy Journalist said:

    Hmm… this sounds like a fun read. Multiple POVs normally make me nervous because it can become really hard to distinguish between characters that have similar tones.

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    Anna Reply:

    Me too — it’s a huge issue for me. But here? Totally worked!

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  4. Miriam – Schitzo-Cookie said:

    This sounds like such a fun read ^^

    *searching for used copies on amazon* thanks for the tip!

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    Anna Reply:

    It was total fun — hope you find a copy

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  5. Alexa S. said:

    Seriously, From What I Remember was SO FUN to read! I remember reading this last year and LOVING it completely, because it entertained me. Glad to hear it was the same for you!

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    Anna Reply:

    Hooray!

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  6. Sue said:

    I loved this book! Great characters.

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    Anna Reply:

    Totally — all very unique and intresting

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