REMIX – Review by Sarah, Queen Elizabeth’s School for Girls

remixThis adventurous book is about two girls, Kaz and Ruby who go to a festival to see their favourite band, to get away from the drama and troubles back at home.

Ruby is a wild and excitable girl whereas Kaz is calmer. They have a strong friendship which is severely tested in a bundle of events.

I enjoyed the fact that the book had two different narrators, so you could hear their different thoughts. On the other hand, it was a book that I wouldn’t really suggest for younger readers because of some of the events in the book. This is a great read for older readers.

 

REMIX – Review by Harry, Wren Academy

remixI was advised to read this book by a friend who said it was very funny and they thought I would like it, but having read it, in some ways I wish I hadn’t bothered. The blurb on the back of the book had swayed me too in how it is presented and the punchy comments with recommendations like “funny, outrageous and entirely true to life” and I’d recommend it to absolutely anyone”. In the end it is not my cup of tea and is, in my opinion, more aimed at teenage girls.

The book is split into sections named after each day of the music festival and also told from two different points of view; the main characters Kaz and Ruby who are best mates but totally opposite characters, in 6th form and about to go to university. They have been waiting so long to go on a trip of their lifetimes to a music festival called Remix. Luckily their parents get tickets for them to go to the festival and see their favourite band Gold’ntone. Unfortunately, this is spoilt for them when both ex boyfriends turn up and relationships become more the issues than the music.

The good points of the book are the characterisation of the two main characters making them totally believable although I find them very silly in what they care about and have as their priorities. The author also has a range of other characters to flesh out the book and offer more balanced view and my favourite character of all is Lee (Ruby’s older brother) who is confident, passionate and likes a bit of a joke. I can relate to him more than to the girls.

I also like the fact that the book is told from two different points of view and you can see how the same event is thought about differently by two people.

What I don’t like about the book is the fact that there is no real story and it is not about the music in my opinion and is only about their relationships and the stupid decisions that they make. This is important and for some people they would enjoy reading more about this aspect but it was just not for me.

 

REMIX – Review by Lucy, JCoSS

remixRemix is a brilliant book about two young best friends, Kaz and Ruby, who have secrets. These secrets are about to be revealed, changing things forever. The themes in this book are friendship, lies and music. You may wonder why music, but both girls share a passion for it. They go to a music festival where they camp out and seem to drift apart when they should be close together, as they need each other.

One weekend can change a lifetime of friendship, but is it worth it when love is clouding your judgment? Keeping secrets from one another leads to Kaz and Ruby falling into a spiral of webbed lies. Will they figure it out?

What I really enjoyed about the book is that it is very relatable and open about what is happening from both Kaz and Ruby’s viewpoints. We get to understand each of their perspectives while also having a bird’s-eye view of their mistakes, secrets and lies. It is a fast-paced teenage drama.

The book includes mature themes and allows us to learn from the girls’ mistakes and choices. These themes include drinking, relationships, rude language and sexual themes. I would suggest this book is suitable for 12 -15 year olds as this is the age that might need to learn about the themes in the book.

I read this book in 3-4 days as I’m a very fast reader, but the book was so captivating and impossible to put down. From past experience I have been in arguments with friends ( as I’m sure all friends have) and I found this book is so helpful in preparing me for situations like that. At the same time, the book also shows you how lucky you are to have friends and its really special how it makes you appreciate that.

REMIX – Review by Ralph, Wren Academy

remixRemix is about two teenage girls called Ruby and Kaz (short for Kazima). The story takes place one weekend at a music festival called Remix. Kaz, Ruby and many of their friends, ex’s, siblings and boyfriends have gone to Remix, though not entirely all together. Once they have all discovered they have company, the situation begins to grow awkward. Not wishing to spoil the story, many things, good and bad, occur to the lot of them and the book creates an air of mystery, love and friendship.

I do like this book’s promotion of the ‘friendship is the most important’ message but I will openly say that, at least for the beginning, the plot is very difficult to grasp. The trouble is so many characters are introduced far too quickly so we find ourselves scratching our head and wondering who on earth is that. It isn’t easy either, to get a picture of a scene. Despite these kinks however, it is still a good book and one I would recommend, most probably, to a young teenage girl. I would give it 7/10.

 

REMIX – Review by Scarlett, JCoSS

remixRemix is an excellent book about relationships and the complications of lies and cover-ups, all pushed into one 3-day weekend in the form of a music festival.

Ruby and Kaz have been granted the opportunity by Ruby’s older brother, Lee, to go to a festival by the name of Remix before Lee takes off to travel the world. They plan on making this weekend all about them but Kaz is lead astray when she discovers that her ex-boyfriend, Tom, will be there. Kaz is still trying to get over the fact she loves him and Ruby’s sick of hearing about it.

Things get even more complicated when the girls are greeted with an unwelcome face and relationships are played with. When Kaz discovers a secret about Tom, she is challenged by a confusing choice of whether to tell or keep it locked away forever. She hides things from Ruby and Ruby starts to question her friendship with Kaz and grows further distant.

Will they repair their relationship? Who is this unwelcome face? And what is Tom’s secret? Read this mature novel to find out!

REMIX, Review by Sienna, Queen Elizabeth’s School for Girls

remixFestivals are bright, colourful events celebrating music at its best. What could possibly go wrong with two best friends entering this world for the weekend?  Just meeting their ex-boyfriends and seeing what goes on backstage, the spotlight is on Kaz and Ruby’s friendship.  But beware, for teenagers come with mature language.

I like how informal the language is because as a teenager I can relate to the friendship problems and the mature parts livened the storyline by catching my attention quickly.

Also, it was interesting that the story didn’t have a defined ending. However, this wasn’t a bad thing because the reader could choose the ending they were happy with. In other words, the ending could be interpreted in many ways. What is the future for Ruby after her actions? Will Kaz make up with her new friend?  But the joy is, we’ll never know – unless there is a second book.

REMIX, Review by Eva, JCoSS

remixWhen I picked up Remix, I thought it would be another soppy girly book. However, not far into the book I realized that although my first impressions were partly right, there was a lot more to the book than I’d expected!

This book is about two best friends, Kaz and Ruby, who go to a concert for a weekend. They have both broken up with their boyfriends and want to get away and have some fun. But their exes coincidentally are at the concert as well and the girls have a question to answer: ‘Would I lie to you?’

If I could describe this book in two words, I would say it is unpredictable and rude. I think it is a good book for people who like romance books or books about modern relationships.

I didn’t enjoy the book that much as I’m not in either of those groups, but it was still very well-written and made me want to read on, as the story never gets to a good place to stop at until the end!