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I Remember You

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I Remember You

I REMEMBER YOU by Cathleen Davitt Bell tells the love story of Juliet and Lucas, two completely different teenagers who manage to fall in love through space and time, but the far future threatens the beautiful love they found. Lucas is the popular jock who plays hockey and plans on enlisting into the Marines after high school. Juliet is a straight-A student and expert debater who plans on going to law school. The two meet rather normally --- Lucas is doing landscape work for Juliet’s neighbor when Juliet arrives home from camp, and the two share a smile and a nod.

The story takes the turn for the interesting when Lucas insists to Juliet that he knows her already and that he’s already lived the moments that they will come to share. He claims to remember their first kiss, all the stories Juliet will tell him and even the gift she will get him for Christmas. Juliet, who knows she should be frightened and skeptical, is so enamored with Lucas she goes along with it.

Readers will definitely like Bell’s incorporation of time in respect to the past, present and future.

With each memory Lucas has of himself in the future comes pounding headaches and, eventually, a dangerous incident that lands him in the hospital. In the hospital, Lucas remains in and out of sleep as his dreams/memories get worse. He knows something irrevocably terrible happens to him in the future, yet he still wants to finish the dream to understand the meaning behind it all. At one point, Lucas balances precariously on the brink of death, but Juliet brings him back, which, to me, is true love. Having a love that is so strong it defeats all odds, even death.

However, Lucas and Juliet are no longer the same after Lucas comes back to life. Their love is just a ghost of what they had before. Lucas counts down the days until he can enlist, and Juliet dreads the day, because she knows and he no longer has any recollection. During this aftermath, the novel took a turn towards sadness. The reader connects with Juliet and the disconnect she has with Lucas. Both the reader and Juliet yearn for the old Lucas, but he’s gone. Or is he?

The novel ends with an interesting twist of events. I think most readers will be happy with how things end, albeit a little confused as well. I enjoyed the ending because it transported me back to the true Lucas and Juliet. To find out what I mean about that, you have to read the book! While I thought some parts were a little excessive, especially pertaining to the minor characters, I genuinely liked I REMEMBER YOU. The best parts of the novel were Lucas’ dreams and the honeymoon period Juliet and Lucas went through. Readers will definitely like Bell’s incorporation of time in respect to the past, present and future. I REMEMBER YOU is certainly a memorable novel to be enjoyed by many. 

Reviewed by Katherina T., Teen Board Member on February 10, 2015

I Remember You
by Cathleen Davitt Bell

  • Publication Date: February 10, 2015
  • Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385754558
  • ISBN-13: 9780385754552