Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell - OPTIONAL



Bell, Cathleen Davitt  I Remember You, 304 pgs.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.  $17.99  Content: Language: PG-13 ( 8 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.  

Juliet is a good student who has dreams of becoming a lawyer.  Lucas is a hockey player and he plans on joining the marines.  Lucas starts to show interest in Juliet, but she is hesitant to reciprocate because he seems so intense.  As they get to know each other, Lucas explains to Juliet that he feels like they have lived these moments before—they are memories for him, not just déjà vu.  Juliet begins to worry that Lucas is delusional or has a brain tumor, but when a few of his predictions for the future turn out to be true, Juliet decides she needs to help Lucas.   

This book is based on the fascinating idea of when your life is flashing before your eyes, that you can relive parts of those moments.  Lucas and Juliet have good chemistry and the storyline moves quickly.  The ending is a bit unsatisfying because you go from Lucas and Juliet in high school to when they are in their early thirties making it feel more like an adult novel.  The end of the story is implied, but I wanted a more substantial ending.  The writing style is a bit choppy, but it comes across in a stream of conscience way.  The mature content is off page sex and the violence is war related.  

MS, HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

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