ARC Review: I Remember You7:30 AM
Title: I Remember You
Author: Cathleen Davitt Bell
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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?
Thank you, Cathleen Bell and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book!
When Lucas drops a pen in class and Juliet picks it up, he looks into her eyes and remembers their first kiss in the rooftop. So he takes Juliet up the rooftop, kisses her, but ends up freaking her out. Then he explains that he keeps seeing these "memories" of them, which turns out to be memories of the future.
I had great expectations for this book because when I read the synopsis, I immediately wanted to read it! I felt my hands tingling, and I looked for ways to get a hold of a copy the minute I clicked "Want to Read" on Goodreads. However, the book didn't live up to my expectations.
The romance in this book was too fast paced for me. After the kiss that freaked out Juliet, they immediately liked each other, and they were heads over heels with each other in the first few chapters of the book. Aside from the romance however, there was not much happening to the story.
There were also times when I felt like my orientation with the timeline of events were off. I didn't know that a certain amount of time had passed, and would only know about it in the latter chapters. But, what I hated the most was the fact that Juliet became a bitch to everyone aside from Lucas when they got together. I just hated the personality change and it almost came to the point when I couldn't stand her anymore.
Fortunately, for me and for this book, it began to pick up towards the last half of the book. Now it's not to say that I loved all of the last half, but I began to like it. If I were to judge just based on the last half, I would probably give it 4.0 stars. Things began to make more sense and the timeline was clearer. The story also began to progress.
Towards the last 20% or so of the book, I began to love it. Things began to be really amazing, and it lived up to the expectations that I had before I read the book.
Overall, this book didn't live up to my expectations as a whole, but I liked it more and more as the story progressed.