Brava, Ms. Torrest. You were able to construct a story that both ended and continued. And while I will say that I probably would have been more frustrated with the ending had I not known this was a trilogy, you did conclude enough of the story to make it satisfying. We all know from the description that this is an “early years” look at a now-famous actor; so I am assuming the remaining two volumes will cover the current-day part of his life at some point.
To be honest, there really isn’t a lot that goes on here. It’s very realistic in that aspect, but not in a dull and boring way. There are only a couple of things that didn’t make sense to me. First, Trip seems extremely interested in Layla, but I can’t figure out why, before her talk with Lisa about Trip’s ambivalence, he never does anything about it. That isn’t ever really explained. And the horrible thing that Layla overhears Trip’s dad saying about her mom? How would he know enough about her to say anything, much less that? Maybe we’ll find out later.
One of the underlying themes is Senior Year: Change is Upon Us. Anyone who has graduated from high school, especially, I assume, from a place where you’ve known the other students since kindergarten, knows it is so bittersweet. It is the last time that all of you will be together, and it will be the last time that you ever even see some of your friends that you’ve shared so much with. While you are so ready to move on to the next phase of your life, it can be scary, sad and exhilarating all at the same time. Prevalent throughout the story, this makes Layla and Trip’s relationship that much more poignant. It’s a strange time where you know everything is about to change, and you embrace it and dread it in equal measures.
I am going to have to read the sequel for sure.
Remember When by T. Torrest was published January 1, 2013 by CreateSpace. I got this for free.
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction Romance Series
Ages: 13 and up
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