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.I am sure there are a few of you who are sensitive to my sarcastic reviews and try to stay away from “languages”, so I am just going to warn you now: If you fit under either of those categories, you might as well run for the hills because it is about to be on.
At first, I truly felt in my heart that this could be a good book. The synopsis obviously pulled me in… Okay, I’ll admit it, I only half read the synopsis, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. I was very interested to see what made Delia and Delilah so much alike. To be honest, the fact that the author had so little creativity that they actually thought the whole Delia/Delilah thing was a clever idea, should have been my first clue that this was going to be a head on collision. I also really liked Levi’s voice, the prologue was very well written and I thought that it was a good introduction to who Levi was. Unfortunately, how the two girls were “eerily similar” was never really described. Sure, Levi kept going on and on about how Delilah reminded him of Delia, but he never really told us why. Also, Levi being an interesting character flew out the window almost as soon as the prologue was over.
I am just not a fan of Levi’s… AT ALL. He was the stereotypical brooding asshole. I mean, I totally get him being an ass to his dad, but when he first met both Aiden and Delilah, he was over the top. It was ridiculous! At first I thought that his situation was so sad. The author had me thinking something tragic had happened to him so he physically couldn’t talk… I was like, Oh no, was there some kind of accident? No, bitch! It was his choice! REALLY!? This may sound insensitive but, COME ON! Levi really needed to get his head out of his…. ground. I know he is a clinically depressed teenager, but he was very aware of his actions and was purposely behaving that way. He was playing us and it doesn’t make an ounce of sense! Now, I am not making light of mental illness at all. Depression is very serious, but I feel like the fact that this was just as cliche as it could possibly get, made a mockery of it. Luckily, he started to take his meds and eventually lightened up. But by then, the damage was already done. But don’t worry, it gets worse!
Enter the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, because, you know, it just wouldn’t be a coming of age story of a white boy looking for a girl to fix (or fix him), without one. My main issue with Delilah is that she was nosey as hell. She didn’t even know him, and she was all up in his space. Like girl, let the boy BREATHE. Once she saw him at the psychiatrist’s office where she works, it was game over, she was intrigued. Then when he was mean to her in the park, she hated his guts, but then in the first TWO seconds of her snooping in on his session, she felt bad for him…We all know what that means…Here comes captain save a ho! 🙄 I don’t even know what to say anymore. Delilah didn’t even know Levi and she was WAY too concerned with Levi’s health. She acted more like his mother than a worried friend, even though I wouldn’t even call them friends….Again and again, Levi treats Delilah like crap, and still after he apologizes for the millionth time, she forgives him. You don’t need to be a licensed therapist to know that that ish is not healthy. If it were me, I would have just walked away…or ran. His problems aren’t her problems to solve, but for some reason people love to teach girls and women that it is our duty to fix a man. But apparently, between hanging out Aiden, and sticking her nose in Levi’s life, she apparently got her license to heal? She should quit her day job, and open up her own practice: “SAVE A HO MD.
At the end of the day, this book was just one BIG cliche after another. Hell, I could’ve sworn that some of the things that happened in this book, are from movies. You could always guess where it was going to go next. Don’t get me wrong, it was entertaining at times but that is mostly because I have a sick sense of humor. Everything seemed to move both slow and fast, all at the same time. It was weird. I ended up giving this book Fanfic, 2 ½ Stars. I’m guessing Wattpad is more of a fan fic site, so I’ll probably be steering clear from now on.
P.S. Who is LUKE!? I’m pretty sure homeboy’s name is Levi, but some of the chapters said LUKE! I guess it’s just a typo?
P.P.S. I took a page from Delilah’s hand book and decided to do some snooping around and to my absolute horror, I found out that this was a fan fic. I don’t even know what to say… It all makes sense now: The cliche storyline, the captain save a ho shtick, the wannabe Ryan Atwood from the O.C… If only I read the damn cover, I would have saved myself a world of heartache…
Also, remember: This is all in good fun. I didn’t care for the story, but good for the author for doing what they love.
*I was given this Net Galley ARC for my honest opinion.