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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Blog Tour: I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell (Review | Playlist | Dream Cast | Giveaway)

Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Publication.Date  February 10th 2015
Published By:  Knopf Books for Young Readers
AuthorCathleen Davitt Bell

I Remember You on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from the publisher via FFBC Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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For fans of THE FUTURE OF US comes an engrossing story of two teens, whose love for each other is tested by time and fate.

Lucas and Juliet couldn’t be more different from each other. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their first fight. He even knows what’s going to happen between them—not because he can predict the future, but because he claims to have already lived it.

Juliet doesn’t know whether to be afraid for herself or for Lucas. As Lucas’s memories occur more frequently, they also grow more ominous. All Juliet wants is to keep Lucas safe with her. But how do you hold on to someone you love in the present when they’ve begun slipping away from you in the future?


“That first day in physics, when you walked into the room and caught me looking at you?" I nodded. "The moment I saw you, I remembered. I'd seen you before." He took a deep breath. "And I probably shouldn't even be telling you about it, but part of what I remembered makes me think I can trust you”

     Reminiscent of The Lake House, I Remember You is a beautifully written, completely engrossing and emotionally powerful YA romance with elements of science fiction. Orbiting around themes of destiny, time-travel and sweeping, timeless, all-powerful first love, it's quite a charming and heartfelt book. I really enjoyed reading it.

      Juliet and Lucas don't know each other, but from the very first time they meet, Lucas starts remembering things about their relationship. It's more than a vague feeling of familiarity, more than a dejavu, he remembers specific events - kisses, intimate moments, fights - and as the story progresses, his flashbacks start to unravel a love story that is just as beautiful as it is tragic, and just as sad as it is filled with hope. 

     Does it manage to pull of the sweeping romance it aims for? For the most part, I believe it does, yes. The plot line gets slightly convoluted at times, and like with most time-travel love stories, it suffers from certain cliches typical for the genre, but if you won't set out looking for plot holes and flaws, you probably won't find many. Some suspension of disbelief is advised, but even more picky readers should enjoy this story. It's not overly sentimental or cheesy, it's satisfying and well-written, and really quite convincing, despite the slightly far-fetched time-travel premise. 

     Bottom line is, if you like quite intense teen romances with lightly drawn Sci Fi premises, such as The Future Of Us or Time Between Us, you will probably enjoy I Remember You a lot. I thought it was a nicely balanced, heart-warming and memorable novel in the vein of Nicholas Sparks, and I know I will be reading Cathleen Davitt Bell's next books for sure.


1) Avril Lavigne - Who Knows
2) Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
3) The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
4) The Veronicas - Untouched
5) Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me
6) It's Not Goodbye - Sweet November
7) Roxette - Listen To Your Heart
8) Bon Jovi - Always
9) Eagle-Eye Cherry- Save Tonight

(Oh my gosh, this is such a "oldies-but-goodies" playlist, can you tell that I'm 30 and getting close to menopause?)

Dream Cast:

Lucas: hockey player, marines-bound jock, dark-blond, nicely toned body (I can't keep going, I'm starting to drool!) 
Anyhoo, the way I see it, younger Ackles is perfect for the part!

Juliet: OK, I know. I cast Emma Stone for like 90% of all books I've read. She's just such a nice, homey girl, perfect for romantic stories! 

Rosemary: olive-skin beauty. Too hot for a supporting character? Oh well ;)


Juliet's mom - the hot blonde :)

About the author:
I was born in Princeton, NJ in 1971 and lived there until I was twelve, when we moved with my mom moved to West Hartford, CT.

My dad and mom had been divorced when I was two, and my dad lived in Williamstown, MA. I spent summers and school vacations with him.

I went to college in New York, at Barnard, and stayed in New York after I graduated. I worked as a newspaper reporter for three months, as a salesperson for a multimedia publisher for three years, and as a market researcher, and finally a copywriter.

I’m married and have two awesome kids ages two and five. I lived in Manhattan for sixteen years, but now am in Brooklyn, living downstairs from my sister and her family. I have two dogs named Oscar and Oprah. My favorite food is pizza and, strangely, in my thirties, I’ve developed a great love for playing catch. Slipping is my first book.
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