Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Title: From What I Remember
Author: Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas
Series: n/a
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 15, 2012
Source: purchased
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KYLIE: Mexico? What a nightmare! I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY! Wait! Is this a wedding band on my finger??

MAX: It started with Kylie's laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics and it ended in Ensenada. It was hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we're stranded here, with less than twenty-four hours before graduation.

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 their passports across the border but there's no reason to rush back home right away. This party is just getting started.

LILY: This cannot be happening. It's like some cruel joke. Or a bad dream. I close my eyes and when I reopen them, they're still there. Max and Kylie Flores, freak of the century. In bed together. If Kylie thinks I'm giving him up without a fight, she's dead wrong.

Oh. My. Gawd. This book was bad. So bad that I couldn't even finish it, making it my first official DNF of the year. I can tolerate a lot when it comes to books, but this book pushed my limits. I was actually buddy reading this with my younger sister. It seemed perfect for us, like it was meant to be or something. We'd been at Half Price Books and they had a paperback copy for $2 and I had a finished copy already, and the book was on my Summer TBR pile -- had been on my shelf for ages -- so we thought we'd read it together, hoping it was as funny and charming as it sounded.

Nope. It was just full of stereotypes and insane situations and it was just plain awful. We kept trying to like it, to connect with the story, but it was just impossible. When I asked Mendy how she'd review the book she said, "Um, well, it was gay, and so were the characters." Now, I know that's not PC, but at least three characters in the book actually were gay, so it's a fair assessment, I think.

Considering the insanity that bled forth from the pages of this novel, I find is highly suspect that the story itself was so unbelievably predictable. Everything my sister and I anticipated happening came to pass. We stopped at the halfway point in this book, and even then we continued to entertain thoughts of what might occur in the latter half of the book, and much to our chagrin, we were pretty spot-on. I won't list examples here in case you still have plans to read this nonsense, but suffice it to say, if you envision it happening in this story, it probably will. Is the book able to read the reader's mind? Or is it just that badly written? As awesome as the first possibility is, I'm not inclined to believe that's the case here.

Initially, I had wanted to check out this novel because the main character sounded a lot like me in high school:  intelligent, introverted, hot-tempered, and a little bit weird. And Kylie is those things, but in the worst way. I hated her voice, how she treated people, how she continued to make terrible decisions. Ugh, and the movie quotes. That aspect can be fun when done right, but it was just so annoying in this book, whether the quotes were being spoken sporadically throughout the text or were the precursor to each chapter. They just felt forced and not at all entertaining. The same goes for all of the pop culture references. I mean, there was a mention of browsing in a Circuit City before they went under. That company's been gone from Texas for over a decade at least, and even the store that took over the old building it was in has since gone under and a new business has moved in. I think this mention was to make the story feel relevant and real, but none of these pop culture references worked for me. I realize that contemporary novels have a harder time standing the test of time, not dating themselves, but the mentions of brands and stores was just in overabundance in this one.

The novel as a whole -- or at least what we read of it -- was just off-putting and there are just so many other books to spend time with. I think too much time was spent getting the reader and the characters to the point that they're supposed to be at in the synopsis, and I just couldn't be bothered to care how it all came to fruition any longer. Especially once Mendy perused the last few chapters and told me that we would have been pissed had we kept reading to the end, only to discover that everything went down just as we'd guessed.

GIF it to me straight:

About the authors:

Karma Bites is a first novel by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. Kramer is a comedy writer, whose television credits include "Lizzie McGuire" and "Less Than Perfect." She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Find Stacy:

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Karma Bites is a first novel by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. Valerie Thomas is a screenwriter and producer, and has overseen such films as "Adaptation" and "Philadelphia." She lives in New Jersey.

Find Valerie:

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  1. Bummer. This one looked like a fun summer read I had been wanting to get to sometime. Although the plot sounds like it would have some rather out there things happening. Too bad the characters were annoying as well.

    1. I was such a disappointment. And it's got such great ratings on GR that I thought I couldn't go wrong. I was really hoping this would be a great summer read but it really fell flat for me.

  2. Yikes! That sucks especially because I have this on my TBR sorry it went so bad.

    1. It does, but I supposed every book can't be for every person. Maybe you'll have better luck with it?

  3. That summary kind of sounds like a bad pretty little liars episode. Yikes!
    Your first DNF of the year, wow!

    1. Well, there were some others I probably should have DNFed, but I stuck with them. This one, I just couldn't do it.

  4. The summary itself sounds kinda... double-edged. Like it could've gone either way. Obviously it went the wrong way for you. The summary doesn't appeal to me anyway, but now I definitely know I'll be giving it a pass. Thanks for the review!

    Amelia | The Authoress

    1. Yeah, you're right. And it went the wrong way for me. :P But I know so many others who rated it highly...

  5. Oh no! This sounds like a train wreck, which really makes me sad because I've wanted to read this for so long. I don't have a copy though, and now I'm scared to buy one if I'll feel the same as you. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one as you had expected. :(

    1. It was a totally clichéd mess. I definitely wouldn't spend any money on it!

  6. I DNF'ed this one also. I was pretty bored with what I read, and it just went on and on and... yeah. But wait. There were gay characters in it??? I really don't remember that.

    1. Okay, I'm glad I'm not the only one. Yeah, Will was the gay best friend. Then they met Juan down in Mexico, and apparently Max's best friend comes out at the end at some point. But it was so forgettable that I can see why you wouldn't remember all that.

  7. OH! YES! Thank you! I started this book and couldn't keep it straight. I figured it was just me and I should try again later.

    1. I thought it might've just been me, too, or the mood I was in when I read it, but I'm happy to know I'm not alone in my dislike for the book. I think it was just TOO much.


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