Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Review: I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell

I Remember You
Author:  Cathleen Davitt Bell
Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers, 320 pages
Publication Date:  February 10, 2015

From Goodreads:
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?

My heart.  It hurts.  That was my reaction after reading this book.  What an amazing love story, this is one of those books that I just FELT.  It perfectly captures first love. How overwhelming it is.  How intense it is.  How it takes over every part of your life and the other person is all you can think about.  It was lovely, but the whole time I was reading it, there was a sense of foreboding.  Of that feeling that it would not work out.  The book is written from the perspective of Juliet as an adult, remembering this relationship.  Which is unusual for a YA book.  And toward the end, the book spans fifteen years.  Again, unusual for a YA book.  I won't say anymore because I don't want to spoil it, but I will say this.  I thought about this book long after I finished it.  It's emotional, it's beautiful, it's sad, it tugs at your heart strings.  Just read it. My only complaint is that it ended too soon.  It's missing THE SCENE, which I needed.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. Wow. I love/hate books like this. They are so moving and beautiful, but I struggle with that sense of foreboding. I prefer HEAs, even though most YA romances don't last, and I love all of these strong emotions. Glad to hear this one worked well for you, I agree, what you describe sounds very different for a set up.

  2. Sounds like a great read, although the last bit about the missing scene makes me feel a bit hesitant. Sometimes that missing "piece" takes away from the book, sometimes. I think I'll add this one to my TBR anyway! :)

  3. This sounds very different. It's the kind of book that would make me very nervous to read, because I need that HEA as you know. :P Glad you liked it though. It sounds very emotional, and that cover is gorgeous.

    Great review!

  4. I love that this is told from the adult perspective! I actually have this one. I'll have to check it out. It sounds great.

  5. I was a little on the fence about this one because it did sounds sad and I have to be in the right mood for sad books. I'll definitely have to read it though since you liked it so much.

  6. Whoa I am very intrigued by the way this story is told! Adding this to my TBR!