MY REVIEW 4 stars:
Charlie and Silas are high school students who suffer a strange sort of temporary amnesia. This occurs out of nowhere, and restarts again every couple days. In their second episode, yet one that the books jumps us into, they suddenly ‘wake up’ so to speak during school. Neither of them have a clue who they even are, where they are, or what to make of it. They play it cool, their friends approach them first so they’re able to pick up bits and pieces about their lives. Enough to get through the days without anyone figuring out what’s going on with them. BUT, what’s awesome and what makes the book – is that they each figure out that the other is suffering the same issue and each time their memories are wiped it’s a new experience for the two. They uncover their lives, secrets, traumas, and wind up on a quest of sorts to figure out what kind of curse they’re under.
It’s alternating POV which I absolutely love and is a great fit for the story line. They have been close since they were little and have been in love since fourteen. In the couple of years that they’ve been an actual teen couple, the two have went through hell. Their fathers used to be in a very prominent business together. Carlie’s father wound up in prison for embezzlement within their company along with other things, and Silas’s father holds a very serious grudge against Charlie, as he assumes she’d helped him hide documents that prove his guilt. After it all went down Charlie’s home life spiraled… they lost everything, her sister hates her, their mother turned to alcohol, and she do to her recent self loathing she began pushing everyone away from her, including Silas. She cheated on him, she was mean as crap to other students, the list goes on. Silas tried his best to cope but failed miserably and eventually they broke up.
Now here they are, with nothing but random meaningless memories like famous people, TV shows, how to drive etc. and they know absolutely nothing about themselves, each other nor their home lives. Somehow, they’re drawn to each other and their connection is dynamic. They write themselves notes of what they’ve uncovered so that they’d be one step closer each time they come-to memoryless. It’s a great fit because writing letters is kind of their thing, which they soon discover. They’ve written letters to each other on a regular basis for years. They find these letters and get to know each other and themselves through fresh-unbias eyes. Neither of them like what they find, and are able to hold together and uncover the big bangs that drew them apart in the first place.
As a whole this book reads really easily, it’s written simply yet captivatingly. It took me a bit longer to get through than some other of Hoovers (who I absolutely love BTW). Some things I found a little too repetitive, which in all fairness was necessary for the story line, but nonetheless repetitive. 4 stars for me!
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless joins forces with the New York Times bestselling author of Mud Vein. Together, they have created a gripping, romantic tale unlike any other. “How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”
Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning…they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished. “I don’t care what our real first kiss was,” he says. “That’s the one I want to remember.”
Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.
“I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie.”