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How well do we know our best friends?They were the best of friends. Sixteen-year-old Buck Mendenhall first met Kate Lucas the summer before seventh grade. In eighth grade they made friends with the brilliant and wealthy newcomer, Trav Kirby. They didn't seem to need anyone else. Mostly they looked forward to the good times shared at Kate's house. It didn't matter if theirHow well do we know our best friends?They were the best of friends. Sixteen-year-old Buck Mendenhall first met Kate Lucas the summer before seventh grade. In eighth grade they made friends with the brilliant and wealthy newcomer, Trav Kirby. They didn't seem to need anyone else. Mostly they looked forward to the good times shared at Kate's house. It didn't matter if their classmates wondered about them; no one could unravel their binding ties. At least that's what they thought. When one of the trio finds the future too great a threat, the other two can only wonder: "How well did we know our best friend?" "With humanity, wit, and a quiet intensity, Peck's novel depicts suicide as a turning point inward of the pressures in an alienated and violent society." -- Booklist, starred review.A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year....

Title : Remembering the Good Times
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ISBN : 9780440973393
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Remembering the Good Times Reviews

  • Bethany
    2019-02-22 03:31

    I ordered this from Amazon after coming across the title here (searching Richard Peck for work). Reading the very mixed reviews, I was uncertain as to how the book would hold up after all these years. It was one of my very favorites when I was younger, one I would search out in any new library as a test of their collection, and I must have read it dozens of times. So the package arrived, and I found an ex-library copy that looked exactly like the ones I'd loved. What to do but put aside everything I actually needed to accomplish, and read it right then and there?I was somewhat startled to see that the book must have been new-ish the first time I read it, at about 11/12. For some reason I had perceived it as older -- maybe because of the differences between the semi-rural setting and my own suburban childhood? It seemed a lot less dated to me now than then. Anyway, I can't give too much of a review without spoilers . . . but I found that it affected me nearly as much as an adult as it did as a young adult. For all the reviewers who said that "nothing much happened" for the first half of the book, or that the characters read kind of hollow, I wonder -- are you reading as adults? Because from a young adult's perspective, I remember the characters and their stories being very engaging and relevant. As an adult reading YA literature for the first time, I often feel that the stories are somewhat abbreviated, or that there were depths that could have been explored or that the story could have been longer. It's hard to remember that we are not precisely the target audience. Going back and revisiting a childhood favorite really brought that home. It's nice that there are many crossover novels that appeal to both adults and young adults/children, but we need to remember the intended audience before we get too critical.

  • Joelle Sharp
    2019-01-24 06:32

    Each Richard Peck I start to read I think it might not be as good as the last one but I end up loving it just as much as all of his other books!

  • Wendopolis
    2019-01-27 06:30

    This is obviously one of those “problem” YA novels from the 80’s, when characters were not as important as making sure there was an “issue”. This book would benefit from a rewrite/update, because the bones of it are good: three oddballs who don’t fit in anywhere become best friends until one succumbs to his problems and the other two are left to deal with the fallout. But that really doesn’t happen in this book, because nothing gets fleshed out enough to make a satisfying story. The reader is left feeling that something is missing.

  • Skyler
    2019-02-19 08:22

    This book became part of the standard Lincoln Public Schools (NE) curriculum the year surveys revealed that suicide was the number one killer of teens between the ages of 14 and 18. We all got forms sent home for parents to sign, and a special counselor came to our lit class to discuss everything from signs of potential suicide victims to dealing with the loss of a classmate. It was surreal.Now, I realize the gravity of discovering that America's teens were killing themselves. It is a strange irony that (I think) the current number one is alcohol related accidents, which--in a way--could mean teens have simply found a new way to do it. But I digress...This story is about three young-adults who create an incredible bond through fast friendship one summer (as kids often do). They are the oddest trio, each hailing from a different social class, but somehow their friendship just seems right. Inevitably, the relationships are strained, both internally and externally, and one of the teens decides that it isn't worth the trouble to get up every day, anymore.Remembering The Good Times was shocking and powerful for me, because it showed me that our school system and parents actually cared about us, and that they were willing to put everyone's learning on hold for a single, united purpose. While I've never lost anyone in this way, I was very, very close to it myself once, years later, shortly after I turned 17. I do not know if it's just my generation, but almost everyone I ask says they have contemplated it at least one time. The story points out how to recognize despair in someone, especially the young--perhaps even the self--and I think that's a skill we could all use.

  • Diane
    2019-01-23 01:33

    Buck's parents are divorced. At first, Buck just spends weekends and the summer with his father. That's when he first meets Kate. But when Buck's mother decides to get remarried and move to Cleveland, Buck decides to stay with his dad permanently. He's not sure if Kate will remember him, so he doesn't talk to her the first day of school. But, in English, with a. new teacher Sherrie Slater, they experience the tyranny of Skeeter Calhoun for the first time. But quite unexpectedly, a calm, thin student manages to gain control of Skeeter. That student was Trav and soon the three become best friends. But as they grow older, Trav becomes more driven and tense, and Buck becomes jealous of Kate and Trav as Kate becomes more and more beautiful. Somehow, though, they manage to stay friends through a series of incidents: Skeeter's assault of Buck, his continuing attacks on Sherrie Slater, Kate's appearance in a school play, homecoming and Trav's arrest for shoplifting. But there's something not quite right about Trav and his friends don't seem to notice it until it's too late.The relationship between Buck and his father is wonderful. The father is a very good role model type character. Buck, as narrator, goes through the believable emotions of this three-way relationship. Kate is a good, strong female character. However, because it is first person, it's hard to get a grasp on Trav and what really drives him. You get hints but you never really know for sure. It's also interesting how the adult relationship (Buck's father, Scotty and Irene) seeoms to parallel the kids' relationship.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-15 02:37

    I would give this 3.5 stars. Remembering the Good Times is the story of three teenagers who don't fit neatly into any of the cliques at their school, and the unusual friendship they forge. There are some powerful characters in this book, particularly Kate and her great-grandmother Polly. Oddly, I never felt like I was in the skin of the narrator, Buck Mendenhall. A lot of intense stuff happens in this novel, and its just a tad over the top for me. For a YA novel, it also seems a little adult-focused to me, as if it is written by a father who wanted to tell his son something he didn't know how to communicate directly. The parental figures hover around the edges of the novel saying loving and/or heartrending things. I am a fan of Richard Peck--his books are ambitious and they always have something to say.

  • Karen
    2019-02-23 05:39

    Based strictly on a comparison with Richard Peck's other books, this book deserves only two stars. It is the story of three friends -- Buck, Kate and Trav -- during their teenage years, told from Buck's viewpoint. It is at once a coming-of-age story and a cautionary tale about teenage depression. Certainly, Mr. Peck does a good job with character development. I especially liked some of the secondary characters he created in the book, including Rusty, who is a girl who has moved in from California and has a quirky, but healthy outlook on life, and Polly, who is Kate's feisty grandmother. The storyline though is not tight and ambles along with uncertain direction.

  • Katie
    2019-02-08 06:09

    This book was recommended to me in a young adult literature course I took last fall and also in a children's literature course from the previous summer. While the book does deal with a suicide, it doesn't work through enough of this issue for me to warrant it as a book I would recommend to any of my students. Also, it is set in the mid-1980s, and I don't imagine my students would stick with it long enough to get there.

  • Bryce
    2019-02-01 05:11

    Although this is certainly a bit dated in terms of popular culture referenced during the time, this book will remain relevant for how it forces the reader to analyze the warning signs leading up to the climax and what those closest to the individual could have done, if anything, to avoid the eventual unfortunate outcome.

  • Carol C
    2019-02-23 02:24

    2.5 stars. Having loved the characters, heart, and humor in some of Peck's books (_A Long Way from Chicago_, _On the Wings of Heroes_, etc), I thought this book would provide some of the same. It didn't quite deliver. It was a fair story, but the characters didn't have the depth I was hoping for.

  • Donna
    2019-01-24 02:29

    Buck, Katey and Trav have been friends since seventh grade. Now in high school each has family problems, but Trav is seriously distrubed and eventually kills himself leaving behind guilt and anger in his friends. Learning how to grieve and how to accepr help from parents is the focus of this novel.

  • Tara
    2019-02-18 06:12

    3.5 stars. Another book illustrating that teenagers also deal with real life issues. This time, two friends are left with trying to come to grips with their third friend committing an unexpected suicide. Well written, as Peck's books always are, but rather sad.

  • Rajwinder Kaur
    2019-01-24 03:23

    The story is based on three friends that lived in a quiet town.The three friends went to school together. They spent a most of their day together everyday. Then suddenly one of them suicided. It is a very touching story. I recommend everyone to read.

  • Becky
    2019-02-10 07:24

    This book was about a girl remembering the good times she useto have.A boy is talkinq to the qirl well becuz they r friends.They have a chance 2 talk 2 eachother.They know eachother.This book was an okay book.I didnt really like it.It wasn't that interesting.

  • Laurie D'ghent
    2019-02-04 02:33

    Stupid, boring book. As I was waiting for Good Reads to load, I read the back and realized one of the main characters ended up killing himself. Nothing happens through the whole thing, and then he takes pills. Lame.

  • Jillian
    2019-02-23 03:17

    The first have of this book was REALLY slow... but eventually it picked up. There were a lot of random digressions that were never really fleshed out and I wonder about their importance to the real story.

  • Allison Riendeau
    2019-01-24 01:32

    I had to read this for a class. I adored many of the characters, especially tough old lady Polly and no-nonsense Kate. Even Skeeter the psycho, in a way. This story's a bit dated though, and the ending sucks. Hard. Because it wouldn't be a book for CHL if noone died. Gah.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-23 03:34

    Coming-of-age is my favorite "genre" and this is one of my new favorite books. I loved the characters and relationships in this story so it made it really hard to put this book down.

  • Partridge Public
    2019-02-02 06:12

    Peck, Richard PB

  • Birdy Holzmueller
    2019-02-04 06:11

    Really excellent, thought provoking on mental illness and suicide. Wonderful author!

  • elissa
    2019-02-04 08:17

    I read this one in library school. Possibly one of the first YA suicide titles?

  • Janet
    2019-02-09 05:37

    Another good book by Richard Peck. I needed a light heart book to read. This one fit the bill. The ending was heart-wrenching.

  • Eremite
    2019-01-25 09:21

    Good characters, a decent plot and real emotion. But I'm not sure I want to be reminded of High School.

  • Estephanie
    2019-02-02 04:39

    This was a flat out really differnet book. Im not really sure if i liked it or not. It was a wierd book.

  • Sherri Scoffield
    2019-01-30 09:37

    I laughed ouloud at this teenage boys antics!!!

  • Tracy Marchini
    2019-02-10 01:37

    I really enjoyed the way Peck used the changing landscape of the town to comment on the protagonists' emotional change/growth. Also, you gotta love that Polly. Meanest one in Slocum Township.