What time is it? Where am I?
I turn my head and that's when I see him. The gorgeous boy lying next to me.
Oh. My. God. Max.
This is bad. Very, very bad.
At midday, class brainiac Kylie Flores is due to give the most important speech of her life. And yet somehow she's woken up in Mexico, in a bed she doesn't recognise, with the hangover from hell and the hottest boy in school - and they're both wearing wedding bands.
She might be a budding screenwriter, but even Kylie's vivid imagination can't come up with the ending to this movie.
Rewind 48 hours . . .
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Now please give a very warm welcome to both Stacy and Valerie who have written this fabulous interview with Kylie and Max to help us get to know them both a little better.
Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas
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We thought it would be fun to hear an interview with Kylie and Max so we came up with a list of questions and let them go at it…well, we helped a little since they reside within the pages of our book.
INTERVIEW WITH KYLIE AND MAX
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY SOME DAY, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
KYLIE: I would try to live in the most foreign place I could find, without getting killed. So, someplace like Burma or Laos or Namibia or Lapland. I would want to be totally immersed in a place where I didn’t understand the language and I didn’t really know much about the culture. That way, every day would be an intense experience, and I would be forced to be brave. And I would learn something new every 5 minutes. Is that an extreme answer?
MAX: It’s totally extreme, but it doesn’t surprise me. I would come visit you in Laos and Lapland, but I’ve got to admit that I’d rather live in France or Spain, somewhere a little more mellow. I love French movies and I’d love to see one, in France, in French, followed by an incredible French meal. Is that a boring answer?
KYLIE: No comment. Well, okay, I’ll comment. On the surface it sounds kind of boring, but you know what? Living in France or Spain would be awesome, so who am I kidding?
WHAT WILL YOU TELL YOUR KIDS ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL?
KYLIE: Skip it, it sucks. Just kidding. You can’t skip high school, I think that’s illegal. I had a really hard time in high school, and I would hope that my kids have an easier one. But high school also made me who I am today, and it got me into this incredible college, so I can’t knock it. I guess I would tell them to let go of their judgments about people, get to know people who you might otherwise write off.
MAX: Kind of like you wrote me off?
KYLIE: Hello? I would say you’re guilty of exactly the same thing.
MAX: At least we see eye to eye on that one. I am not sure I’m going to have kids…but if I do, I will tell them to try to figure out who they are in high school and stay true to that. I think so many kids spend their entire high school careers just trying to be what they think they’re supposed to be. And it’s a waste of time.
IF SOMEONE WERE TO PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
MAX: Oh I hate these kinds of questions, they’re traps. If I say someone incredibly talented and good-looking you’ll think I’m vain, but if I say someone lame, well, what’s the point in that? I’ll take my chances on vain and say Chris Hemmsworth or Hunter Parrish, from WEEDS. Love them both, would be honored.
KYLIE: I would want Jennifer Lawrence to play me, she’s not half-Mexican like me (but who is in Hollywood?) but she has plenty of curves just like me and she kicks butt in THE HUNGER GAMES. Whatever movie was being made about me would have to include a bow and arrow so that she could do her thing again. Might be a bit awkward but we’d figure it out.
IF YOU WERE A FOOD WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
KYLIE: I would definitely be a huge plate of Mexican food, like chicken enchiladas with chipotle sauce, prepared by my Nana. I’m spicy, I’m sweet, I’m complex, I may not look like the prettiest thing on the menu, but you can’t really turn away.
MAX: I want that right now. I would go for something much simpler but equally delicious, like the perfect crisp green apple.
KYLIE: That’s crazy. You’d be an apple?
MAX: You cannot control what I say. Yes, I would be an apple. Have you ever noticed that apples have been around forever, and they’re not going anywhere soon. They’re a hit.
KYLIE: So has oatmeal. But you wouldn’t be that.
MAX: On a down day, I just might be oatmeal. With apples, needless to say.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPIEST IN LIFE?
MAX: A really good laugh makes me happiest. They’re hard to come by, but when I’m laughing it means I’m totally in the moment, I’m having fun, I like the person I’m with, and I’ve kind of let go of everything else, at least for a little while.
KYLIE: I agree with Max. Laughing is pure joy. But I think what makes me happiest in the most sustained way is making someone else happy. Like when I make my brother Jake laugh like crazy, or I get the perfect gift for my best friend Will and I get to watch his whole face explode with a smile. That makes me happy, really happy.
MAX: I don’t even want to think about what the perfect gift for Will is, leather chaps? A great lipstick?
KYLIE: Oh stop. The best gift I ever gave Will was tickets to see Morrissey when he was here last year. He actually bought them for us because he has gobs of money and I have none, but I made this incredible scrapbook of the night for him, it’s awesome.
WHAT SHOULD BE WRITTEN ON YOUR HEADSTONE??
KYLIE: “She lived then she died.”
MAX: You are a writer, you’ve got to come up with something better than that. No?
KYLIE: Writing is about telling the truth, and I think that statement is about as true as they come. But if I must…I guess I could change that to “She lived, she tried, then she died.”
MAX: Huge change. Massive. Okay, mine should say, “Here lies Max, we planted him raw, quick on the trigger but slow on the draw.” I read that somewhere, and I’m stealing it.
IF YOU HAD TO LIVE WITHOUT ONE OF YOUR SENSES, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE? WHY?
KYLIE: I would have to go without smell, but only because I cannot under any circumstances imagine life without being able to see, or taste, or feel, or hear. But I’m worried that without smell, I wouldn’t be able to taste, and that would really be bad. I love food, a lot, and I’m not sure I could live without that pleasure.
MAX: I think I might be able to get by without hearing. I’d learn to lip read, and I wouldn’t have to listen to all the stuff in the world that annoys me, like ONE DIRECTION, and my teams losing in the fourth quarter.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
MAX: Kylie does.
KYLIE: Awww. You don’t have to say that.
MAX: I know I don’t. But it’s true. You’re fierce and you’re brave and you’re crazy in the best way. I’m inspired by all that.
KYLIE: Okay, now I’m blushing. I can’t say you inspire me now, because you won’t believe me. My brother Jake inspires me. He doesn’t have it easy at all, but he still finds lots of ways to be happy, and he knows how to love.
Thanks for a fabulous post Stacy & Valerie. I'm really enjoying From What I Remember and can't wait to figure out how Kylie and Max ended up in Mexico and why they're wearing wedding rings!! Keep an eye out for my full review coming soon everyone, in the meantime make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the UK From What I Remember blog tour.