Remember Me By Estelle Laure
I received this eARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
If you could erase all of your painful memories, would you? Blue Owens wakes up one day with the strangest feeling that something is very wrong. Everyone’s acting weird and she’s found a note in her closet telling her to get on the Little Blue Bus at 7:45, which she does, meeting up with the exact person she was supposed to avoid: Adam Mendoza. Even though she has no idea who he is, something about him is so familiar. When the two are discovered by their families, the truth is revealed—Blue has paid to have her memories removed, and Adam is one of those memories. What transpires is Blue’s journey to get her memories back, uncover the truth of why she had them removed in the first place, and ultimately decide whether they were too necessary to who she is to lose in the first place.
While there are some science fiction elements in this novel, it does lean more towards YA (Young Adult) contemporary. In Remember Me, memories can be removed or erased by undergoing a procedure that Blue has done. She wakes up thinking it’s a normal day but finds a note telling her to get on a Little Blue Bus on her birthday. This starts Blue on a journey as she pieces together the memories that she erased.
I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, I wanted to like them and I saw potential in how they could be developed. Bonus points for Laure to incorporate a character from the LGBTQ community and address them using their proper pronouns.
The impact of this book didn’t really hit me towards the end, and that’s when I noticed a shift in Laure’s writing. It becomes more passionate, and I felt it flow beautifully off the page. The description of Blue’s grief and working through her emotions was executed well. I really got the impact of Blue’s grief. While it was an enjoyable read, I think more emotion starts coming through towards the end, the action also starts to pick up and I think more emotion is coming through, and not just for Blue. It was very disjointed from the beginning of the novel to the end. It was almost like two novels smushed together.
The plot was maybe a bit slow in areas and could have been developed more. I do think that how Laure wrote Blue’s emotions and her grief was well done, but a book can’t just rely on that. I wanted Blue to go on a journey more, I felt like it was lacking something that I can’t quite put my finger on.
I did enjoy this novel, it is all about your emotions – pain, love, grief, friendship and it does end on a positive note. There was something really beautiful about how at the core of this book it’s about grief, how we are humans and how we learn to cope with loss and move on, and what we do with the time we have left. And I’m back to quoting Gandalf. All that being said… I felt like I was missing something. There was no profound moment for me, I found it hard to connect to Blue. Perhaps with more development and time, this book could have been easily a 4 cups of tea, but I felt disappointed and let down in the end.
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Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: March 22, 2022