Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Remember by Eileen Cook

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…


Publishes in US: February 24th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Genre: ya sci-fi
Source: simon pulse via edelweiss
Series? no

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    Remember appealed to me since I am drawn to stories about memory loss, and the idea of selecting memories to be less emotional or even the chance to remove them has so many possibilities. At the beginning Harper seems to have things going pretty well, she's smart, especially in sciences, she has a long term boyfriend and a loyal if opposite best friend. 

   However it was a waiting game, because I know from the synopsis that things will go wrong and she will have memories that she'd rather not have, and pays a price for them to not plague her. 

   Her procedure prompted frightening side effects and she meets Neil, who seems to have answers to the questions she has, where no one in her life is offering up suggestion. 

   I liked the friendship in this one. How she was so supportive for Harper and gave an ear. But I think it brings up an important issue where when Harper has a problem she gets so focused on herself and issues that she didn't give her time to talk about her own issues. 

   It got pretty suspenseful, and I have to admit that I didn't see a lot of the twists coming. I had ideas, but none of them were right. 

   The love triangle aspect wasn't too annoying, and I can understand how she ended up with the sticky situation. 

    Everything wrapped up well, and I enjoyed this standalone mystery.

Bottom Line: Good main character and unique twist to the memory theme.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Any memories that you would chose to erase or soften?


  1. I love memory loss books too!!!! Love the sound of the twist.

  2. I love memory loss ones, but this really wasn't for me, I think I only read up to like 15-20% and DNF'D, just didn't like how the MC was with her boyfriend and friend, annoyed me, haha. But glad you enjoyed it. :)

  3. I liked this one too, but I thought the pace was a little too slow. Great review!

  4. Hmm, interesting premise. I'm not too keen on the idea of memories, even sad ones, being erased as I think they form who and what we are.

  5. I'm a fan of memory loss story lines just so long as they aren't used as a gimmick to cause drama. The twists seem like they were well executed, and the love triangle tolerable. I don't have anything floating around inside my head that I'd like to delete. Time has a way of dulling even the worst ones.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  6. This does sound like an intriguing book that makes you think about the implications of memory manipulation. Great review! (I'm also glad to hear that the love triangle isn't too bad, so many are these days).

  7. Glad that the love triangle wasn't that annoying. I usually can't get into books if they have a love triangle, and I have only read a few that actually make me enjoy a love triangle! The idea of this book is interesting, selecting memories to be forgotten. I might have to read this one!

    Lovely review!

  8. Remember sounds pretty good, Brandi. I like a story that keeps me guessing.

  9. Hm... at least it is a standalone. I usually like those for the twisty parts. Not sure if it is for me, but I like a well wrapped up story.

  10. I like the sound of the story and the twists, but a love triangle... really? UGH!

  11. I am actually surprised that this one has a love triangle in it because I don't really think it would be necessary in this story. But at least it wasn't too annoying! The idea of this one sounds good - wiping memories - and makes me think of The Body Electric. I know I liked that one, so I will probably like this! A few years back I had a dark and rough time in my life, and even though it was good for me in a way, I wouldn't mind softening that memory.

  12. Maybe not delete, but soften a memory-maybe-Deaths of my parents in particular. And some of those stupid things you still remember from high school-yeah you can delete those. Sounds like a interesting premise. I am glad you liked it :)

  13. Love triangle, you say? Hmmm... I don't know about this one.

  14. Lovely Review, sound like a good book :)

  15. Oh sorry it wasn't that good... not sure...

  16. It sounds a little like The Program, which I adored, and I like that it's a stand alone.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  17. I'm fascinated by memory story lines as well. Very glad to hear that this one has a unique twist and that you didn't see things coming. That's always a plus. There are definitely memories that I would choose to erase, but at the same time, it's why I am who I am, so would I change if they were gone? Not something that I really want to experience.

  18. I am always wary of memory loss stories. I don't know if there are any I would really want to get rid of maybe a few embarrassing ones but only if I could erase it from the memory of the person that experienced it with me too lol.

  19. I'm feeling a bit overloaded on memory loss books right now. Maybe if I could forget I read some of them, I'd be ready for more??
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  20. Oh I'm always eager to try out books that deal with memory loss, as I've only read a handful of them which have worked out for me, I'm glad to see that the love triangle aspect wasn't too annoying, I was little worried after reading the blurb. Glad you enjoyed this overall Brandi!

  21. I do love mysteries but knowing that the eventual reveal will cause problems makes it feel like you're waiting for a hammer to drop the entire read. That tension can be tough depending on how it's handled. It can make me too on edge to enjoy the book. Great review, Brandi! :)

  22. Great friendship is always welcome to make reads enjoyable :D

    I guess there are some memories I would like to erase (because they embarrass me) but it's life...and there are more important things to deal with than thinking about embarrassing memories, so I just shake it off. ;D

  23. The suspense has me curious, and I am a glad the triangle wasn't annoying and you understood her choice.

  24. Stories with memory loss tend to be hit or miss for me, Brandi. And since I'm not a big fan of love triangles either, I might just not read Remember. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though :)
    I would not want to erase or soften any memories! Even some very sad ones are part of who I am :)


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