Remember Me by Melanie Batchelor

Posted August 13, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Remember Me by Melanie BatchelorRemember Me by Melanie Batchelor
Published by Bold Strokes Books on May 13th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Gay & Lesbian
Pages: 208
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars

Jamie Richards has lost a lot. Her father died four years ago and her mother is consumed by her career. Jamie finds an escape through her artistic passion and her first love—the one person who hasn’t abandoned her, Erica Sinclair.

Overwhelmed by their own harsh realities, Jamie and Erica create a world of their own in an abandoned park—a place they call “Wonderland.” Jamie idolizes Erica until the two grow closer, and she realizes that her ideal image of Erica is nothing shy of fiction. When cracks beneath the exterior become more prevalent, Jamie begins to question the love she thought she had for Erica, and if that love was ever reciprocated.

And then it happens. A shocking event occurs that changes Jamie and Erica’s relationship forever. Jamie knows that there’s no escaping this reality—she’ll have to find a way to move forward without hiding behind her sketchbook.

Main Points
Writing Style:
I don’t object to books written in verse. But I certainly would have liked to know that before I started reading.
All in all, it just made the book really short. There wasn’t much time to really flesh out the characters (although it certainly made an admirable attempt) and the plot was really more of an outline. But the verse was very poignant.
Plot:
It was depressing, really. I didn’t like Erica much. She didn’t pay very much attention to Jamie, who still loved her for some reason, and she very obviously used her. It was annoying to watch. And her obsession with stupid Chris who was not at all attractive in any way. But at least he was sort of nice? Still, Erica was…a jerk. I don’t know. They were all so young.
I do appreciate how they could just…be together without being too social. Just sitting with each other while they did their separate things. When I can do that with a friend, I know we’ve reached a good place. Especially if we have a designated spot for it, like Jamie and Erica had.
But the story was so short! Jamie realizes that Erica isn’t all that. And still continues to obsess about her. I guess what draws them together is the fact that their families are so dysfunctional. And in Erica’s case, not even real. Her foster mom was a real jerk.
So what made me give this 5 stars? It sounds so far like I hated it. Well, it was sad, but it was beautiful too. I recognized a lot of themes in here that really do apply to real life even though we don’t notice or think about it. See the quotes section below.
Quotes
About her mother: “She’s still a victim of this world but the evidence is harder to find.” (14%) I just like how that sounds.
Erica’s speech: “Nobody asked us if we wanted to be born into this world. Nobody asked us who our parents should be, what kind of government we’d like for our country- you know, how we want the world to function. We are born with no options.” (58%)
Erica’s explanation: “I love writing fiction because I create the world and everyone in it. I can send them to hell or seventh heaven. But poetry…poetry is too real. In fiction, I am God.” (59%) I agree.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • writing
  • themes
  • setting
  • ending
  • plot
Less than perfect:
  • Erica
  • Erica
  • certain other characters
  • romance
Bottom Line
This book was depressing, but real and beautiful too. I disliked most of the characters, but the plot and ending were reasonable. There were a lot of themes and things we don’t often think about but I believe to be true. I liked the writing. Would I read more by this author? Maybe. Would I recommend this book to others? Probably. Maybe.

About Melanie Batchelor

The first story Melanie Batchelor ever wrote was called Cats and Dogs. It was a five sentence “book” constructed of printer paper and clear tape, featuring the misspelling of its own author’s name. Fortunately, Melanie’s writing has improved since kindergarten.

Melanie finished her first novel-length story at age twelve and wrote her second manuscript, Remember Me, at age fourteen. She has participated in several writing workshops and has met many talented teen writers along the way. Melanie is always looking to expand her knowledge, reading everything from young adult fiction to medieval history. She hopes to travel the world, open a used bookstore in the city, and write a bestseller–after, of course, she graduates high school.

Melanie currently lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Romance
three-stars
Cover
three-half-stars
Overall: five-stars
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