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 hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.

One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.

Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is--it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be.

From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.

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  • Anne
    Jun 28, 2017


    #lovedit My favorite Gordon Korman YA lit book to-date. ...

  • Sarah Reida
    Jun 27, 2017

    Sarah Reida

    I have loved Gordon Korman since I read I Want to Go Home! when I was about ten, when I already knew I wanted to be a writer and saw in the author's note that his first book was written and published at age twelve. I picked this book up at the ALA Midwinter conference and finally got a...

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Jun 22, 2017

    Jen Petro-Roy

    My first Korman. Enjoyable and funny, while also covering some pretty deep issues. ...

  • Megan
    Jun 21, 2017


    Chase falls off a roof and loses his memory. As a result, he undergoes a complete personality 180. What I love about this book is the character arcs. Chase and his family, Soshanna, Joel, Brendan, etc: they all evolve to various extents. It is hinted at that even Bear and Aaron are on ...

  • Nancy
    Jun 19, 2017


    I really liked this wonderful book. I hope a lot of kids pick it up and check it out. It has a lot of depth and nuance without losing the pacing. A challenge to put yourself in Chase's shoes. Imagine waking up with no memory and not liking the person you seem to have been. Great to see...

  • Joan Marie
    Jun 18, 2017

    Joan Marie

    Eighth-grader Chase Ambrose falls from the roof of his house and suffers a head injury that leaves him with amnesia. He can't remember anything or anyone. Or the fact that he was THE star athlete at school as well as the most feared bully. He can't understand why students scatter, or a...

  • Becky
    Jun 18, 2017


    Great book! Love this author's writing. ...

  • Jan
    Jun 17, 2017


    When Gordon Korman gets it right I usually can't put the book down. He got this one right, and I sure couldn't put it down. How many people get the chance to start over, as in completely over? If you fall off your roof, hit your head, and wind up in a coma like Chase did, you just migh...

  • Jaci
    Jun 17, 2017


    Obviously when I saw this on Edelweiss, I had to request it. Gordon Korman is a fantastic middle grade author and knew I wanted to check this out for my middle school library. And… it was a win. I will be purchasing this for our library this fall. The book is told from multiple po...

  • Skutti2000
    Jun 16, 2017


    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 m...