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3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  1,950 Ratings  ·  256 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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J.M.
Sep 25, 2008 J.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kristi
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sara
Feb 09, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary-ya
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
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Jessica P.
Jul 17, 2008 Jessica P. rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Kathryn
Sep 01, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cassidy
Oct 10, 2014 Cassidy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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
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kate nichols
“[There's] one... thing I can tell you about human nature: beautiful people are the last ones you want to befriend. Beautiful people float through life thinking that it's perfectly normal for others to gaze at them adoringly, and open doors for them, and defer to their opinion... Doesn't anyone understand that beautiful people are stupid? That's why nature made them beautiful, so they'd have a chance at surviving in the wild. And how do they survive? They use people and then they drop people, an ...more
Mands
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
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Christina
This book, whilst slightly odd, is good and has lots of text that teenagers can relate to. Recommended for girls, but not boys.
Crowinator
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
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Nicole  M
Nov 19, 2012 Nicole M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Kristina
Jun 10, 2011 Kristina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alison
May 27, 2009 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
Chelsea
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
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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...

K
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Micaela
Apr 07, 2010 Micaela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-swap
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.
Farah
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.
✿ cassandra ✿
Apr 16, 2015 ✿ cassandra ✿ rated it it was amazing
Interesting concept! I really enjoyed this.

It reminded me of The DUFF, which is a good thing. ;)
Courtney
May 06, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it so much I have read it AT LEAST 10 times!
Cait S
Jan 05, 2017 Cait S rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm only giving this two stars because I save the ones for books I hate so much I don't finish. This was finishable...but I hated myself at the end.

Kristi is the most unlikable character I have ever read. Aside from dropping the R word left and right and shamelessly mocking a girl for her anorexia, she's also just a complete bitch to absolutely anyone who ever speaks to her. Including people who are genuinely kind to her. But because she has daddy issues we're supposed to see that it's all a big
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Paige
Oct 24, 2016 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to be able to read minds? Well a girl in the fiction book, Vibes written by Amy Kathleen Ryan, believes she can. The main character in this book is Kristi Carmichael. This book mostly takes place at Kristi's high school. In this book Kristi finds herself having feelings for one of the most popular guys in school, Gusty Peterson. Suddenly everything changes, Kristi and Gusty are brought together for a school project, Kristi's best friend, Jacob Flax, comes out, and after leav ...more
Josephine
Nov 13, 2016 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a beautiful portrayal of a young women realizing what's really important. Leaving her once negative behavior in the past and becoming a better person on her own. The main character is presented as a strong, head up, and possibly judging character. Throughout the story she try's to find herself and through doing so realizes her perspective was the problem not other people.
Nicole Fraijo
Nov 20, 2016 Nicole Fraijo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! I couldn't put it down. Kristi, the protagonist was very relatable and I was curious about the relationship between her and Gusty Peterson as it developed. I also enjoyed reading about her relationship with her cat, Minnie Mouse.
Ewok
Oct 25, 2016 Ewok rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book about a girl who can read thoughts and u should read it like she could read u.
Steph (Reviewer X)
2.5 stars. (I will say this again: We need half-stars, GoodReads!)

From my blog review, located here.

Well, if nothing else, Kristi is a fantastically funny and witty narrator. She’s got wonderful, unique traits, like the fact she makes her clothes out of the most absurd materials--such as umbrellas!--and is great at it. Or how she’s obsessed with opera to block out people’s thoughts. Reading her account of what happens is oftentimes hilarious and I stopped MANY times to mark down quotes I like. J
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Emma
Oct 07, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
Kristi Carmichael thinks she has all the answers, which is part of why she stopped caring about just about everything two years ago. She knows all about her workaholic mother, absent father, and why the incredibly cute Gusty Peterson would never want to have anything to do with her. She can even understand the romantic thoughts and strange fantasies her friends Mallory and Jacob have for her. Of course, being psychic can have that effect on a person.

Part of having all the answers is being chroni
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michelle
Jan 13, 2015 michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
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Stephanie
Oct 24, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I read this book in about seven hours.

Dude.

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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Margarita
Dec 11, 2012 Margarita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“[There's] one... thing I can tell you about human nature: beautiful people are the last ones you want to befriend. Beautiful people float through life thinking that it's perfectly normal for others to gaze at them adoringly, and open doors for them, and defer to their opinion... Doesn't anyone understand that beautiful people are stupid? That's why nature made them beautiful, so they'd have a chance at surviving in the wild. And how do they survive? They use people and then they drop people, and they float away on the currents of their own gorgeousness to the next poor girl who thinks that being friends with a beutiful person will somehow make her beautiful, too. I've got news for you: Hanging around beautiful people just makes you uglier by comparison.” 30 likes
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