Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!  This week's book is Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer!

About the book:

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.
Levi is struggling with anxiety and depression after the death of his girlfriend Delia (what happened to her???). He has stopped talking not just to his therapist but even to people that he truly cares about.  Levi's mom has run out of ideas in order to help him.  She decides that maybe Levi needs a fresh start in a new place.  So, his mom sends him away from his home in Australia to live with his dad in Maine.  She knows that she is going to miss him but she hopes being away from the reminders of Delia and her death will do the trick.  At first, Levi is very angry about his new life and his new surroundings.  The relationship with his dad is strained at first and he tries to keep the two teenagers (Aiden and Delilah) that live down the street from him at a distance.  Aiden and Delilah are persistent and eventually wear Levi down.  They are even a big help to Levi when he experiences his panic attacks.  Slowly, but surely, Levi starts to come out of his shell thanks to his new friends and through some of the people he meets through his new therapy.  This book shows how having support and forgiving yourself can really help someone get through something that they think is insurmountable.  Levi does just that through his friends and family.  This book was a really wonderful read and it really shows what living with anxiety and depression can be like.  It just felt very genuine and authentic.  The characters in this book are so great and make this such an enjoyable read despite such a hard subject matter!

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About the author:

Ashley Royer is a seventeen-year-old high school honor student. She lives north of Boston, Massachusetts. She works at a local retirement community where she is part of the wait staff and serves the residents. Ashley has been publishing her writing on Wattpad since she was thirteen years old, and she has over 30 million combined reads on her stories. “Remember to Forget” is her first published book. Ashley also has a YouTube channel, callmeashley98, where she posts videos and covers of songs. (taken from author's web site)

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