From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

How did I get the book?  From publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: Sounds fun.

Synopsis: 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.

200words (or less) review: There is a little header on the UK cover that says: “Ever wish your life was like a movie?” which sums up the book perfectly, an over-the-top hilarious adventure with predictable teenagers in some unpredictable situations.

On the one hand this really works; the characters are vivid. I loved all the movie quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Much of what happens is just makes you laugh and it’s a really good way to cheer yourself up.

Strangely it’s the parts try to make From What I Remember more serious that didn’t work for me. With so many characters sharing the narration it’s hard to really get involved with their problems. Lily is the ideal example, she is one of the characters with the least amount of spotlight but her world just got turned on its head, yet as a reader you don’t have enough time to care.

Kyle and Will’s friendship is definitely the highlight of the book, with Will stealing the show every time he appears on the page. As an antidote to glum From What I Remember is a great candidate.

Recommend it?


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