Saturday, 28 February 2015

Review: Remember by Eileen Cook

A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.

Harper is used to her family being hounded by protesters. Her father runs the company that trademarked the "Memtex" procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn't be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by Simon Pulse

Terri's Thoughts

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  The book was just released this week.

This is a story aimed for the YA audience and one that I think most parents would approve of.  The book was very clean with very little profanity and the romance kept at a PG level.  For the most part it is about regular high school students with regular problems until..........

Enter the Memtex.  Imagine a world where you have the ability to get a treatment to eliminate or "soften" bad or painful memories.  Think about it, there has to be memories you wish you could erase.  There are a lot of pictures people have posted on Facebook that have traumatized me and I can never un-see.  This could wipe them from my memory!!  Seriously though...this story deals with the good and bad side of this possibility when people are not educated to the consequences.

This story was entertaining as Harper tried to figure out what was real in her mind and who she could trust.  It moved at a swift pace towards its conclusion.  While it could be argued that the story was a little glossed over it was intended for the YA audience and I can see how it would be fitting for a "tween" reader.

I have to say I enjoyed it

About the Author

Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Twitter:  eileenwriter    

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