- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481416960
- ISBN-13: 978-1481416962
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—After a tragedy leaves Harper Byrne depressed and lacking in her characteristic optimism, she sneaks into her father's hospital and gets a controversial memory-altering procedure called Memtex. When inexplicable memories arise and strange side effects occur, Harper goes on a quest, with the help of a mysterious social activist named Neil, to uncover secrets about her past and her father's research that could change her life forever. Cook adeptly addresses complicated relationship issues in this YA novel. Unfortunately, the protagonist is forgettable. Her spunky attitude and sense of humor barely redeem her bland flatness. Best friend Win is far more developed and interesting, and thankfully plays a big part throughout the story. Harper's relationship with Josh, her boyfriend of two years, also takes up much of the plot. Josh has a better relationship with Harper's father than she does, because of his passion for science and medicine. While teens looking for a good mystery could find a lot to like in Remember, the lack of character development, messy pacing, and predictable story line fail to create the necessary emotional tension.—Eden Rassette, Kenton County Public Library, KY
“Compelling combination of twisty mystery and realistic romance." (Cat Patrick, author of FORGOTTEN and JUST LIKE FATE)
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If you suffered a trauma, would you undergo a laser treatment to erase your memory? What if the treatment merely made the memories less painful? And what if that treatment had horrible side effects?
After the death of her beloved horse, Harper begs her father for Memerex, a protocol his company manufactures. When he denies her request, she finds a way to have the procedure. Soon she begins having flashbacks and memories. Or are they hallucinations?
The plot for REMEMBER requires the suspension of disbelief. Not that a treatment couldn't exist, there are already neurological treatments to lessen the intensity of PTSD memories, but one must believe the teenage daughter of the company owner, with the help of her boyfriend, could have the procedure under an assumed name.
None of the characters felt particularly special or memorable. I liked Harper, her best friend Win but took an immediate dislike to her boyfriend.
I'm a big fan of Eileen Cook's writing, which held my interest from beginning to end. The last 20% of REMEMBER had heart-thumping suspense.
THEMES: Friendship, romance, mystery, trauma, PTSD
REMEMBER is a fun, though unmemorable read.
When one happens outside her school after her dad gives a talk, Harper is caught in the confrontation, but one young man, Nick, sticks in her mind, angrily at first, but as things progress, he becomes something else in her life. She's been in a relationship with Josh, a smart boy who is a scholarship student at her private school for the past two years. There are times when she wonders whether he likes her or her dad better because Josh is smart and fascinated with the science behind Memtex. In fact, when an internship at her father's company is created, Josh gets it.
Life might have been uneventful for Harper if her beloved horse hadn't died of colic. It became one of those life events which drops you in a deep emotional valley, one she's desperate to escape. When her father refuses to allow her access to the Memtex treatment, she finds a way around him, but once she's had it, her memories begin to get strange and cause her to wonder if they're real or not. This causes her to seek out Nick who tells her something which is hard to believe at first, but the more time they spend together, the less she trusts her own memories.
What they uncover about her past and which memories are real, makes for a fast-paced and engrossing read. Teens who like slightly sinister plots with a bit of futuristic technology blended in with romance and betrayal will like this book.
The book is about Harper and her fathers brilliant medical breakthrough called Memtex. It is supposed to help dull really tragic memories and make it so you can move on with your life. You will still have the memory but it won't be crippling. I felt like this treatment was so wrong on so many levels. I think it would be GREAT to help people coming home from war who has PTSD and such but the fact that it was being offered to teens was wrong. I feel like if people get this treatment then they are taking the easy way out. Life isn't all rainbows and unicorns and a lot of people need to grow a pair and face life and move on. But if something like this actually did exist I know millions would get it done. Your past and memories are what make you who you are. If I could get back lost memories I would do it in a heartbeat. But I don't think I would even dull them.
I loved Harper! At first she was this really positive, sweet person but once everything starts to go down she becomes this headstrong young woman who wants to right the wrongs her father created. She also stopped living life so cautiously. I felt that she was with Josh only because they had been together for so long. That is definitely not a reason to stay in a relationship.
I didn't like Josh at all. I got the feeling he was only with Harper to get close to her dad. And towards the end Josh has this little hissy fit where he pretty much proved my feelings about him were very valid. He did help Harper a few times but every time he did help her it seemed to only be for validation and acceptance from her father.
Win was a pretty awesome character. She did have a little bit of an issue with wanting her problems to be more important that others. I know in a friendship you are supposed to be able to share stuff and Harper felt that Win wouldn't understand and she kind of didn't. Win had some issues going on in her life but she wanted HER issues to be put first it felt like.
I had trouble predicting what was going to happen and I loved that. I kept thinking either Harper had accidentally push Robyn or her father had done something terrible. I was pretty surprised to find out it was neither of those things. But what did come to light was pretty shocking.
The ending got a little scary. Especially when Harper's father did what he did to her. I was yelling at the book and freaking out because Harper needed to keep her memories and her father was trying to hide so much that he would actually risk his daughters life to make sure nothing got out. And then Josh just STOOD there. He did end up helping but he was still on Harper's fathers side until this happened and that proved how desperate he truly was.
Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.