by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 10th 2015
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?
Juliet is the narrator but not in the typical fashion. It’s as though she herself is writing the book. She is recording her account of the past and we are looking over her shoulder while she does it. Very interesting way to do it and I think it fits perfectly with the story. I often would forget unless she mentioned something, I was so absorbed in the story. Her memories are also set in the 90s (‘94 mainly) and so since I was a teenager in the 90s I didn’t even notice. Until she mentioned the payphone the second time and I was like wait….kids these days don’t use payphones like I did. So of course it completely endeared me and made it easy to relate to. Plus I was actually really into hockey guys in high school.
I loved Juliet. She is someone who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. She’s smart and witty. I loved her faith in Lucas even when part of her was telling her to run away. She stands up for herself and is just really amazing.
Lucas is a little more complicated because there are stages of him. In the beginning he is really adorable and I loved him but then he changes….and that’s all I have to say about it.
I have to say my sci-fi brain took over a bit when I was reading. I was kind of like Juliet in the library. Going over a bunch of different theories in my head as to how it all could be happening. Wait it could be this or this. The story starts to come together at about the last thirty perecent and you begin to clue in to the hints of what is going on. I have to say that I absolutely loved how the whole thing turned out. I don’t want to give anything away. I was like this such a great story!! I just want to hug it.
I also liked how Rosemary had her own kind of side story going on with her drama. She is best friends with Juliet and even though they are always there for one another. They also can get frustrated at times. Juliet absorbed in her boyfriend, Rosemary doing what she does with boys. It was kind of crazy. Plus Jason. Ahh.
I just really loved and enjoyed I Remember You.
So I'll admit I was really tempted to put a bunch of 90s songs on this playlist but I didn't...I put a mix of songs that reminded me of the book and it's haunting mellow tone. Plus love. Some songs to note though.
I Will Remember You (of course for the title)
Boomerang (for Rosemary)
Creep (for Jason)
Always (Umm Bon Jovi 1994 and such a great love song back then. It absolutely had to be the finisher for this playlist)
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.