Saturday, 9 February 2013

From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Title: From What I Remember
Author: Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 7th January 2013
Pages: 448
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

I am jolted awake by sunlight flooding the room.

What time is it? Where am I?

I turn my head and that's when I see him. The gorgeous boy lying next to me.

Oh. My. God. Max.

This is bad. Very, very bad.

At midday, class brainiac Kylie Flores is due to give the most important speech of her life. And yet somehow she's woken up in Mexico, in a bed she doesn't recognise, with the hangover from hell and the hottest boy in school - and they're both wearing wedding bands.

She might be a budding screenwriter, but even Kylie's vivid imagination can't come up with the ending to this movie.

Rewind 48 hours...

This is one of the most exciting books I have read in a long time! It all starts with Kylie's laptop and a truck full of stolen goods. It ends in Ensenada, Mexico, and they only have 24 hours to get back home for graduation.

'From What I Remember' is a story told over three days, from five different characters' points of view. That would usually annoy me but it actually worked really well and gave a bigger depth to the plot. The characters grew throughout the book, so my opinions of them were changing frequently. They were all so different from each other so it was easy to tell them apart, and they all had their own problems to deal with. You'd think getting to read all of the characters POVs would mean nothing was left as a surprise for the reader, but actually there were a lot of big surprises and plot twists! I wish I could say what they were, but I guess you'll just have to buy the book yourself and find out.

Something I thought of whilst reading the book is that we shouldn't judge people when we barely know them. They could be a decent person under the 'mask' they put on when they're with their friends, or at school or something like that. At the beginning, Kylie and Max hated each other, but they were forced by certain circumstances to get to know the other person, and it didn't end up too badly!

I really like the cover of this book. I'm not sure which edition I have (it's the same as the picture above), I'm guessing it's the UK cover seeing as that's where I live. I like how Kylie and Max's faces are peeking out at the top, but you can't see their whole faces so you can still imagine what they look like. It's also pretty cool how there are significant items from the story hanging off of the title (the sombrero, the wedding rings etc.)

This book is so exciting and adventurous, I felt like I was in the story right until the end. It's a great book! I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys a bit of escapism. 5/5!


  1. Great review, Amber! I have seen this book before but I have never really been properly intrigued until now.
    Thanks for posting <3

  2. I'm in the process of writing my review for this book at the moment and I totally agree with all of your points. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. Glad you enjoyed it! Lovely review! :)

    1. Thanks! Looking forward to reading your review.

  3. This book was so much fun! Thank you for your brilliant review.

  4. Looks like a really interesting read :)