Title: Remember to Forget
Author: Ashley Royer
Publisher: Blink YABooks
On Sale Date: April 5, 2016
In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can’t seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.’
Ashley Royer attends high school at a public school north of Boston, Massachusetts. She began writing on an online social media platform when she was thirteen, and her uploaded stories currently have over thirty million combined reads. When Ashley is not writing or in school, you can find her working at a retirement community or making videos on her personal YouTube channel, callmeashely98.
I can’t believe the author, Ashley Royer, is still in high school. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is emotional, dark, funny,and realistic. At first, I thought I would not enjoy a dark emotional depressing book but seeing there are over 13 million reads, I gave it a try; I am glad I did.
All the characters and the plot are well developed. Not only does Levi need to cope with his own depression and anxiety issues, now he also needs to adjust to a new environment and a father who left him several years ago. As Levi becomes more and more comfortable and open with Delilah, the readers would also learn how he becomes this way. It is like a puzzle being unsolved.
I like how the story is told in both Levi’s and Delilah’s points of view. So the readers get to know what Levi is thinking and the others’ actual thoughts and reactions to Levi’s abnormal behaviors.
5 out of 5 stars
Received a free ARC from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.