Review: I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell

March 2, 2015 Book Review, Young Adult 8 ★★

I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I Remember YouI Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on February 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Blog Tour
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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 Remember You has an interesting premise about a boy who has memories of the future. Kind of strange, right? I mean, how is that possible? Going in I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect in that regards. Would there be a lot of sci-fi elements? Time travel? I liked the mystery of it all but at the same time I found the overall execution lacking.

At the beginning we meet our two main characters, Juliet and Lucas. Juliet is a smart girl with plans to one day go to law school. Enter Lucas, a hockey player with his sights set on continuing on with family traditions by joining the Marines. Lucas immediately fixates on Juliet, regaling her with stories of memories of them together that have never happened, at least yet. Juliet is at war with her feelings at first, a little scared and off-put but at the same time curious and interested. But a relationship develops despite the unknown. This is where my problems started. I wasn’t feeling the love connection. At least for well over half the book. After they get together it was like we, the readers, were being told so much of what they did after the fact, to pass time more quickly, instead of actually getting to experience it with them. I didn’t catch on to this at first, and I could probably blame my slow reading for it, but it was like Juliet was telling us the story by looking back. It didn’t do the book any favors, at least for me. It kept me from connecting to the characters and made the book drag. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen to grab me, make me NEED to pick up the book to find out what would happen next. But I just never felt that at all.

I can tell you what I did like  – I liked the overall idea of the story. Even with the touch of sci-fi, I Remember You really reads like a Contemporary Fiction (or Historical Fiction if you want to consider the early 90s historical – eek!). There were a few moments that were really sweet and touching between Lucas and Juliet, especially towards the middle and end. The ending was… weird but also pretty amazing in its own way too. It made me appreciate the process of getting there a lot more.

Even though this book wasn’t completely for me, I can see why a lot of people will enjoy it. This sort of slow paced story-telling might not work for slow readers like me, but perhaps for others it won’t be an issue.



About Cathleen Davitt Bell

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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8 Responses to “Review: I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell”

  1. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    You scared me off of this one a bit, but I got the audio for review. I actually just finished it a few hours ago and I really liked it. I heard it in only a few hours, but it kept my interest the whole time. I think i was expecting something really bad to happen at the end so I was relieved. This isn’t for everyone, but I thought it was good 🙂
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  2. Pam@YAEscapefromReality

    I waited until I read and posted my review to read yours…guess I liked this one a lot more than you did! I really connected with the characters for some reason, which obviously makes all the difference. This book really touched me for some reason. My only complaint was the ending. I needed THE SCENE. Do you know what I mean? Sorry this one was a bit slow for you!
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