Thursday, November 10, 2011
Remembrance book review and giveaway
The Story- Lizzie Davenport has a typical high school life including a best friend, a boyfriend and a struggle with grades. As her Junior year starts, Lizzie is taken by surprise at the arrival of handsome Drew Carmichael, a boy she’s never met, yet feels eerily attached too.
In fact, he seems to know things about her that nobody else does. Whenever he looks at her she melts, which is making her boyfriend, Jeremy, very unhappy. Things get worse when Lizzie’s best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew and talks of love.
As Lizzie grows closer to Drew, he pushes her away, stating that it is for her own good. Confusion sets in, especially when Lizzie begins having flashes of herself and Drew in Regency Era England. What is happening? Has she been reincarnated? And why does the loving Drew she remembers from her past, want nothing to do with her in the present?
My Thoughts- This book took me by surprise. It seems a typical romance, but the author throws in juicy tidbits, like parallels to Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, that make the book fun. There is also the mystery of why Drew spends his time switching between fascination and avoidance of Lizzie.
The book could have been same old, same old, but instead the subplots add flavor. As a reader, you worry with Lizzie about breaking up with her boyfriend Jeremy while at the same time, falling for her best friend’s boyfriend. There is no easy answer there. In fact, I couldn’t believe Lizzie’s courage in her final scenes with Jeremy. She has to boldly lie in a way that churns your gut.
The author does a good job stringing out the mystery of Drew. Lizzie really has no idea about what is happening until mid way through the book, when she has her first flash. Until then, the things that happen are strange and weird. There are also little hints given about the mystery, like Lizzie’s fear of speed and her meeting with an old antiques dealer.
Critically, I liked the first person POV. The main story and subplots are strong and the characters interesting. The book probably didn’t need the preface. In fact, it confused me, jumping from the future to the past. But, overall a great YA read.