Remind Me Again Why I Married You
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Claire relies on them to help her regain her memories, but it becomes obvious to her that there are secrets and resentments that they are not sharing with her. The book is narrated alternately from the perspective of each of the three characters. Each reminisces about the past and how they arrived where they are in their relationships. As a result, the reader comes to learn the secrets and to understand why both Charlie and Rachel feel anger towards Claire. One of the issues with the book is its glacial pace.
I kept hoping for something to happen but it never does. Instead, there is needless repetition: And there is background information that seems irrelevant; for instance, the family histories of all three characters are given but these detailed backstories serve little purpose. The reader expects some great reveal at the end since the author uses a number of suspense techniques. For example, both Charlie and Rachel speak of a need for revenge.
To me, she comes across as selfish and self-centred. Yet Charlie and Rachel put their lives on hold to look after Claire despite what she did to them? Charlie and Rachel are both cowards, as they both acknowledge; as a consequence, it is difficult to admire them. This book was not for me. Its description is deceiving: I found the book a very slow read with its lack of plot and its microscopic focus on three characters, none of which is likeable or memorable.
I received a digital galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Please check out my reader's blog https: Would you choose the same lover and friend if you lost all of your past shared memories with them? Claire is a journalist who has awakened in a hospital room in Florida. She has no memory of who she is and how she got there. Apparently she was bitten by a mosquito and contracted Japanese encephalitis while on an assignment overseas in India.
She was lucky enough to survive, but part of the un Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff is a recommended debut novel about friendship and memories. She was lucky enough to survive, but part of the unlucky group of survivors who have lasting damage to their nervous systems. She suffers from seizures and a complete loss of memory.
Her husband, Charlie, and best friend, Rachel, have flown in and brought photos, letters, and memories to help her.
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Once she is able to leave the hospital, she moves back to the house in Vermont with Charlie. Here Rachel and Charlie go through boxes of her things trying to help her remember who she is and her relationship to both of them. Claire, Charlie, and Rachel all shared a house years ago when they were in grad school. They have a long documented relationship with each other. So why does Claire have an uneasy feeling that the whole story isn't being told and that there are secret resentments being unsaid?
A picture emerges that she is an independent and fearless woman, who travels overseas and does whatever it takes to get her story written. The novel unfolds through the alternating points-of-view and stories of the three main characters. With Claire's memory gone, do the three have any reason to continue a relationship with each other? Claire was distancing herself from Charlie before her illness. Rachel ruminates that it was Claire who led the continuing friendship between the three.
While most long-term relationships require much forgiveness and forgetting of flaws, the myriad of details about each character's life make it clear that Charlie and Rachel haven't forgotten or forgiven past grievances and they are full of resentment. They aren't confronting Claire, but she senses it. Will Charlie and Rachel be able to help them all find a way to continue their relationship without any input from Claire?
Basically the novel is well-written and the characters are all developed as individuals. For a rather short novel, however, it felt a bit longer because it is bogged down by all the backstory of the relationship between the three and you really begin to wonder why they remained friends. You may also find yourself secretly encouraging Charlie and Rachel to be honest and tell Claire the truth and help her truly remember her life. My review copy was courtesy of Algonquin Books.
Jun 25, Lynne rated it did not like it Shelves: I dislike it when I don't like a book - but I did not like this book. Claire, Charlie and Rachel are friends from grad school; best of friends who lived together and have seen one another through difficult situations. Claire, a journalist, ends up in the hospital and with no memory of the past 15 years - the years shared with Charlie and Rachel. This book starts with Claire back home with Charlie they are married , trying to remember their past. Rachel has come to help out - and through their al I dislike it when I don't like a book - but I did not like this book.
Rachel has come to help out - and through their alternating narrations we get a sense of the past; lost loves, betrayed friendships, anger, hurt, etc. This premise could have worked really well - except that it doesn't. The thing is, with books that are about the relationships and not so much about a larger story-line eg. I did not like any of them. Claire - because she doesn't really remember anything, it's hard to get drawn into her narration. She basically just feels irritation at not knowing what is happening and being surrounded by people who won't fill in the blanks.
Charlie - is angry at Claire. Obviously from what we can piece together, their marriage was on the rocks, however it's only ever just briefly touched upon. He never confronts her. We never delve into more than a superficial history of their relationship. Rachel - the friend who brought Claire and Charlie together. She starts off promising - she is angry at her friends for past wrongs - but then it doesn't go anywhere. This is a book that starts and stops and never really goes into any depth regarding these friends. Their past stories are glossed over - it's almost as though since Claire isn't supposed to be stressed with too much information, the reader isn't given much either.
For such a short read pages this took me far too long to read. I could go days without picking up my book. I'm sorry this is such a negative review.
Like I said, I just didn't like this book. There was a depth missing to the story that just let the entire thing down. Thank you Netgalley and Algoniquin Books for an advanced copy in return for an honest review. Aug 17, Leslie Lindsay rated it really liked it. Claire wakes in a Florida hospital room with no idea how she got there. At her bedside is her husband, Charlie and her best friend, Rachel. But the loss of her memories is so paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos --some she took herself and others from her childhood--but Claire senses something is not quite right.
Told in alternating POVs, the readers gets a sense of Claire, Rachel, and Charlie's views of a similar experience, begging the question: How much of memories are purely subjective? And yet, at the heart of all this is the sense of a mystery--are we really who we say we are?
I found the writing absolutely glimmered and felt a sort of gentle bouyancy as I read. Some may feel the reading experience is a little directionless--but I think that's done on purpose. Overall, a haunting read that will make you think. For all my reviews, including author interviews, please see: Jun 14, Mama's rated it really liked it. Similar in concept to What Alice Forgot , by Liane Moriarty, this novel takes us on the journey of a character with amnesia, this particular case brought on by a rare form of encephalitis.
Joanna Luloff exhibits a smooth style of writing, and chooses to unfold this novel from the alternating viewpoint of three different characters affected by this tragic turn of events. I was lured in from the beginning, where we meet Claire, the main character, as she delves right into her current frustrating sit Similar in concept to What Alice Forgot , by Liane Moriarty, this novel takes us on the journey of a character with amnesia, this particular case brought on by a rare form of encephalitis.
I was lured in from the beginning, where we meet Claire, the main character, as she delves right into her current frustrating situation. Suddenly, her husband and best friend are front and center in her life, which we soon learn is a bit of a change from her recent past. Charlie and Rachel have their own demons to deal with, when it comes to Claire and the decisions she has made throughout her life. Claire's "grab the bull by the horns" way of living has most certainly caused challenges for others. Unfortunately, she has absolutely no recollection of the damage she's done.
It's within this conflict, that an enthralling story ensues, and we, as readers, are led on an intricate journey of secrets and regrets. Stories such as these remind us of the fragile nature of our memories, and the stability that such memories provide in living a life unhindered. This particular novel lends a voice to those "what if" moments, and causes the reader to reflect on decisions made, and the lasting effect such decisions can have on oneself and others.
Remind Me Again What Happened was a simple, pleasant novel, and though I dislike using the term "beach read" -as that has different connotations for different readers- it is a novel that can be read quickly and enjoyably, without a lot of added fluff or complexity. Many thanks to Algonquin Books and Net Galley for gifting me with this book in exchange for an honest review. What happens when all your memories from age disappear?
Claire was working as a journalist in India when she develops Japanese encephalitis from a mosquito bite. She suffered central nervous system damage with febrile seizures and consequent memory loss. The story is told through alternating perspectives of Claire, Charlie and Rachel. The trio developed a bond while in grad school. They are the best of friends until Charlie and Claire get married and move to Vermont.
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Rachel soon moves in to assist with her physical care and hopeful of rekindling her memories. Life after a serious illness can be frustrating especially when having to overcome physical and mental obstacles. The story seemed disjointed and incomplete by the end. May 30, Jennifer rated it liked it.
This was a very quiet book. Perhaps a little too quiet for my tastes. Essentially this is the story of three people who love each other and the secrets they keep. These secrets become even more complicated when one of the three loses her memory. Ultimately it's a book about relationships among cowards. Normally in books where the narrative involves memory loss there is some sort of big reveal or memory coming to light that shakes up the story or drives the plot forward. That doesn't really happ This was a very quiet book.
That doesn't really happen here. Claire appears to have simply become bored with her life in the past and stayed from the path before her. She doesn't remember what exactly she did, but you the reader get that information. There is no shocking reveal, confrontation, or even deep wrestling of the soul. There is just a woman who can't remember she was unhappy currently being unhappy again. So then what happens in the book? Unfortunately, from my perspective, not a whole lot. There is a lot of reminiscing about the past and how the dynamic between these three got so messed up and dysfunctional.
There is a lot of time spent talking about how sad each of them are with the changes in Claire and how her memory loss has impacted their lives. There is thankfully some sense at the end that some of these characters might be ready to move on. However, that's about it. Don't get me wrong, all of this is handled well and artfully written, it just ended up not the book I was expecting to read. Thanks to the author and NetGalley for granting me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 26, Lory Sakay rated it really liked it. This was a different book about a journalist who loses her memory after contracting a rare form of encephalitis while on assignment in another country. It reads almost like a fictional compilation of varying, connecting memoirs - that was pretty cool. There are pieces that are not fully explained, which is frustrating, but does coincide with the overall memory loss.
What does become inherent throughout this read is that our memories are what create our identities, solidify our relationships, and This was a different book about a journalist who loses her memory after contracting a rare form of encephalitis while on assignment in another country. It seemed a little too open ended. But I did enjoy what Amelia did on TV. Jul 26, Keilani Ludlow rated it it was ok. Ok, here's the deal.
I'm not totally anti gay character, but I don't want any details about preferences and activities. It thoroughly disgusts me. I wouldn't want to hear about a lot of other sexual preferences either. So, she has an amusing style and wit, but too much of the guy on guy gushing for me. A little too much swearing for me. And the ending was quite unsatisfactory. She's witty and amusing. But then, tons of books are that way. Maybe that's the point, you can get the amusement without the commitment of actually knowing these people. Love the Irish witticisms and slang. The idea of the main character hunting down old beaus and determining what went wrong so that she can move forward into a productive relationship in her current life is interesting.
However this character is also such a "say yes to everything pushover" in her relationships that it's hard to believe the relationships all dissolved because of circumstances beyond her control one is gay, one becomes a priest, etc. Sure, the story works without it, but it feels like one box left unchecked on a to-do list, it just itches at the back of my mind that it got missed.
And again, unsatisfactory ending by far. Mar 03, Natalye rated it liked it. Upon finishing reading this book, I'm beginning to remember why I never was into the chick-lit genre all that much. The basic format leaves the reader realizing at the end that women should be empowered and strong and they can be that with or without a man. But from reading any other book along the same lines, it's a lesson that is continually pounded into the readers' head, and it is not all that satisfactory one, at least for people like myself who don't suffer with issues of low self-esteem o Upon finishing reading this book, I'm beginning to remember why I never was into the chick-lit genre all that much.
But from reading any other book along the same lines, it's a lesson that is continually pounded into the readers' head, and it is not all that satisfactory one, at least for people like myself who don't suffer with issues of low self-esteem or discontent or that feeling of incompleteness that comes from not always having a boyfriend.
It just reads a bit too cliche, and doesn't offer any substantial depth or insight, which may not be the primary reason people read the books, but it would be nice to see every once in a while. That said, this book was an enjoyable read, but certainly didn't embark upon any new or revolutionary material. It was part interesting, part comical, part unrealistic, and the idea of tracking down exes to find out where one went wrong in a relationship reminded me a whole lot of "High Fidelity" minus the pop culture references.
Certainly an easy and entertaining book, but not terribly groundbreaking or life changing. February 7, Ended: February 14, Page Count: Jul 15, Francessca rated it did not like it. After reading several thrillers lately I was in the mood for something lighthearted and easy to read. This was certainly that but unfortunately it was just a little too lighthearted for my tastes. I like a soppy chick lit book once in a whole but I like one in which I can relate. Several times this book repeated "you couldn't make this up" or "you wouldn't believe something so far fetched could actually happen" and truth be told I couldn't.
It was too far fetched I couldn't find a relatable thre After reading several thrillers lately I was in the mood for something lighthearted and easy to read. It was too far fetched I couldn't find a relatable thread to forgive the outlandish situations Amelia found herself in. In an attempt to find out where she's gone wrong in love she sets on a mission to find her exes and where I liked this premise rather than genuine soul searching Amelia just found a bunch of guys that although perfect and gorgeous when dating them had all turned in to ridiculous unbelievably characters , rather than there being any reflection on her part it turns out it was never going to work not die to what she'd done but because he was now a monk, unchanged, a psycho etc and then after all that she decides what will be will be.
It just seemed like a pointless activity with no learning curve. Dec 15, Jeanne rated it really liked it Recommended to Jeanne by: Oh, except for one thing: And this is bringing her down. The successful television producer decides to be proactive and signs up for a class at the local college. The class promises to help her understand her romantic past and use the knowledge to find a husband. Her friends are skeptical, but Amelia is determined! Her weekly homework for the class includes confronting her year-old Amelia Lockwood has it all: Her weekly homework for the class includes confronting her past.
As you can imagine, the results are hilarious.
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I loved this novel. Amelia is a very appealing protagonist, the situations are humorous, and the ending is not the typical romantic ending, which is fine. Recommended for fans of chick lit. Sep 02, Anjali rated it it was ok. Wow, I have to disagree with most readers and say this is one of the worst chick-lit books I have ever read. Basically a 37 year old single woman in Dublin takes a night class in getting a husband within a year. Her first assignment is to track down her old love affairs and figure out why she's single.
The author's knack of stating the obvious probably makes it about pages longer than it should have been. For examp Wow, I have to disagree with most readers and say this is one of the worst chick-lit books I have ever read. What makes it bad is the writing- a hundred pop-cultural references per minute, banal conversations and really unfunny punch lines. Apr 23, Priscilla rated it liked it. I received a special offer for this ebook, and the title cracked me up so I decided to read it.
Amelia is in her late 30's, thriving career, and still single. She enrolls in a class that guarantees she'll be married in a year if she follows the course guidelines. She then goes through weeks of contacting her exes, trying to figure out what went wrong. Meanwhile, her last ex he-whose-name-shall-forever-remain-unspoken who broke up with her because he didn't want to commit, suddenly shows up at I received a special offer for this ebook, and the title cracked me up so I decided to read it.
Meanwhile, her last ex he-whose-name-shall-forever-remain-unspoken who broke up with her because he didn't want to commit, suddenly shows up at her door letting her know he's getting married to a year-old and that they bought the house across the street.
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She attempts to avoid run-ins with him, to no avail. While the plot is hilarious and extremely relatable at times, the ending was quite disappointing and several grammatical errors throughout the book drove me nuts. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. Oct 14, Tory rated it it was ok Shelves: When I started this book, I really wasn't enjoying it, but I hate to give up on books so I kept at it.
As I pressed on and got more familiar with the characters I started to enjoy it a bit, and I looked forward to the follies I knew were coming whenever Amelia had an encounter with an ex or a potential new suitor. I almost put d When I started this book, I really wasn't enjoying it, but I hate to give up on books so I kept at it. I almost put down the book right there, even with only three or four pages left. On a positive note, I thought I knew what the result of Amelia's husband hunting was going to be from about halfway through the book, and I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong in the end.
But that awards show… nope. Apr 07, Alex rated it really liked it. Wow, this book was such a nice surprise! I saw it on the library shelf and was immediately drawn in by the cover and title. The premise also sounded cute, so I decided to give it a try. This book was just FUN! I laughed out loud several times, and kept wondering how her next ex-boyfriend was going to top the one we just met. But then I realized that's life, and it's more realistic for her to still be single at the en Wow, this book was such a nice surprise! But then I realized that's life, and it's more realistic for her to still be single at the end then for her to have met and married someone by then, so I'm okay with it now.
Okay, other reviewers are right - this book does need a little editing You have to hand it to Claudia being one of her first or first novels Amelia is on the fast track with her career that she discovers that she's over thirty and wanting to find her husband. So she signs up for a night class that requires her to look up her past ten exes.
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