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Remembering the Good Times
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Reader reviewed by Cody S

Remembering the Good Times

There are some reasons why I liked and disliked Remembering the Good Times. I thought it was a great novel and it incorporated a lot of problems teens deal with today. But some problems in the story that were made just werent necessary.
This book starts out explaining Bucks early life and how he met Kate in the orchard. They meet Trav and become quick friends together, facing a bully and of course, the pressures of school. This becomes a great book to read, as I like reading about friendships. The one problem with the story is that Trav is the chosen one to be made the person who is put under pressure and eventually takes his own life. This part bothered me and made me angry with the story because it wasnt what I wanted to happen. Sometimes stories do that to you to make a conclusion. This was what the author wanted to happen though. It was very tragic of what happened to Trav and as they put it in the story, This is a growing problem. It was then and that is why this novel was written. Thankfully, there arent many of these problems nowadays. The story makes you feel how stress can affect you.
Remembering the Good Times is the tale of the classic small town kids who kind of come together and become best friends. The story makes you feel grateful for your friends, family, and people close to you. It moved me a little and made me think of how great your life can seem, like Travs, and then have it taken away right from under you because of a problem that could be resolved. The story was a great one and I hope I can get a chance to read it again.

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I will definetely remember, "Remembering the Good Times!"
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Reader reviewed by Amanda H.

In the book Remembering the Good Times, I would say that the main theme was about going through life and making decisions that you know will make you a better person in the long run. This book has several characters including the three main characters Kate, Buck, and Travis. These characters are what tie the book together. The main plot for this book is that in the beginning, it introduces the three characters, and how they met. And in time, it progresses to when the main story takes place; when the three are teenagers. It tells of how Buck, Kate, and Travis survive school days together and handle some tough times both in their own families and in school. One main event that caught my attention was when the three friends go to their school dance together and Kate thinks of a plan to aquire revenge on Skeeter; the school bully, for beating up Buck one day. This was my favorite part because it shows Kates real personality as not only clever, but as a true friend that would stick up for people when she knows it is right.

I enjoyed this book because with every page, it unfolded countless moments that I could relate to with my own life, and taught me morals that could be useful to me. It also had some surprising moments and shared about the various ordeals that the three friends faced as they grew up together.

In my opinion, this book helps us realize what is important in life, like friends and family, and brings to our attention that we should not only treat our friends with respect and kindness, but that we must in return, respect ourselves. Also, it makes us realize that we should always live our lives to the fullest, because we never know what days might be our last. In conclusion, I would say that this book is mainly about life and friendships. It helps us learn many life lessons, and helps us learn to enjoy every moment of our lives.
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Remembering the Good Times
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Reader reviewed by Allison I

In my opinion, I thought Remembering the Good Times by Richard Peck, was a very good book. It talked about teenagers lives and I agreed with most of it. I like books that get intense at times, and then slow down. That is exactly what that book did. The book was well written and very easy to read. The book talked about some of the problems teens face and it talked about high school. I thought the book was a big heads up for me. It helped me realize taking your life is not a good way to take all your stress and problems out on. The book was a great choice for us to read, and I am glad I read it. At first, by just looking at the cover I did not think the book was going to be good; but then I started reading it and I could not put it down. That just proves you can not judge a book by its cover. The book had awesome detail and teaches a great lesson. I thought the book was not a real put down and enjoyed reading it. The book was really entertaining and never boring. It was all action all the time, and I liked that. It never had me almost falling asleep and always had me want to keep reading. It also taught a lot of lessons, not just one. It taught a lot about how boys can be friends with girls; and it also taught about how suicide is not the answer to anything. To conclude my review, I thought the book was excellent and would recommend it to everyone I know.
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Reader reviewed by Pete B.

I thought that this book was a great book but it was quite sad at the end and I was sad and sorry that Trav Kirby commited suicide in Polly's old orchard. I greatly enjoyed all of the events that happened in the four years of Trav, Kate, Polly, and Buck. I liked how there was conflicts (like Skeeter) bu that were easily solved, like calling Miss Slater's husband and having him beat Skeeter's face into the ground and seem fine with it. I thought that it wasfunny and well thought out that he would beat up Skeeter and at Kate's idea as well. I thought that it was odd though, as Trav, Kate, Polly, and Buck all became great friends with each other, even though they were all so very, very, different. I was confused when Polly said she was selling the orchard off for Kate so she could get a good education even though she was still 16. I was amazed at how different Trav was when he came back as he was so much bigger and stronger and calmer about school. He seemed to be fine about having school the next day. It was weird because I never suspected that when Trav gave away those gifts, he was giving them away as if saying good bye. It was very sad that Trav died in Polly's orchard and never really said good bye. I was happy to know that at the end of the book, Buck, Kate, and Polly were fine and happy.
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A Good Book
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Reader reviewed by Savanna Y

I think that Remembering the Good Times is a good book. It wasnt one of the best books that I have read but it wasnt that bad. Mostly I liked it because it was about kids that are about my age. At the beginning of the book Buck and Travis were almost fighting over Kate. After that they all became friends. When Travis told them he was a hyperactive kid, it shocked Buck. Buck was shocked because Travis was like Skeeter. On the first day their teacher came to school and Skeeter was really mean to her. He pushed her stuff off her table, dumped her purse out, and pulled all of her desk drawers out. Later Travis mom invites Kate and Buck to his housewarming party and he didnt really like that. They planned for Bucks dad to take Kates mom. Later Buck got jealous because Kate and Buck were getting close to each other. When Bucks mom is going to get married and move to Cleveland, Buck moves in with his dad. When they come back to school they were scared because they moved the ninth graders into the high school. Later in the year they all dressed up and Kate was a princess, Buck was like a hunter, and Travis was a werewolf for homecoming. Then Travis went away for the summer and came back buff and tan. When he came back there was so much that had happened and when they told him bout it, it was a lot of stress on him. So then he went and hung himself in their orchard. After that nobody was the same anymore.
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Reader reviewed by Taylor K

In the book Remembering the Good Times Buck, Kate, and Travis all become great friends. When Buck comes back from his summer vacation in Cleveland with his mom and his step-dad. But when he gets back he notices some changes. First he noticed that Kate has changed from a tom-boy to a girly-girl. Second, he notices or was told that there was no more JHS it was now split up into a middle school and a high school, and he hates changes. Third and last he noticed that Kate and Travis got closer then before. At the end of the book something tragic happened, but youre going to have to read the book to find out what happened because I dont want to ruin it.
To me I loved it! But at the beginning I thought it was retarded, but by the time we got half way I was starting to change my mind slowly. It finally hit me that this book reminds me of someones life. That persons life it reminds me of is mine. Not all of the parts in the book reminds me of my life but yet some of them is exactly what does remind me of my life. Another person that might enjoy it is my sister Jordan. Actually she loves reading. She said that she would read it because it looks interesting and plus Ive told her all about it but I told her the interesting parts not the kind of boring parts. So thtas my sisters and I opinion on the book
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Reader reviewed by Shayli K

In the book Remembering the Good Time there are many adventures that go on with the main characters, Buck, Kate and Trav. You will find many ups and downs between these close friends but when one starts to feel left out he starts doing his own thing. Also you will find out how one of the friends deals with the stress with school and at home.

It all starts with Buck finding out hat his mom is getting married and moving to Cleveland. After Buck finds this out he goes and lives with his dad permanently. When he moves he meets Kate and Trav. They become really good friends. They would always be playing cards with Polly, Kates grandma. The three were inseparable. But after one summer Buck stays with his mom in Cleveland. When he gets back he finds out that Trav and Kate have been spending a lot of time together. Well Buck didnt like that and thought that he was becoming a third leg. A few months later some things happen in the story that is tragic to even people that dont know Kate, Buck and Trav. So read this book and find out what happens.

I thought this book was pretty boring up until the last four chapters. I was confused and lost some of the time, but overall I thought that this book was pretty good and I was glad that we were able to read it in school. This book teaches a lesson and I think that everyone should read it. You find out that when you do something to yourself you probably hurt you friends and family more than yourself. So read RTGT and find out what happens.

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This book was okay.
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Reader reviewed by Brooklyn V.

Remembering the Good Times was an assigned reading in our Language Arts class. I must be completely honest, at first I really thought this book would be quite boring and dull; but like so many times before I was wrong. Although the first few chapters where kind of boring so I must encourage you to get through the first three or four chapters before putting this book back on the shelf. Also I must warn you that if your not comfortable with reading about death like some of my class mates you might want to read something else because there is quite a lot about this sore subject.
I truly hope this will not turn you off of this book because the author, Richard Peck creates such vivid characters in the readers mind. You almost fell like your right there with Buck Mendenhall and his friends and family. Buck is the main character of Remembering the Good Times. In the beginning of this book Buck has just moved to a new town and will soon be starting a new school which he is very worried about; but before he goes to school he meets a lovely girl named Kate. A few grades later and they meet a new friend, soon to be a best friend, Trav. Trav is a rich kid who seems to have it all, a loving family, a big house, handsome looks, and great grades. Even though it looks like Trav has it all theirs something wrong, but Buck and Kate just dont see all the signs until its too late to help their very best friend. Well I hope you enjoy this book, its a winner!
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I kind of liked it.
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Reader reviewed by Phillip P.

This summary is about the book called Remembering the Good Times by Richard Peck. This is a really good book to my beliefs and my opinion. The narrator is Buck and hes a really good guy in my opinion. Also the characters are Kate, a nice girl, Travis, the smart guy, they are Bucks best friends. Skeeter, the class bully, Mrs. Slater, is the teacher, and Polly, Kates great grandmother.
Buck lives in a trailer behind a Sunoco gas station that belongs to Irene and Scotty. And Kate lives down the road and Travis lives on the highway. There was a fight after school in the book between Buck and Skeeter. The cause of the fight was that Skeeter stole Bucks Hardhat that belonged to his dad.
Travis mentioned that he was a hyperactive kid in his younger years. But after a couple years, Travis later commits SUICIDE!!!!!! In other words, he kills himself. Rusty is a girl who is looking for a date for the homecoming dance. And she chooses Buck.
Kate was going with Travis but he was dead.
Later the people decide to bury Travis but his parents want to take his body to his hometown. So all of Travs friends go with them and bury him. They will always remember the good times with Trav before he killed himself. Kate and Buck will never have a good friend like Trav in a million times, in other words, in a lifetime. There is the summary.
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I thought this was an okay book
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Reader reviewed by Ashlynne K

I enjoyed Remembering The Good Times because I love stories that have strong friendships and drama. In this story Buck and Kate and Travis had great connection. Theyve showed me that a healthy friendship lasts along time. Some examples of their closeness is when Travis was stuck in Jail he wasted his one phone call to contact his best friend, Buck. Then Buck came immediately, no questions asked. Another time would be when Kate tried out for the play, she needed Buck there with her. Finally when she did get the part, Buck, Travis, and Polly helped her prepare even when they already knew she was ready.
I personally think that Kate and Buck should have dated in the story. Even though Kate seemed to be attached to Travis like they were meant to be together. Buck has always had certain feelings for Kate since the second time they talked. When Buck learned that Kate and Travis had a close relationship over the summer while he was away in Cleveland with his mom and step-dad, he became a little jealous.
Some of the things I learned from reading this book is sometimes you dont know your friends as well as you thought. Kate and Buck knew that something was wrong with Travis because of the way he acted and sometimes thought of things in a weird way. Another thing I picked up from this book was try at what you want in life and appreciate life. As an example for the part of never giving up would be when Kate wanted to be in the play so badly that she tried her best and never gave up. My other thing I said I learned was appreciating what you have and dont it waste it or take it for granted that way Travis did
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