Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I love books that take place in other countries so I was incredible excited when I found the Australia based “Don’t Forget Me” on Netgalley.
Title: Don’t Forget Me
Author: Victoria Stevens
Release Date: February 12
Seventeen-year-old Hazel has been sent to Australia from her home in London to live with a stranger, who just happens to be her father. Hazel desperately wants to get back to her mother who is hospitalized in England. However, when Hazel meets Red and Luca, the twin brothers, who live next door she begins to build a new life that she may not be willing to leave.
I had a hard time trying to decide what I should write about this book. Basically, “Don’t Forget About Me” was a pleasant book about dealing with loss. There are many aspects that feel realistic and should move this book above the average YA book about grieving. In particular, the journey the characters traveled while grappling with their feeling felt believable and real and, oh so, relatable. However, this book didn’t quite move above the average YA tear-jerker. The issue, for me, lies with the main character. I never felt like I actually knew Hazel beyond her immediate family issues. We know that Hazel is seventeen, she has never met her father, and that her mother is in a hospital in England but everything else is just a black void. Who is she and why should we care about her beyond her family issues? We don’t know. The book feels more about grief then it does about a character grieving.
Bottom Line: “Don’t Forget About Me” is a sweet novel about moving on after a loss that will appeal to teen readers who enjoy reading about people trying to deal with emotional crisis however it doesn’t pack the emotional punch that other novels in the genre delivery.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.