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Length: 480 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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What happens in Mexico stays in Mexico, unless it forces you to show up late to high-school graduation in a squad car wearing a red Mexican wedding dress. Just how did Kylie Flores, class valedictorian from the wrong side of the tracks, and Max Langston, the king of Freiburg Academy's richest and hottest, wind up in bed together in Ensenada, Mexico, on graduation morning? This breezy romp takes readers along for the ride as the teens piece together the details of their wild night. Kylie's best friend Will, her brother Jake and Max's girlfriend Lily also lend their voices to the story. Jake, who suffers from Asperger's, adds a particularly distinctive perspective. And while the number of teens coming out may push the believability factor, the depiction of their relationships with both friends and love interests feels real and positive. It's no surprise that both Kramer and Thomas share common roots in the film industry. Their love of the medium comes through not only in Kylie and Will's passion for quoting movies but also in the fast-paced action sequences that seem made for the big screen. - Kirkus Review

About the Author

Valerie Thomas is the author of the middle-grade novel Karma Bites (Houghton-MIfflin). Before turning to novel writing she had a long career in film, overseeing the development of such films as Philadelphia, Adaptation, and Ulee's Gold, which she also produced. She lives outside New York City with her daughter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3147 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (May 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y30O6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather on July 4, 2012
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Okay, you have to read this one. If you read one contemporary this year, let it be this. You will laugh your a** of at the antics and outrageous things that happen. In this novel, you don't ever want to say, "It can't get any worse," because somehow it can. Of course, being teenagers, they take it a lot better than I would, but this is a great novel, especially at this time of the year.

I think the strengths of this novel were the characters. They were well written and stayed true to their characters but they grew. By far, the most uptight and in need of change was Kylie. Kylie was class valedictorian, care giver to her brother with Asperger's Syndrome, cook, chore person and anything else that needed doing while her mom worked full time evenings and her dad was a traveling salesman. She had never had a date and her one friend was Will Bixby a cross dressing gay guy who became friends with her when she could quote a line from a movie that he quoted to her in seventh grade. BFF's ever since. He has made it his mission to get her out of her jeans and t-shirt, buying her stylish clothes and always trying to get her to have a life. So when she accidentally gets trapped in Mexico with Max Langston, he thinks it's the best thing that's happened to her.

Max Langston lives for peace. He doesn't talk about feelings or anything that will get anyone upset. He will give in to Lily, his girlfriend, just to keep the peace. He never has really examined anything too closely. He keeps his world small because the less junk he knows about the less he has to deal with. His dad has cancer and is dying, only no one, not even his mother will admit that he's dying. He doesn't even really knows how he feels about Lily but he doesn't want to upset anyone, so he doesn't do anything about it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Steinke on May 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: What a gem of a book!!! I absolutely loved it!

That prologue hooks you completely and makes you want to know who Kylie and Max are, where they are, and why are they married. Well it starts innocuously enough, but then the story takes you on a joyride through adventure after adventure after adventure.

During the ride we learn Kylie and Max are not who they seem. She is stronger than she appears and his strength is mostly a show he puts on because it's what others expect. They have great dialogue and are just a perfect compliment for each other.

The writing is funny, witty, serious, thoughtful, it's just everything and then some.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on August 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I read the book synopsis for From What I Remember and I knew I had to read it! I have no idea how I missed this one when it came out in May earlier this year, but I'm glad that one of the authors made me aware of their book. Just by looking at the cover it makes me giggle. I have a super soft spot for Chihuahuas. They are the ugliest dogs ever but they are so stinking cute! I also loved the movie The Hangover (I've seen it at least a dozen times and it still makes me laugh) and this book seemed like it would be very similar to that movie. I was highly looking forward to being able to enjoy this book!

First 50 Pages: Every once in a while I like to read a book that is borderline silly with deeply flawed characters that will turn my brain into mushy-mush. From What I Remember is one of those kinds of books. You have to have a sense of humor to be able to read this book and enjoy it. People that are wound up a little too tight probably won't like this at all, but that's how it goes with comedy!

Characters & Plot: The beginning of this story started off comically and it made me want to continue reading. It gives you a glimpse of something that happens later in the story and it definitely caught my attention. I can't tell you how many times I laughed while reading this book. Too many times to count! From What I Remember has some very well-developed characters who all have some serious flaws, but each felt very realistic.

This book is told from multiple points of view from many different characters. Kylie is our main character and I could relate well to her. She is an average girl who is extraordinarily smart and happens to be her graduating class's Valedictorian.
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