Remember Me by Estelle Laure – Book Review

Title: Remember Me (review copy)

Author: Estelle Laure

Genre: YA, Light Science Fiction, Memory, Guilt, Grief, Depression, Suicide

Blurb from Goodreads

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.

A new young adult novel from the critically acclaimed author of This Raging Light and Mayhem

My Review

Hmm…

I really don’t like it when blurbs give away the whole plot of the book. And that’s basically what happened here with Remember Me. For the first 40 odd percent or so the main character Blue knew something wasn’t quite right in her life but because of the revealing blurb as a reader I knew exactly what was wrong with her.

And that suuuuuucks!

Because it meant there was no reason for me to be invested in the plot. I wasn’t hooked by it because I already was aware of what had happened to Blue and the choice she had made to have her memories erased.

And okay, I didn’t know why she had them erased but that wasn’t enough to truly keep my attention. because this is a short book. Clocks in at somewhere around 275 pages. So for practically half of that length to be bored and ambivalent makes for a very dull read.

And eventually when the book does move to Blue uncovering the events that made her choose to erase her painful memories, well it felt sort of jarring in a way. Because it was a very traditional sort of story filled with grief and tragedy which when juxtaposed against the sci-fi esque feel of the first half just felt off. It’s hard to explain but basically the book felt disjointed. There was no easy pace nor lyricism to how the narrative unfurled.

This book deals with a lot of mental health issues pertaining to grief and loss, and touches on issues surrounding teenage suicide so one would think this would make for a deeply emotional and affecting read. But sadly for me that wasn’t the case. The style of writing made the unfurling plot read in a perfunctory fashion rather than in a manner that truly delved into the painful feelings that main character Blue was struggling with.

I never felt that supposed deep connection she shared with Adam, her friends nor her family. The book was just an exercise in exposition rather than persuading me as a reader that these characters were truly authentic and capable of feeling a wide range of emotions.

Unfortunately Remember Me just wasn’t one I enjoyed very much. It took me nearly a week to read it as I kept putting off reading it as I was so unmoved by both the characters and the plot.

*An e-copy was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley for honest review*

  • Publication Date: 22nd March 2022
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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