READER REVIEW: From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

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Kylie Flores is a typical geek. All she wants is to make it through high school and achieve her dreams of becoming a film writer - stopping off to make the perfect Valedictorian speech with the help of cross-dressing, “almost too gay to function” best friend, Will Bixby. It’s a bumpy ride as she meets hurdles in the form of her brother’s learning disabilities, the school princess Lily Wentworth and of course the school jerk, the stunning Max Langston.

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However Kylie’s usual organised and perfected routine grind to a standstill as she becomes stranded in Mexico the day before graduation with no passport, no ride home and the company of the arrogant imbecile, Max Langston.

Kylie is forced to let her hair down, and learn that Max is more than he seems. Sparks fly as they dance the night away, graduation day looms and Kylie finds herself drifting further and further away from the dull life she had at Freiburg...

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READER REVIEW: From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

First thoughts - If you were going to judge the book by its cover, what would you think?

I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical when I first saw the cover, I didn’t feel it drew me in and the title didn’t interest me too much. Although, the blurb did its job as it sounded different to any book I’ve read before, and so that was what drew me in.

Did it win you over?

Despite my dodgy first impressions, this book blew me away. The first thing I noticed was that it wasn’t just the typical high school story I first thought it was - a social reject lusting over high school’s answer to Taylor Lautner, with the sweet and supportive best friend, who she grows to love and lives happily ever after.

This book addresses so many issues that so many other authors are too afraid to - homosexuality, learning disabilities, and even just the fact that Kylie, a not obviously beautiful girl, still gains the respect and admiration of not only the school stud, but the student population. Kylie is portrayed as a heroine, and represents all the timid and unconfident girls around the world as feisty, strong people who can achieve anything.

I also liked that each chapter had a different narrator, which meant that the reader got to hear the story from other characters’ perspectives, and in Will’s case, quite an amusing one. I was impressed that Lily - Kylie’s arch nemesis - was given a few chapters, as the reader got to see her true colours, and not just her as the sterotypical bad guy of the story.

Would you read it again or recommend it to a friend?

I would definitely read it again just to relive all the spine-tingling parts that drew me in. I have already recommended it to my friends and am determined to get them to read it!

I was quite surprised with this book as there wasn’t much waiting around, as the gripping action scenes started within the first few chapters, and from then on I was hooked. Something new and exciting seemed to happen on every page, and I couldn’t put it down.

How did you feel when you finished it?

This book had the perfect ending, that left a warm feeling inside and put a smile on my face for a while afterwards. I was quite sad it was over (since it had consumed me for days!), but somehow the author ended it exactly the way I wanted it to, but in a way that I didn’t expect, which I think is one of the most important qualities of a good ending.

More importantly, are there any fitties to keep an eye out for? Could they give the Edward Cullens and Ron Weasleys of the literary world a run for their money in the fitness stakes?

I think that Max Langston’s bad-boy and heart-throb persona is definitely something to look out for, and Kylie’s description creates such a clear image in my head, making him feel so real!

Who would play the main characters in the movie version of the book?

I think that Cody Simpson would be the perfect Max Langston - his long blonde hair, his muscley arms and his jawline all remind me of Cody! I think that for Will someone like Tyler Oakley would be brilliant - they both have the comedy element, and he seems like he could be a loyal friend to Kylie in the film.

Score - Give it a rating out of five!

Definitely 5/5- I really enjoyed it!

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