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Remind Me Why I'm Here

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  32 reviews
An Australian to-do list. A broody host brother. A disaster in the making.

When Maya leaves Chicago armed with an important Aussie must-do list, she assumes she’s heading to Barangaroo with its beautiful Sydney Harbour views—NOT Barangaroo Creek, a fly-ridden, wi-fi dead zone hours from a decent body of water. Like that’s not bad enough, her home-stay host brother Gus clear
Published August 15th 2020 by Rhiza Edge
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Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, publisher
My feelings for this book are pretty neutral. I wasn't completely entranced by it, but I didn't hate it either. I enjoyed parts of it and didn't enjoy other parts. It was just kinda there.

The beginning started off okay. There was a good set-up for an enemies-to-lovers trope which I was excited about. The story is told in 3rd person POV and it focuses on Gus and Maya, alternating each chapter. They both have things they want to get out of the summer and feel that the other is standing in their wa
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. I like how it’s a bit of a mystery in the beginning about why Maya is in Australia and why she hasn’t really been paying attention in school for the past year.
I was pretty much hooked from the beginning. I enjoyed Maya as a character and felt bad for her. I liked the Robertson family and liked that Maya and Gus both had things they needed to work on/get past. Pat was an awesome character from the beginning and it was nice to see that Maya had a friend while Gus deci
Vedika Sheth
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title: Great book!

I loved this book and the raw emotion portrayed. Both of the characters were suffering from guilt and sadness while not being brave enough to be what they wanted to be. I loved how Kat was able to keep us in suspense throughout the novel but expose us to information at the right moments. The thoughts and feelings of this novel were well spread out and very nicely put. I loved the plot and the story and pretty much everything about this. The misunderstandings and childis
Elizabeth Soule
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
There were so many things to love about this book! Kat Colmer used wit and humor to deliver a fun, fast paced YA contemporary (with romance) that I devoured in one night.
Main character Maya’s summer in Australia is not what she expected. Reeling from the loss of a close family member, Maya has a touristy bucket list to accomplish on her trip in his memory. When she finds herself on a remote sheep farm with a reluctant host named Gus instead of in the city where she expected to be, she has to ma
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had been looking forward to a new Kat Colmer book for a while, and "Remind Me Why I'm Here" did not disappoint!

Maya and Gus are liekable and relatable main characters I couldn't help but root for. And while this YA romance contains a fair amount of drama and really knows how to tug at those ole heartstrings (I might have cried a time or two...), it also has equally plenty funny moments. Especially the prank war involving Australian wildlife is a hoot to read about (though not something I'd li
Heidi Catherine
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another heartwarming and fabulously funny read from Kat Colmer. Remind Me Why I'm Here is a fast-paced and entertaining book that keeps those pages turning. Highly recommended for anyone who loves clever writing, quirky characters and sweet romance. ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I have to state that this was a quick and fast read. I think the ebook was shorter than I had anticipated. The book was about Maya who traveled to Australia for her summer break to cross off her bucket list in Sydney. She didn’t read all the important information and somehow ended up in a sheep farm far from Sydney. Gus who was the host family’s son took over as her guide. He wasn’t thrilled by this since he had his own plans that was dashed by her presence. The story had funny pranks, deep conv ...more
completely adorbs.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I put 3 stars but I actually rate it 3.5 stars. It was funny, cute and I really enjoyed the mini war between the two characters Maya and Gus. A nice cute read.
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Thank you to Kat for sending me an earc to read and review.
Siobhan Yilmaz
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I literally read this in a few hours as I couldn't put it down! Maya and Gus, (sigh, you'll love them) are thrown together when plans don't go the way they expected. Both judge the other and fail to see the bigger picture until circumstances open their minds and eyes. The situations these two get themselves in are totally relatable and ridiculously humorous, especially the one with the eight legged monster! Revenge is best served large!
Getting to truly know each other and admitting what's holdin
Catriona Corby
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Kate McMurry
G-rated, “enemies to lovers,” YA, romantic dramedy

Eighteen-year-old Maya has been in a mental fog for over a year as the result of a family tragedy. And because of that, she mistakenly assumed, prior to setting off from her home in Chicago for a six-week stay with a host family at a place in Australia called Barangaroo, that it is located in Sydney. Unfortunately, it is not until she arrives in Australia that she discovers that she is actually scheduled to spend her entire vacation on a sheep fa
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
As I reflect back on this story, Kat Colmer did a great job capturing what it is like to figure out what to do with our life after high school. I gave this review 3 stars as an adult, but if I was reading this story as a recent graduate from high school, and still in undergrad than I would give it 4 stars because I would be able to relate to it back when I was 18/19 years old. When I read books it's important to me to find some type of life lesson to learn from the character's story and experien ...more
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2021
Rating: 4/5

I honestly don't remember where I heard about this book, but I do remember reading the synopsis and getting a giddy feeling and I knew right away that I had to read it!

I ended up waiting a couple of weeks but every time I scrolled through my want-to-read shelf this book would call out to me. So I did the very responsible thing and I bought this book and read it in the same night! And it didn't disappoint!

I was pleasantly surprised at how much was packed into a short 175ish page story,
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Remind Me Why I’m Here is a fun Australian Young Adult fish out of water story.

Maya Sorenson of Chicago, Illinois, thinks she’s headed to Barangaroo in Sydney, Australia, famous for its harbourside views. Instead, she’s headed to a sheep farm in Barangaroo Creek, hours away from the Sydney beaches and cafes. To make things worse, she arrives at the farm to find Ruth, her host sister, has had to leave to nurse a sick family member. Instead, she’s going to be shown around by Gus, Ruth’s brother, w
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley, Rhiza Press and Kat Colmer for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
When Maya gets to Australia, a Bucket List list in hand, she’s expecting six weeks exploring Sydney and laying on the beach. Instead she’s taken hours away to a sheep farm, no beaches or buildings in sight. Add the fact that her host sister, Ruth, had to leave town and Maya will be stuck with her brother, Gus, and this trip is officially NOT a good time. But this trip isn’t for M
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I probably would have rated this one as 2 stars if it wasn't YA.

Since it is, it's a cutesy story with likable main characters struggling with life changing choices. It stays light hearted even though both Maya and Gus are dealing with heavy subjects but there is nothing gripping about the story.

The author is clearly an AU based author as she has Maya saying things Americans don't say. For example, Maya says "pop the bonnet", we call it a hood, we don't call our mother's "mum" we say mom, we al
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This story starts incredibly relatable for everyone who's read/watched too many stories about life changing gap year travel, only go plan your own trip that doesn’t go exactly as planned. Full of mishap after mishap on Maya’s first adventure alone with a clear enemy attractive “stuck together” style enemy you are cheerleading becomes a romance.

Despite the set up, I did not find this to be a fun enemies to lovers romance. This is a contemporary YA that is a coming of age, learning to cope with gr
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Gus and Maya! They were complex characters who (eventually) brought out the best in each other. Their initial meeting and subsequent prank war and animosity gave way to true friendship and a budding romance that had me reading through this entire book in one day. Both of the main characters were struggling with guilt and letting go of their pasts but by telling each other hard truths they were able to move ahead into the bright futures they were both meant for. I really wanted to see mor ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I started this book with a feeling of excitement as it sounded like my history of being a teen that traveled to Australia for the summer. However, that's where this was the only connection. This story starts at an Australia farm where the visiting American student will be staying. The two main characters aren't what the other was expecting, and this is where the trouble starts. Soon they start pranking each other, and this is where I decided to stop reading. I was looking for something different ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
American Maya travels to Australia to complete a cliche bucket list, but instead of finding herself in Sydney by the harbour, she ends up on a sheep farm hours away. Her host brother Gus isn't so keen for her to be there either.
This is a light, predictable read. As an Australian, I felt for Gus in the huntsman scenes but don't agree with his opinion of Vegemite.
My only real issue with the story is that it felt rushed. Maya was there for a 6 week stay, but the majority of the story is wrapped up
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A cute YA story about 2 broken souls who seem to need each other to get over pain in their past.

Maya and Gus are both in a bad place. Maya is am America who comes to Australia looking for healing and to get away from her loss. She thinks she is eating to a big city, but it turns out she is headed to a shoe farm. Gus is forced to look after Maya when his sister bails. But Gus doesn't realize that their stars have aligned and they are destined to help each other in healing.
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 I don’t now if I liked the book or hated it I liked the story but the romance not so much it was....complicated. The characters were very annoying one sometimes but they were not the worst I have read. But the book is not a totally wast of times because there are some parts which make up for it.
Another great read from Kat Colmer. I love the dialogue and the two feisty and the other unsure. This is a very Australian YA novel but I think the Yanks would love it too...everything they've ever heard about Australia. ...more
The book is a good teen and young adult sweet romance read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me get out of a reading slump. With the hysterical pranks and the witty humour there wasn’t a time that I wanted to put the book down.
Even if you are an advanced reader or just getting into reading, this is a book for everyone.
Loved it!!!
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love Australia and really enjoyed reading something that was based over there and I loved Gus. It was a quick, fun read. I would definitely recommend it
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a very good YA book. I enjoyed the description and the slow burn romance was where it's at. The plot could've been more of a page-turner, but overall I really liked it. ...more
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Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humour and heart. She has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her two resident YA critics - aka her two children.

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