Length: 360 pages
Seventeen-year-old Hazel Clarke is no stranger to heartbreaks, and being sent to live with a father she’s never met is the latest in a string of them. Even the beauty of eastern Australia isn’t enough to take her mind off her mother and the life she had to leave behind in England. But when Hazel meets the friendly, kindhearted Red and his elusive twin, Luca, she begins the slow process of piecing together a new life—and realizes she isn’t the only one struggling with loss. As friendships deepen and love finds its way in, Hazel also learns that when you truly love someone, they are always in your heart.
This sparkling debut novel is a touching testament to coming of age, falling in love, and finding home in unexpected places.
I hadn’t heard much of DON’T FORGET ME on Book Twitter but I had received it in the mail in my blogger package so I knew I had to give it a try. Victoria Stevens’s partly epistolary debut is sweet and emotional, filled with lovely words and a steady plot.
DON’T FORGET ME follows Hazel, as she moves to live with her father in Australia when her mother is unable to take care of her. The reason of her mother’s illness is revealed at the end of the novel, but Hazel adjusts to living with her father who she has never met before in a new home. Hazel soon meets Red and his twin, Luca, as well as a variety of other secondary characters.
These characters were pretty likable. There are bursts of angst and anger and emotional turmoil in each of these characters throughout the novel, but they are coupled with resolve and understanding from the others. I enjoyed reading about Hazel learning to fit into a new home and redefining what family and friendship means. My only reservation is that, in one instance, Luca characterizes Hazel as, something misogynistic along the lines of, small and fragile, causing him to need to protect her, which I disliked extremely.
Nevertheless, DON’T FORGET ME is an emotional and enjoyable debut UKYA novel. It’s reminiscent of a few Wattpad novels I used to read, but takes it up a notch. If you enjoy romance, UKYA, family issues, and unforgettable friendships, be sure to pick this one up!
Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.