The following book review was written by Kirsty Hanson, you can find her Blog here .
Thank you Kirsty for your review of Remember Remember, if you are interested in in reading Remember Remember for yourself you can find it here.
Remember Remember is a novella by Sue Whitaker that describes the horror of what one incident can do to someone’s life. It’s fast-paced and packed with emotion that will make you feel like you’re on a rollercoaster of a ride.
Sue Whitaker has created a story that is both beautiful, but also sends a message out to every single person on the planet – old and young – about the danger of bonfire night.
It’s the 5th of November and a firework in the wrong hands spells trouble for Carla and changes her life forever. Read this inspirational story of one girl’s fight to overcome the stigma of disfiguration and how a few kind words from an unexpected source, turned thoughts of revenge into a passion for helping others, who’s lives have also been rudely and dramatically changed.
At first, I hated the character of Carla. Whitaker portrayed her as a snobby, thirteen-year-old who did nothing but make sure that she fit in with her group of friends and laughed at people who she thought were inferior to her. Obviously, Whitaker wants us to dislike Carla’s character so that we get to see her character development that happens after a firework gets thrown into her face on purpose.
“I tried to fight the panic and force it back down to where it had come from.”
– Sue Whitaker, Remember Remember
I read this novella whilst I was on the train and I had to stop myself from crying when Carla realised that she was disfigured from the criminal acts of a stupid boy who thought it would be funny to throw a firework around. (See, you can tell now that I’m just getting angry – that’s how much this story had an impact on me!)
This is a beautiful story about family, friendships and how the road to recovery can be the hardest but the best thing a person can ever do. This is a story about how a girl had to change her life around, had to struggle with her identity and about that one special person can be with you every step of the way.