Remember to Forget

If you are a fan of young adult, contemporary fiction, you don't want to miss Ashley Royer's debut novel, Remember to Forget.

Book: Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Ashley Royer’s debut novel, Remember to Forget, started out as fan fiction inspired by the band 5 Seconds of Summer, and it became a huge success on Wattpad. With over 13 million reads, Remember to Forget became a #1 fan fiction novel and The Wattys 2014 winner. When BookSparks offered me the opportunity to review the novel, I jumped at the chance, and I’m so glad that I read it.

The novel follows Levi, who hasn’t spoken since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia. When his mother makes him leave Australia to live with his dad in Maine, Levi is forced to confront life without Delia. Once again in therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who reminds him too much of the one he is trying to forget, but no matter how often he pushes Delilah away, he finds himself turning to her again and again.

At first, Levi was annoying. Pushing away everyone who wants to help him, Levi often complains about how no one cares about him. He refuses to speak and communicates almost entirely through the voice of his phone. However, Levi grew on me as the story went on. Blaming himself for his girlfriend’s death, Levi’s actions became more understandable.

The novel is told through Levi’s and Delilah’s perspectives, and it’s interesting to read their differing points of view. Levi is at first repelled by Delilah’s similarity to Delia, but Delilah finds Levi intriguing from the first. Their unlikely friendship blooms but is not without setbacks.

I really liked that Levi suddenly didn’t get better. His anxiety and depression is a work in progress, and a good day could be followed by a terrible blowup. Reading this book often made me smile or start to tear up, and I loved watching Levi and Delilah’s relationship grow. Remember to forget is a sweet story about some very painful topics and is definitely worth the emotional journey.  Fans of YA and contemporary fiction shouldn’t miss this.

You can find out more about Ashley Royer by following her on Twitter and YouTube.

BookSparks sent this book to me for review but all opinions are my own.

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  1. Hmm, interesting. I have not ventured into the Wattpad world and have heard of good stuff coming from there.