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Book Review: Restart

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Imagine having no idea who you were. That’s how Chase Ambrose feels when he wakes up in the hospital after falling off his roof. He doesn’t know his name or recognize his mom.

Chase doesn’t know he used to be the star of the football team. He doesn’t understand why some of the other kids hate him. He doesn’t know he used to bully them. 

Shoshanna Weber hates Chase Ambrose with her whole heart. He used to bully her brother, Joel. It got so bad he had to move away to a boarding school. She misses Joel and he hates boarding school.

Brendan Espinoza wants to be famous – on YouTube. He will do anything (even if it’s absolutely dangerous and more than a little bit crazy) to get there. He’s always been one of Chase’s victims – until after his fall. Now, Chase seems like he wants to be a friend. He even offers to help Brendan film videos after school. Brendan can’t decide if he can trust Chase or not. After all, up until now, Chase has always been eager to torment him.

Aaron Hakimian and Bear Bratsky used to be Chase’s best friends, but they don’t like the new Chase. He’s too – different. He doesn’t think mean is funny anymore. Instead, he’s trying to be nice. They want the old Chase back.

Chase wants to change. He wants the other kids to like him. He wants to find out who he truly is. It’s going to take a lot though, like losing his old friends from the football team and joining the video club. But, maybe that’s who he really is.

Find out who Chase decides to be when you read Gordon Korman’s Restart. It’s a fun but meaningful novel about growing up, friendships, and identity. You won’t be able to put it down.

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Abigail Abd, Writer
“You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald  
My name is Abigail Abd. I play trombone in the Marion Center Marching Band, along with concert band. I am also a member of the Junior High Choir. I joined the newspaper because I love writing, and think it's a good way to share my opinions.
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