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These Things Happen EVery Day, We Just Don't Know About It: Remembering the Good Times
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Reader reviewed by Kara T.

These Things happen Every Day, We Just Dont Know about It;
Remembering the Good Times
I thought the book, Remembering the Good Times (RTGT) by Richard Peck was an excellent book. The book was amazing even though Trav commits suicide.
Buck, the main character in this story, meets Kate in an orchard. Kate asks Buck if he wanted to see a foal being born. Next Kate and Buck went to watch the foal be born, the vet. did not seem to mind that they were there though. After that Buck thought he would never see Kate again.
Later in the day Buck was helping Irene and Scotty pick tomatoes. Irene asked buck to bring some to Mrs. Prior down the road. While he was down there, Mrs. Prior, Kates great aunt told him that she was too mean to die.
Buck had to go back to Farnham to live with his mother when Fred Wundrelich told him that they were moving to Cleveland. Buck argued his way into living with his father in Slocum.
When Buck and Kate go to school they meet Trav. Skeeter, the bully always goes wild at the new and weak teachers. After Skeeter sits down from attacking Mrs. Slater, Trav goes over, calmly lays his hands on Skeeters and everyone is calm for the rest of the period, until the bell rings.
Around Christmas Kate and Buck get invited to Travs parents Christmas Party. While at the party Trav gives Kate and Buck a tour of his house. When they get to his room they were expecting High-Tec stuff and computers. When they got inside the door it was full of toys.
I guess we all should have known when Trav was going to kill himself. Trav had given Kate his Teddy Bear and Buck his calculator. The next day Bucks dad was going to work on Pollys orchard, which she sold. They found Trav in a little clearing with a rope around his neck, and the other end tied to a tree. Trav had hanged himself. I think he did it because he was pushing on himself so much. It was self pressure; he thought he had push himself so hard for his parents to except him. There was no funeral for Trav, but there was a little meeting for the people who wanted to go, just for people to stop worrying. He is in a better place now.
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Great Book!
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Reader reviewed by NatashaP

Remembering the Good Times was an interesting and entertaining book. Personally, I liked it because it never seemed to get boring and always had you thinking about something. Another reason I liked it was that it would almost make you go back and see all of the clues that led up to Trav's suicide. Like when they talked about the poem being a sign, my first instinct was to go back and read it to see what they were exactly talking about.

This book also dealt with real life issues and addressed them, I think, very well. It's one thing to put it on television or hang signs but there is something different and more professional about putting it in a book. Richard Peck did and excellent job on weaving a series of events into an interesting plot leading up to the main point of the story (Trav killing himself). Somehow he made you believe that there was something not quite right and made you keep reading to see how it turned out.

In conclusion, I would totally recommend anyone to read this book. It is very true to life and paints a very precise picture in you head. Also, it leaves plenty of room for your own imagination which is very important. If anything i would borrow the book for the library and at least read the speeches they made at the meeting they held for Trav. If that does not convince you, this book may not be for you. However, if your heart was as warmed as min, I can guarantee that you should turn the book over and start at the beginning. Then, HOLD ON TIGHT!
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Reader reviewed by Lynne H

Remembering the Good Times was a very interesting book. I liked this book because it kind of reminds us kids that there is suicide in our school if you know it or not. This book was about three kids Kate, Buck, and Travis. Kate is a good looking girl; she lives with her great grandmother Polly, and her mom. Bucks parents got a divorce and he lives with his dad since his mom moved to live with her new husband. Travis on the other hand lives with his mom and dad and is loved by everyone. But Travis is all ways worrying about everything. Like getting ready for school and everything that is happening in the world. But then finally Travis goes off the deep end and commits suicide. Before Travis commits suicide he leaves a bunch of signs that he need some one to help him through his times. For example Travis goes and steals something from a store and I believe that this is a sign for help. Then that summer he goes and works on a farm before there sophomore year of school. When he comes back with the next day being the first day of school he is laid back not a tense as every other year. And he gives Kate his old teddy bear and gives Buck his old calculator that he kept with him all the time. But he gives Polly a new perfume bottle. Then the next day he is found in the orchard were he committed suicide. This affected everyone in the school even if they didnt know him. I think everyone should be aware that this same kind of thing could happen to anyone. So this book taught me that there are people that could do something like this. That is why I liked this book.
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RTGT
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Reader reviewed by Karlee P.

Remembering the Good Times

The book I read, Remembering the Good Times is about three friends that meet the summer before their middle school year starts. Kate, Trav, and Buck have a good long lasting relationship that has all the twists and turns of the real life problems and adventures we all face. They work through some of their troubles together and some they have to face alone. When one friends life is tragically ended his best friends have to figure out how to cope with his death. This story seems to be based on real life events and that is probably why I like it so much. It deals with life and death, school, family and the excitement of middle school, high school, and friendships.
Kate is a beautiful girl who has a personality like no one else. She is responsible and caring and independent. Kate is one of my favorite people in this book. Another main character is Buck, a regular boy who has some difficulties in life that would probably be most common. He is nice and caring but doesnt always understand things like others do. In a way I think he is kind of like me, he doesnt like change and just goes with the flow. Now there is Trav, a unique and hard working kid. He is smart and calm but when things turn hard he doesnt know what to do. There are more interesting and fun characters in Remembering the Good Times. Hopefully you get a chance to read this emotion wrenching and interesting book that keeps you thinking.
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Reader reviewed by Kali P

The book Remembering the Good Times, in my opinion was a good book, because it talks about things that happen everywhere, and everyday. Its sad to think about it, but it does happen. Buck, Trav, and Kate think that they have each other figured out, but when it comes down to the end they really dont. Trav, like many other people in this world, just have something troubling them so much. Or in Travs case he was stressing him self out so much, that people think that the only way to relieve the stress is to take their lives. They dont think about how it will affect many other people in their lives. All those people that loves you and cared for you will be hurting because they felt like they should have seen it coming, but they didnt. Trav left some hints that he was going to take his life, but no one picked up on them. Then when the time came, they looked back at the hints he left and felt terrible because they felt like they could have been able to help them, but they couldnt. If people have a chance to read this book they should, it teaches a great life lesson, and it is just overall a great book. People that are thinking about taking their lives should read this book because it will show how the outcome of them killing themselves will effect many other people.
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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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