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A new young adult novel from the critically acclaimed author of This Raging Light and Mayhem 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 A new young adult novel from the critically acclaimed author of This Raging Light and Mayhem 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.


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A new young adult novel from the critically acclaimed author of This Raging Light and Mayhem 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 A new young adult novel from the critically acclaimed author of This Raging Light and Mayhem 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.

30 review for Remember Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    i was worried. i thought this sounded a bit too much like ‘history is all you left me,’ with a hint of ‘the program’ vibes. so i had some doubts that this wouldnt quite be an original story, but i love concept so i gave it a go. and i was right. there are a lot of similar elements between this and the books i mentioned. it explores mental health, loss, love, and moving on. i think the message is a good one, but im not quite sold on the execution. the synopsis literally gives everything away - its i was worried. i thought this sounded a bit too much like ‘history is all you left me,’ with a hint of ‘the program’ vibes. so i had some doubts that this wouldnt quite be an original story, but i love concept so i gave it a go. and i was right. there are a lot of similar elements between this and the books i mentioned. it explores mental health, loss, love, and moving on. i think the message is a good one, but im not quite sold on the execution. the synopsis literally gives everything away - its the first 50% of the book. the last half is blue remembering and its told through consecutive flashbacks. because of that, the brief nature of the memories, there really isnt any opportunity for character growth, plot, or any sort of development. blue remembers, realises her lesson, and then the book ends. i think if this had been a bit longer and the plot structured in a different way, it might have been more effective. but like i said, the message is a good one, so i have no doubt that there will be many readers who are able to empathise with blue and her story. thank you for the ARC, st. martins press/wednesday books. ↠ 2.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    A quiet brilliant mash up of Suzanne Young’s Program and Kaufman’s brilliant screenplay “ESOSM”! Charlie Kaufman’s “Eternal sunshine of spotless mind “is Oscar awarded story on 2005 from best writing-original screenplay category: when a relationship gets sour, the couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories. I always admired this creative idea of the story and “Meet me at Montauk” is still one of my favorite lines. But I also thought the story suffered from A quiet brilliant mash up of Suzanne Young’s Program and Kaufman’s brilliant screenplay “ESOSM”! Charlie Kaufman’s “Eternal sunshine of spotless mind “is Oscar awarded story on 2005 from best writing-original screenplay category: when a relationship gets sour, the couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories. I always admired this creative idea of the story and “Meet me at Montauk” is still one of my favorite lines. But I also thought the story suffered from lack of emotional level. It was a little mechanic, dark, obsessive love story! When I read the blurb about Blue Owens’ story ( her name also reminded me of Kate Winslet’s vivid blue hair color in the movie! ) I get so excited about different approach to this original concept! And I must admit this book brought out the sentimental level I was looking for. Blue feels restless. There is something extremely bothers her but she cannot put her finger on. She feels like so pieces inside of her are missing. She suffers from emptiness. As she keeps questioning the reason behind her awkward feelings, she finds a note from someone tells her to meet with him at a bus! She never heard of the specific bus and its schedule. But when she rides in, she meets with Adam and the driver seems like he knows both of them and he seems like he’s happy to see them together. What is going on? But she gets an answer quickly when she stops by the hospital and she realizes she had a procedure to get rid of specific memories in her mind! Why did she decide to do something so extreme? I’m not giving away more. You need to read to learn more about Blue and how her story will conclude! But this book makes you question so many things in your lives. If you had a chance to stop the pain when your grief hits so hard and you hardly breathe, feel dropping tears wash away your face, what would you do? Would you let your memories leave your mind or would you try harder to embrace your pain and get thicker skin, wearing your big girl pants! Because the pain scratches your heart also is a part of yourself! It hurts like but it also teaches you important lessons. It helps you to understand your priorities in your life! I loved the author’s execution of this brilliant idea and her approach to the grief! I enjoyed the heartbreaking adventure of Blue Owens! This is exhilarating, intense, smart, heartfelt reading journey I highly recommend! Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/ Wednesday Books For sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Good premise! Full review soon!

  4. 4 out of 5

    ☘Tara Sheehan☘

    If you’re old enough to know who Jim Carrey is then this book might feel a bit familiar. It’s kind of like his movie ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ only with teenagers and a whole lot of ethical issues that would have the APA (American Psychological Association) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) along with their global counterparts angrier than Republicans on the day Biden got elected. Throughout my lifetime I’ve read thousands of books and publicly reviewed hundreds. Out of all t If you’re old enough to know who Jim Carrey is then this book might feel a bit familiar. It’s kind of like his movie ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ only with teenagers and a whole lot of ethical issues that would have the APA (American Psychological Association) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) along with their global counterparts angrier than Republicans on the day Biden got elected. Throughout my lifetime I’ve read thousands of books and publicly reviewed hundreds. Out of all those I can count very few that caused the visceral reaction I had with this one. Rarely have I felt so angry at a book I wanted to throw my iPad. In trying to explain myself to my bestfriend I couldn’t even stick to English as my outrage caused neural pathways to cross and just sputter into chaos trying to decipher my emotions so I ended up splitting into Spanglish with a bit of Gaelic mixed in. Before I go on I will admit to some biases that more than likely colored my experience that others won’t have so they won’t have the same issues I did. 1. My degree is in Psychology and the idea of ‘Informed Consent’ plus the ethical issues of experimenting on children-young adults has been drilled into me making the flaunting violations of these principles part of the story line (and the fact that only 2 people with just 1 of them being an adult seeing that and trying to do something about it) an issue for me. 2. I’m a suicide survivor and have a major problem with how the subject was treated in relation to what they would do about it 3. I have also been gaslighted and as part of that had my memories, sense of self, sense of what is true/fake, etc messed with and know how incredibly damaging it can be. The fact that didn’t seem to be taken into account or that the story was set up to make it seem like it was for the greater good angered me to no end I’ve been working in mental health for a long time, I do a lot of community mental health initiatives and particularly under covid mental health became a major hot button topic but this book to me treated the entire subject so cavalierly and disrespectfully. I can see though teenagers/young adults finding certain aspects romantic and some wishing memory erasing procedures were a thing but for me I just can’t get over the damage and as the book proved possibility for abuse. There was no good pay off at the end to be able to say yeah this stuff happened but everyone realized the consequences so they learned something making the journey worthwhile and necessary – though at least 2 characters came closest to that realization. I do think there needs to be some kind of trigger warning for those who have had various mental health struggles so they know going in what they could be facing and decide if they’re in a strong enough place to handle it. One positive though – the author did a good job incorporating a character from the LGBTQ community and addressing the proper pronouns.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    If you could rid yourself of painful memories, would you? What would we be without our pain? These were some questions explored in Remember Me. I must confess, I had no idea what this book was about before I read it. I picked it up based on the author and cover without reading the synopsis. Early on, I realized it was NOT a contemporary since the story took place in the near future. Then when all the memory stuff was introduced, I realized this was sci-fi. I don’t tend to read much sci-fi, howeve If you could rid yourself of painful memories, would you? What would we be without our pain? These were some questions explored in Remember Me. I must confess, I had no idea what this book was about before I read it. I picked it up based on the author and cover without reading the synopsis. Early on, I realized it was NOT a contemporary since the story took place in the near future. Then when all the memory stuff was introduced, I realized this was sci-fi. I don’t tend to read much sci-fi, however, aside from the mind manipulation, this read like a contemporary, and therefore, was successful for me. I have seen many compare this to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and that pretty much fits. I was quite taken with the premise. What would we be without our pain? That was a very thought provoking idea for me, and I enjoyed exploring it via Blue’s experience. The story unfurled in such a way, that I was eager to get to know more, dig more. I felt as disorientated as Blue in the beginning, and obviously, I came up with my own explanations. I was 100% WRONG! and was quite surprised by what had happened, and after that surprise, there was an even bigger surprise (at least for me). Laure did a fantastic job with the build of this story. There was much confusion and tension as pieces of what happened were revealed. It was also emotional for me, and I appreciated the way it all came together at one point. So, would we be better off with or without our pain? I don’t know, but I really enjoyed this interesting exploration of grief and loss. I found myself bawling a few times and was quite moved by this tale of grief, loss, and moving forward. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sean Loughran

    Deeply thought-provoking, Remember Me left me with the same question asked in the synopsis. If I could have all my memories erased and wake up the next day forgetting all the bad things that ever happened to me, would I? Remember Me opens on the eve of protagonist Blue Owens' seventeenth birthday, when she finds the note in her jewellery box instructing her to get on the Little Blue Bus the following morning. She doesn't know where the note came from, how she came to possess it, or who she could Deeply thought-provoking, Remember Me left me with the same question asked in the synopsis. If I could have all my memories erased and wake up the next day forgetting all the bad things that ever happened to me, would I? Remember Me opens on the eve of protagonist Blue Owens' seventeenth birthday, when she finds the note in her jewellery box instructing her to get on the Little Blue Bus the following morning. She doesn't know where the note came from, how she came to possess it, or who she could be meeting on the bus, but she feels compelled to follow its instructions. It's there that she meets Adam Mendoza, and the missing pieces of the puzzle start to come together over the remainder of the book. A captivating and engaging read, with strong themes of trauma, loss, depression, and grief, I found this one hard to put down, reading the entire book in two sittings. Although Laure has penned many novels, this is the first I've read, and I thought it was well written. I liked the strong LGBTQ+ representation and use of pronouns for the character of Jack, as well. I read some pretty negative reviews about Remember Me which is unfortunate because I found it to be an excellent read. While it did have some dark themes, I found it extremely relatable on a personal level. As someone who has struggled with anorexia and depression for most of my life, and tried many forms of treatment, I've often wondered if I would have that part of myself erased if I could. When thinking about that question, as alluring as it would be, I can't say I'd delete that illness from my life, because it's a part of me, and removing that would be removing so much more. All in all, I really liked this book. Despite its heavy themes, it was an easy read. I'm keen to read more of Estelle's work, and have a craving for more Young Adult and LGBTQ+ fiction after this one. Avocado Diaries

  7. 5 out of 5

    d✰

    → 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ tw: death, grief, mental illness, su*cide mention i have SO many feelings about this book that i won’t be able to express them all in this review, but here we go. immediately i was intrigued by the plot, which unique and genuinely thought provoking! if i could choose to remove painful memories, would i?? the synopsis of the book gives away the first part of the story, and since you know what happened before Blue does, it was interesting to see how she finds out for herself. the → 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ tw: death, grief, mental illness, su*cide mention i have SO many feelings about this book that i won’t be able to express them all in this review, but here we go. immediately i was intrigued by the plot, which unique and genuinely thought provoking! if i could choose to remove painful memories, would i?? the synopsis of the book gives away the first part of the story, and since you know what happened before Blue does, it was interesting to see how she finds out for herself. the second part of the book is Blue reliving her memories through flashbacks in her head to retrieve them. i really enjoyed the way this part of the story was laid out and how everything slowly fell into place. i think the characters of this story were SO well written, and i really liked the inclusion of a non-binary main character. Turtle, Jack, and Blue’s friendship was definitely one of my favorite parts of this book (also LOVED Dr. Sweet). and obviously another favorite part of mine was Adam and Blue’s relationship. getting to see them fall and in love was so sweet, seeing the trauma they each went through and how it effected their relationship was heartbreaking. the ending was honestly pretty satisfying. Blue is dealing with her trauma in a normal way, her and Adam have reconnected, and finally her mother. I really enjoyed the open ending aspect. overall this was an amazing and emotional book that i totally recommend. thank you to the publisher, netgalley, and the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    (Energy)

    Things in Blue’s life are off, and she can’t pinpoint exactly what is wrong. But when she finds a picture and a note hidden in her closet, she follows the note to see where it leads. Enter Adam. He’s incredibly charming, and they have an instant attraction. But he’s having a hard time with all of this. Why would Blue have gone through having her memories altered? He remembers everything. I’m perplexed that people would request to review this before release day and then argue ethics when the blurb Things in Blue’s life are off, and she can’t pinpoint exactly what is wrong. But when she finds a picture and a note hidden in her closet, she follows the note to see where it leads. Enter Adam. He’s incredibly charming, and they have an instant attraction. But he’s having a hard time with all of this. Why would Blue have gone through having her memories altered? He remembers everything. I’m perplexed that people would request to review this before release day and then argue ethics when the blurb tells you what to expect. Of course it isn’t ethical, but it’s a dystopian-esque book set into the future, and you know what you’re getting into. Remember Me is very much reminiscent of Alexander Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard, and subsequently, the movie made in its honor. After reading the blurb and having read another of Laure’s works, I expected to enjoy this. But for me, I didn’t love Blue. I can deal with unlikeable characters, but it wasn’t that Blue was unlikable. She was supposed to be feeling emotions, but we, as the reader, didn’t feel those emotions. She lacked depth and character. I loathe a decision her mother made, which made her absolute garbage. Some things in life are unforgivable, and I don’t think I would be so quick to forgive. Because of the lack of depth, I think this wasn’t wholly the right fit for me. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dot & Needle

    Estelle Laure’s Remember Me is a slightly dystopian universe that’s set in the near future, but reads mostly like a contemporary YA novel. We follow Blue’s story as she meets Adam. He mysteriously has a hard time with their interactions as it turns out he remembers everything but Blue’s memories are altered. We journey with her as she figures out why she willing removed her memories, as she then discovers some devastating truth. This book is all about feelings, whether it be about pain, love, sadn Estelle Laure’s Remember Me is a slightly dystopian universe that’s set in the near future, but reads mostly like a contemporary YA novel. We follow Blue’s story as she meets Adam. He mysteriously has a hard time with their interactions as it turns out he remembers everything but Blue’s memories are altered. We journey with her as she figures out why she willing removed her memories, as she then discovers some devastating truth. This book is all about feelings, whether it be about pain, love, sadness or friendships. Whilst the book is sad and even a bit messy at times, it definitely ends positively and compassionately, as ultimately at the core of this book, it’s all about love. We’ve all probably thought about never remembering a painful memory again and with that feeling, we can all relate somewhat to the plot. Kudos to the author for adding a non binary secondary character so well into the story. Overall, this was a moving and heartbreaking read that will linger with me for awhile. This book is available now. Thank you to the publishers for the arc. TW: grief and loss, trauma, depression, mental illness, suicide

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ramblin Hamlin

    Book synopsis in a one or two sentences: Blue realizes she has asked for some painful memories to be erased. She realized that she made a mistake and tries to convince the doctors to retrieve those missing memories. My Thoughts: I did not enjoy this book at all. The premise of the book was intriguing but it was poorly executed. I wanted more character growth, especially in Blue, who suffered a pretty traumatic experience that she wanted to forget. For a large portion of the book, Blue was recoverin Book synopsis in a one or two sentences: Blue realizes she has asked for some painful memories to be erased. She realized that she made a mistake and tries to convince the doctors to retrieve those missing memories. My Thoughts: I did not enjoy this book at all. The premise of the book was intriguing but it was poorly executed. I wanted more character growth, especially in Blue, who suffered a pretty traumatic experience that she wanted to forget. For a large portion of the book, Blue was recovering her memories and it didn't allow for her to process the trauma in a meaningful way. Nor did she really learn anything from her experience. Also the idea of just being able to go to a doctor and have things wiped from your memory does not seem like a good way to treat mental health concerns. There is one thing I liked about this book, I loved that the author included a non-binary side character. That's about all I liked, unfortunately. Thank you to Wednesday Books for the free advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Binxie

    This did not live up to the hype at all. Grief is not easy to handle. Being presented with the ability to forgo experiencing it by erasing the memory causing the grief may sound appealing. But unintended consequences will occur. Sounds like a good story, right? But this is slow to start, way too over the top with contrived plot twists, and very unsatisfying.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I love the characters in this story. I love the friendships and the love interest is just the sweetest. Estelle Laure has me really thinking about the future and if I would want to forget but most importantly "Do I want to remember?". Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I love the characters in this story. I love the friendships and the love interest is just the sweetest. Estelle Laure has me really thinking about the future and if I would want to forget but most importantly "Do I want to remember?".

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Black

    I really wanted to like this book. The pacing was great, the characters alive, the suspense built beautifully, but I just couldn't seem to find a connection to anything. I actually DNF it near halfway through, but please don't let my review keep you from trying it yourself! It has some amazing moments of genius, but overall, just didn't click with me. I really wanted to like this book. The pacing was great, the characters alive, the suspense built beautifully, but I just couldn't seem to find a connection to anything. I actually DNF it near halfway through, but please don't let my review keep you from trying it yourself! It has some amazing moments of genius, but overall, just didn't click with me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    (I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.) Remember Me was a cute, insightful story about the tragedies that happen in life and how we as humans have to cope with it, learn to move on and live what time we have left. At first, it was a slow start and I had trouble keeping interest. I read a few reviews and that pushed me to keep going. Overall; I'm glad I did. Not only was Blue's story emotional and poignant, it filled me with a sense of how I need to alter my own grie (I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.) Remember Me was a cute, insightful story about the tragedies that happen in life and how we as humans have to cope with it, learn to move on and live what time we have left. At first, it was a slow start and I had trouble keeping interest. I read a few reviews and that pushed me to keep going. Overall; I'm glad I did. Not only was Blue's story emotional and poignant, it filled me with a sense of how I need to alter my own grieving in life. While pushing it down, shoving the emotions away, and forcing yourself to not feel may be the easy route, it ultimately isn't possible. The grief still comes; one way or another. Whether it be slowly fading over time, or hitting you like a punch to the gut one day years down the road, it still comes. I think what made me not like the beginning so much is the fact that I felt I was reading a modern day version of Perks of Being a Wallflower. Three friends, each with crazy unique personalities. One, whose younger than the other two and is soon to be left behind as they go off to college, all while dealing with serious mental health issues. It seemed a little redundant, and I feel Estelle Laure spent too much time on the beginning; therefore rushing the end. But once the story began to fall into place, and the ball got rolling, I really enjoyed what I was reading. It's a concept I've heard of in other YA dystopian type books; Delirium and ridding 'love' to keep society successful, Matched and being paired off the bat so no harm comes to the heart, things like that. But I've never seen it done quite like this. I think it being so realistic is what made me enjoy the story and its meaning even more. It does seem like a realistic feat, being able to erase memories. I wouldn't be surprised if that became a normal occurrence in the far future. The reason I gave it three stars, however, is that I felt something was missing. I believe it to be just how short the book was, it was hard to care about Blue and her tragedies, or connect to the other characters. Maybe that's what Laure intended, wanting the story to be brief to leave most interpretation up to the reader, but I would've loved to get more substance from the book. More of the aftermath of the procedure between Blue and Adam, and reuniting with her family. Especially with the doctor who performed on Blue. Her abrupt comments about her own experience with the surgery I found odd, because it was never elaborated on. While I do feel it was too brief, I did enjoy Laure's writing style and the premise overall. I look forward to seeing her other work, and how the public reacts to this story once it's released. I think many other people could use flipping through these pages, maybe helping them on their journey towards healing after grief, regret, and pain.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Roger Hyttinen

    I love twisty mind-bendy books about memory, so I was excited when this one came to my attention. The story starts when Blue Owens wakes up one day but feels that everything is off — something is not quite right. On top of that, her friends are acting weird, whispering behind her back, trying to force her to bring orange juice, and giving her strange looks. This part of the story filled me with a pervasive, discomfiting sense of unease: the kind that raises gooseflesh on your arms. She then find I love twisty mind-bendy books about memory, so I was excited when this one came to my attention. The story starts when Blue Owens wakes up one day but feels that everything is off — something is not quite right. On top of that, her friends are acting weird, whispering behind her back, trying to force her to bring orange juice, and giving her strange looks. This part of the story filled me with a pervasive, discomfiting sense of unease: the kind that raises gooseflesh on your arms. She then finds a note under her jewelry box telling her to get on the Little Blue Bus at 7:45, so she does — and ends up meeting a boy named Adam Mendoza. But, as we soon learn, Blue has undergone a procedure to have her most painful memories erased, and that includes all memories of Adam. What follows is Blue trying to figure out why she willingly removed her memories, even though she may have to uncover some painfully devastating truths in the process. I really loved the conversation in this book about pain and grief and the extent that someone may go to in order to lessen/erase that pain. It’s also a clever examination of the role of pain in our lives. This book took me to some fascinating places and was not only poignant and heart-wrenching but also eye-opening and thought-provoking. I loved journeying along with Blue as she unraveled the missing parts of her life and eventually discovered the reason she took such a drastic measure. Though raw in places, it was ultimately a hopeful story about trauma, love, grief, and healing. This is a book all about feeling: feeling pain, feeling love, feeling friendship, and allowing yourself to feel sadness because it deserves to be felt. I found the plot of this emotive story utterly compelling and the characters realistic, relatable and well-drawn. The author did an excelling job with the relationships in the story, and I was delighted that they included a non-binary secondary character. Additionally, I think many will find the plot relatable because how many of us haven’t wished that we could erase an especially painful memory at one time or another? That being said, the book is definitely sad and messy in places but ultimately ends on a positive and compassionate note, with love at its core. I tend to enjoy reflective writing — writing that examines humanity and character-driven stories that explore the many sides of human complexities & relationships, and that is what we get with this novel. All in all, Remember Me is an ambitious novel with a huge heart. This title release on March 22, 2020. A huge thank you to NetGalley for providing a review copy of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    catie z

    I don't think there's even a possibility that I'll be able to write out everything I feel about this book in this review. It's only July, but I can say with complete certainty that this will be one of my favorite books of the year and I've already preordered it so I can have a physical copy when it comes out this October. Remember Me is an honest and raw story about love and grief. Our main character Blue wakes up one morning to find that she feels exceedingly strange. She finds a note in her roo I don't think there's even a possibility that I'll be able to write out everything I feel about this book in this review. It's only July, but I can say with complete certainty that this will be one of my favorite books of the year and I've already preordered it so I can have a physical copy when it comes out this October. Remember Me is an honest and raw story about love and grief. Our main character Blue wakes up one morning to find that she feels exceedingly strange. She finds a note in her room that contains a mysterious meeting place, although she has no memory of how it got there. Throughout the day, she discovers more and more gaps in her memory and gets physically ill when she pushes herself to remember those blank spots. Resigning herself to solve this issue, she decides to go to the meeting place on the note. There, she meets a boy she seems to be immediately drawn to: Adam. She then learns that she had elected to have some of her memories removed. From then on, pieces start to fall into place and Blue has to decide if her memories are worth saving without knowing why she wanted them erased in the first place. The word heartbreaking is not enough to describe this novel. Throughout the entire second half of the book, I sobbed, and I mean can't breath, can't see through the tears sobbed. Laure does an incredible job of writing about the impact of profound loss on not only the person directly affected, but the people around them as well. We want to be mad about how other people react to those affected, but we can't because we can see where they're coming from. The sheer impact of the emotions portrayed is weighty enough on its own, but coupled with the style and form of the writing, there's no escaping them, even for the toughest reader. I could not recommend this book more and I'm excited to force all of my friends to read it, so they can be as upset as me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    yupapone

    I went into this book with no good or bad opinions from other readers, so I was able to read it on a clear slate (or should I say Tabula Rasa?). I am grateful that I was able to receive Remember Me as an ARC by NetGalley and bring exposure to this upcoming release! I'd like to note that I'm not rating the book 3 stars, but actually 3.5 stars. Suppressing memories in order to forget one's pain. Blue Owens paid to have specific memories erased, but doesn't know the reason for doing so. I liked the I went into this book with no good or bad opinions from other readers, so I was able to read it on a clear slate (or should I say Tabula Rasa?). I am grateful that I was able to receive Remember Me as an ARC by NetGalley and bring exposure to this upcoming release! I'd like to note that I'm not rating the book 3 stars, but actually 3.5 stars. Suppressing memories in order to forget one's pain. Blue Owens paid to have specific memories erased, but doesn't know the reason for doing so. I liked the idea that Blue feels as if she's missing something and how we see the people around her living in the present while she is trying to figure out her past. Remember Me shows how being stuck in the past whether it is good or bad affects the people in your life because now they have to visit the past as well. I enjoyed reading this book because there are times in my own life where I wonder how better my life would be if I could erase some memories. Blue shows us that covering up memories you don't wanna face or remember anymore does not have a long-lasting positive effect. The only way to overcome such memories is to realize life goes on with or without you. (Of course, everyone handles pain differently and there's not one way to tackle it.) The reason I gave this book 3.5 stars instead of 5 is because it wasn't a book I could call a favorite and would wanna reread (maybe once every few years). There are points in the book where I just wasn't a fan of and I didn't like how the diversity in terms of sexuality and race/ethnicity was mentioned, but was then pushed to the back. Kind of like it was there, but it also wasn't? I like how the author wanted the book to be inclusive because this book is more diverse than some books out there. It was a great fast-paced read and I am so happy to have been given the chance to read Remember Me!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    This was an easy read but it really grabbed you by the heartstrings and never let go. The characters in this book were so realistic that I felt like I was really running into them not some fictional characters from someone's head. The book starts out with our main character Blue waking up. Things are normal or are they? Blue keeps getting a strange feeling that something isn't right and she is forgetting something, the only problem is no one will tell her what is going on. It isn't long before s This was an easy read but it really grabbed you by the heartstrings and never let go. The characters in this book were so realistic that I felt like I was really running into them not some fictional characters from someone's head. The book starts out with our main character Blue waking up. Things are normal or are they? Blue keeps getting a strange feeling that something isn't right and she is forgetting something, the only problem is no one will tell her what is going on. It isn't long before she finds a strange note with a meeting time that she has no memory of writing. That is when the book really takes off and Blue decides she must find out for herself what is really missing and why no one is telling her about it in the first place. This wasn't like any book I've ever read before. This love story will turn even the most die hard cynic into a fan. The subject was very fascinating and it really makes you think if you could erase someone from your life if you would really do it? Aren't some memories worth keeping even if they are painful? And what happens when the memories that you were trying to erase keep coming back? Does that mean it's meant to be? I loved the author's take on this. Another thing I really enjoyed was how well written the story was. This was a YA novel, which I love, and I found the characters really easy to relate to, they all felt super familiar like people I deal with in the real world. Great read I can't wait till this book is released so I can read it again and recommend it to all of my friends. My favourite part of this book was that all of the twists that the author threw at us took me completely by surprise and I never saw them coming. I can usually tell a little bit but this one had a huge shock factor to it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    This new book from author Estelle Laure is the perfect mix of romance and grief. Blue wakes up one day and knows something is wrong. Her family and friends are acting weird, some photographs are suspiciously missing, and there is a room in her own home she doesn't recognize. When Blue "meets" Adam, she knows she must do what ever she can to remember him and the other mysteries from her past. Wow I liked this book a lot more than I expected. The primary reason I picked this up was because of the This new book from author Estelle Laure is the perfect mix of romance and grief. Blue wakes up one day and knows something is wrong. Her family and friends are acting weird, some photographs are suspiciously missing, and there is a room in her own home she doesn't recognize. When Blue "meets" Adam, she knows she must do what ever she can to remember him and the other mysteries from her past. Wow I liked this book a lot more than I expected. The primary reason I picked this up was because of the similarities between it and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, so it was inevitable that I would compare the two, but I can safely say they are both great in their own regards. I was in awe of how this story dealt with grief in such an honest way. It really makes you question whether its better to live with the pain or forget all the beautiful memories. The relationship between Blue and Adam, while not my biggest takeaway from the book, was both adorable and real. The main thing preventing me from giving this 5 stars was the organization. This book begins with Blue waking up without her memories, and halfway through switches to over 200 pages (in e-book format) of memories. I would have preferred them to be mixed together more because the big chunk of memories exhausted me in some points. I also felt like the mystery was figured out a little too quickly, but ultimately that was not the most important part of the book. I still highly recommend anyone who is interested should pick this up. It is set to be published on March 22nd, 2022. Big thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tamzen

    Remember Me starts off strong and compelling from the first page. Blue wakes up and realizes that something's not quite right in her life. Her friends act a little weird, she's got orange juice in her backpack, and she's remembering things wrong. Then she finds a note for her to meet someone the next day (her birthday), and she trusts it. She meets Adam, a guy she has an instant connection with, but feels weird about. After spending a little time together she realizes that she knows Adam already Remember Me starts off strong and compelling from the first page. Blue wakes up and realizes that something's not quite right in her life. Her friends act a little weird, she's got orange juice in her backpack, and she's remembering things wrong. Then she finds a note for her to meet someone the next day (her birthday), and she trusts it. She meets Adam, a guy she has an instant connection with, but feels weird about. After spending a little time together she realizes that she knows Adam already-but has had all her memories of him erased. Since it's the 2030s, this is a normal procedure people have done to erase bad memories. This causes a big ruckus and Blue goes back to the facility to reverse what she's done, but the head doctor won't comply-but the other doctor wants to help. Trusting in this other doctor who has only ever used the reversal tech on herself, Blue goes to find out what could have possibly been so bad for her to want to forget. This was a captivating and interesting read. I really didn't have any clue where things were going, and I enjoyed the half and half of the book-the first half where you figure out what is going on, and the second half where you learn all that Blue forgot as she remembers as well. It's sad, but not in a totally devastating way. Even though it was intense, I wish it went even further into some of it-the doctors, a little more of an epilogue, etc. But in a way some of the vagueness kept it entertaining. If you're a little bit emo and enjoyed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but young adult style, this could be for you! Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I want to start this off by saying I am a HUGE HUGE Estelle Laure fan. When I saw her latest was up for request on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance. However I didn't love this book as much as I have loved her other ones. I think the main reason why is because of its similiarities to Suzanne Young's "The Program", the biggest one being a memory wipe. I liked this better than the Program. I thought it was more personalized and there was much more back story to why Blue had her memory wiped where I want to start this off by saying I am a HUGE HUGE Estelle Laure fan. When I saw her latest was up for request on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance. However I didn't love this book as much as I have loved her other ones. I think the main reason why is because of its similiarities to Suzanne Young's "The Program", the biggest one being a memory wipe. I liked this better than the Program. I thought it was more personalized and there was much more back story to why Blue had her memory wiped where as in Young's book it seems to be the parents decision and not the teens. The only thing I was torn with how I felt was the handling of the grief aspect. Spoiler warnings: The two MCs Blue and Adam had both suffered devasting losses. Adam lost his father. Blue lost her sister. Adam's father died from cancer with his family by his side. Blue's sister V drowned, and was all alone. Adam's last words to his father were filled with love. Blue's last words were full of anger. Adam's father had lived a full life. Blue's sister was 12. It made me angry how many people reacted to Blue and her grieve process. Blue believed she was responsible, in fact her mother said as much. So I was hoping that adults would be a little more understanding of what she was going through instead of going off on her. I'm not even talking about her immediate adult family, but rather her best friend's mother. Her boyfriends mother etc. I did however adore ADORE the relationship between Blue and Adam and also Blue, Turtle and Jack. Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    Okay I don't know how I feel about this one... On one hand, there's a lot in here that I found distressing. The unbelievably callous and unethical actions of Dr. Vargas and the way that a number of adults in Blue's life dealt with her grief and trauma, being foremost among them. On the other, there's a lot in here that I think delivers the kind of messages that everyone - especially teenagers - need to hear about the realities of life and pain and grief. My fear is that unless someone reads the Okay I don't know how I feel about this one... On one hand, there's a lot in here that I found distressing. The unbelievably callous and unethical actions of Dr. Vargas and the way that a number of adults in Blue's life dealt with her grief and trauma, being foremost among them. On the other, there's a lot in here that I think delivers the kind of messages that everyone - especially teenagers - need to hear about the realities of life and pain and grief. My fear is that unless someone reads the entire thing all the way through, they will flounder in the negative messaging without getting to the positive, because the book is a difficult read and I can see where someone struggling with issues of grief and depression might not make it to the other side. That is, of course, exactly the nature of what they are struggling with, after all. Still, Laure has done a commendable job at raising difficult issues and forcing them to be looked at, Eyes Wide Open, and even if I'm not quite comfortable with the way she is gone about it, I do give her credit for addressing a supremely difficult and supremely timely issue. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    k_dorman

    Remember me by Estelle Laure follows high schooler Blue when she wakes up to find that everyone is treating her differently. She also finds that her backpack is full of orange juice and there is a mysterious note telling her to take a bus the next day (her birthday) at 7:45 a.m.. When she gets to the bus she meets Adam Mendoza and discovers that he was a great part of her life but she can't remember him at all. This isn't uncommon as the year is 2030 and it was common for people to erase bad or t Remember me by Estelle Laure follows high schooler Blue when she wakes up to find that everyone is treating her differently. She also finds that her backpack is full of orange juice and there is a mysterious note telling her to take a bus the next day (her birthday) at 7:45 a.m.. When she gets to the bus she meets Adam Mendoza and discovers that he was a great part of her life but she can't remember him at all. This isn't uncommon as the year is 2030 and it was common for people to erase bad or traumatic memories. Blue tries to find a way to recover her lost memories and in the process she realizes that Adam isn't the only thing that has been erased from her memory. Some of the things I liked about this book were how the book focused on topics like grief, loss and trauma and how it impacted people differently. I also thought the pacing and structure of the book was solid. The first part focused on Blue trying to get her memory back and the second half was of her remembering the memories she has erased. Overall, I thought the book was solid. The story-line held promise and the characters were interesting. However, it isn't a book I have a high desire to reread again and therefore I gave it 3.5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” Have you ever wanted to erase your memory no matter the consequence? Well, this is what we find out what happens to one of our characters. I will be honest as I started the book, I was starting to think, uh, this may not be the book for me. I was starting to lose interest, but thank goodness I kept reading. I started to become invested with our character Blue. It all starts with a note about a l “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” Have you ever wanted to erase your memory no matter the consequence? Well, this is what we find out what happens to one of our characters. I will be honest as I started the book, I was starting to think, uh, this may not be the book for me. I was starting to lose interest, but thank goodness I kept reading. I started to become invested with our character Blue. It all starts with a note about a little blue bus at 7:45, but what does it mean exactly? Why does she need to drink all this orange juice? As our story unfolds, we get further involved with Blue and what is going on inside her mind. We see why Blue wanted her memories gone, but we can not just run away from difficult things at the end of the day. We have to face what is given to us even if, in the end, it is something horrible. There is talk of suicide and death, so please be warned on that as I know some people get trigger easily. But, I can say I enjoyed watching Blue recover over time and come to terms with her life. I loved her grandmother and how willing she was to protect Blue and take her side when things went down.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    When I started reading Remember Me, it brought to mind a movie that I won't name here, because this novel was so much better than that movie. Blue Owens wakes up one morning feeling off and can't quite put a finger on what exactly is off. She finds a note telling her to meet someone on the bus, but she has no idea who wrote her this note and what that person might want. She decides to get on the bus and that's when she discovers that her feeling off has a definite cause, she made the decision to When I started reading Remember Me, it brought to mind a movie that I won't name here, because this novel was so much better than that movie. Blue Owens wakes up one morning feeling off and can't quite put a finger on what exactly is off. She finds a note telling her to meet someone on the bus, but she has no idea who wrote her this note and what that person might want. She decides to get on the bus and that's when she discovers that her feeling off has a definite cause, she made the decision to have her memories removed. When Blue starts to try to figure out why she would do this, she finds herself back at the doctor's office searching for help. What is most powerful about the novel is that it shows clearly and truthfully how pain, grief, loss, joy, desire, and fun are the essential parts of who we are and who we become through the lessons each of those emotions teaches us. While it may seem to be a good choice to remove from our memories the things that have caused us pain, we learn from Blue that pain helps us grow and in the end, she embraces pain and loss in her life and so should we.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tyler S

    Remember Me is about a girl who experiences a tragic moment in her life and decides to erase it, and everything surrounding the memory, away from her life forever through a scientific program. She erases her memories but everyone around her still remembers and is aware of what she has done, especially her boyfriend, who she also erased. The start was a little slow and confusing but after a few chapters in I started to understand. It is not a new idea, memory wiping, and it has been done many many Remember Me is about a girl who experiences a tragic moment in her life and decides to erase it, and everything surrounding the memory, away from her life forever through a scientific program. She erases her memories but everyone around her still remembers and is aware of what she has done, especially her boyfriend, who she also erased. The start was a little slow and confusing but after a few chapters in I started to understand. It is not a new idea, memory wiping, and it has been done many many many times on television and in films but I do not think I have read about it yet in such a way as in this book. It is a very easy read, enjoyable though, finished in one sitting. I think it is on the lower scale for ya readers and more towards middle grade but it does feature death and a slight mention of suicide so that would be why it is still ya. I was a bit bored when reading it though, a lot of the book is going back through her memories as she tries to regain them which was just not as exciting as I hoped it might be. I would still recommend but I wouldn’t read again. Thanks to the publishers and netgalley for the chance to read and review this advanced copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I keep going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. The plot and quirky characters gripped me from the start, and I read it quickly, wanting to uncover the truth as much as the main character, Blue Owens, did. I think the story has a lot of messages that everyone, especially those Blue and Adam's age, need to learn about life, love and loss. I loved this quote - "The real problem as far as I can tell is that adulthood is a game where you try to ignore tiny cuts and then one day you wake up to fin I keep going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. The plot and quirky characters gripped me from the start, and I read it quickly, wanting to uncover the truth as much as the main character, Blue Owens, did. I think the story has a lot of messages that everyone, especially those Blue and Adam's age, need to learn about life, love and loss. I loved this quote - "The real problem as far as I can tell is that adulthood is a game where you try to ignore tiny cuts and then one day you wake up to find you’ve been hacked to pieces.” I also appreciated and enjoyed the addition of non-binary character, Jack! They were great. But I feel like this book should come with some major trigger warnings - suicide, cancer, abandonment, depression, extreme grief and trauma. Also, the way the adults in the story, save for Dr Sweet, dealt with Blue's emotions and reactions to her grief, felt extreme, irresponsible and distressing. The friendships between Blue, Turtle and Jack, as well as Adam and Blue's unstoppable romance were my favorite parts of the book. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Scheduled for release October 12, 2021.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Can I just say... holy crap. This book was so good. I could barely put it down. It was heart-breaking and painful and beautiful. The entire premise of the book revolves around a near future where individuals can choose to have people and events "Released" from their memories. A 17-year-old girl named Blue has something/someone (many someones?) Released. She soon realizes that no matter what happened, no matter how painful it was, she wants to know. She wants it all back. It has been a long time s Can I just say... holy crap. This book was so good. I could barely put it down. It was heart-breaking and painful and beautiful. The entire premise of the book revolves around a near future where individuals can choose to have people and events "Released" from their memories. A 17-year-old girl named Blue has something/someone (many someones?) Released. She soon realizes that no matter what happened, no matter how painful it was, she wants to know. She wants it all back. It has been a long time since I have read a book with writing that contains that much emotion. The writing was so powerful that I felt like I was doing the feeling. I cannot express how beautiful and satisfying of a read that was. Now, I did read an advance reader copy, so there may be a bit of editing left to do. The writing got a little confusing at times. I think the author needed to include the *** thing a few times to indicate a change in time and location and didn't. At any rate, I can't recommend it more. I read a lot of books and it was one of the most satisfying books I have read in a very, very long time. I loved it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary G.

    Genre: young adult Pub date: Mar 22, 2022 In one sentence: Blue has paid to have her painful memories removed - but does losing that pain mean losing herself? This book started out a little slow for me as Blue's family and friends tiptoed around mentioning her memory removal procedure. But as I got more into the novel, I loved seeing Blue fight for her memories and her past. Seeing the memories Blue had chosen to remove was very powerful - I could feel her emotions so clearly. I think this book has Genre: young adult Pub date: Mar 22, 2022 In one sentence: Blue has paid to have her painful memories removed - but does losing that pain mean losing herself? This book started out a little slow for me as Blue's family and friends tiptoed around mentioning her memory removal procedure. But as I got more into the novel, I loved seeing Blue fight for her memories and her past. Seeing the memories Blue had chosen to remove was very powerful - I could feel her emotions so clearly. I think this book has an important message for the reader that with pain can come growth and healing, that the ignorance of one's problems does not solve them. I was going to rate this book a 3, but the ending bumped it up to a 3.5/4 for me, and I hope other readers also love seeing Blue come to terms with her past. Thank you to St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books for providing an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Review published to Goodreads 11/21/21, to be posted to Instagram closer to pub date.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Keisha Frantom

    It is similar to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Would you want to erase your memories and start over? Blue wakes up one morning, feeling like something is missing. She finds a photo of herself with other people she doesn't remember in her closet and a note to ride a particular bus at a certain time in her pocket. When she sees Adam on the bus, the driver says something about it's good to see them together but she doesn't remember Adam although something tells her to trust him. The book f It is similar to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Would you want to erase your memories and start over? Blue wakes up one morning, feeling like something is missing. She finds a photo of herself with other people she doesn't remember in her closet and a note to ride a particular bus at a certain time in her pocket. When she sees Adam on the bus, the driver says something about it's good to see them together but she doesn't remember Adam although something tells her to trust him. The book follows Blue as she tries to piece together her past to figure out why she wanted her memory erased. At first I was annoyed she went through all this just for a boyfriend but Blue actually has a lot of trauma in her life that got her to this point. Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. "Starting now is what matters, a whole new chance, a real new beginning."

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