The Blonde Bookworm: If I Should Remember by K.D. Van Brunt - Review

If I Should Remember by K.D. Van Brunt - Review

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Title: If I Should Remember

Author: K.D. Van Brunt

Pages: 230

Published: February 2nd, 2016

Publisher: Limitless Publishing


Memories make us human. Are we still alive if we can’t remember?

Seventeen-year-old Zoe Laleigh has accepted that sometimes the only way to survive today is to wipe away the past. That’s what her loving parents and dedicated psychiatrist are helping her do—forget. What, she’s not entirely sure. All she knows is when an entire year of recollections goes missing, there’s definitely something wrong.

Sometimes the past isn’t so easily forgotten…

Through a flood of dreams, Zoe realizes something happened. Something terrible and tragic. Her lost year is a monster hiding in the shadow of her nightmares, taunting her, but unwilling to reveal itself. When her family relocates, she hopes a new town and new school will help her regain a sense of normalcy. If only it were that easy.

Strangely enough, only her dog, Rin, seems to understand her…

He is somehow connected to her lost year—connected to why she keeps doing things her mother calls reckless, foolish, and dangerous. And when she starts to hear voices and sees things no one else can, she is forced to question her own sanity.

The monster of her nightmares has returned, bringing with it the single question that plagues her at night… What is there to remember?

                       -       GoodReads

I started out really liking Zoe as a main character. She was pretty, funny, outgoing, confident, and witty. But the more we get to know her, the stranger her story gets. And she talks to a dog… that part I liked.

She ties up the hearts of two guys, and there is a little bit of a love triangle going on. She goes back and forth between the guys, which to me gets a little boring. A little more of her story starts to come out, but I had a hard time understanding how this story is centered around Zoe’s memory loss.

The beginning and middle of this story are a little long winded and then when the memory loss starts coming into play, the story speeds up. The main point of the story is that a young girl has dissociative amnesia, but there were so many other story lines going on that this was pushed to then end of the story and then moved through too quickly.  All in all, the book held my attention but it wasn’t something I would recommend to a friend.

*Rating 2/5


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