Vibes Nothing is beyond Kristi Carmichael s disdain her hippie high school her friend Jacob her workaholic mom Yet for all her attitude and her mind reading abilities Kristi has a vulnerable side She can

  • Title: Vibes
  • Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • ISBN: 9780618995301
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nothing is beyond Kristi Carmichael s disdain her hippie high school, her friend Jacob, her workaholic mom Yet for all her attitude and her mind reading abilities, Kristi has a vulnerable side She can hear the thoughts of her fellow students, calling her fat and gross She s hot for Gusty Peterson, one of the most popular guys in school, but of course, she s sure he thinNothing is beyond Kristi Carmichael s disdain her hippie high school, her friend Jacob, her workaholic mom Yet for all her attitude and her mind reading abilities, Kristi has a vulnerable side She can hear the thoughts of her fellow students, calling her fat and gross She s hot for Gusty Peterson, one of the most popular guys in school, but of course, she s sure he thinks she is disgusting And she s still mad at her father, who walked out on them two years ago Soon, a school project brings her together with Gusty, her father comes home and drops a bombshell, and a friend comes out of the closet, and suddenly she is left doubting that she can read people at all.Bitingly funny but ultimately poignant and positive, this YA novel is completely on the mark.

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    Amy Kathleen Ryan earned her MA from the University of Vermont, and her MFA from The New School in New York City Amy only reviews books she thinks are excellent.Proud to be included in this list of classic science fiction titles mediaokbub blog 2015 0Follow her on TWITTER twitter AmyKathleenRyanWebsite amykathleenryan


  • A friend passed this book off to me. I'm a YA author and have been reading an abundance of YA these days. Based on the pile I've read lately, I'd call this average with a lot of missed potential. Note: Spoilers below. Pros: -The narrative was simple and descriptive at the same time. I didn't find myself getting caught up in the writing or feeling bogged down by unnecessary details. -Kristi's voice felt believable and appropriately angsty for her age. -Mallory. By far the most realistic male char [...]

  • Kristi Carmicheal lost more than her father the day he walked out on her and her mother. She lost her best friend Hildie and her ability to trust. The fact that she can read minds only helps solidify her negative outlook on the people around her. She can hear what they are really thinking about her.She’s heard it all: sick, psycho, bitch, ugly, troublemaker. Kristi knows exactly what everyone thinks about her, or so she thinks.I couldn’t put this book down! It was hilarious and somehow at th [...]

  • While I am a self-proclaimed lover of all things "chick-lit" or contemporary YA, two categories that this novel obviously fits into quite effortlessly, I was not at all impressed with this book. The premise seemed promising--it features a witty, edgy, snarky teen with the power to read minds. Done right, that could be a hilarious commentary on high school life a la Mean Girls. Alas, it was not meant to be. From the beginning, I had a huge problem with the main character. Kristi was not only "edg [...]

  • If you liked this book, don't read my review because you will probably want to shoot me. But I've got a rant coming on, and there's nothing I can do to stop it:The main character was impressively unpleasant. I felt like I was being forced to hang out with a miserable, spiteful, self-pitying stereotype. The way everyone judged her was so forced- like, "And now, to make you feel sympathetic for my main character, I'm going to make everybody else in the book suck." Maybe I'm being naieve. I don't k [...]

  • This was an amazing book (I read the "advance reading copy- actual publishing date is set for Oct. 2008). This book has many twists and turns and kept me interested from beginning to end. It's about a young teenage girl, Kristi, who believes she can "hear" other's thoughts. Many times she hears negative comments towards her, particularly about her appearance. Many young boys think about her "ginormous gazungas" which freaks her out, especially when her guy best friend thinks it. Although Kristi [...]

  • I more than most can understand that being an offbeat teenager can make you feel isolated and vulnerable and desperate all at the same time. With so many books about popular kids using and abusing their equally popular cronies or dorky kids managing to infiltrate the ranks of the cool, its nice to read a book about teens just being teens and learning to love themselves by accepting who they are.For Kristi Carmichael listening to opera music, playing stealth practical jokes, making her own “fou [...]

  • “[There's] one thing I can tell you about human nature: beautiful people are the last ones you want to befriend. Beautiful people float through life thinking that it's perfectly normal for others to gaze at them adoringly, and open doors for them, and defer to their opinion Doesn't anyone understand that beautiful people are stupid? That's why nature made them beautiful, so they'd have a chance at surviving in the wild. And how do they survive? They use people and then they drop people, and th [...]

  • I really love Amy's Sky Chaser series but I couldn't even finish listening to the audio book of this one. The narrator plays a large factor in that (really whiny, and I think she forgot which character had a lisp because she would go in and out of lisping no matter which character she was portraying.)The MC is awful, she sets traps so that people slip and fall or get pelted with dirt in their eyes and then rushes over to help them so then they praise her. She's really judgemental and I can't be [...]

  • This book, whilst slightly odd, is good and has lots of text that teenagers can relate to. Recommended for girls, but not boys.

  • I finally read Vibes, after meeting the author at my library’s Author Open House last April and having a wonderful talk about writing for teens and her new book. At the time, I felt stupid for not having read the books of all the YA authors who were visiting our library, but she was super nice about it, and she even signed my ARC for me. I promised I’d read it. Then I took it home and put it on a shelf and forgot about it.Yeah, that’s me – lazy, slacker-type procrastinator.So, anyway, I [...]

  • Funny, quirky, and pretty good characters. The reading minds thing became a bit confusing but overall well written and a funny story

  • The book Vibes by Maurya Simon has many interesting qualities. From drama and depression to funny and entertaining, I would highly recommend this book. I think the suspense will want the readers to read more. One of those reasons is that Kristi (the main character) and Gusty the boy that Kristi likes) have an ongoing relationship that keeps you wondering what they are going to do next. For example on pages 218-219 it says, “I didn’t ask for your forgiveness. And I don’t care what you think [...]

  • Kristi rules the pages of “Vibes” like she rules over her faithful follower, Jacob Flax, without giving it a thought. But the funny thing is, Kristi can read minds. Sometimes, like when Jacob is picturing her in a bikini, she wishes her mind-reading abilities would stop. But what would happen if they did? She might have to let people have their own thoughts and opinions, and this could potentially suck in many ways. Kristi goes to a totally nutty school called Journeys. Journeys exposes chil [...]

  • I came into reading this book on a very very bored night when my usual blogging platform was down for the count. So I hastily pulled the book over to myself and said, "Hey! Let's read this finally!"They tell you not to judge a book by its coverbut what about the first couple of chapters?At first picking up Vibes, I was cheery about it because it was something to do and I was on my third or fourth book of the week. Plus the chapters were shorter than any other book I've previously read, which amu [...]

  • I'm only giving this two stars because I save the ones for books I hate so much I don't finish. This was finishablebut I hated myself at the end.Kristi is the most unlikable character I have ever read. Aside from dropping the R word left and right and shamelessly mocking a girl for her anorexia, she's also just a complete bitch to absolutely anyone who ever speaks to her. Including people who are genuinely kind to her. But because she has daddy issues we're supposed to see that it's all a big fa [...]

  • I was definitely a litle skeptical when I picked this book up, but I have to say I was really impressed. I love the main character. She seems like the total epitome of a confused teen, faults and all, but she is still so endearing and relatable. I love Gusty, Mallory, Hildie, and Eva, and even the gay best friend Flax. They are just all so totally themselves! I think the author did great at characterization, and maybe less great on the actual story line. I would have liked to have gotten more ab [...]

  • A fun read with an enjoyable main character. Kristi's a bit overweight, a bit weird, a bit of a loser, and a lot angry. Oh, and she can hear other people's thoughts. (Naturally, as a teenager, the thoughts she hears are all about her.)She's independent, mean, judgmental, funny, and not afraid of conflict, all of which combine to make her one of the less popular kids at her "hippy-dippy" high school, Journeys. She's angry at her workaholic mother, and conflicted about her dad, who left the family [...]

  • Kristi goes to an alternative school, feels fat thanks to her large breasts, and is angry at her mom ever since her dad left. Wait, no, not JUST her mom. Kristi's angry at the world. She keeps people from getting too close to her with her gothy eyeshadow and found-item fashions, and her snarly attitude doesn't help, either. But she can't help having a crush on Gusty Peterson, even though she's psychic, and everytime he looks at Kristi, he thinks sick. Yeah, I know, I know, but Kristi doesn'tKris [...]

  • This was a rather ho-hum book. I felt like it didn't have much of a point. The main character was so self absorbed--and a bitch--that it got to me. I mean, I don't have problems with self absorbed people in books, but this was a little too far (and far-fetched).Also, I felt like she didn't really answer the main question of the book.

  • I find the protagonist of this book, Kristi, to be bitchy, rude and solely focused on appearance. I really hated her and when things blew up in her face, I was actually glad. She needed a dose of reality and be stepped of her 'Holier than thou' throne. I didn't like the ending either.

  • I opened the book, read the first paragraph, and wanted to burn it. This may make or break this book for a lot of people.It isn't easy being able to read minds. People think up some pretty nasty sewage. Like the other day- I'm walking home from school when I come across an old guy walking his smelly Doberman. He's definitely a candidate for this year's Stodgist American Award. Black suit coat, gray pants, white stuff in the corners of his mouth. He takes one look at my thick legs in their fishne [...]

  • I really enjoyed this. I didn't buy it from the book store. My friend owned the book and I thought the synopsis looked promising so I borrowed it one night. I ended up liking it more than I thought. Even though I found the book promising, I had a little feeling that it was just going to be your typical young adult romance novel. But, I thought it was really well written and I could relate a lot to the main character. Although I felt she could sometimes be harsh, I understood why she was. She was [...]

  • it was a cool book, liked how at the end she realizes her "mind reading ability" was way off. Lol. it was interesting to read i find myself skimming through most of the book though i guess i was getting a bit bored with it at some parts but still kept me interested to want to know what happen at the end.

  • The climax of the book was so hard to put down, honestly the whole book was! I've always wondered what it would be like to be able to read others' thoughts, and now I don't.

  • 2.5 stars. (I will say this again: We need half-stars, GoodReads!)From my blog review, located here.Well, if nothing else, Kristi is a fantastically funny and witty narrator. She’s got wonderful, unique traits, like the fact she makes her clothes out of the most absurd materials--such as umbrellas!--and is great at it. Or how she’s obsessed with opera to block out people’s thoughts. Reading her account of what happens is oftentimes hilarious and I stopped MANY times to mark down quotes I l [...]

  • Kristi Carmichael thinks she has all the answers, which is part of why she stopped caring about just about everything two years ago. She knows all about her workaholic mother, absent father, and why the incredibly cute Gusty Peterson would never want to have anything to do with her. She can even understand the romantic thoughts and strange fantasies her friends Mallory and Jacob have for her. Of course, being psychic can have that effect on a person.Part of having all the answers is being chroni [...]

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