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Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids--trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338053777
Branch Call Number: J KOR
Characteristics: 243 pages


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Oct 18, 2019

Read with my son and we loved this book. He thought it was a bit boring at the beginning but by the middle of the book we were both hooked. We enjoyed all the characters and found the storyline very interesting.

Sep 03, 2019

Love it. By far one of the best books I read. It really pulled me into the situation and I couldn't put it down. It was so interesting seing how Chases friends realised that he couldn't remember his own self before the accident, and even though I know it's so appealing.

Aug 11, 2019

"Restart" tackles the subject of bullying in a one-person "prince and the pauper" variant resulting from a head injury. It uses the same chapter-based multi-narrator style as "Gifted" and its sequel (both of which I'd recommend over this) and relies on similarly-exaggerated stereotypes that gradually normalize. It seems more likely that Chase's new personality would be attributable to brain damage instead of being hidden sentiments that surface through amnesia but that's quibbling and this is fiction. My favourite Korman novels are still "I Want To Go Home" and "Who Is Bugs Potter".

Aug 10, 2019

The themes here are interesting, but the writing and characters have an old-fashioned feel to them and there were some moments that made me cringe. Overall, this is good to spark a discussion but not a book I particularly enjoyed reading.

Aug 01, 2019

I've heard of this book before, but haven't read it until recently and I'm really happy that I did. I really enjoyed reading this book and discovering different things about Chase's life. The idea of losing my memory and forgetting everything I've ever known is really scary, and reading this book has taught me a lot about what could happen.

Jul 23, 2019

This a great book and should definitely be made into a movie.

This book was pretty good! I like how it shows that with a second chance people can change!

John Carlo Biasaga
Jun 18, 2019

I don't like it... I loved it... my class wanted to hear more about Chase and his friends

May 16, 2019

This was an amazing book, I was enjoying so much that I read it in one sitting. I really like the perspective and how Chase gets a second chance to make life right.

Apr 27, 2019

This book is really interesting. the way the author writes the story makes you want to be there

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John Carlo Biasaga
Jun 18, 2019

A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. He wakes up in a hospital room and has to learn his life again. When he gets back to school... he sees that different kids treat him like a hero and afraid of him. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?

cmlibrary_jcurrie Nov 20, 2017

Chase Ambrose wakes up in the hospital after falling off his roof. He doesn’t remember falling off the roof or anything else, he has amnesia. Chase learns facts about his past from others, he played football and was the team captain. He also learns that maybe he wasn’t a very nice person. He figures this out when he discovers that he had been sentenced to community service by the juvenile court system to perform service hours at a senior citizens’ home. Another indication about his character is how other students react to him when he walks down the halls at school. As Chase discovers more about his former self, he doesn’t like what he learns. He tries to reinvent himself but it is a difficult process because everyone is waiting for the old Chase to return.


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