Saturday, June 7, 2014

Book Review: Remember Me

Title Remember Me

Author Melanie Batchelor

Release Date May 13, 2014

Jamie Richards has lost a lot. Her father died four years ago and her mother is consumed by her career. Jamie finds an escape through her artistic passion and her first love—the one person who hasn’t abandoned her, Erica Sinclair.

Overwhelmed by their own harsh realities, Jamie and Erica create a world of their own in an abandoned park—a place they call “Wonderland.” Jamie idolizes Erica until the two grow closer, and she realizes that her ideal image of Erica is nothing shy of fiction. When cracks beneath the exterior become more prevalent, Jamie begins to question the love she thought she had for Erica, and if that love was ever reciprocated.

And then it happens. A shocking event occurs that changes Jamie and Erica’s relationship forever. Jamie knows that there’s no escaping this reality—she’ll have to find a way to move forward without hiding behind her sketchbook.

I have no problem with books written in verse. In fact, Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors and she writes her novels primarily (always?) in verse. However, as strange as it may seem, I like to know that a book is written in verse before I start it. It's one of those weird things I don't enjoy being surprised with. The reason I'm bringing this up should be obvious, but in case it isn't, Remember Me is written in verse.

Though well written, this is a very short book (reading time was less than half an hour). I believe Remember Me falls victim to those problems that many other verse novels encounter. It's a very restricted way to tell a story and develop characters. I had a pretty good idea with where the book was headed and I ended up being correct. Even when it was all over, I didn't feel much. Considering the length and, likely, style of writing I didn't feel connected to the characters enough to have any sort of emotional reaction.

Overall, it was a well written story and it was good for what it was. I believe Melanie Batchelor potential and would like to see how she does in something longer and not written in verse.


3 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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