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.
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on February 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.