Restartby Published 30 May 2017
Chase's memory just went out the window.
Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.
He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return.
Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.
One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.
Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is--it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be.
From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.
First this is a youth book...YA. But (and looking at my raring I think this may not surprise you) my simple recommendation is:
Read this book, it's good.
While young Adults can read this book and get a lot, so can adults. What you get here is a good story/plot some great story-telling and a nice lesson oriented tale that doesn't get preachy and holds the interest from start to finish.
Chase is a football star, as a matter of fact Chase is an all round sports star. MVP of his team which he led to victory in the state championship "last year" (the first time the school has won state since Chase's dad led them there years ago). Chase is big man on campus (in his Middle School the book opens the summer before Chase starts his 8th grade year). Yes Chase is the boy in his school that everyone wants to be...
Of course he's also the worst, most cruel bully you've ever met. He actually persecuted one young man (from the video and music "area") out of town. If you looked up Bully or jerk in the dictionary you'd see Chase's picture...
Or you would have...but then this summer Chase fell off his roof, concussed himself, went into a coma, and woke up with no memory of his life before the fall.
And as he begins to discover who he...or was he really isn't all that well, chuffed with himself or his choice in friends.
This is an excellent read and I highly recommend it. Enjoy.
This is an amazing book about a kid who falls off his roof and gets amnesia. He has to completely re-learn his identity. But as he goes around school he realizes that he may have not been the nicest person. Confused in a world where he does not know where he belongs. He realizes that he has the amazing opportunity to start over with a clean slate.
• Character voice
It seems to be a favorite thing of Gordon Korman’s to work the split POV thing as much as possible. And one of the key things on that is making sure all of your characters have distinct voices, which he does an amazing job at.
The musical genius is remarking on how the door squeaks an F#. Someone uses a lot of parenthesis and the filmmaker kid is always keeping up the narration stream on his own life events . . .
Off the top of my head, I think he had about 3 main narrators with about 4 pop-in guest narrators. It got a little confusing, but it was fun and I really liked the characters.
Okay. My reviews aren’t totally unbiased, I admit it.
But really, having the person who’s usually the bad guy get memory loss and have to deal with the villain of himself?
I’m telling you, it’s pure genius. Fantastic concept.
This is why I love Gordon Korman. I don’t think I’ve read one book of his that hasn’t made me laugh out loud at one point or another.
The concept in itself is inherently somewhat funny, so the comedy is really natural, but not over the top.
I really liked it. <3
There were some really nice uses of all the “why you should be nice to people”, just being a good person in general . . . anti-bullying . . . not being an arrogant jerk . . . old people are people too and everyone deserves respect . . . it was really well done. Amnesia Chase really carried it well.
Okay. Basically nothing I can say here.
Except that I was grinning my little face off at the climax. It. Was. Awesome.
(-cough- on a sidenote, Chase’s last line was almost a rewording of Wolfgang’s last line, so that was interesting as well. XD)
• Slightly confusing
As much as the multi-POV thing was fun, it also did get a little confusing and I had to remind myself who was talking a couple of times. That’s really not all that much of a problem though. –shrug- gotta have something to put here.
• Nitpicky writer things
Yep, imma nitpick a little because I’m a writer and I can do that.
One, the fact that Chase got amnesia and a personality change was a little . . . convenient. It probably would have been a deeper, more meaningful character arc if he was still totally the same person, but amnesia just gave him the outside view that showed him he needed to change. (I’m NOT SELF PROMOTING GUYS I’M SERIOUS HERE.)
As it was, it was just sort of like dropping a nice character into a bully character’s life. Which was great and funny and made for a good story, I’m just saying the theme could have gone deeper with repentance and all that.
Two, the whole subplot of the football-player side of Chase and how everyone wants him to win the championship or something seemed sort of dropped to me. Not that I’m super football-invested. It was just a dropped loose end that I noticed. –shrugshrug-
A really fun, humorous read with a good concept and great characters. Definitely would recommend.
First of all let me confess I have a bit of a celebrity crush on the author Gordon Korman because I have never not liked one of his books. This story is no exception. The author Korman takes a very serious topic, bullying, and shows how people can change from being a bully to not. Granted, in this situation Chase Ambrose doesn't ever remember being a bully because he has amnesia. I loved how the author showed Chase's struggle. After the fall, Chase is this new kid, a kind person, yet most others are steering very much away from him due to his past, until one student just accepts him for who he is.
Now, a kinder, gentler Chase who wouldn't dream of hurting anyone. The plus side of this is that he is also an athlete. This story would make for a great read aloud in the MS classroom. #secondchancesareagift
all about second chances & how in the end its always our choice who & what we want to be.