Book Review: Remember
ashley | There are a ton of great books coming out this year and I’m thrilled to start knocking some off my list. Remember by Eileen Cook was my first ARC of the New Year, but I have a feeling I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.
Let’s start with the story. Last year I read (Don’t You) Forget About Me, which dealt with intentional memory loss caused by drugs. Remember is similar, only this time around erasing bad memories is a scientific process that you can pay for, like going to the dentist or getting a face lift. This is an incredibly interesting topic for me, and a very frightening one. We all long to forget certain things in our life, but erasing those memories, what does it do to who you are as a person?
I was also really drawn to Harper. She’s not the typical heroine I’m attracted to, she isn’t depressed or jaded or cynical. She’s actually a pretty positive, level headed girl and I found it refreshing that an otherwise “normal” girl finds herself in such despair that she wants to erase her memories. It just flat lines all individuality; everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, has tough times they need to overcome. It’s a nice general message.
This was a very real book, and what I mean by that is how realistic the feelings, the questions, the conversations all were. Harper’s best friend Win challenges her and plays devil’s advocate. Her relationship with her boyfriend Josh is becoming stale after two years. She can’t figure out if her interest in this new guy is genuine or just a distraction or an easy escape from everything in her life. It deals with real situations and has real responses to them which sometimes doesn’t always translate well in YA books, there’s always a bit of overdramatic flare but here, you could easily trade shoes with Harper and it would seem completely realistic. I loved how grounded it all was and the writing is very, very smart.
I flew through this book, it was really interesting and Harper felt very much like a close friend, so I was very anxious to help her figure things out and get to the bottom of it all.