Daisy, otherwise known as Daze, keeps hearing her dead mother's voice. Sometimes it's because of her dad, who likes to watch old home movies when he can't sleep. Sometimes it's because of her brother, who was too young to remember Mom, and needs to be reminded by looking at photographs and watching videos. Sometimes it might just be her mind trying to work out what her therapist would call "issues." But this time, it is none of those things. It's something much more wonderful and much more terrifying, something Daze never thought possible. And it might allow Daze to do what she couldn't years ago: save her mother's life.
Rune Michaels, the visionary author of Genesis Alpha, plunges headfirst into the waters where science, family, and memory meet, and emerges with a powerful and fascinating story about loss and survival that challenges everything we think we know about the people we love.
|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Lexile:||630L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Rune Michaels studied psychology at the University of Iceland and at the University of Copenhagen. Her books include Genesis Alpha, The Reminder, and Nobel Genes. She lives with her family in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book The Reminder by: Rune Michaels is very interesting.This book is about mystery and surprises.Daze the main character NEVER got over the fact that her mother passed away.The main theme of this story is when daze finds something very shocking after her mom has passed away.What i learned from this book is that you shouldn't forget about people easily after they have passed away.I think the author was attempting to teach us about how we should handle a situation like the one in the book.How this book spoke to me as a human being is that we shouldn't just leave anything alone you should at least try to research more about anything you find strange.I recommend The Reminder because this book is kind of thrilling, surprising,and a little mystery.In the end Daze figures out about why her dad hid something from her in his office.Also she also figures out why she couldn't get over her mom and why she didn't need to understand but remember about her mom.I think this book is really interesting to me and probably you to.I recommend this book to everyone.
Daisy has never quite come to terms with her mother's death. Though she's told the kids at school tons of stories about hospitals and chemotherapy, she refuses to discuss it with the therapist she's been seeing. And when she starts hearing her mother's voice, she can't help but hope there's some way her mother's still alive.
What Daisy stumbles on in her search is both stranger and more complicated that she could possibly have imagined. Now she has to figure out how to deal with the secret her father's been hiding, and the secrets she's been holding deep inside herself.
How far will she go to hold on to what seems to be her last real tie to the mother she never wanted to lose?
THE REMINDER captures the feelings of loss and mourning perfectly, the gloom that hangs over Daisy's life running through every page. Yet it's far from depressing -- it's a story of survival and hope, about living on and letting go. Readers will sympathize with Daisy's struggle, and follow the mystery eagerly to the final page. The revelation at the end is somewhat abrupt, but looking back, Michaels has done an excellent job of setting it up.
This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at how a modern family deals with the death of one of its members.