Title: Remember to Forget
Author: Ashley Royer
Series? Standalone (though I think there will be a sequel?)
POV: First person, past tense. Multiple narrators.
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book (from cover jacket)
Since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, Levi has refused to speak and can’t seem to come out of his depression. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate. Levi and his dad struggle to live together through resentment and misunderstanding. And then he meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.
Oh, where do I begin?
I don’t usually read contemporaries. Somehow, when I do read a contemporary, I choose the most emotional, tearjerker currently available to me. I knew his book was going to be sad, but I didn’t expect it to make me cry as early or as often as I did. I quickly learned that this was one to avoid reading in public.
Levi can seem pretty cold, but I understand a little bit of what he is feeling. Not that I was ever diagnosed with depression, but I know what it is like to have my world change forever. I loved seeing the relationships build between the characters. It was a take-it-slow-get-to-know-each-other kind of relationships. I love those dearly. The pacing was fantastic. There was definitely a lot of emotion packed into this book. The emotional scenes were well done.
Ending can make or break a book, and this ending was……disappointing. I don’t know. It just was kinda obvious and not amazing. I don’t know how to say this without spoilers, but the first two thirds of the book was leading up to this one event happening. I was surprised when it happened so soon, as there was still a decent amount of book left. After it happened, there was a shift, where the rest of the story lead up to the ending.
Other than that, I loved the book. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes contemporaries or emotional books. Or anyone looking for a change of pace from their typical reading, kinda like I was.