Don't Forget Me
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.

Don't Forget Me Details

TitleDon't Forget Me
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
ISBN-139780374305604
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

Don't Forget Me Review

  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t Forget Me was a book that I didn’t really know anything about and I basically went into it blind. I’m glad I did though, it made Hazel’s story that much more powerful because I didn’t know what was going on..The book follows Hazel after she is uprooted from her life in England to live with her dad in Australia. It takes Hazel a while to adjust, partly due to never having met her dad before he shows up to move her to Australia, and because she has other stuff going on back home and she’s de Don’t Forget Me was a book that I didn’t really know anything about and I basically went into it blind. I’m glad I did though, it made Hazel’s story that much more powerful because I didn’t know what was going on..The book follows Hazel after she is uprooted from her life in England to live with her dad in Australia. It takes Hazel a while to adjust, partly due to never having met her dad before he shows up to move her to Australia, and because she has other stuff going on back home and she’s desperate to get back to England..This book also revolves quite heavily around twins, Red and Luca. I fell in love with both of these boys in different ways. Red hooked me from the moment I met him. He’s such an amazing person and friend and Hazel is lucky to have someone like him in her life. Luca, on the other hand, I wanted so badly to save. We learn quite quickly that Luca has some emotional issues going on, although we don’t know why at first. He literally broke my heart. You can tell how bad he’s hurting and I just wanted to help him..Another thing I loved about this book was the fact that family was not only present in this book, but that they played such a huge part. It’s too often in YA books that we don’t see parents, or we see books where the parent and child don’t have a good relationship and that really hurts my heart so I was so glad to see positive family values in this book. .Don’t Forget Me is a touching book that’s not only about loss and learning to move on but also friendship, love, and family. This book was unputdownable, so much so that I finished it in one sitting. Make sure you add this book to your TBR!
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  • alice (arctic books)
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars. A sweet, emotional read. Full review to come.
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Initial thoughts: UKYA set in Australia? Yes, a thousand times yes.3.75 stars. Full review to come because I’d like to discuss the use of American English in a novel set in Australia.
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    January 1, 1970
    After just losing my grandad to dementia, I think I have to read this
  • Sierra Abrams
    January 1, 1970
    HELP this sounds amazing and the cover is quickly scaling the ranks of favorite covers OMGGGG
  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsThat was so lovely, and the closing letter! Not a dry eye in the place. I loved this story of healing and moving forward, of "family" and "home". Full review to follow. *ARC received in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Maggie • Library of Colors
    January 1, 1970
    Review first posted at Library of Colors.I was given an advanced copy of this book from a friend. Thank you, Erin!I stumbled upon this little gem on NetGalley, and while I was not approved for it there *sigh*, my sweet friend Erin sent it to me after receiving it herself. I’m so glad she did, as this was the perfect book to pull me out of my slump I’ve been in since October. October , y’all. I needed something good. Leave it to a contemporary to pull me out of my misery."Redleigh used to say th Review first posted at Library of Colors.I was given an advanced copy of this book from a friend. Thank you, Erin!I stumbled upon this little gem on NetGalley, and while I was not approved for it there *sigh*, my sweet friend Erin sent it to me after receiving it herself. I’m so glad she did, as this was the perfect book to pull me out of my slump I’ve been in since October. October , y’all. I needed something good. Leave it to a contemporary to pull me out of my misery."Redleigh used to say that the stars are spy holes for heaven," he said. "So the people we lose can still watch over us, even when they're gone."The best thing about this book was the relationships. That, of course, also stems from great characters that fit together in special ways.I was nervous at the beginning of this book, as it sounded a lot like Jenna Evans Welch’s Love & Gelato. Girl loses mom, girl moves in with *insert dad character here*. I was nervous about this because I didn’t love Linda, the main character in Love & Gelato. However, I absolutely adored Hazel. She was upset about moving and obviously about her mother, but she was never whiny. She carried her thoughts within her, and she barely let them show. When she began to open up - yeah, that’s where we get amazing relationships that make me so happy to read.Hazel and Red’s relationship was a strong friendship that was just… right. It was a good balance of tough love and secret keeping. I also loved Hazel’s group of friends at school and they way they embraced her. Hazel and her father’s relationships was one of my favorite to read, to watch her love grow for him and who he is and to see his eyes open up to having a daughter in the house. Delightful!But of course, there’s Luca. What a broody little stink pot! I wanted him to be on every page! Watching his loss define who he is, but also using his family to be pulled out of where he was made for a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story. The build up of Hazel and Luca was also very slow and realistic. So if you don’t like insta-love, read this book.Ultimately, this book was a solid read that wasn’t something I necessarily flew through but instead read with a good pace so I could enjoy the writing, the characters, and the relationships that blossomed. I recommend this book to anyone who’s read Love & Gelato, as well as The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. I hope you enjoy this book when it comes out in February, and for real - it’s a great Valentine’s Day read.
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  • Holly Brumback
    January 1, 1970
    There was no part of Don't Forget Me that I did not like. In fact, I instantly knew that I was going to bond with Hazel, Red, and Luca. The letters that Hazel writes to her mom that are sprinkled throughout the book are so thought provoking. I totally looked forward to reading them. The relationships that are formed are so believable. This book handles loss so beautifully. Plus, it is done through the perspective of several characters who are all dealing with something a little different in thei There was no part of Don't Forget Me that I did not like. In fact, I instantly knew that I was going to bond with Hazel, Red, and Luca. The letters that Hazel writes to her mom that are sprinkled throughout the book are so thought provoking. I totally looked forward to reading them. The relationships that are formed are so believable. This book handles loss so beautifully. Plus, it is done through the perspective of several characters who are all dealing with something a little different in their own way. Don't Forget Me is definitely not a book you will want to miss!Thank you to Netgalley & Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for a copy of this book!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a copy from NetGalley**Hazel finds herself in Australia to live with the father she has never met and she cannot wait to move back to England, with her mother. It soon becomes clear that Hazel was the sole caretaker for her mother who was dealing with an illness or some other kind of issue (we later learn it's early onset Alzheimer's). Throughout the book, Hazel writes letters to her mother reminding her of fun times that they shared together. She also resists her father's attempts **I received a copy from NetGalley**Hazel finds herself in Australia to live with the father she has never met and she cannot wait to move back to England, with her mother. It soon becomes clear that Hazel was the sole caretaker for her mother who was dealing with an illness or some other kind of issue (we later learn it's early onset Alzheimer's). Throughout the book, Hazel writes letters to her mother reminding her of fun times that they shared together. She also resists her father's attempts to get to know her and to help her make their house a home. She does however befriend Red, a local art student, and eventually his twin brother Luca, who has struggles of his own. This book gave me feels. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Hazel and Luca grow as well as the relationship between Hazel and her father. It was heartbreaking to witness as he tried so hard to get Hazel to open up to him. Watching Luca and his father reconnect was also neat to read. I think so many teenagers feel that their parents only love them when they perform or when they share common interests and to see that play out in the way it does here, when Luca can't run anymore, was so beautiful. There were things that I felt came out of nowhere and could have used a little more explanation (or maybe I just missed it as I read through it), but a time or two I found myself confused when something would be mentioned as if we were all in on the information, but I didn't remember ever being told.
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    ***Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***Oh wow....I enjoyed this. I loved the characters....the minor and the main characters. I loved the layered storyline. I loved the setting - Australia -- readers can leave the country and explore other countries without leaving their homes. Hazel is dealing with the fact her mom's memory isn't coming back. She's forced to move to Australia to live with the father she has never met - and finally be a teenager, something she didn't get t ***Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***Oh wow....I enjoyed this. I loved the characters....the minor and the main characters. I loved the layered storyline. I loved the setting - Australia -- readers can leave the country and explore other countries without leaving their homes. Hazel is dealing with the fact her mom's memory isn't coming back. She's forced to move to Australia to live with the father she has never met - and finally be a teenager, something she didn't get to do back in England while taking care of her mum. This book has a running of theme of family being more than just your blood relation. It's a well written, heavier read, but well worth it.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    ****Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC****When Hazel Clarke is forced to move in with the father she has never met she is determined to make sure that it is just until she is old enough (in the eyes of the law) to leave. What Hazel doesn't expect is the friendship she develops with Red, the boy down the lane, and his twin brother Luca. A touching novel that examines what family is and what family can become. I loved how Stevens explored what home means and how that meaning can change based on the e ****Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC****When Hazel Clarke is forced to move in with the father she has never met she is determined to make sure that it is just until she is old enough (in the eyes of the law) to leave. What Hazel doesn't expect is the friendship she develops with Red, the boy down the lane, and his twin brother Luca. A touching novel that examines what family is and what family can become. I loved how Stevens explored what home means and how that meaning can change based on the experiences in your life. This book surprised me in the best way possible and I ended up not being able to put it down.
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  • Fanny (catal0gue)
    January 1, 1970
    Un roman simple et sans prise de tête, qui se lit d’une traite, sans grande surprise ou rebondissement mais qui fait quand même du bien. À lire quand on n’a rien de mieux ou qu’on a envie d’une lecture de transition 😌
  • Sammy
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED IT
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Real rating: 3.75 stars
  • LauraAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely amazing. What a beautiful story.
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Victoria Stevens may be my new favourite YA author. I can't wait for this gorgeous book to be on my shelves next to Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon... February can't come soon enough!!The thing I was most surprised by in this book was how great the minor characters were. Hazel is the main character, but she's not the only POV character, and even the characters who don't have POVs are well rounded and likeable. It really seems like an ensemble cast.I also loved how insightful the characters are with Victoria Stevens may be my new favourite YA author. I can't wait for this gorgeous book to be on my shelves next to Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon... February can't come soon enough!!The thing I was most surprised by in this book was how great the minor characters were. Hazel is the main character, but she's not the only POV character, and even the characters who don't have POVs are well rounded and likeable. It really seems like an ensemble cast.I also loved how insightful the characters are without being unbelievable as teenagers. For example, the kindness Hazel shows Luca and the way she feels about her friends. Also, the letters from Hazel to her mum are especially moving and may be my favourite part of the book. I haven't personally experienced anything close to what Hazel has experienced with her mum, but I felt that tension and that emotion so acutely while reading the story. Even her emotional and sometimes irrational behaviour relating to the subject made sense for her character and what she was going through.Also, I'm obsessed with the JS Starling poem used at the beginning... it is wonderful. I've been doodling it everywhere. It's so perfect for this book, too.I can't wait for the next Victoria Stevens book, whatever it may be! Really hoping we get to see more from Red, as well as Hazel's other friends :)
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  • Kimberley
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of Don’t Forget Mevia NetGalley. ***3.5 Stars***Hazel reluctantly moves to Australia, to live with her father, after her mother’s health takes a heartbreaking turn. Though she longs to return home (to England), to be with her mom, she slowly begins to fall in love with the life she’s exposed to in Australia—a life that comes to include friendship (Red, Maddie, and Hunter), love (Luca), and a family (Graham, Claire, and Marc).That’s the gist. Much of the angst presented in this I received an ARC of Don’t Forget Mevia NetGalley. ***3.5 Stars***Hazel reluctantly moves to Australia, to live with her father, after her mother’s health takes a heartbreaking turn. Though she longs to return home (to England), to be with her mom, she slowly begins to fall in love with the life she’s exposed to in Australia—a life that comes to include friendship (Red, Maddie, and Hunter), love (Luca), and a family (Graham, Claire, and Marc).That’s the gist. Much of the angst presented in this story is unnecessary. While I understand that the young audience, for whom this book is written, such angsts would likely be blown out of proportion, I also believe when characters are presented as smart, insightful, and wise beyond their young years, then they should have a modicum of common sense.That said, it was difficult for me to connect with the anger Luca and Red (Twin brothers) come to direct towards Hazel once she reveals her big “secret” to Luca—especially since Luca was keeping plenty of secrets himself.Seriously, for a group of friends who have supposedly built their relationships with one another on love and trust, there’s an awful lot of lying and deceit going on. Even more, the kid gloves with which Luca was constantly treated was annoying. He’s sad. We get it.It’s not all about him though, or was it supposed to be? I guess I’m confused as to whose sadness I should’ve cared more about because it started to feel like Luca’s grief was driving everyone’s actions. On a side note, why is Hazel so dense about a problem a simple Google search would’ve explained? It’s not like she’s four. Good grief. At any rate, I enjoyed the writing. The words and thoughts flowed beautifully, even if I was sometimes put off by the characters and/or their actions.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhen her mother is unable to care for her, Hazel ends up moving from London to Australia to live with the father she has never met. She meets Red, who lives nearby and has problems of his own. One of his problems is Luca, his brother, whose best friend Ryan died, a event which compelled him to give up running track, thereby distancing him from his father. Red and Lucas mother works at the restaurant Hazel's father owns, and is quite lovely. Hazel writes a memory about he E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhen her mother is unable to care for her, Hazel ends up moving from London to Australia to live with the father she has never met. She meets Red, who lives nearby and has problems of his own. One of his problems is Luca, his brother, whose best friend Ryan died, a event which compelled him to give up running track, thereby distancing him from his father. Red and Lucas mother works at the restaurant Hazel's father owns, and is quite lovely. Hazel writes a memory about her mother at the end of each chapter, and although she lets on that her mother is dead (especially to Luca), we find out differently at the end of the book. Hazel makes two new friends at school, and hangs out with both brothers. She navigates her way through her new life and tries to reconcile herself with the past. Strengths: The cover is great, and teens love to read about children who don't have to deal with their parents, for whatever reason. There is enough romance and drama to make this one appealing to high school students. Weaknesses: Definitely YA. Not only is there language and a lot of drinking, but YA books tend to be much more conflict driven and sadder. Whiny, in the way that teens are. Everything is the end of the world. Middle grade main characters have a lot more pluck, and the books about them are more fun and adventure filled. That said, I do have a few students who like that sort of angst; I'll have them check this book out of the public library, which allows all of our students to get cards AND delivers directly to school. We have the best public library!What I really think: I'll stick with recommending Welch's Love and Gelato and skip purchasing this one due to language and general sadness.
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  • Mélissa
    January 1, 1970
    J'ai eu du mal à embarquer dans l'histoire et c'est narré à la 3e personne... d'où mon probable perte d'intérêt. Mais la plume de l'auteure est excellente.
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