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 had an interesting experience with this book. I was not familiar with the story from Wattpad, and I wouldn't necessarily call myself a One Direction or Five Seconds of Summer fan, so I was kind of going in blind with this story. I struggled for the first bit of it. Levi was just downright mean to his friends and family. Yes, it is definitely from a place of intense pain and self-dislike, but it was still rough. Ashley did such a good job of getting us into the head of a depressed person that I was starting to feel depressed myself while reading it. Note: This is actually a compliment. Having never personally suffered with depression, it is somewhat a foreign head space for me. But there was such depth in Levi's character that I, reader, could feel and understand where he was. That being said, I am glad that I did not read this all in one sitting, because that would have been way too much for me.
After spending some time away from the story, I returned to see Levi struggling with opening himself up and moving on. From that point on, I was hooked. While I don't necessarily know how I feel about the loose idea that "this girl helped me get over that girl," I did like Delilah. She, too, was a very realistic character. I would like Aiden to be my neighbor and bestie -- what fun we'd have! Loved his character.
Remember to Forget comes out April 5th, 2016.
Thank you to Blink YA Books for providing me with an advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.