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Book review: ‘Remember Me Always’ is a teen romance about trust and accountability

"REMEMBER ME ALWAYS," by Renee Collins, Sourcebooks, $10.99, 293 pages (f)

Shelby Decatur’s memory of the car accident is gone and, despite being told she chose to erase those traumatic events, she’s positive other memories were erased as well, especially the ones having to do with Auden Keplar. But her mom and her best friend seem determined to keep Shelby in the dark regarding her past relationship with Auden. Why she chose to undergo the radical act of enrolling in a clinical program to erase her memory in “Remember Me Always” is one Shelby cannot figure out.

Author Renee Collins does an excellent job in the beginning of her book of keeping readers wondering about the true intentions of Auden. Speculating about what exactly happened in the car accident no one will talk about, all while diving into the romance of Shelby and Auden, makes the plot of “Remember Me Always” a fantastic one.

Characters are wonderfully written — from Shelby, the confused Colorado High School senior who wants to trust others, but continually learns different sides of the truth, to her mom, whose experience with a broken marriage has made her ultra-protective. Auden, the seemingly perfect boyfriend whose love of Shelby borders on fairy-tale perfection, will have readers continually guessing, and hoping, they know what his real intentions are.

While the writing of Collins is good, reading yet another novel about clueless adults and wise teens can get old. Also, although the constant mystery regarding the details of Shelby’s mysterious past is a great one, realizing what actually happened is anti-climactic, rather than the momentous occasion it’s built up to be.

“Remember Me Always” has a handful of profanities and no violence. Romance doesn’t go beyond kissing and a make-out session.

A native of Hawaii, Collins lives in Colorado with her family.

"Remember Me Always" is a 2017 Whitney Award finalist in the young adult general fiction category. The awards recognizes novelists who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elizabeth Reid thinks the Great Depression is fascinating, so she earned bachelor's degrees in both economics and history. A wife and mother, she blogs at