Before You Forget

Julia Lawrinson


Penguin Books

February 2017

$19.99 AU

236p pb

ISBN: 978-0143574071

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Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson was an enigmatic and thrilling read. It pulls you in from the beginning, and before you even realise it, you’re already finished. The novel is about Amelia, a year 12 student who loves art. She is trying to finish a project for a critical teacher and dealing with two major issues outside school--a father who is starting to get Alzheimer’s and a friend who is struggling with anorexia.

 

Before You Forget shows the perspectives of the people closest to victims of anorexia and Alzheimer's. It shows that through obstacles in life, you grow, and learn as you do. The novel has the aspects of a classic YA coming-of-age novel and hints that we should not take important relationships with family, or in some cases, friends, for granted, because they are not guaranteed to last forever.

 

Before You Forget has a dark mood that only a rare few books can pull off, and covers issues that are usually left untouched by young adult authors, which was an unexpected bonus. Considering the themes and situations that it deals with, I wouldn’t recommend the novel to audiences under twelve. Instead, it leans towards teenager and young adult crowds. In the end, I felt that Before You Forget was a novel that could motivate and inspire any type of reader.

 

Juliet, age 12


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