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.
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Prepare yourself to cry like a baby
Beautiful, hopeful and perfect.
Levi! He's so strong and brave. He deserves to be happy.
The day Levi was taking care of Lucy, when they were playing hide and seek
I cried half of the book. It was an emotional read for me and I loved every minute of it.
I really don’t know what got into me the moment I decided to read this book—I always run away from angsty books—but I’m grateful I did. First of all, I have to say this book—and audiobook—is beyond perfect. Levi’s story is heartbroken, but it is also full of hope. This book is about forgiveness, family, friendship, love and above all, hope. I’m in awe with the author’s writing style, it’s fluent and flawless, but most of all, her ability to create such believable characters. She was able to put into words the mind of a person who suffers of depression and anxiety, and she did it in the most perfect way.
Levi is a seventeen year old boy who’s been suffering of depression and anxiety for the past six months. As a last attempt to help him get better, his parents decided to send him to America where his dad lives. When he arrived to Maine, his first attitude was “I hate everything and everyone”, but slowly he got the know some great people, Delilah, Aiden, Mitchel and little Lucy, who showed him they all cared for him and wanted to be friends with him. Along with his family and best friend who is back in Australia, Levi started getting better, by forgiving himself and wanting to move on.
I love, love, love Levi with all my heart. At first I wanted to slap him for being so rude, but at the same time I kinda understood him. I wanted to know so badly what had happened that caused him the depression and anxiety and when I finally read it, I was as heartbroken as he was. It was so beautiful to know he met great new friends who helped him so much, especially Delilah. She was the key to Levi. In fact, it was Delilah and her little sister Lucy. They both brought so much happiness to Levi.
Seriously, this story is worth reading. All the angst, sadness, so as the happy and cute moments with Levi and his friends made this book as perfect as it is. The audiobook was so good too. The narrator Will Lasley had the perfect voice and inflexions for Levi, Delilah and all the characters. Will doesn’t have an Australian accent, but to be honest, I didn’t mind that at all. His performance made this book more awesome than it was when I first started reading it, because yes, I got the audiobook when I was like 40% and then I started it all again, and I’m 100% sure I’ll listen to it a couple of more times, I’m obsessed with Levi. #BookHangoverAlert
Note: As you might know this book was firstly posted in Wattpad. The published version is greatly edited and has extended content. So, I suggest you purchase the published version.
Note 2: The sequel of Remember to Forget is now available in Wattpad. Despite this book doesn’t end in an awful cliffhanger, there is more to Levi and Delilah’s story. You can read Taking Chances in wattpad now, the latest update is chapter 28 and there will be more soon, hopefully. Warning, the wattpad version has different names for the characters, except Delilah and Lucy, but you’ll get used to them fast enough. I started it this morning and I AM LOVING IT. I cried already.
Note 3: The dream cast for the characters of this book are the boys of 5 Seconds of Summer. I have to say that Luke Hemmings, the dream cast for Levi is so perfect for him! *sigh* My poor heart is in trouble *chuckles*
- Angelica Quintero