Review: From What I Remember

Sunday, 22 September 2013
Authors: Stacy Kramer, Valerie Thomas
Edition: Electric Monkey Paperback
Released: 7th January 2013
Series: No, standalone
Pages: 436 approx.
Links: Goodreads | Authors Website | Buy the book!

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...

You are in for one rollercoaster of a ride with this one. Seriously. This story will reel you in, strap you to your seat and throw you in every direction. Never have I had so much fun reading a book as I did reading this one. It's one big whirlwind of adventure. You cringe, you laugh, you feel. You'll whiz through it and come out the other side breathless but with a smile on your face. But don't be fooled, beneath the light-hearted, easy-going premise is a book with more depth than you'd think. It ain't all sunshine and sombreros.

I can't deny the clich├ęd loner girl/popular boy romance but, come on, it's a classic. You've got to love a She's All That kind-of storyline. And, yes, I just referred to a movie. I reckon Kylie would be proud. Anyway. The book is told through alternating POVs. We have Kylie, Max and Will to name but a few. Will being Kylie's very flamboyant, very sassy, very gay best friend. ;)

I adored most of the characters. They're quite the more-than-meets-the-eye lot. Each with their own issues and struggles. None of the characters affected me enough to say I had a favourite but Kylie's younger brother, Jake, came very close. He's just one of those characters you feel yourself attach to very early on and find yourself wanting to protect. I certainly just wanted to reach through the pages and hug him. Of course I can't not talk about our main duo - Kylie and Max. Our very realistic, down-to-earth heroine is fiery, determined and stubborn while our hot male lead has much more to him than the arrogant, dumb-jock image he projects around himself. Though he doesn't score high on my book boyfriends list, he isn't exactly at the bottom either.

Overall, I really recommend this book. It's a lot of fun and very easy to get into. If you want a break from really hard-hitting novels, go for this one. Though it isn't as fluffy as you'd expect it to be, it's still more light-hearted than it is heavy and you'll fly through it. With a vast range of characters and a whole lot of sub-plots to keep you entertained, From What I Remember is one heck of a rollercoaster. You'll laugh, cringe, smile, empathise and have one whale of a time.

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo


  1. I read this book back in January (?) and I can still remember it. So memorable!

    Great review, Rachel!

  2. Sounds really good! I love getting breaks from the really hard hitting novels. But it's nice hear that there is something a little more to this than you would think at first.

  3. This sounds like a really good book. I like these sort of cute books. New book added to my TBR list. I'm not too sure whether the changing of POV's will annoy me though.

  4. This sounds like so much fun. It kinda reminded me of the Hangover. I like that the characters have more to them and that it's not all sunshine but still a lot of fun. Great review Rachel, this is now added to my TBR list.

  5. This sounds so fun! I think I may have seen it in the library, so I shall have to hunt it down next time I go! Awesome review :D

  6. Great review! My library just recently got this one in and it sounds like exactly the kind of lighthearted read I'm in the mood for right now in the midst of college apps. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one, Rachel! :)

  7. This looks fun! Sometimes I get bogged down in really serious books, and this looks like a good break.
    Great review Rachel :)

    ~Tilly @ Hardcore Heroines

  8. This looks like such a fun book! The blurb is really well written and the cover is pretty too and from what you've said, IM DEFFO READING THIS! It sounds like a great break from all my Psychology and English Lit reading. LOL. Great review. :)

  9. I really want to read this! I've had my eye on it for a while. I love light contemporary reads, so I'm glad you liked this overall. I'll have to get my hands on it soon! Great review, Rachel. :)

  10. The synopsis of this had me intrigued, but your opening paragraph has me desperate to read this! Kylie sounds like a great heroine, though I'm not too sure on Max. Thanks for your review!


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