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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,130 ratings  ·  269 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
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published October 6th 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 30th 2008)
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Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Cait S
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Jessica P.
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Katrina  Nicole
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“[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
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This book, whilst slightly odd, is good and has lots of text that teenagers can relate to. Recommended for girls, but not boys.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Was a really good book. Really dramatic in a good way.
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Absolute complete dogshit. I love it.
Nicole  M
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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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 childr
Jun 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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"
Feb 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult
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...

Nov 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychokinetica
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
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I kind of hated this one. It would have been mediocre except for the fact that I hated Kristi. Hated her. She’s appallingly hateful, arrogant, self-satisfied, and plainly egotistical. It’s the sort of combination that provokes high school girls to rip out one another’s hair. Poor Gusty, he seems rather like the mouse left alone with the shrew. She’s going to treat him horribly. I sense it.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unrelatable. Irritating. Conceited.

Kristi Carmichael is insufferable. She is genuinely mean, but attempts to pass off her cruel jokes and harsh attitude as "edgy" and "rebellious." Not only does she pour oil and water on a footpath with the intention of hurting strangers, but she consistently dehumanises her peers with relentless bullying. These traits, however, are still present at the end of the book, as Ryan attempts to mitigate them with Kristi's self-reflection, which only serves to reinfo
Just A Ginger
Jun 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: burnable, 0-read-old
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
Anna-Leigh Moore
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book about the life of a teenager. Although we all can't read minds, I think that we can relate to each of the characters in some way. The main character, Kristi, is sarcastic, witty, independent, creative, and a tad bit self-deprecating. She is a lot like a typical teenager. Kristi struggles with problems at home, people at school, crushes, and even her own self image. I know that feeling because I've been there; and, I think we've all been there at some point in our lives. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. I didn't buy it from the book store. My friend owned the book and I thought the synopsis looked promising so I borrowed it one night. I ended up liking it more than I thought. Even though I found the book promising, I had a little feeling that it was just going to be your typical young adult romance novel. But, I thought it was really well written and I could relate a lot to the main character. Although I felt she could sometimes be harsh, I understood why she was. She was ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Honestly, don't you remember being a teenager?
I've daydreamed about being able to read people's thoughts before, and I appreciate a nicely done story that shows the downsides. Hearing everyone's private thoughts, the judgemental comments they wouldn't necessarily say out loud, or at least not to your face? And the danger of basing your actions off of overheard thoughts- what if you were wrong?
A cute little YA novel with lots of relevant topics- absent dads, overworked moms, secret pets, friend
Dec 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF....I got to chapter 9 and just couldn't do it anymore. The main character has psychic powers to read minds, but she just hears all the bad stuff people think and how all the boys like her boobs. The characters seem to have little substance or they are all pissy and upset at something or other. They go to this hippie school, which is interesting and different, might be the highlight of the book from what I read. She hates her mom, hides a cat in her room and has like 1 friend. I just could no ...more
Oct 19, 2021 rated it liked it
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Anna McClain
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kristi is in high school and reads minds. Her home life isn’t the best and has shaped into who she is. School isn’t good while everyone is mean to her, even knowing what has happened… But does have one friend named Jacob who’s there for her, while her mom is always working at the hospital As things change, Kristi starts to except it.
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