by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Genres: Romance, Time-Travel, Young Adult
Publication Date: February 10, 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Source: Blog Tours, FFBC Tours, Publisher via Edelweiss
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 started I Remember You back in December 26, 2014. I was excited over this book. I felt like it was going to hit me right in my feels, you know? So I started it immediately (also, thinking I had to do my review for January 6). I read until 46% and it was still…slow. I checked my calendar and noticed this book wasn’t for January 6 but for February 6, so I decided to stop reading because I was also losing a bit of interest in it. I picked it up in February 5 and finished reading it in less than two hours.
Now onto the story. I felt like the characters were annoying at times and the story was a bit slow for me. I was barely getting answers. You see, Lucas and Juliet meet in high school but Lucas has memories of Juliet and him being together…memories that can’t be real because they haven’t happened yet. Lucas has memories of being Iraq but that hasn’t happened yet either but he does predict what will happen and he thinks he really will join the marines like the rest of his family male members. The more these memories come, more painful are the headaches Lucas keeps having.
It’s not until after 55% into the book that things start picking up a bit and where I am finally getting a bit of answers..just a bit. Lucas has an accident that lands him at the hospital and this is where he reveals something to Juliet then all of a sudden he is a new Lucas…a Lucas that I didn’t like at all.
I talked about Lucas. Let’s start with Juliet. Juliet is a very smart girl, focused on school, her best friend Rosemary and her mom. Then she meets Lucas and she changes. She starts lying to her best friend and avoiding her, she starts being mean to her mom, she lowers her grades at school—the typical girl-meets-boy-and-then-girl-slacks story. I found it hard to connect to the characters and understand them. I don’t think they were portrayed the way they should have been. I also think more things should have happened to keep it exciting because it would get boring.
I’m giving this book 3.5 stars because I really liked the ending, after 96%. That’s where I got all excited and jittery (the good kind) and was eager to keep reading. The ending kind of saved the story for me, although I would have liked to read about Juliet’s and Lucas’ encounter. But the ending was rather good and I liked it.
I wish I could have said I loved this story but it was just a good story to me with a couple of flaws.
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