ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘If I Should Remember’ by K. D. Van Brunt.
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Title: IF I SHOULD REMEMBER
Author: K. D. Van Brunt
Publishing date: February 2nd, 2016
(Review based on an advanced readers copy)
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Memories make us human. Are we still alive if we can’t remember?
Seventeen-year-old Zoe Laleigh has accepted that sometimes the only way to survive today is to wipe away the past. That’s what her loving parents and dedicated psychiatrist are helping her do—forget. What, she’s not entirely sure. All she knows is when an entire year of recollections goes missing, there’s definitely something wrong.
Sometimes the past isn’t so easily forgotten…
Through a flood of dreams, Zoe realizes something happened. Something terrible and tragic. Her lost year is a monster hiding in the shadow of her nightmares, taunting her, but unwilling to reveal itself. When her family relocates, she hopes a new town and new school will help her regain a sense of normalcy. If only it were that easy.
Strangely enough, only her dog, Rin, seems to understand her…
He is somehow connected to her lost year—connected to why she keeps doing things her mother calls reckless, foolish, and dangerous. And when she starts to hear voices and sees things no one else can, she is forced to question her own sanity.
The monster of her nightmares has returned, bringing with it the single question that plagues her at night…
What is there to remember?
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘IF I SHOULD REMEMBER’ by K. D. Van Brunt:
This is the first novel I’ve read from Author K.D. Van Brunt, titled If I Should Remember. This novel is of the young adult genre with a blend of romance and mystery intertwined. “If I Should Remember” is written from the main female character’s P.O.V.(point of view), Zoe Laleigh.
The story begins in a suspenseful direction, only to find out it was something else completely. Is it a dream, a good imagination or a memory? Zoe Laleigh comes across as your typical teen-aged-girl when she first moves to the small town of Middletown, Maryland with her brother Sam and their parents from Boston. All is normal, except for the fact that Zoe can hear and understand words from her dog, a German Shepherd named Rin.
As if things could be any more strange, Zoe can’t seem to remember anything from the year before. It’s become a black hole in her life that she struggles to remember but can’t seem to for some reason. She has a small scar from stitches that she doesn’t even remember how it got there. She has so many questions but her family acts like nothing is wrong. All together, it makes things harder for Zoe to understand when it comes to living her life while having a past that has a missing piece.
As soon as Zoe moves to the small town of Middletown, she quickly meets two local boys. Derek and Alex. They both befriend her and even flirt with her, making her feel welcomed to this new town. Unfortunately, they both have history with each other and Zoe finds herself in the middle of both boys and their issues while growing a friendship with both. While Zoe has to maneuver her high school experience in the new town while dealing with the new relationships, there is also a string of missing pets in the area that she wants to help put an end to. And through it all, Zoe is stuck dealing with the need to find out what her nightmare is about and finally filling in that missing piece of her life.
Will Zoe ever find out what happened during that missing year of her life? How is it possible that Zoe can actually communicate with her dog Rin? The storyline is interesting in many ways but toward the end, it almost seemed to jump into a different story when Zoe begins to remember missing memories. It almost seemed like a huge part of the story happened to fill in the waiting time to get to the main question of the story: What will happen when Zoe remembers her missing year? Don’t get me wrong, the story was good but it flowed in a steady pace. The part that seems able to pull at a reader’s emotions would have to be when Zoe remembers again. This was an averagely-decent read. If you want to check out a book that centers around lost memories and a little high-school drama, this is your kind of story. Check it out. 🙂
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘IF I SHOULD REMEMBER’ 3 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘IF I SHOULD REMEMBER’:
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