I Remember You

I Remember You

by Cathleen Davitt Bell


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I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell

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?

"An ode to the enduring, transforming power of love."  - Susane Colasanti, author of Now and Forever

"This is a book that shows you what true love is: heart-stopping, mind-bending, life-changing."
          - Melissa Cantor, author of Maybe One Day

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385754552
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

CATHLEEN DAVITT BELL is the author of Slipping and Little Blog on the Prairie, and a co-author of The Amanda Project. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two children.

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I Remember You 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books, so romantic .
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Slow and repetitive. The relationship felt very realistic at first and then fell apart as it went along. I was not interested in the characters or the plot. It has good writing, but other flaws drag it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This perfect was so lovely but if your going to write a book that involves military names and terms please use the proper punctuation. The word "Marines" is to always be capitalized and it bugged me that it wasn't through out the entire book. Kind of stupid to complain about but that's they way it has to be. Marines and all other service members earned that title with the proper capitalization. Thanks.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Lucas and Juliet have nothing in common. Juliet is an overachiever who, even as a junior, already has plans for college and law school. Lucas knows that at the end of his senior year he will enlist in the Marines--just like his father and countless other relatives. Still, Juliet finds herself drawn to Lucas even as common sense tells her she should be afraid. Despite just meeting, just starting to know each other, Lucas says he remembers their entire relationship from their first kiss to their first fight and even how they break up. Juliet doesn't know if she should be more worried about Lucas or herself when she starts to believe him. As they grow closer, Lucas' memories begin to come with more frequency and much more foreboding. Juliet wants desperately to keep Lucas safe with her in the present but she doesn't know how to do that when she has already lost him in the future in I Remember You (2015) by Cathleen Davitt Bell. I Remember You sounds like a fantasy. It is not. Instead I Remember You reads superficially as a contemporary romance with one (supposedly though with no explanation given) supernatural element. Except it's technically historical because most of the book is set in 1994. (It becomes clear early on that Juliet is relating past events from a point in the future as an adult which also raises questions about whether this book even is YA in the truest sense but that's a different discussion.) Upon closer reading, the problems in I Remember You begin to mount. A lot of how readers react to I Remember You depends on how they feel about Juliet and Lucas (both separately and as a couple). Working from the initial fact that Lucas and Juliet have nothing in common beyond proximity in Physics class (the only class they have together since the rest of Juliet's schedule consists of Honors classes), it's incredibly hard to believe these two characters would ever embark on a relationship, let alone an epic one that seems poised to defy time and space. This uncertainty about the two main characters ever connecting casts the entire initial premise of the book in doubt but if you can get past it, then maybe this book will work for you. That is assuming you can also get past the fact that when Juliet and Lucas first begin to talk, Juliet is afraid of him. It's important to point out that Juliet is also drawn to Lucas and there is definitely mutual attraction. But the key point here is that Juliet is afraid of Lucas when he starts to talk about remembering their relationship. If you can get past fear being as key to this relationship as attraction, then maybe this book will work for you. Plot-wise, I Remember You is going to be familiar because it reads like countless other romantic first love stories. Character-wise, there are also a lot of familiar faces. Juliet is the calm, focused, over-achiever-with-her-eye-on-the-prize. Lucas is the jock with a surprising amount of depth but also the boy who is going to leave everything behind to enlist. Add to the mix a single mother (Juliet's), a disillusioned father and harried mother (Lucas's) and you start to check off a lot of character archetypes. Juliet's best friend Rosemary also features. Rosemary--sometimes Rose--is gorgeous and she knows it. She also uses it at every opportunity to manipulate men (men because she is 16 and dating college students) to give her gifts and adoration. Rosemary's outlook on life seems to be "love 'em and leave 'em" which would not raise any eyebrows if she were a boy and it is an interesting choice here. Except it all leads to rather disastrous consequences for Rosemary (and Lucas and Juliet) as one relationship escalates into stalking territory. Furthermore, without actually discussing that Rosemary is trying to parlay her looks into agency the entire thing falls flat and we are instead left with a one-note character who is manipulative and often quite mean. Then we have Lucas' best friend Dexter. Poor, hapless Dexter with his sad, hopeless crush on Rosemary. Dexter is used and abused in this story when he appears seemingly out of nowhere so that Rosemary will have a new guy to chew up and spit out. Dexter is shy. He has bad hair and he wears baggy clothes. He is also almost certainly white. Dexter eventually gets his day which comes in the form of a good haircut that highlights his inherent good looks. So far so good. Then Juliet says the haircut makes people notice things about Dexter including the fact that he has cheekbones like a Lenape warrior. There is no scenario in which that description can be interpreted as anything but the worst kind of cultural appropriation. In addition to these problems, I Remember You often handles the fact of Lucas' imminent enlistment very poorly. Juliet never truly accepts that being a Marine is something Lucas very deeply wants and not something he is being forced into. (There is a hint of familial obligation here since Lucas likely wants to gain approval from his father. But at the same time Lucas has two younger brothers who do not seem to share his aspirations so maybe there isn't that much familial pressure after all?) Later in the novel, Juliet describes herself as a pacifist. She goes on to talk about Lucas' decision to enlist with what can only be called disdain. This disdain is especially troubling given the fact that the book has already established that Lucas is not as smart as Juliet (per their classes) and perhaps from the wrong side of the tracks (or at least the bad part of town). Juliet's friends are horrified by Lucas' choice and have an even more pervasive dislike not only of him but perhaps the entire military as they clearly see Lucas (and by extension anyone who joins the military) as somehow lacking. Both viewpoints seemed reductive and distasteful. Is it not possible to be a pacifist while also holding at least some respect for our troops and the risks they take to protect our country? In terms of unlikely romance, I Remember You is about as unlikely as it gets. I Remember You may appeal on a surface level to readers looking for a book to transition into YA as well as fans of The Time Traveler's Wife or Nicholas Sparks. Readers who give their novels closer inspection may find more to fault than to praise. Possible Pairings: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, How to Love by Katie Cotungo, Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, Pivot Point by Kasie West
HeIIoJennyReviews More than 1 year ago
I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell is the most haunting book I think I have ever read. It is extremely intense, in a good way, and it made me stop and think, a lot. I literally had to put the book down so many times just to absorb what I had just read. I was so torn between going to bed for work and staying up to finish the book. I laid in bed for about 45 minutes just thinking about how scary and realistic the situation in the book was. Like, WHAT IF....  The book is told in a journal type format. Sometimes I forgot I was reading what Juliet was writing. It felt too real and in the now to be something written from the future.  The characters in this book are so believable. I can picture these being REAL adults living in the world right now.  Juliet is this amazing, smart, confident girl. But she has her faults. She doesn't trust easy and she has to find a logical answer/meaning to everything. Not even love will get her to give up her need for solid answers.  Lucus is this amazing guy who wants nothing more than to be with Juliet. He wants her in his future. He has seen it without her and he either didn't like it or he messed something up and now he has to redo life, it seems. My heart was broken while reading this book. Having Lucas change halfway through and Juliet still knowing everything he has told her made things very hard. Juliet struggled to try and convincing Lucas of what he has told her. But she has her eye's opened when Dex said something about "you believed him because you love him." If Lucas REALLY loved Juliet, wouldn't he believe her just as she believed him?  The book goes through different ages/time periods for the characters. By the end of the book the characters are grown up and their story is still continuing. The Majority of the book is told in 1994-1995. So the characters are my sisters age, which I find to be pretty cool. Having my sister being a teenager in high school around that time really helped me to imagine some of the things in the book better.  The ending of the book goes through college years and a few years after. It shows that the future can change and it also shows how love never truly goes away. I REALLY want to know what happens after the book ended. Did Lucas live? Did they get back together? Did Juliet tell him about everything and he finally believed her? UGH! I know there isn't going to be a second book and that thought it kind of killing me. Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
It's always great when I come across a book that tugs at the heart strings and makes such an emotional impact, that hours later I'm still thinking about it. I really enjoy any story that has a past/future intertwining, when it's written so well like this book was, it also helps when the characters are extremely likeable and easy for the reader to connect to and hence you find yourself emotionally vested. Lucas is a high school star hockey player, Juliet is a straight A student, so when Lucas admits to Juliet that he has memories of the two of them together Juliet thinks he has a few screws loose, but when events that he has described start to occur, Juliet comes to the realisation that he's telling the truth and that Lucas' future self is somehow sending memories to his seventeen year old past self. I shed quite a few tears throughout this book, it's a sad story in a way. I really liked Cathleen's writing and I hope to read her other published works at some point. I adored this book and I can't praise it enough.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book by Cathleen Davitt Bell before.  I'm wondering how many wonderful stories I've passed over without even knowing.  I Remember You is a story that pulls you in and will leave you reeling.  The beauty of this story lies in its simplicity and the journey Lucas and Juliet take through out their lives. It's intense and not easy.   The story is wonderful.  I loved Juliet.  I loved seeing her step outside of her comfort zone with guys, school, and life, and give Lucas a chance.  I loved seeing her interact with Lucas and not get frustrated when he wasn't able to convey what it is he wanted to say.  I loved Lucas too.  I loved the way he cared for his brothers,  how he took care of Juliet.  I love how much he wanted her to remember everything he did and how made sure not to overwhelm her. When I initially started reading, the pace was a little slow and I was a little lost about what all was going on.  Slowly things became clearer and soon I was no longer aware of how much I'd read or how much was left.  I just wanted to know what was going to happen.  There were moments when I laughed while reading this book, but those moments were eclipsed by the number the number of times I found myself reading through blurry eyes and tears falling down my face.  It felt like I was experiencing what Lucas and Juliet were.  In all honestly, this is a book that has to be experienced.  There's so much more that I want to talk about, but I can't because it might ruin the story for someone else.  I would hate to do that.  I Remember You is moving, emotional, realistic, and captivating.  I didn't want the book to end.  I would ABSOLUTELY love to get a book from Lucas's point of view.  I would love to  see everything he learned and experienced.  Lucas and Juliet have an epic love story.  You're going to love it.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A sweet YA romance that was different enough to be truly memorable, I Remember You was a fantastic read. I really liked this book. It had sweet romance, as well as a few surprises in store, and I thought it was excellent.  Juliet was a great heroine. She started out narrow in her way of thinking but she slowly became more accepting and, consequently, more mature and ultimately more likable. I really liked her character.  Lucas was interesting. The whole question of why he had certain memories that hadn't happened yet was an engaging mystery. The reason why definitely took me by surprise. But, past that, he was also super sweet and totally adorable. I really liked him as well.  The romance was great. The future memory thing added a deeper element to it, with Lucas already knowing how much he would love Juliet when they met. It made the nature if their relationship intense. The romance took a few unexpected turns along the way. Did it end well? You'll have to read to find out :) My only issue with the book was that Rosemary, Julie's friend, annoyed me. She was somewhat cold and cynical in her way of thinking and I didn't like the cruel way she led Dex (a sweet guy who liked her) along. It also made me annoyed with Juliet for not calling her friend out on her behavior. So, that brought down the book a bit.  The plot moved quickly, keeping me hooked from page 1. The characters were engaging, the story was unique, and the ending tied up the story while leaving a little room for interpretation.  I Remember You was a fantastic YA read that I absolutely loved. It was different, surprising, and an ultimately enjoyable book. YA lovers, this is a book worth the read.  *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review