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Restart Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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The characters in “Restart” represent different types and personalities of middle school aged children. Each character, with the exception of the two bullies, is presented in a positive manner. Humor lightens the more serious aspects of the story without minimizing the serious nature of the wrong. Having each individual narrate the chapters, as they shift between Chase and Brendan or Shoshanna strengthens and highlights the impact of Chase's actions on others.
“Restart” addresses a number of issues pertinent to the target audience. Bullying, divorce, stepsiblings and stepparents, and discovering new interests and friends all play roles in this excellent book. Gordon Korman clearly understands the psyche of his readership and the subjects that are important to them. He uses humor to lighten the story, but never dilutes the impact of the characters’ actions on themselves or their peers.
“Restart” is not a difficult book to read. The target group, ages 8 – 12 years of age, will be able to relate to the characters and the situations presented throughout. Language is appropriate and situations are not violent or offensive. The message that recognizing your flaws and correcting past wrongs is not only important but it makes a strong statement to readers about doing so.
Chase wakes up in a hospital room, the last 13 years of his life erased after he falls off his roof. He doesn't recognize his mom or his brother, he doesn't understand why his half sister is terrified of him or why kids at school walk the other way, and his room is a mystery. As the weeks pass, he starts filling in the blanks of his life. Football star, eighth grader and apparently a bully. His friends on the football team, even his best buds that he's grown up with, don't recognize the new Chase that has emerged from the amnesia, a kid who goes to community service out of choice and actually stands up for the "nerds". Chase is unsettled through most of the book as he tries to figure out who he is. The more he learns about his old self, the more uncomfortable he becomes, and he has some choices to make about the type of person he'll be with this fresh start.
The book is told from many perspectives, which really rounded out this story. It's not only narrated by Chase, but by his old friends and the kids he terrorized that come to realize people can change.
There were some amusing parts that made my kids laugh out loud, and I think more than a few "aha" moments that made my son think, as he's getting ready to start middle school himself. We really enjoyed it.
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Restart follows Chase Ambrose who falls off his roofs and suffers amnesia.Read more