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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, NY : Scholastic Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781338053777
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm


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May 10, 2021

Pretty good book. I read this as a school assignment :)

Mar 04, 2021

Its a good book with a good ending. definitely worth reading. It's the best book iv'e read all week. And i have read some good books. at least consider reading this. It's a good book. It's about a guy who gets amnesia and forgets his past, friends, and haters. now he has to relearn all that he has done and his reputation. he learns from past friends, half friends, haters, and to-be friends. Please at least read the first two chapters before deciding you "hate this book now and forever the end."

Feb 23, 2021

Chase Ambrose is a used-to-be jock and bully. But Chase falls off a roof and gets amnesia, starting his life all over again. Surprisingly, after the fall, he turns into a nice, thoughtful guy. But later, his former friends, Arron and Bear, frame him so that everybody still thinks he is a big bully. But one of his new friends finds evidence that proves he still is the nice guy. Meanwhile, Chase figured out that his old self stole a medal of honor from a super old friend at an old folks home he was volunteering at. He was determined to make things right. He rushes to the old folks home to try and give it to him but, Arron and Bear find out and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the medal and sell it. When his friends arrive, Chase runs away from his former friends and his real friends get involved. After the police get involved, Chase confesses and goes to court. But because of all the people that came to support him, all charges were released and Chase was free to go. I recommend this awesome book to kids 8 to 12. I read this book in 2 days it was THAT good!

VaughanPLDonnalee Jan 24, 2021

This is a really intriguing book by Gordon Korman with a fascinating premise. Korman books often feature a lot of slapstick humour and goofiness. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Restart is a bit more serious and does a decent job examining some really serious, complex issue but at a level accessible for young readers. Chase Ambrose is an eighth grade football star, but an accident leaves him with severe amnesia. As he navigates his confusing new reality, he discovers that other students either fear or loathe him. He realizes he was actually a terrible bully and not a nice person. But who is he now? Can he really be a different person? This is a fast-paced read that looks at bullying, identity and dealing with the consequences of the decisions you make in life. It's a fast and fun read for middle grade readers that still has some of Korman's trademark humour, but it's a book that asks questions about what kind of person do you want to be. A great read.

pacl_teens Jan 04, 2021

What would you do if you were given a clean slate? In other words, an opportunity to start over and fix your mistakes? This is the question that the book "Restart" by Gordan Korman presents. Our main character, Chase, loses all of his memories in an accident and can't recall anything about his life, not even his own name. However, Chase's classmates do remember him. Some love him, while others fear him. One even dumps frozen yogurt on his head. Slowly, through the various exciting adventures that he goes through, Chase begins to uncover frightening details of his own past, like that he was a terrifying bully who used to torment his classmates. Meanwhile, his classmates struggle with Chase's "reset".
This book is excellent for a variety of reasons. First of all, all the characters are great. Each one of them are enjoyable and their varied reactions to the new reset Chase are understandable. Secondly, telling the story using multiple perspectives was a great idea, especially in the context of the story. Finally, it is also a quite funny and an overall entertaining read. I highly recommend this book. -Aiden, Grade 8

Dec 11, 2020

At the start of the book, a boy named Chase fell of his roof and he did not remember anything after the accident. Then, he was a whole different person and he felt like he restarted his whole life over again. Before the accident, Chase was a bully and made Shoshanna's brother Joel, go to boarding school because of how many times Chase bullied Joel. Shoshanna was angry and then once she saw chase at the Heaven of Ice. Right then, she dumped frozen yogurt on top of chase's head.

Nov 22, 2020

Omg, this book is a must-have srsly though I hoped the girl dated the dude. But I really wanted a part two!

Sep 24, 2020

Restart is a mostly solid and satisfying, if not spectacular, novel that allows the reader to remain invested from start to finish. The premise is not very different from what Korman has written before, but it's fascinating in theory. Gordon Korman has demonstrated with his previous novels his understanding of the general preteen mindset; this explains why his body of work (like Restart) is free from a bag of irritating cliches. Restart isn't the novel that escapes the cliches in the dialogue (which needed to be better), but it surely avoids them with the events that take place. The narrative structure is impressive; I was reminded a lot of Wonder whilst seeing it play out here, but only this time, it's used superbly for the development of the characters. We relate to them a lot easier because we understand the psychology, the mindset. There's a lot going in Restart's favour that I wished it were better. The plot points soon begin to become familiar, with heavy echoes to Slacker and Ungifted, and it begins to feel a bit too generic. I wished it were a tighter novel, at least by 30 to 40 pages. Yet, there's no denying that Restart is worth reading, even if it has its flaws. Rating = 3/5
@SSGDP of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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.

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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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