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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,856 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Nothing is beyond Kristi Carmichael's disdain—her hippie high school, her friend Jacob, her workaholic mom. Yet for all her attitude and her mind-reading abilities, Kristi has a vulnerable side. She can hear the thoughts of her fellow students, calling her fat and gross. She's hot for Gusty Peterson, one of the most popular guys in school, but of course, she's sure he thin ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published 2009 by Lothian (first published September 30th 2008)
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Kristi Carmicheal lost more than her father the day he walked out on her and her mother. She lost her best friend Hildie and her ability to trust. The fact that she can read minds only helps solidify her negative outlook on the people around her. She can hear what they are really thinking about her.

She’s heard it all: sick, psycho, bitch, ugly, troublemaker. Kristi knows exactly what everyone thinks about her, or so she thinks.

I couldn’t put this book down! It was hilarious and somehow at the sa
Jessica P.
Jul 17, 2008 Jessica P. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls Age 12 and up
Recommended to Jessica P. by: J-Lynn Van Pelt
This was an amazing book (I read the "advance reading copy- actual publishing date is set for Oct. 2008). This book has many twists and turns and kept me interested from beginning to end. It's about a young teenage girl, Kristi, who believes she can "hear" other's thoughts. Many times she hears negative comments towards her, particularly about her appearance. Many young boys think about her "ginormous gazungas" which freaks her out, especially when her guy best friend thinks it. Although Kristi ...more
While I am a self-proclaimed lover of all things "chick-lit" or contemporary YA, two categories that this novel obviously fits into quite effortlessly, I was not at all impressed with this book. The premise seemed promising--it features a witty, edgy, snarky teen with the power to read minds. Done right, that could be a hilarious commentary on high school life a la Mean Girls. Alas, it was not meant to be.

From the beginning, I had a huge problem with the main character. Kristi was not only "edg
I more than most can understand that being an offbeat teenager can make you feel isolated and vulnerable and desperate all at the same time. With so many books about popular kids using and abusing their equally popular cronies or dorky kids managing to infiltrate the ranks of the cool, its nice to read a book about teens just being teens and learning to love themselves by accepting who they are.

For Kristi Carmichael listening to opera music, playing stealth practical jokes, making her own “found
If you liked this book, don't read my review because you will probably want to shoot me. But I've got a rant coming on, and there's nothing I can do to stop it:

The main character was impressively unpleasant. I felt like I was being forced to hang out with a miserable, spiteful, self-pitying stereotype. The way everyone judged her was so forced- like, "And now, to make you feel sympathetic for my main character, I'm going to make everybody else in the book suck."

Maybe I'm being naieve. I don't k
I really love Amy's Sky Chaser series but I couldn't even finish listening to the audio book of this one. The narrator plays a large factor in that (really whiny, and I think she forgot which character had a lisp because she would go in and out of lisping no matter which character she was portraying.)

The MC is awful, she sets traps so that people slip and fall or get pelted with dirt in their eyes and then rushes over to help them so then they praise her. She's really judgemental and I can't be
This book, whilst slightly odd, is good and has lots of text that teenagers can relate to. Recommended for girls, but not boys.
The Loft
Kristi rules the pages of “Vibes” like she rules over her faithful follower, Jacob Flax, without giving it a thought. But the funny thing is, Kristi can read minds. Sometimes, like when Jacob is picturing her in a bikini, she wishes her mind-reading abilities would stop. But what would happen if they did? She might have to let people have their own thoughts and opinions, and this could potentially suck in many ways.

Kristi goes to a totally nutty school called Journeys. Journeys exposes childre
I came into reading this book on a very very bored night when my usual blogging platform was down for the count. So I hastily pulled the book over to myself and said, "Hey! Let's read this finally!"

They tell you not to judge a book by its cover...but what about the first couple of chapters?
At first picking up Vibes, I was cheery about it because it was something to do and I was on my third or fourth book of the week. Plus the chapters were shorter than any other book I've previously read, which
I was definitely a litle skeptical when I picked this book up, but I have to say I was really impressed. I love the main character. She seems like the total epitome of a confused teen, faults and all, but she is still so endearing and relatable. I love Gusty, Mallory, Hildie, and Eva, and even the gay best friend Flax. They are just all so totally... themselves! I think the author did great at characterization, and maybe less great on the actual story line. I would have liked to have gotten more ...more
Nicole  M
The book Vibes by Maurya Simon has many interesting qualities. From drama and depression to funny and entertaining, I would highly recommend this book. I think the suspense will want the readers to read more.
One of those reasons is that Kristi (the main character) and Gusty the boy that Kristi likes) have an ongoing relationship that keeps you wondering what they are going to do next. For example on pages 218-219 it says, “I didn’t ask for your forgiveness. And I don’t care what you think of me
I finally read Vibes, after meeting the author at my library’s Author Open House last April and having a wonderful talk about writing for teens and her new book. At the time, I felt stupid for not having read the books of all the YA authors who were visiting our library, but she was super nice about it, and she even signed my ARC for me. I promised I’d read it. Then I took it home and put it on a shelf and forgot about it.

Yeah, that’s me – lazy, slacker-type procrastinator.

So, anyway, I picked t
A fun read with an enjoyable main character. Kristi's a bit overweight, a bit weird, a bit of a loser, and a lot angry. Oh, and she can hear other people's thoughts. (Naturally, as a teenager, the thoughts she hears are all about her.)

She's independent, mean, judgmental, funny, and not afraid of conflict, all of which combine to make her one of the less popular kids at her "hippy-dippy" high school, Journeys. She's angry at her workaholic mother, and conflicted about her dad, who left the family
Jackie "the Librarian"
Kristi goes to an alternative school, feels fat thanks to her large breasts, and is angry at her mom ever since her dad left. Wait, no, not JUST her mom. Kristi's angry at the world. She keeps people from getting too close to her with her gothy eyeshadow and found-item fashions, and her snarly attitude doesn't help, either.

But she can't help having a crush on Gusty Peterson, even though she's psychic, and everytime he looks at Kristi, he thinks sick. Yeah, I know, I know, but Kristi doesn't...

Interesting concept! I really enjoyed this.

It reminded me of The DUFF, which is a good thing. ;)
I personally did not like this book that much. It was really confusing for me with the whole psychic thing, how she could supposedly read minds yet didn't appear to understand anyone and their motivations. She heard Gusty's "thoughts" (the word "sick" was repeated when he thought about her and her appearance but she took it as negative rather than understanding the positive connotation). She kept hinting at past dramas but it took basically the entire book to explain them. She kept wrongfully ju ...more
Hannah Longest
I thought that the book, Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan, was pretty awesome. This book is about a girl named Kristi who's pretty shy and keeps to herself and psychic. Kristi only really has one friend, Jacob, besides from her cat Minnie Mouse. The first day of school Kristi becomes friends with the new kid named Mallory, who's a trouble maker who loves to fantasize about Kristi a lot. The principal of their school decides to assign each student with a peer partner so that they can working building t ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Danielle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I opened the book, read the first paragraph, and wanted to burn it. This may make or break this book for a lot of people.

It isn't easy being able to read minds. People think up some pretty nasty sewage. Like the other day- I'm walking home from school when I come across an old guy walking his smelly Doberman. He's definitely a candidate for this year's Stodgist American Award. Black suit coat, gray pants, white stuff in the corners of his mouth. He takes one look at my thick legs in their fishne
I read this book in about seven hours.


I'm having trouble thinking of words to describe it. It wasn't the best thing I've ever read. It wasn't this super fun ride all the way through. It was real, and quirky, and annoying, and beautiful, and flawed. I loved the main character right off the bat. And then I started to kind of hate her. This roller coaster continued throughout the whole book. Which is one of the main things I liked about it, I think. It felt like I was getting a look at a real
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I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway, including inside the box Amy’s sci-fi trilogy (Sky Chasers). I decided to read this one first, to get a hang on her writing, and explore her narration style before jumping into her trilogy.

The premise of this book, sounded interesting. The idea of a contemporary located in High School, where the main character can read people mind caught my eye. But it wasn’t exactly was I expecting. Instead of our character dealing with life issued, and knowing th
This was a rather ho-hum book. I felt like it didn't have much of a point. The main character was so self absorbed--and a bitch--that it got to me. I mean, I don't have problems with self absorbed people in books, but this was a little too far (and far-fetched).

Also, I felt like she didn't really answer the main question of the book.
Secret Keeper
I find the protagonist of this book, Kristi, to be bitchy, rude and solely focused on appearance. I really hated her and when things blew up in her face, I was actually glad. She needed a dose of reality and be stepped of her 'Holier than thou' throne.

I didn't like the ending either.
G'ne Prather
I think this book was great because the high school setting really made the story relatable. At first the ideas behind the actions in the book were a little hard to understand but as you got a little deeper in the story and started to know the characters you understand what they do and why they do it a little easier. The author is very good at giving vivid details and describing the emotions of the characters very well. I feel that this book really related to the young adult audienece because o ...more
Elspeth LaMorte
Well I absolutely hated this book. I finished it, but I hated it.

-the heroine was judgemental and bitter and constantly talked about how large her breasts were but she called them 'gazingas' or something and was constantly negative about them
-everyone was preoccupied with looks
-there was a sort of love interest who had no personality but a lot of acne and liked her for no discernible reason
-there was another love interest who had no personality but he was super hot apparently
-the fact that she w
Love it so much I have read it AT LEAST 10 times!
Vibes was a great novel, and Amy Kathleen is an Amazing writer, but sadly the story was hard to get throught. The consept of a mind-reading teen is fascinating and captivating, who wouldn't want to read about that? I guess my problem was that I had high expectations for this novel.

The story revolves around Kristi, always thinking of her self as fat, ugly and a bith with "watermelon-size gazungas", and according to her, everyone thinks the same of her. Kristi is a great character. She is tough,
I luved the plot.
What happened in the book was that Kristi can read people's mind. Most of the time, everyone comments about her clothes and says bad things about her. She likes the most popular guy in school(Gusty Peterson) and he always thinks of her as "sick". She walks to school everyday with a guy named Jacob Flax that is always thinking about her big boobs wet. Her forever bff ditched her once she was popular.
At the end, Kristi knows that Jacob is gay and kinda realizes that she is self-ce
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