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Remember Me Review

This was such an interesting read turning out to be so much more than I expected it to be.


Rating: 3/5

If you could erase all of your painful memories, would you? Blue Owens wakes up one day with the strangest feeling that something is very wrong. Everyone’s acting weird and she’s found a note in her closet telling her to get on the Little Blue Bus at 7:45, which she does, meeting up with the exact person she was supposed to avoid: Adam Mendoza. Even though she has no idea who he is, something about him is so familiar. When the two are discovered by their families, the truth is revealed—Blue has paid to have her memories removed, and Adam is one of those memories. What transpires is Blue’s journey to get her memories back, uncover the truth of why she had them removed in the first place, and ultimately decide whether they were too necessary to who she is to lose in the first place.

 

I received an ARC of Remember Me through Wednesday Books. Thank you so much! I really enjoyed this one!


I genuinely don’t know how I feel about this book. This was such an interesting read turning out to be so much more than I expected it to be. And while I’m glad it was, I felt there were parts missing, there were a few moments where some things were mentioned but not fully explained. And if those were properly explained this would have been a much better book.


This was such an interesting read turning out to be so much more than I expected it to be.

This was definitely much more than I thought it would be. Remember Me is a fictional book with a focus on mental health that’s disguised as a Science Fiction book, that’s disguised as a Romance. Or at least that’s how it came across to me, did that make any sense?


I initially wanted to read this because it looked to me like a romance read. I mean the cover even says “True love cannot be erased.” Which yes, there is a romance aspect to this. However, with how this ended and everything else involved, I would not call this solely a romance book. There is a much stronger theme in this besides this being just some love story. That being that this is about mental health, and what leads our main character to erase her memory in the first place.


I would not call this solely a romance book. There is a much stronger theme in this besides this being just some love story.

Now if you’re not familiar with the premise and confused by what I just said, let me explain a bit more. Without spoiling anything, I’ll give a little more details on the premise of Remember Me. Remember Me takes place in a future where now it’s possible to erase memories, both specific moments and entire people. And we follow Blue, who wakes up one morning feeling like something is wrong and everyone around her is acting weird. Then, Blue finds a note telling her to get on a bus at a certain time. Blue decides to go and ends up meeting her boyfriend, who she was supposed to avoid. Her family and friends open up to her about having her memories removed, specifically her boyfriend. Now Blue wants them back and wants to know why she would want them gone in the first place.


Because this premise is held in the future with technology we don’t have (yet...) this is now a Science Fiction book. Yay? I was honestly disappointed in the lack of details about this future. It felt like it was taking place in current times, the only indicator that it’s in the future was a timestamp at the beginning of the book saying it’s 2031. So 10 years in the future? A massive technological advancement but everything else is the same? I don’t buy that. And based on how some of the characters acted about this new memory eraser, I would have liked to see more details on the controversy behind it especially with it being used on a teenager, as it came across that Blue was one of the first teenagers to try this.


And while I enjoyed the journey Blue takes to rediscover her memories, I honestly didn’t understand why she felt she needed to erase her boyfriend. Once all the details came out around what led her to get her memories erased, things no longer truly made sense for me. Again leads me back to that whole mental health book disguised as something else. That’s not to say it wasn’t warranted, her pain. I understood her pain, I’ve felt that pain. But the details involving the boyfriend threw me. I felt this book focused too much on the idea of being romantic.


I felt this book focused too much on the idea of being romantic.

And how Blue managed to get her memories back seemed way too simple.


Just… A lot of things about this book don’t make sense to me. But it’s hard to properly explain or rant without spoiling it all. I think this would make a great book club book because of this. I could probably talk for hours about this. And I would love to hear what others think about the choices made in this book both with the writing and by our characters.


Don’t get me wrong! I did really enjoy this one. I found it interesting and thought-provoking. Just as a romance? I honestly wouldn’t call it that. This is a book about mental health.


I think if you enjoy books with a focus on mental health with a slight romance, you’ll enjoy this one too!