I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 10th 2015
Rate: 4 stars
For fans of THE FUTURE OF US comes an engrossing story of two teens, whose love for each other is tested by time and fate.
Lucas and Juliet couldn’t be more different from each other. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their first fight. He even knows what’s going to happen between them—not because he can predict the future, but because he claims to have already lived it.
Juliet doesn’t know whether to be afraid for herself or for Lucas. As Lucas’s memories occur more frequently, they also grow more ominous. All Juliet wants is to keep Lucas safe with her. But how do you hold on to someone you love in the present when they’ve begun slipping away from you in the future?
It’s become hard for me to start this review right, but we could say that the same happened with me when I began this book. First I’ll slap you and then pat you in the back.
The beginning of this book felt awfully slow when it came to the type of narrative, even though the story itself was a bit fast,which was weird. This pace made me feel, for some part of the book, unattached to the main character and whomever else who interacted with her. I didn’t feel anything next to nothing for her other than annoyance at the great quantity of angst. LORD I never thought I’d detest angst so much when I’m used to it since I am in constant angst most of the time. It felt like reading the hubber angsty diary of a teenager. Which I was, I noticed further on (not a spoiler if you pay attention from the beginning). I ALMOST DNF this, thinking “Gosh, another book I’m not doing the blog tour. Gesh.” But I gave it one and two and five more opportunities to sweep me off my feet.
And am I glad it did. By 40% things started to get more interesting regarding Juliet and Lucas, how their relationship was starting to be menaced by the future, and even their own lives. Shit began to come down all of a sudden in a sensible way. I was kept trying to guess what the fuck was happening to Lucas, but in a good way. I felt something for both yay!
I liked Lucas from the beginning, but it wasn’t until almost half of the book that I began to love his character. I felt that his and Juliet’s character’s were very superficial at first when I was simply being told that they began to fall in love and then skip to their relationship already full-on mode. Or at least it felt like that. Then when things started to happen for reals, they both started to have a depth regarding life goals, preferences, how they interacted with each other, that sort of thing. And Lucas’ love for Juliet seemed to jump off the pages with the super sweet gestures and words. I was a bit confused, though, with how these two ended together since they have different ambitions and likes. But they worked through that and even grew to like what the other person liked too, and that is like one of the ultimate relationship goals, how those two got to a compromise and grew closer with that. Also Juliet, sweet, stubborn, rational Juliet behaved like a normal human! Say what?! She was dubious of Lucas at the beginning, heck even almost by the end, and it was reasonable. She acted accordingly to the situation and was very down-to-earth with her logistics and debatable mind. If she were real we’d be best buds with all sorts of arguments.
The plot was very interesting from the beginning to the end. It would have you thinking about what would happen next and why it was happening. Other sci-fi books and tv series helped quite a lot in my theorizing process, yet proved to be useless because I didn’t guess it at all. It completely blew my mind. Another thing I liked about this book was how, even though it was mainly focused on Juliet and Lucas, it would also bring forth themes about teens choosing what they’ll do with their lives once out of High School, and the effect a simple decision can have in your life either long or short term.
Overall, this is one of those books that you have to give a try. It completely melt my heart to a million pieces, and got me crying at the wee hours of the night. It would tug at my heartstrings with the impending doom, then comfort me by saying that it was a false alarm and all was good, then tug my string even harder again and again. I was left with quite the horrible cliffhanger because I wanted to know EVERYTHING after all is solved. I want to know about Lucas and Juliet and LUCAS AND FREAKING JULIET but I didn’t. You’re left with your mind and tons of theories. Heart-gripping, sweet, ANGSTY, hilarious, and often tear-inducing, this book portrays teen love at its finest with a sprinkle of paranormal/fantasy to make things more interesting. Definitely worth picking up!
Rating: 4 stars
PS. THAT COVER OMG I LOVE IT. And I also looooove the meaning behind it. So pwetty ❤
This is a book that shows you what true love is: heart stopping, mind bending, life changing. I Remember You is unforgettable. – Melissa Kantor, author of Maybe One Day
An ode to the enduring, transforming power of love. – Susane Colasanti, author of Now and Forever
Well-developed and multidimensional supporting characters contribute to the book’s even pace. This romance novel has elements of science fiction, yet remains true and authentic to the intensity of feelings adolescents experience with their first loves. – School Library Journal
Romance with a dash of time travel and a hint of war…a Nicholas Sparks novel for teens. – Kirkus Reviews
Suspenseful, poignant, and devastatingly romantic, I Remember You perfectly captures the intense, ephemeral magic of first—and forever—love. – Micol Ostow, author of Amity
Cathleen Davitt Bell gets all the gorgeous details right in this smart, fast-paced, romantic thriller about the love you choose and the love that chooses you. This extraordinary love story transcends time and space but lucky for us, each moment happens in the hot here and now. I Remember You is unforgettable. – Arlaina Tibensky, author of And Then Things Fall Apart
I was breathless reading I Remember You, wishing I could time travel to the end and find out exactly what happens—and yet, not wanting to miss a minute of the drama along the way. It read like a younger version of The Time Traveler’s Wife. – Jen Calonita, author of Side Effects
A unique romance about a girl who is solidly rooted in the present and a boy who “remembers the future” as if he’s already experienced it. Is it possible to alter the future and, if so, how? – Lois Duncan, author of Stranger with My Face and Locked in Time
I compiled a playlist of songs that I felt that could give the general feel of the book or what happens in certain parts, or songs that say it as one of the characters would. I hope you all like it ❤
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I was born in Princeton, NJ in 1971 and lived there until I was twelve, when we moved with my mom moved to West Hartford, CT.
My dad and mom had been divorced when I was two, and my dad lived in Williamstown, MA. I spent summers and school vacations with him.
I went to college in New York, at Barnard, and stayed in New York after I graduated. I worked as a newspaper reporter for three months, as a salesperson for a multimedia publisher for three years, and as a market researcher, and finally a copywriter.
I’m married and have two awesome kids ages two and five. I lived in Manhattan for sixteen years, but now am in Brooklyn, living downstairs from my sister and her family. I have two dogs named Oscar and Oprah. My favorite food is pizza and, strangely, in my thirties, I’ve developed a great love for playing catch. Slipping is my first book.
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