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Tequila Is Your Frenemy

FYA may have found its alcoholic match in From What I Remember......

Tequila Is Your Frenemy

BOOK REPORT for From What I Remember... by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

Cover Story: I'll Take E5 In a Size Small
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: He Said, She Said
Bonus Factors: Mexico, The Hangover
Anti-bonus Factor: Movie Quote Overload
Relationship Status: Spring Break Hook-up

Cover Story: I'll Take E5 In a Size Small

This cover is fine, really, and I guess I shouldn't complain, because all the girls have their body parts. But does anyone else feel like they're looking at a page from the American Eagle catalog or wherever it is the kids shop these days? Buckle? J. Crew? Am I sounding old yet? Also, I really wish they hadn't throw in the sombrero and chihuahua because wow, Mexican stereotypes much?

The Deal:

We've all been there. (Or, at least, all of the FYA girls have been there.) You wake up, head throbbing, stomach swirling, and wonder what the hell happened last night. You're pretty sure the night before was awesome, but the fact that you can't remember how all of this Taco Cabana ended up on your coffee table, or why said coffee table is broken, is a little disturbing. Well, imagine that feeling... accompanied by a wedding ring on your finger. And the hottest boy in school lying next to you in his boxers. Well, *I* think that sounds pretty great, but for Kylie Flores, it's a total mindcuss. She's always been a nerdy, social outcast, and Max Langston (hot boy) has always been an asshole. Plus, there's the small matter of their location, which is Ensenada, Mexico, AND the fact that graduation starts in six hours... in California. As Kylie, along with other key players, flash back on the events of the previous day, it becomes quite clear that the best laid plains are no match for destiny (and tequila), and sometimes, getting lost is the only way to find yourself again.

BFF Charm:  Yay!

Kylie and I sooo would've been besties in high school. She cares a shizz ton about her grades (as did I), she memorizes all the lines from her favorite movies (me too) and she's totally a control freak. (I was too... Ok, I AM too.) But while sometimes those qualities combine to form a super annoying, prissy person, Kylie has enough heart to make her perfectionism completely endearing. She takes care of her brother, Jake, who has Asperger's syndrome, and she's an incredibly loyal friend to Will, the school's resident cross dresser. Plus, as the book progresses, she definitely learns to loosen up and live a little, so maybe she'll bring some booze to our next slumber party.

Swoonworthy Scale: 5

As you learn on the first page, Kylie ends up on a madcap adventure in Mexico with Max, a preppy hottie who may be less brah than he appears. The chapters from his perspective provide us with a glimpse of someone struggling to be a better person, and Max definitely turns out to be a good guy. But I just didn't really feel the tingles. Sure, I always enjoy a good "high school clique-crossed lovers" storyline, and Max and Kylie's building chemistry felt believable, but I guess guys who play squash just don't do it for me.

Talky Talk: He Said, She Said

The chapters mostly alternate between Kylie and Max's POVs, but occasionally there's a chapter from Will (the flaming gay cross dresser), Lily (Max's girlfriend) and Jake (Kylie's brother). The voices aren't super distinct, and I never felt emotionally compelled by any of the characters' crises, but I still enjoyed the rotation through different perspectives. Kramer and Thomas' style is easy breezy, and the pages have a fun, poppy level of energy.

Bonus Factor: Mexico

Although Kylie and Max never planned to end up in Mexico, they certainly make the most of it by heading to Ensenada and drinking margaritas, eating tacos, shopping for a cute Mexican dress and participating in, uh, a special town custom (and then doing tequila shots). What I'm saying is, this book is basically a brochure for Mexican Tourism. (Just watch out for the drug cartels, kids.)

Bonus Factor: The Hangover

This book is definitely a disciple of The Hangover School of Really Bad Things That Almost Stress You Out Too Much But Thankfully Manage To Stay Entertaining.

Anti-Bonus Factor: Movie Quote Overload

Now, before y'all start hating, please note that I LOVE quoting movies (and I also love Abed). In high school, I must've quoted Clerks and So I Married an Axe Murderer waaaay more often than was necessary or appropriate. So yeah, I think it's cute that Kylie and Will do the same thing with films like Mean Girls and 10 Things I Hate About You. But here's the thing. Each chapter starts with a quote, and sometimes they're just... really random. Like, is there anyone who actually quotes Hoodwinked or Van Wilder? Anyone? Bueller?

Casting Call:

Dena Kaplan as Kylie

Kylie is half Latina, half Jewish, and if anyone knows how to search IMDB by ancestry, lemme know. Until then, I'll go with Dena, cos she's got the look, and she definitely knows how to play a control freak.

Lucas Till as Max

I have a feeling that Lucas could even make squash look super sexy.

Relationship Status: Spring Break Hook-up

Let's be honest. When I met this book, I wasn't looking for marriage. Hell, I wasn't even looking for a boyfriend. I was just looking for a good time, and this book totally delivered. Our conversation came easy, and we avoided anything deeper than a large pitcher of margaritas. The night sped by, and when I woke up the next morning, I felt a little hazy on the book's details. But I do know that we had fun together, and I certainly don't regret it. Now excuse me while I try to find my pants.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from Valerie Thomas. I received neither money nor cocktails for writing this review (dammit!). From What I Remember... is available now.

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).