Author: Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 7th January 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
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!