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Keep Me In Mind by Jaime Reed

Monday, July 25, 2016
A girl who doesn't remember. A boy who can't forget her. A wise, witty, and heartbreaking love story for today's YA generation.

Ellia Dawson doesn't recognize the handsome boy who sits in tears by her hospital bed. But he's telling her that he's Liam McPherson, her boyfriend. Boyfriend? Ellia thinks in shock. She has no clue who Liam is, let alone whether or not she once loved him. She remembers her family, her friends, and the fact that she wants to be a fashion designer. But Liam is a big blank in her life.

Meanwhile, Liam is devastated that Ellia, the love of his life, who suffered an accident while they were running together on the beach, has lost her memory. He is desperate to win her back, rebuild what they once had, but Ellia keeps him at an arm's length. She's much more comfortable with a new boy she meets at the hospital, who understands more what she's going through. So Liam begins writing the story of the two of them, piecing together the past in the hopes of having a future with the girl he loves.

Told from alternating perspectives, this is a lyrical, clever, and surprising novel from Jaime Reed.

Goodreads Summary

I can't imagine waking up in a hospital bed missing years off my life.  Ellia had an accident that resulted in her forgetting her intense relationship with Liam and at least 2 years of her high school life.  Liam is absolutely crushed that she doesn't seem to recognize or know him.  Ellia spends the book putting together the pieces of her life and trying to discern who is telling her the truth about the night she lost her memory.  

I understood Ellia's parents' concerns, but I felt that they were overblown and somewhat nutty.  The way her dad hated Liam seemed so excessive and more like a projection of their worrying that she wasn't a perfect angel.  I liked Ellia's character, but I honestly preferred her friend.  I loved how devoted Liam was to her and was very sympathetic with his efforts to try to get to know her all over again and reinforce their relationship.  I love happy endings and though the ending was somewhat happy I was still a little disappointed.  Overall, it was a fun read.

3 1/2 Stars

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