Book Review: Restart

“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 Goodreads)

Once upon a time, I wrote super detailed notes about how much I loved this book and why. Then one day… I lost them. The bittersweet ending is that I’ve decided to write a mini review from what I remember… *grins sheepishly*

This book was a surprise. I loved the cover, the concept, and a review I’d read of it. And I ended up very much enjoying the book itself. 😉 


-Sometimes taking a second chance is harder than giving one.
-Getting to step back from your life and have some perspective on it is a huge gift.
-Amnesia is hard, wow.
-Chase was a cool character. I really felt for him and was really rooting for him to choose the right way as more and more of his past life came out. He had me worried and proud and invested all at the same time. 😉 I loved what happened with him.
-Um, so… Brendan. Man, I love that kid. Zany and loyal.
-Shannon’s bitterness and reactions were so well done.
-Come to think of it, everyone was really well done, even the villains. That’s what made this book so good. 
-And the themes. 😉
-The mystery of the little girl was awesome.
-Also, the Frank Capra-ish ending. *sniffs*

Just a note, this book did include some very negative attitudes and traumatic bullying. Also, there were some fractured family relationships, slang/redacted language, and maybe three (?) blasphemies.

Anyway, it was a great book, and I want to join their videographer club now. 😉

And if you need more convincing or a longer review to read, check out JonathanT’s review (…). His is the one that convinced me to try this. 😉

12 thoughts on “Book Review: Restart

      1. I need to try that. I don’t have a determined format yet so I guess that makes it hard to know what to look for in a book when I go to review 😂 I need to sit down and find a format I can stick to and keep. ❤️

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