Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Remember

Publish September 4, 2015

Eileen Cook’s latest YA novel, Remember, is a thought-provoking book that’s part sci-fi, part mystery, and part coming-of-age love story. High-school senior and only child, Harper Byrne, is used to her family being surrounded by protesters and cameras. Her dad made headlines when his company, Neurotech launched Memtex, a revolutionary procedure guaranteed to wipe away bad memories forever. Life seems idyllic for Harper, especially when Josh, her long-time boyfriend, gets an internship at Memtex, and her dad agrees to cover the cost of his Stanford education. But things get complicated when Memtex begins offering the procedure to children and teens, and some people—including handsome protester, Neil—think Memtex’s now gone too far. When Harper’s beloved horse, Harry, suddenly dies, grief moves Harper to ask her dad for the Memtex treatment. Dr. Byrne refuses, and with Josh’s help she gets the treatment anyway. But when something happens during the procedure, causing her to have strange hallucinations, bizarre flashbacks, and troubling memories, she decides to learn the truth about Memtex—and her life. Remember is a moving journey of one young woman’s determination to unravel the mysteries of her past. Solid, likeable characters and a well-paced narrative make for an absorbing, satisfying read. With its unique theme, Remember is sure to spark discussion about the power and complexity of the human mind, and the role memory plays in shaping who we are.

Remember

Eileen Cook
Simon Pulse
ISBN 13: 978-148-141-696-2

Jennifer D. Foster
Jennifer D. Foster Jennifer D. Foster is a Toronto-based freelance editor, mentor, and writer, specializing in book and custom publishing, magazines, and marketing and communications. She loves kidlit, greyhounds, Japan, pumpkin pie and yard sales.  

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