Review: From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer, Valerie Thomas

Posted 21 May, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 34 Comments

From What I Remember…

Genre: YA Contemporary, Love
Published May 15th 2012 by Hyperion
copy received from publisher
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Synopsis from goodreads
KYLIE: Tijuana WHAT? I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY, and is this a wedding band on my finger.MAX: It all started with Kylie’s laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics Okay, it was kind of hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we’re stranded in TIjuana. WIth less than twenty-four hours before graduation. Awesome.WILL: Saving Kylie Flores from herself is kind of a full-time occupation. Luckily, I, Will Bixby, was born for the job. And when I found out she was stuck in Mexico with dreamy Max Langston, sure, I agreed to bring thier passports across the border–but there’s no reason to rush back home right away. This party is just getting started.

LILY: I just walked in on my boyfriend, Max Langston, canoodling with Kylie Flores, freak of the century. Still, I can’t completely hold it against him. He NEEDS me. It’s even clearer now. And I’m not giving him up without a fight

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. But, she has no idea how that happened and.. more importantly why on earth Max is lying beside here…
The opening scene was perfection, it teases you to the point where you want, no – where you need to know how the hell all this happned to Kylie! I love beginnings like this!

Different POV – and a sexy, cute & thrilling story

Kylie the the school nerd! Always learning, having the best grades and clearly, she does not belong to the popular crowd.. at all! Her only friend is Will – gay and rich outcast who is the best friend you can always wish for!
Then there is Max – school’s most popular and incredibly gorgeous boy who never looked twice at Kylie before. In addition we have Max’s grilfriend Lily.
Although I am usually not a big fan of so many POV in one story, here, it worked effordless and each voices was honest and very distinct from each other!However, May and Kylie are the real protagonists and their voices are the driving force of the story!

Who you are from the outside is not Who you really are…

Apart from the fact that this story is simply cute, sexy and fun. There is much more to it. Each character has their own problems none of them truly liked talking about. It’s a story about finding your own self. How are you on the outside but who do you really want to be. Self Finding, Growing Up and disvering who you could be!  This mix worked perfectly together and truly gave a little depth to this otherwise  super fun and romantic storyline.
I simply loved getting to know each one of them better and discover what who they really want to be.

Sexy and Romantic Love Story!

The surprising, unfolding love between Max and Kylie was made of wonderment and cuteness. Those two couldn’t be more different from each other – on the outside. But, forced on this trip to Mexico together made them realize that this is not true, in fact they share much more than both of them would have ever imagined! I loved their romance so much,  I loved following them falling for each other. I had butterflies in my stomach! Sexy and unbearably cute romantic scenes stirred the emotions that will touch your heart. With me being me, I had tears in my yes so many times – heartbreaking and incredibly touching scenes made sure to trigger emotions!

Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

Smashing, Cute and Sexy. From What I Remember… is a excitingly  beautiful story with love, self-discovery and a thrilling set of characters. If you look for a lovely coming of age novel, that will touch your heart, make you laugh and cry – then you most definitely should pick this one up. This book is movie material, explosive and romantic!

Additional Info

When putting together this post, I found out that this awesome author duo are both working in the film industry. Clearly, that’s why this book seemed so perfectly made for a movie! Also, the amazing author duo will be at the TEEN CARNIVAL in June during BEA! I hope I have a chance to tell them in person how much I Loved their book!
Much Love! 
Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
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34 Responses to “Review: From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer, Valerie Thomas”

  1. Valeria Andrea

    I’d seen this book many thimes but haven’t pauid attention; now I want to read it to find out if the characters hang out in the bars on 6th sreet & Revolucion Ave!! Jajaja, go figure~

  2. This sounds really fun and I’m actually a fan of multiple POVs a lot of the time (I mean sometimes they’re awfully written) so I think I’d really enjoy this. I also love a romance that gives you butterflies! I really have to add this one to my list!

  3. Dammit. This form ate my comment the first time I tried, so here goes again:)

    I probably would not have picked this one up if not for your review Danny! I love the sound of Max and Kylie and how they think they’re so different in the beginning only to realize that’s not really the case as things progress. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one now:)

  4. Since i had cast my eyes on the cover and the synopsis i was already hooked by it! can’t wait to read this. By reading this revew i can’t be more hooked than ever!

    Great review! =D

  5. OMFG!!!!!!!!! How come I didnt read this review before? aaaaaaaaaaaah! my dear!! you are killing me! Im SO reading this one before the end of the summer! <3333
    Im a huge sucker for contemporary love stories that can make me cry and laugh and fill my insides with butterflies <333
    thanks for sharing this marvelous review sweetheart!! Though Im reading it a lot later but thanks to the interview you jut made I got to it =D yay!!

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