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I Remember You

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,705 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Lucas is a star hockey player who's headed for the marines as soon as high school is over. Then there's Juliet, straight-A student and rigorous debater, whose college trajectory has been carefully planned for years. They couldn't be more different. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their fi ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf
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savannah chandler
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all, this is the most memorable temporary book I will ever read in my life. Julia is such a strong character and makes you feel so confident. I have not read many books that have the main character portrayed as an independent, smart, well-educated girl that is in high school. Usually it's just a girl that doesn't care about school and wants to suck face with her boyfriend. Lucas is just care free. He is an ice hockey player and is a guy, so it's expected. Also, he's ... dif
Ohhhh, I really liked this one. It was really slow though, and for that reason alone I wouldn’t outright recommend it to anyone. I'm not exactly what you'd call a patient reader either, but this kinda hit the right buttons for me so it still worked.

It reads like a contemporary YA romance with a sci-fi element of time travel (or a sort of time travel?). . . it's interesting to note that the author makes absolutely no attempt to give any sort of explanation for this aspect of the novel. That woul
Jen nails
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on this book. Bell is a master story teller - making you think about the characters when you are not reading, making you want more, more, more. The relationship between the two main characters is palpable and you will want to jump into Juliet's shoes and remember when love was like that - so new and real and raw. The story is paced well, and pages turned easily. You'll forget that you're reading a book, you'll be so enveloped in this thriller. I highly recommen ...more
Sara Grochowski
I actually didn't mean to read this book. Don't get me wrong - I wanted to read it eventually, but I ended up sitting down and reading the first few pages and then I just couldn't stop. From the start, there was something about Juliet's voice that kept my attention. I think, maybe, she reminded me of me. Or, the me I was when I was in high school, falling in love for the first time.

I Remember You recounts the high school romance of Lucas and Juliet. Both have a plans for their lives. Juliet is c
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the great good luck to read this while it was still in manuscript form, and it is wonderful. Warm and true and confused, like so many teenagers in love. The spooky, magical hints keep dropping, and the romance rises, and you're carried along by the true beating heart of it, the real sweetness at its core. I even hesitate to use the term romance, which I think has been used so freely that it ceases to mean anything, but it has real heart, and hope, and it gives you that feeling of being in ...more
Alisha Marie
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
And the unpopular opinion train rides again...

I wanted to like I Remember You so much! But I think I need to take a break from YA because it's all starting to seem so stagnant and blah (at least I would take a break from YA if I didn't have a stack of YA ARCs to review) and nothing is making much of an impression on me. I Remember You was no exception. This is surprising when you think about how awesome the synopsis seems. But the book is not awesome...not in the least.

My main issue with I Remem
Funny. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.

This is definitely one of my best 2015 reads so far. While typing this, I could still see some teardrops beside my keyboard. Guys, please read this. I couldn't put into words how amazing I think this book is. Seriously, I was thinking of how I could describe my reading experience but the only word that kept popping into my mind was "amazing." If you have read Kim Holden's All Of It, it has kind of the same element.

"Are the memories we recall governed by th
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
When I read a book that is supposed to be romantic I want that: romance .This book has some romance but it is mostly sad.I liked both characters but I would have enjoyed it much more if it had been a happier story.

By romance I mean the feeling expressed in Here to Stay,this beautiful song by Nicolas Wauquiez and Nancy Mensah.

Lukas and Juliet, the young couple in love, are seldom on the same page; when one remembers the other one doesn't and they miss each other even when they are together. I fou
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this because the concept seemed so fascinating but unfortunately i just wasn’t invested. There was a lot of potential in my opinion that went unfulfilled and although I’m happy the characters got their happy ending, I wish I could have enjoyed the journey more.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic! There was never a dull moment, and I never once second-guessed that Lucas and Juliet were truly made for each other.

I love that this book was really different from anything else that I've read in YA. Lucas's dreams of the future were a really intricate way of writing and developing the story line.

All of the characters were different and lovable in their own ways. Rosemary is so spunky and Juliet is so kind and understanding. She really was a perfect narrator for the stor
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Move over Eleanor and Park...I Remember You is this year's next best thing. Such an emotional and powerful book. I loved every minute of it. Sequel pleasssse! ...more
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor

Actual rating: 3.5

Thank you, Cathleen Bell and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book!

When Lucas drops a pen in class and Juliet picks it up, he looks into her eyes and remembers their first kiss in the rooftop. So he takes Juliet up the rooftop, kisses her, but ends up freaking her out. Then he explains that he keeps seeing these "memories" of them, which turns out to be memories of the future.

I had great expectations for this book because when I read the synops
Gemma F
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, nostalgic and beautiful.
Feb 22, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF at 33%.

Uhm... I really don’t want to know -at least not now- what kind of secrets or plot-twist has. It bored me and I really don’t care about the relationship of this two.
Lisa-Books Smiles
WOW! The story flowed beautifully, and I love that the author took us on a journey of what true love could really feel like. I'll be gushing over Jules and Lucas for a very long time. ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
When I first read the synopsis of this one, I was thinking it was going to be a run of the mill time travel romance book. Admittedly, I hadn't really read many of those, so it was fine with me. But it ended up being much more than that.

The book is written as though Juliet is writing a letter to Lucas. Maybe a journal to him would be a more appropriate comparison, since it is the length of a book, after all. Either way, I thought it was the perfect way to write the story. The reader is able to ex
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for an Author Spotlight here.

I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell is the most haunting book I think I have ever read. It is extremely intense, in a good way, and it made me stop and think, a lot. I literally had to put the book down so many times just to absorb what I had just read. I was so torn between going to bed for work and staying up to finish the book. I laid in bed for about 45 minutes just thinking about how scary and realistic the situation in the book was. Like,
Lara Danielle
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ohmygod. I think... I think this book is now my all-time favorite YA. Ever. And that's saying a lot.

It's incredibly rare for me to purchase (read: order) a physical copy of a book by an author I've not heard of before. But when I saw the cover and the title, I instantly knew that this book will possess some of the possible elements I'd love in a ~YA contemporary~ story: it involves the concept of time (I'm a sucker for anything time-related), destiny, forgotten memories, lost identities, and swe
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Remember You is a fantastic book by Cathleen Davitt Bell . At the start of the book, I was not entirely sure I would enjoy it, but I am certainly glad I got past that feeling.

Two lives intersect in a most unusual way when Lucas seeks out Juliet. They each are exceptional main characters in such a convoluted story resulting from a dream state/memory of Lucas’ future life including major historical events yet to occur.

This elaborate unfolding story is folded into high school and teen year’s a
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh, made me cry, and I loved the journey of it. I'm sad that more people don't know about this book! Loveable characters, and a heart stopping ending! I will be looking for more by this author! ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The beginning started off really strong but the middle was super slow. The ending made up for all the confusing bits so maybe 3.5 stars?

As always I wanted a longer epilogue but I did enjoy where it left off!
Briana (Reader, Writer, Critic)
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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4.5 review to come closer to release. I am thinking it will be in the next love stacks!
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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I'm not sure how I feel about this one.. ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i can’t remember the last time i actively cried while reading a book but this boom made me ugly sob. the ending may be one of the most beautiful endings i’ve ever read. as i got closer and closer towards the end i was worried each chapter would be the last because i didn’t want it to to end. it was just so beautiful the ending was perfect. i want more but i don’t want to spoil the ending because it honestly was amazing. i can’t describe what this book meant to me i was constantly reaching for it ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Juliet is a normal teenager; study's hard, hangs out with her mother, hangs out with her best friend Rosemary, everything is how she would want it to be. Until Lucas starts paying attention to her. Lucas, a hockey player jock type of senior in high school with plans to become a marine. When Lucas approaches Juliet telling her that he knows of their future and that he wants to be with her as often as he can she's unsure whether she should believe him or not, but gets wrapped up in that intense ki ...more
Sara (sarabara081)
You can find more of my book reviews at Forever 17 Books.

I Remember You has an interesting premise about a boy who has memories of the future. Kind of strange, right? I mean, how is that possible? Going in I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect in that regards. Would there be a lot of sci-fi elements? Time travel? I liked the mystery of it all but at the same time I found the overall execution lacking.

At the beginning we meet our two main characters, Juliet and Lucas. Juliet is a smart girl with p
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that came across my mind while I was reading the book was “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I’ve never seen the film nor read the book. I just knew they were somehow similar.

I was really invested in the book. The prologue was just enough to keep mu curiosity and get through this book in less than 24 hours. It’s so compelling and just hands-down captivating! I’m really glad I gave this book a closer look.

The characters were really well-written. Each of them were given enough exposure wh
Brandi Kosiner
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved the premise. Not sure if time travel, parallel universe or what but the fact that Lucas feels he is remembering their relationship even though she has none of the same memories made me but it. I also should mention that its lighter because there is never really any explanation of why he can see the future/remember the past. Why its just him, etc. I didn't mind, but some readers might.

It also draws a bit on the forbidden love aspect. She is brainy and has goals for going tho law school.
Moon Love
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

I've never read a book by Cathleen Davitt Bell before. I'm wondering how many wonderful stories I've passed over without even knowing. I Remember You is a story that pulls you in and will leave you reeling. The beauty of this story lies in its simplicity and the journey Lucas and Juliet take through out their lives. It's intense and not easy.

The story is wonderful. I loved Juliet. I loved seeing her step outside of her comfort zone with guys, school, and life, and give Lucas a chance.
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