Love and loss coexist in this memorable young adult debut about a girl who moves to a new country to live with a father she’s never met and how new friends help her leave the past behind.
Seventeen-year-old Hazel Clarke is no stranger to heartbreaks, and being sent to live with a father she’s never met is the latest in a string of them. Even the beauty of eastern Australia isn’t enough to take her mind off of her mother, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s and is living in a nursing home in England.
But when Hazel meets the friendly, kindhearted Red and his elusive twin, Luca, she begins the slow process of piecing together a new life—and realizes she isn’t the only one struggling with grief. As friendships deepen and love finds its way in, Hazel also learns that when you truly love someone, they are never really gone.
Don’t Forget Me is Victoria Stevens’s sparkling debut, and a touching testament to coming of age, falling in love, and finding home in unlikely places.
“[A] highly emotional yet approachable journey searching for acceptance, friendship, and love. . . A satisfying coming-of-age story.＂ —School Library Journal
“Themes of family, hope, and love permeate the novel as the three teens try to move forward with their lives, never forgetting those who are most important. . . Sweet but never sappy; heartbreaking but always hopeful.” —Kirkus Reviews