Remember Me

St. ­Martin’s/Wednesday. Oct. 2021. 272p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250261939.
–In the near future, experts will be able to erase your memory of past trauma… but is that good? It’s 2032, and Blue Owens wakes up on her birthday at the end of her junior year. Instead of heading towards friends, school, and the comfort of small-town New Mexico, she impulsively decides to follow the instructions on a mysterious note she finds in her pocket, and meets Adam Mendoza who is… or was… her boyfriend? She’s not sure. Something is missing. When she was small, Blue’s parents, two white ski instructors, lived an itinerant lifestyle, with Blue in tow. Now, she relies on her grandmother and friends. Her boyfriend is Latinx and her best friends are a queer couple, one of whom is non-binary. While unable to change Blue’s fate, they concede she’s been reprogrammed at a futuristic but nefarious research facility that removed any trace of a recent family tragedy she blames herself for. Blue’s independent pursuit of the truth leads her to a trustworthy doctor who may be able to help her remember, and learn how to accept the loss she suffered.
VERDICT Sci-fi meets mystery/thriller as a high school junior reconstructs a tragic family history that’s been erased to protect her from the truth. A compelling addition to high school shelves.

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