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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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Sep 24, 2020

I love Restart! I love how the main character is someone who has done bad things, not just your typical hero. The fact that the main character has lost his memories adds suspense and mystery to a normal high schoolers life. Usually characters already know things about themselves and there are things like flashbacks to explain them, but in this book, readers are discovering things about the character while he's discovering them about himself. It really gets readers thinking about whether they have done things like that, things that if they lost their memories and learned things about themselves they would be ashamed of. It makes you think if I had a second chance, what would I do with it? I absolutely love Restart, and think that everybody could learn something from it. 4/5 stars
@ToastieTaco of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Aug 02, 2020

I'm so glad I was pointed to this book. There aren't that many REALLY good middle schooler books out there that are relatable for that age group and yet point to better choices. The hero's thoughts on football, his interaction w/ Dad, the insights on how to make videos and the good all-around character development of several characters make this a very interesting book for all ages.

Jul 10, 2020

One of the best books ever published by Gordon Korman. He truly is a unique author.

Jun 02, 2020

The idea of the book is really cool already, even before you start reading. Here are some quotes from the book.

"Maybe he doesn't remember being a bully. He might have no clue that he tortured Joel to the point where he had no choice but to leave town."

"I could give a college-level symposium on all the reasons why Chase used to be the rattiest rat ever to drag his rat tail through the halls of our school.
That's not the point. There's no question he was ratty then. The problem is he isn't very ratty anymore.
He's like a version 2.0 of himself with all the bad stuff written out of the programming"

"Sometimes a whack on the head is exactly what a fellow needs"

Mar 15, 2020

I am a 11 year old girl and restart was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!
I 100% recommend this book! I would give it a 5/5 stars! I think that people 10-13 should read Restart! I could not put this book down the plot was so good!

Mar 14, 2020

I for one truly delighted in this book, and I enjoyed it far and away superior to the entirety of the books in the Masterminds arrangement. This is on the grounds that despite the fact that Masterminds was very activity pressed, Restart has a good to the story, and a motivating one too. It is less about activity, yet increasingly about diversion and a specific profundity to the story's characters. The book totally finishes up the story so there is no requirement for another. I think Restart can be enjoyed by anybody, and it doesn't make a difference what book you like the most. Like Masterminds, the story is told through various first-individual viewpoints, from the primary characters, yet in addition from the individuals who know him. This switch of portrayal accommodates a more inside and out narrating experience. I feel that it satisfies its title of "Restart". My final rating is 4/5.
@Barcelonafan1 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Chase, the main protagonist of this novel, falls on his head and remembers nothing. We join Chase on his journey on finding out who he truly is. Like many Gordon Korman novels, Restart has such a great plot that other writers only dream of having. This book has amazing transitions between characters point of views that really offer different opinions and sides to every story. Typically books provide one side and option to any situation thus providing the reader a very dull and somewhat boring reading experience. Restart has many twists and turns leaving the reader wanting more. This book expertly represents bullying, ethical dilemmas and misunderstandings. Over all this book was an amazing read and was a solid 5 out of 5 stars.
@SpookyCat of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Feb 06, 2020

Hi ppls, this a school assignment for rating and posting comments about this book. So my book partner and I gonna be posting comments

Hi good book
No comment... I missed most of it cause i was away fellow classmates

Feb 06, 2020

I think this book is interesting because of its plot, plot twist and the characters. I would give this book 4/5 stars only because for some readers, there is not enough action. I would say this book is for ages 7 to 12.

Lucille Batt
Nov 21, 2019

This book needs a movie and a sequel. It is amazing and shows how people can change, despite what others think. I think anyone could like it.

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.

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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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