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From What I Remember – Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

“I am jolted awake by sunlight flooding the room.
What time is it? Where am I? 
Disoriented, I attempt to open my eyes. The light is stabbing. My head is throbbing, my throat is raw and my stomach is roiling. Is this what a hangover feels like? 
I wouldn’t know. I’ve never had one. Until now.”

Kylie Flores has never done a single spontaneous thing in her life. So when she wakes up in a bed she doesn’t know, in Mexico, with the hottest guy from school, and they are both wearing what look suspiciously like wedding bands, she freaks out. Especially when she’s meant to be giving her valedictorian speech at midday in San Diego and she can’t remember anything that happened the night before
Rewind 48 hours to find out. 

I’d not heard of this book until it landed on my doorstep, when it did I was intrigued by the blurb but thought it may be a little predicable and not a great read…. I was right about the predictable part, it was, but it was also an absolutely brilliant read and I would recommend it to anyone! 
The story is so typically American Teen high school movie, but thats what makes it awesome. I could see this book projected on the big screen whilst I was reading it and I honestly thing it need to be made! Yes its cliched, yes itss predictable, but its also hilarious, raises some very good points about judging people you don’t know and writing off people you do. I thought the storyline was far out and when I read the blurb I was concerned that it wouldn’t be believable, how Kylie and Max get to Mexico, but it actually is… its a series of small events that escalate rapidly and to be honest, they didn’t do much differently to what I would have done in their situation. 
The book isn’t just told from Kylie’s perspective and I loved that. I usually love duel narratives but I think this had at least six… and it worked. I loved that you get Max’s side of the story, even though he needs to go a backbone. You get Lily’s side of the story, which made me hate her even more, she’s a selfish git in all honesty. Will is the best character ever and I love how his little snippets lightened up the mood of the book so much. Charlie was one that only popped up once or twice but when he did it taught you a lot about his character so I really enjoyed his snippets. Then Jake, Kylie’s little brother who has Aspergers, he was so sweet and it was really sad to read his bits but it made me understand a lot more about his character and why Kylie was so worried about her family and to be honest how much pressure Kylie had had put on her because of him. I loved Jake but I couldn’t help but think he stole all the families attention when some should have been put on Kylie. 

I also loved this book for the way it handles its gay characters. I cant say too much without spoiling the story but Will is blatantly gay and proud of it and I love how his parents react towards the end. I also love how another gay character comes out to his family and they are totally fine with it because they knew all along, it was pretty obvious apparently but I really loved how free spirited they were with it.
There are a lot of movie references and lines within the book and I really enjoyed that. I wouldn’t call myself a movie connoisseur or anything but I used to watch a lot and I recognised a lot of these ones. I loved how the quotes at the beginning of the chapter reflected the story so well and that the authors even included one on the acknowledgements page. Like I said before, I could feel this book becoming a movie when I was reading it and I think thats in part to do with the fact one of the authors is a screenwriter. I really enjoyed every minute of the book and it made me laugh out loud a lot. Its a must for any fan of teen flicks such as Mean Girls, The Breakfast Club, Clueless, Pretty In Pink and my all time favourite 10 Things I Hate About You.
From What I Remember was published by Electric Monkey on 7th January. My copy was sent in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. 

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