Follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel, Forget Tomorrow!
Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries—if only she'd let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.
But when she discovers the past isn't what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She'll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means aligning with the enemy she swore to defeat.
The Forget Tomorrow series is best enjoyed in order.
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This was such an epic read that I honestly don’t know where to begin. My greatest wish right now would be to see these books turned into movies. So, where do I start? First, let me say that I am in ... Read full review
I was not a fan of the book Remember Yesterday, by Pintip Dunn. I was intrigued by the premise of the novel: a 16 year old girl, Jessa, must go back in time to save her older sister from dying as well as save the world from a power hungry mad woman, but the book fell flat for me. While there were sections of the book that had me anxious to flip the page, others had me struggling to find the will to. Remember Yesterday’s plot felt like a failed attempt to write a typical YA dystopian novel, and it was filled with cliches that have been done to death. Throughout the novel, I was bored by stale romance, limited action, and an annoying lead who made awful decisions at every turn. While I didn’t enjoy the book, I do feel that a younger audience who is less accustomed to YA fiction tropes might appreciate this book. Perhaps middle schoolers?
One specific problem I had with this book was the lack of developed relationships between any of the characters. Initially, Jessa’s strained relationship with her mother was explained relatively well; the author made sure to point out that Jessa’s mother had abandoned her as a child. However, the pair’s miraculous reconciliation at the end seemed forced and sudden. Readers were left confused as Jessa suddenly decided that her mother did love her just as much as Callie. It was a change of heart that the author failed to explain well enough for it to seem natural. The readers were given little explanation for the mending of the rift; it just happened. Similarly, Jessa’s relationship with her love interest Tanner seemed unnatural and simply confused readers. In the beginning of the novel, Jessa swore up and down she hated scientists for torturing her and forcing her sister to commit suicide; however, as soon as she saw a hot boy it was over and she forgot about her views that had been so concrete. All of their romantic interactions just came across as awkward, especially since the relationship came out of nowhere and readers felt absolutely no chemistry between the pair. It was clear that the author was trying to capture a teenage voice in her writing, but it wasn't believable and felt like she had just copied a romance from any movie with teenagers in it. A younger audience, who has little to no relationship experience, might think the romance works, so I once again say that this book would be best for middle schoolers. One specific relationship that bothered me was the relationship between Jessa and her supposed best friend Ryder. The way their relationship was played up in the beginning of the novel, it appeared that Ryder would be a bigger character than he was. Similarly to Jessa’s relationship with Tanner, her relationship with Ryder had no chemistry. Jessa simply appeared to use him to break into TechRA and complete missions; she never stopped to explain why she cared about him or to do anything in return. The author should have made Ryder a nameless minion in the underground so that readers didn't expect him to play a part in the action when he literally left the story in the first quarter of the book and was never heard of again. Their relationship would have been no different in that version of the novel.
Similar to the underdeveloped relationships, the characters were quite two dimensional, especially the secondary characters. For example, Angela’s sole characteristic was that she was Remi’s overprotective mother and Mikey’s wife. That is all of the development she was ever given; she might as well have not been included as it would have made literally no difference to the story. Along those lines, Logan was given practically no development either, making his emotional speech to Callie at the end of the story less impactful for the readers than the author clearly intended. All readers knew about him throughout the book was that he was Callie’s boyfriend when the two were young and that he helped Jessa survive during their time on the run. Because I didn't know anything about him, I didn't connect with him or care about