Tuesday 10 February 2015

Review & Giveaway: I Remember You - Cathleen Davitt Bell

Welcome to my stop on the tour for I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell! Scroll down for more about the book and a (US only) giveaway and click the banner for more stops on the tour.

I Remember You - Cathleen Davitt Bell
ISBN - 9780385754552
Publisher - Knopf Books For Young Readers
Release date - February 10 2015

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?

I don't even know where to start with I Remember You. I was intrigued as soon as I read about Lucas remembering everything about his relationship with Juliet, even though it hasn't happened yet.

Reading I Remember You is like reading Juliet's diary or letters that she's written, telling the story of a heartbreaking first love. Juliet has never really talked to Lucas much less anything else but after talking to him he apparently remembers everything about their relationship, from their first kiss to the way they break up. Bit Juliet has never kissed Lucas, no matter how much she would like to... What follows is a story that would break the hardest heart, Juliet starts spending time with Lucas and despite being somewhat disbelieving about what he's saying she comes to accept that everything he's saying is true. Is Lucas really remembering though or is it something more sinister?

The relationship between Juliet and Lucas develops quickly but given the storyline insta-love is almost to be expected even though it's one of the worst things in plot land. This wasn't your typical instalove though, this was love in a race against time almost. As time passes Lucas remembers more & more about their time together, becoming more manic until it's obvious to those around him that something is wrong. What happens after that you will only discover if you read the book. It's almost impossible to write a review of I Remember You without spoilers so I'm not even going to try!

Juliet and Lucas are great characters, both strong when they need to be although Juliet does lose her way once they're together, losing interest in school and friends. They have a strong supporting cast, Rosemary and Dex are great friends of Juliet and Lucas respectively but Rosemary in particular seemed like a total b.i.t.c.h., especially when it comes to Lucas and also in how she treats people. Juliet's mom was also great, I liked how she was in Juliet's life and not another absent adult as happens all too often.

If you're looking for a story with a difference, a dash of romance with time travel, a dash of sci-fi, then I Remember You may be the book for you. It almost made me break my one rule when reading, don't peek at the ending, as I got about halfway through and started to realize that maybe this wasn't going to end how I wanted it to. I don't like to cry when reading as you all know and the only way I could envisage I Remember You ending was badly or even worse, tragically. I didn't peek in the end but I'm still not sure whether I'm satisfied with the ending or not, that there maybe couldn't have been a little bit more. That could just be me but it's why it's got my four clock rating rather than 'up all night' even though I did!

About the Author

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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  1. Wow, how did this one fly under my radar? It sounds really good! Great review!

    S.Huston @ Head In The Clouds

  2. Hm... I am not sure what to think about the instalove taking a play into it, but it does sound like it would be a unique type simply because of what the synopsis is about. Not sure yet, but it is an interesting plot line and I wonder if Lucas is remembering things or just being... creepy!

    Check out my review and giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2015/02/shut-up-review-giveaway.html


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