Books from Goodreads I don’t remember: Part 2

See Part 1 here! Basically, this is where I go through my read list on good reads and find the books I don’t remember anything about.

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction

Dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

Again, no memory. But this sounds super interesting, and I’m really passionate about mental health, so maybe I’ll read it again.

Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine

While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbour Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they’ll sit together on Sophie’s front porch swing and escape from their troubles, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, what lies ahead for Sophie and Carter?

This is super short (150 pages) so maybe I’ll give it another read.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

This sounds really interesting!! I think I have it on Kindle, so maybe I’ll add it to my road trip list.

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Sometimes sorry isn’t enough….

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems…

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better—the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay. Em and Chase have been chosen.

I remember this being really popular when it first came out, and I have random sporadic memories of it (is this the one where the girl and her guy best friend make note of all the license plates they’ve seen?). I tried to reread it last summer, but couldn’t get back into it.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long—at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right—and wrong—in the present.

Again, I have very very vague memories of this book. It sounds interesting, but there are other things I’d rather read.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

I read this in grade 10 and honestly don’t remember anything. I remember the premise and the plot and everything, but the details have gone fuzzy. I also haven’t watched the Netflix show and probably won’t, but we’ll see.

That’s all the books on my Goodreads that I don’t remember reading! It’s kind of weird, because some books I can remember in explicit detail and these other ones I can’t at all. Let me know if there are any books like this for you!

Thanks for reading! xx


10 thoughts on “Books from Goodreads I don’t remember: Part 2

  1. I feel like the only person who hasn’t read Thirteen Reasons Why! I’m kind of curious about it but I’ve also heard that it romanticizes suicide, do you have thoughts on that? (Maybe not as you don’t have many memories of reading the book, lol, which is understandable!)

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    1. From what I remember (which, granted, is not much) the book didn’t romanticize suicide nearly as much as the TV show did. I remember thinking it was handled fairly well in the book. That being said, I was 15/16 so I also didn’t have a great grasp on what romanticizing suicide would look like. I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while so I can see what I think now that I’m more aware of the world lol

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  2. I have lots of books I can’t remember. Partly because sometimes I go through phases where all the books I read are similar, and so I can’t keep them differentiated in my head.

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  3. Makes you wonder why we read all these books in the first place if we can’t remember them! I’m re-reading Ready Player One right now and I can’t believe how much I’ve forgotten! And it’s one my favourite books ever! And this isn’t even my first re-read of it!

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    1. I know, like what’s the point?
      I was the same with the Glass Castle! I’d read it probably three or four times, and I was talking to someone about it, and they were like “it’s crazy when this happens” and I was like “I’m pretty sure that never happens” AND IT HAD at like the very beginning of the book. So annoying!

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