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Remember to Forget is an emotional YA love story written by a teen

Remember to Forget is a highly emotional teen love story by Wattpad sensation Ashley Royer.
Remember to Forget by Wattpad sensation Ashley Royer.

Even though one of my favorite genres is YA Lit—and I am most definitely NOT in the YA age range—I suspect your age may have more to do with whether you enjoy Remember to Forget than some other YA books I’ve read. I don’t mean this in a bad way. I just remember in my adolescent to teen years I enjoyed highly-emotional stories and characters.  I loved a good, passionate declaration of someone’s feelings, and I sobbed every time the character did. It felt great—very cleansing.

Whether you’re young or old, if you need a good emotional catharsis, you’ll enjoy Remember to Forget. The book is mainly about feelings—depression, loss, grieving, anger, budding love, trust, you name it. The characters think about what they’re feeling, and talk to each other about their feelings, and act out their feelings…you get the picture. I think I needed a little more—or a little less, however you want to look at it. For example, I got a little bogged down in sad, angry, obnoxious Levi and his thoughts and feelings through about the first third of the book.

I also have to say that when I requested this book from NetGalley, I sort of misunderstood the description, which says  “And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.” I suppose I got all excited about the word “eerily,” because I love a good, eerie, sort of creepy story and thought there was going to be a big deal about Delilah being the double of his dead girlfriend.  (That even sounds a little bit like my creepy novel, Jordan’s Shadow.)  But it’s just a perfectly normal, “wow, she reminds me of Delia” sort of thing. It’s not a suspense or creepy supernatural we’re getting into.

There are a lot of positives about this book, though. It’s encouraging, uplifting, and yes, even sweet.  And if you can make it through the Obnoxious Levi portion of the book, you’ll be rewarded with a rare feel-good novel.

I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



Name that Apocalypse!

Apocalypse by Charles Hutchins on Flickr. Some rights reserved. No changes made.
Photo by Charles Hutchins on Flickr. Some rights reserved. No changes made.

I just finished reading post-apocalyptic novel Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather. Just before that I read One Year After by William R. Forstchen. And I’m watching The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead on TV.  All these apocalypse tales could explain my bad mood.

These stories got me thinking, though–and I don’t mean about becoming a prepper. (Okay, they did get me thinking about that, actually, but that’s not my point here.) For some odd reason I like post-apocalyptic novels and movies and such and am fascinated (highly disturbed?) by the wide variety of possibilities for apocalypse that apparently exist. So I am going to list all the fictional apocalypse scenaries I have read or seen. Please leave a comment if you’ve read others.

  1. Zombies
  2.  Comet hitting the earth
  3. Sort of a combination vampire/zombie things
  4.  Nuclear War
  5. Electro magnetic pulse or EMP (natural from solar flares)
  6. EMP from a nuclear attack
  7. Seriously, so many zombies I think I should enter them again
  8. Earth’s orbit moving us away from the sun
  9. Earth’s orbit moving us toward the sun
  10. Rapture
  11. Cyber attack
  12. Prehistoric creatures
  13. Killer engineered flu
  14.  Alien invasion
  15. Nano technology out of control
  16. Apes evolving and taking over the earth
  17. Computers evolving and taking over the earth
  18. Y2K
  19.  Earth under water

These are the ones I can think of right now.  What have I forgotten? Or what gem of destruction have I missed that you’ve read or seen?