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From What I Remember...

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  6,162 Ratings  ·  601 Reviews
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
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Hardcover, 462 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Mimi Valentine
**Mini interview and international giveaway (for 2 SIGNED copies!) on my blog! You can check it out HERE! **

Rating: 4.5 hilarious stars out of 5!

Oh wow, I have a HUGE and absolute crush on this book! 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
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Eunice
4.5 stars

Normally too many POVs in a book would've peeved me out. Three is my limit but apparently I can actually manage more than that. Because this book has five POVs. Yes, FIVE! 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
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Jasprit
Sep 03, 2012 Jasprit rated it really liked it
Stranded in Mexico with no passports and just a few hours from their graduation is the situation Max and Kylie find themselves in. Kylie’s adamant that if Max had agreed to do their partnered assignment yesterday as planned, they wouldn’t find themselves in this mess in the first place. But if Kylie hadn’t gone sprinting off after two scary thugs who had her laptop Max would have been enjoying his last ever day at school and not be stuck here, that’s what he keeps telling himself. But Max and Ky ...more
Katy
Jan 27, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
This book was a TOTAL TRAIN WRECK. But I LOVED every minute of it. Man, just when you think it couldn't get any better/worse, Thomas and Kramer throws yet another surprise at you. 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! 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 mys
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Danny
May 21, 2012 Danny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: imm-april12
Review posted at Bewitched Bookworms


How do you usually find your next favorite books? Well, sometimes they just happen to find you!From What I Remember... was a book I wouldn't have picked up myself, but when I got a Galley I couldn't resist giving it a try. Boy - how glad I was this book jumped my like this!!


Wooot! Smashing Opening & you jump right into this story!
When we open the book, we are confronted with a scene where Kylie lays in bed with gorgeous Max somewhere in ....Mexico.
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Andreea Pop
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God, I don’t even know where to start! This has been a hell of a ride and I loved it! From What I Remember might look similar to Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, which is the best YA Romance ever! Strike that, folks! From What I Remember is actually very different. Better. Funnier. Crazier. And I liked it even more than Perfect Chemistry, if that’s possible! I recommend this to everyone who wants to have a fun time readi
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oliviasbooks
Before I start having difficulties to remember I need to voice my impressions of From What I Remember... by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas, for I thoroughly enjoyed reading the review copy, the publisher, Hyperion, had been so kind to provide me with via Netgalley.

When I first stumbled across the up-coming book’s description, which promised four points of view (I usually love that), flashbacks, a trip – possibly a road trip (Yay!)– to Mexico, fleeing criminals, a high school graduation, and a d
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Janina
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 s
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Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
This is basically cliched characters, slut shaming and boredom, all inside one very pretty cover.

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?

Yeah. I didn't think so.
Zizz
Oct 06, 2013 Zizz rated it it was amazing
5+ stars
It was that awesome. I. FREAKING. LOVED. THIS.


With the female lead and her token gay best friend quoting lines from Reservoir Dogs, Some Kind of Wonderful, Almost Famous, Reality Bites and I Love You Man among many others - you can be damn sure that this would be CLEVER. 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. It all started with a homework assigned two days before g
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Devyani
Feb 01, 2012 Devyani rated it really liked it
“Feeling screwed
up at a screwed-up time
in a screwed-up place
does not necessarily
make you screwed up."
-—PUMP UP THE VOLUME


The start of every chapter with famous lines from movies . gay best friend . uber hot guy . kickass girl . the essence of 'the hangover'. And Mexico ....

AND YOU HAVE A WINNER !

oh boy , this has been quite a ride .

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 t
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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From What I Remember is exactly what that synopsis makes it sound like: fluff. 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 500-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
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Alex (Lexie)
Sep 01, 2012 Alex (Lexie) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alex (Lexie) by: Deniz
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
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Allyn
Jun 23, 2012 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 ...more
Zoe and the Edge
The Rant
Okay, this soooo did not work for me. First, it's ridiculously long-winded. Soliloquy after soliloquy. 5 different viewpoints? 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
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Heidi
Jan 12, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
Four Stars: 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. Li
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Keertana
Jul 09, 2012 Keertana rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The only reason I found myself reading From What I Remember… was because I was desperately in need of a contemporary fix after devouring paranormal novels the past few days. Thus, on that account, From What I Remember… proved to be exactly what I needed – mindless entertainment. In all honesty, this novel brings absolutely nothing new to the pool of contemporary fiction written over the past few years. It features the same goody-two-shoes female protagonist whose family life suc
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Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
May 15, 2012 Kai (Amaterasu Reads) rated it it was amazing
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

What a sweet, thoroughly entertaining, gem of a read! I have not had this much fun reading a YA book as much as I did when I was reading this book. It is THAT awesome!

Let me tell you this: it's a YA contemporary book that is over the top in hilariousness, it's got toe curling romance sprinkled with a healthy dose of action and also a tiny bit of angst. Superb combo, if I may say so myself.

Let me start this review by saying that this book has one of the most amaz
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 ■©atherine■
Aug 12, 2016 ■©atherine■ rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish, crap
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.
Belle Aurora
Feb 25, 2014 Belle Aurora rated it it was amazing
This book came out of nowhere.
Then...POW.

It flips back and forth from FOUR different POVs. Not something I usually like but it worked.

I loved it. I don't usually read young adult but this one rates high up there.
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Kylie Florres is freaking out. She just woke up in a bedroom in Mexico half naked next to an equally unclothed Max Langston with a fuzzy recollection of last night. Graduation is a scant few hours away and she and Max both have wedding rings on. What the hell happened last night?!? Okay, so that tinsy summery is a tad cliché, but that’s exactly how the novel starts off before jumping to 2 days prior when all the shit started. The
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nick
Jun 30, 2012 nick rated it really liked it

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog

The cover and summary of From What I Remember both scream fun! Who doesn't love to read a book that's got adventure, craziness, fun and romance ? I know I do ! This is the kind of book that's perfect when you're looking for nothing more than a good time.

Kylie, high school senior and valedictorian, has always been somewhat of a loner only hanging out with her gay best friend, Will. In fact, she spends most of her time in the library at school and has nev
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Whitecolorpapers BookReview
March 24 2013

Judging from the synopsis, it was a fun ride. I giggled when reading Will Birxby introduction. He sounds gay! But seriously, i think he will be my fav char. As for Max, he sounds HOT!

How i pictured them from what i read :

Kylie

Hmmm, i think you're OK. Just fine. Average. Nothing to hate.

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Max

Max George. Yes. He is a sexy man. Max please do not disappoint me. I hope you are as sexy and gorgeous as Max George and i do hope you have a naughty side too

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Will

You sound gay, but i pre
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Angela
May 28, 2012 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: ala-2012
Imagine, if you will, The Hangover in book form for teenagers. There were some good moments, but ultimately it tried way too hard. The pop culture references are so in the moment that the book will be outdated within a year. I particularly enjoyed one of the chapter headings quoting The Hangover, as though the whole plot wasn't inspired by it in the first place. The cast is scrupulously PC--the main character is Hispanic, her best friend is a cross-dressing gay boy, and her little brother has As ...more
Adriyann
Nov 18, 2014 Adriyann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: precious
I want to start by saying that "From what I remember" is THE best road trip novel. Ever!
It's the kind of book you're reading with a huge smile on your face and it leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling after turning the last page.
It has enjoyable characters; action, humor and romance in perfect doses; it takes place in Mexico AND it mentions the Fifa World Cup!! so I just have to give it 6 (that's right, I said six) stars and recommend it to everyone who wants to have a fun read. Truly amazing b
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Samia Ruponti
Aug 11, 2012 Samia Ruponti rated it really liked it
I loved the movie quotes, and will!! too bad he's gay!!! :(
Tammy
This review also appears on my blog, The Book Fairy's Haven, as well as Women24.com, a South African women's lifestyle website where I manage, amongst other things, an online books section.

Sometimes the best things happen when everything goes to hell and you're left stranded in a place with the last person you want to be with.

One would think that, based on From What I Remember's cover, that the book is all cotton candy and fluffy goodness.

Well, you'd be right in a sense.

But you'd be wrong in a
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Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)

Goodreads Summary


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
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Heather
May 12, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Okay, you have to read this one. If you read one contemporary this year, let it be this. You will laugh your a** of at the antics and outrageous things that happen. In this novel, you don't ever want to say, "It can't get any worse," because somehow it can. Of course, being teenagers, they take it a lot better than I would, but this is a great novel, especially at this time of the year.


I think the strengths of this novel were the characters. They were well written and stayed true to their charac
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Gmr
Jun 20, 2012 Gmr rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults through adults
Recommended to Gmr by: author
This is a furiously fast and crazy fun story PERFECT for a summer escape. Pardon the “valley-girl-esque” sound to my review, but it’s SUMMER….lighten up! ^_^


It’s amazing how much can happen in just TWO DAYS...especially since this book comes in at a fairly substantial 460+ pages, but you know what? It works. Once you have the characters down, strap yourself in for a wild ride because as the synopsis promises, there is DANGER, ROMANCE, and way to much alcoholic beverages consumed (remember kids,
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