Restart by Gordon Korman


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 ...

Details Restart

Release DateMay 30th, 2017
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreRealistic Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Restart

  • JonathanT
    DUDE. THIS BOOK. WHERE TO EVEN START. I went into this expecting a light, fluffy, and kinda boring middle grade novel, but I was pleasantly surprised! This was SO SO SO fun but also very engaging and complex for an MG book. For starters, this book drew on a A LOT of elements. The author had a lot to work with to make his story multifaceted. I thought this was just going to be about school life, but nooope. SO. MANY. OTHER. ELEMENTS. It is about s...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    First this is a youth book...YA. But (and looking at my raring I think this may not surprise you) my simple recommendation is:Read this book, it's good.While young Adults can read this book and get a lot, so can adults. What you get here is a good story/plot some great story-telling and a nice lesson oriented tale that doesn't get preachy and holds the interest from start to finish.Chase is a football star, as a matter of fact Chase is an all rou...
  • Karina
    I made my 8 yr old son read this first. I enjoyed hearing him talk about the book and describing to me the scenes and the jerks involved in the story. So of course I had to read it. Chase's fall from the roof gives him amnesia. He can't remember his mom, dad, friends or social life. Everyone around him walks on egg shells. He doesn't get it until the puzzle pcs come together. Chase was also a football player that was allowed to behave as a bully ...
  • Kate Willis
    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. ;) Thoughts…-Sometimes taking a second chance is harder than giving one.-Gettin...
  • Skutti2000
    As a high schooler, I generally think Gordon Korman, while excellent, is too juvenile of a writer for me to seriously enjoy at this point. So when my ten-year-old sister raved about it and incessantly recommended it to me, I was very skeptical. However, this book pleasantly surprised me. It took on a lot of tough topics like bullying, injury, and self-image, while simultaneously keeping it light hearted. Plus, there were enough twists to keep it ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Copy provided by publisher at ALAChase has fallen off the roof of his house and can't remember anything. Not his mother, not his best friends, and not his school. The concussion he has sustained keeps him out of playing football, which makes his father (a former jock himself) unhappy. Chase doesn't mind. His friends Bear and Ambrose aren't the nicest guys-- the three have done something Chase does not remember that has led them to be sentenced to...
  • Zyra
    all about second chances & how in the end its always our choice who & what we want to be.
  • Jackie
    What would it be like to start over? What if you were a bully extraordinaire and everyone was scared to face you in the school hall? What if you were a talented football star who suddenly is forced to stand on the sidelines and watch your friends play without you? All this, and MORE happens to Chase Ambrose. During one of his outrageous escapades, he falls off the roof of his house and suffers injuries. In time, his physical injuries will heal,...
  • Amy
    This was a fantastic read. I started it late one afternoon and kept reading until I finished it that same night. The premise (a bully falls off a roof, gets amnesia, and becomes a better person) is fantastic. It begs the reader to consider the big questions of if people can really change, what makes a person who they are, and how many second chances one gets in life.Chase Ambrose has no idea who he is. When he wakes up in the hospital after falli...
  • Rosey Mucklestone
    Good stuff:• Character voiceIt seems to be a favorite thing of Gordon Korman’s to work the split POV thing as much as possible. And one of the key things on that is making sure all of your characters have distinct voices, which he does an amazing job at.The musical genius is remarking on how the door squeaks an F#. Someone uses a lot of parenthesis and the filmmaker kid is always keeping up the narration stream on his own life events . . .Off...
  • Jeanette
    It's written in the flip-flopping narrator "eyes" style that's so popular in the last 5 years. And the writing style is easy read and clear, above average-also without profanity- just a lot of the "usual" name calls and some made up ones like "Dumbledoras" etc. It's about amnesia and bullying at its core. But more specifically a change of character and judgment due to the amnesia. Most of the book was clearly at least 4 star. And then it got so H...
  • Penny Wood
    OH. MY. GOODNESS. THIS WAS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This has got to be one of the best books I've read in a while. I had so many emotions going through me as I read it. I wanted to laugh. Cry. Scream. Fall on the floor and hide. It was sooooooooooooo amazing!!!Gordon Korman has the amazing talent to create a story that is not only funny, but thought provoking and real. I love all the characters. Chase is my favorite, but I also love Brendan, ...
  • Amie
    1. This book was so boring (but I'm obviously not the target audience, so take that with a grain of salt).2. After reading this book and "What Alice Forgot" by Liane Moriarty, I have determined that plots based on amnesia are not for me.3. Why is the phrase "cotton pickin'" showing up in children's books in 2018? We can do better.
  • Ian Epp
    This is an amazing book about a kid who falls off his roof and gets amnesia. He has to completely re-learn his identity. But as he goes around school he realizes that he may have not been the nicest person. Confused in a world where he does not know where he belongs. He realizes that he has the amazing opportunity to start over with a clean slate.
  • Kylie Hart
    The book starts with the main character waking up in the hospital with amnesia. He does not remember his mom, that he was the star football player, or that he used to be a bully. When he goes back to school, he takes this as a chance to restart his life, and be a better person. It was a good book, I was reading it because we are going to have a book club for it over the summer at the library. Middle schoolers will probably like it better! It was ...
  • Jill
    8th grade football star Chase Ambrose (13) wakes up in a hospital bed after falling of the roof of his house and to complete strangers. Chase received a severe concussion and has no memory of his life before the accident and cannot even recognize his own family. When Chase returns to Hiawassee Middle School, everything and everyone is brand-new to him...even his best friends on the football team. Chase is receiving different reactions from people...
  • Joyce Yattoni
    First of all let me confess I have a bit of a celebrity crush on the author Gordon Korman because I have never not liked one of his books. This story is no exception. The author Korman takes a very serious topic, bullying, and shows how people can change from being a bully to not. Granted, in this situation Chase Ambrose doesn't ever remember being a bully because he has amnesia. I loved how the author showed Chase's struggle. After the fall, Cha...
  • Violet Sinclair
    I loved this book so much! I'm SO glad I was able to receive an ARC!This had been on my TBR pile as soon as I had heard about the book, and receiving an ARC was absolutely amazing!RESTART is a very different book than what I normally read, but I REALLY liked it. It even made some fluids leak out of my eyeballs, and I hardly ever cry when I read.The characters kept me engaged and I loved the multiple view points. My favorites definitely have to be...
  • Lauren Waters
    I absolutely loved reading about Chase's transformation and second chance at forming a better reputation after suffering a head injury and losing his memory. There are so many lessons to take way from this novel including apologizing for past mistakes, starting over and developing friendships with former enemies.
  • Libby May
    Good book! Man. Turns out most of the time when I write reviews the books are good, but hey! I try to only read good books.Chase is so cool! And the fresh way that Gordon told the story, the way we remembered Chase's previous life with him, and the little insiders notes we got from all his haters/friends. It was definitely one to add to the bookshelf. :)
  • Celestria
    This was so good! Once I started, I had to sit and read till it was finished. I just loved the story and how Chase completely changes and becomes a different (better) person. It had fun characters and so many instances had me laughing out loud. I'm going to try and get my 12-year-old brother to read it next!
  • Jenn
    I don't know how Gordon Korman does it. He cranks out so many book each year, but they still display a high level of writing and thought. He respects middle grade years and gives them great stories. This one is a quick read about an awful bully who gets a brain injury, which results in amnesia. He's shocked and disturbed to learn about the person he once was. 3.5 stars
  • Neeraja
    It was really good. As good as Ungifted. I personally like Gordan Korman. He's a really good author.
  • Christine
    When 13-year-old Chase wakes up in a hospital after falling off the roof of his home he finds he has lost his memory. And the more he learns about his old self the less he likes what he hears. Chase is now torn between his two lives; his pre-fall macho, football, bully self and his post-fall friendly, moral, kind self. Who is he really and can he fit the pieces of himself back into a whole?This story was more than I expected, so engaging and thou...
  • Phil Jensen
    Another Gordon Korman book, only a little more serious than usual. That's really all you need to know.Korman brings his patented multiple-viewpoints style to a story about a bully seeking redemption and self-identity. It's a little heavier than stylistically similar books like No More Dead Dogs, Ungifted and Schooled, but only just. Korman's strengths- tight plotting, character arcs, strong pacing, narrative voice- are in evidence as always. A fe...
  • Abbie
    5 STARS. WOW I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. I've been reading a lot more middle grade fiction lately and honestly I feel like middle grade fiction is super underrated. It's like YA fiction but with better themes and actually good character arcs!!! At least, that's what I look for in a book. And Restart did not disappoint. Seriously I can't think of anything I didn't like about this book!! The characters were so human and flawed and conflicted. I wasn'...
  • April
    If I could rate this ten stars I would. This book is amazing!!! I love it!!! It’s officially one of my favourite books!I finished this book in one day. I just couldn’t get enough of it. It was a little frustrating at times but I believe most books are. I haven’t been drawn to any book in a long time. This one...I just found it so hard to put down. The writer of this book is a genius. I’ll definitely be reading his stories for many years t...
  • A.C. Paige
    4.2 StarsI liked this story and was inclined to turning pages and staying up until past 1 am. I liked the pacing and characterization. I enjoyed the plot and the resolution. Altogether a very enjoyable story of discovering both a new self and past self at the same time. It was all about amnesia giving second chances.
  • Brett
    After a fall off a roof chase Ambrose gets amnesia. he used to be a roten kid but now after the accident he's changed.