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Forget You Know Me Book Review

Forget You Know Me Book Review

Sometimes I think you benefit from going into a book without knowing anything about it. When you haven’t heard the hype. You don’t know what it’s being marketed as. You didn’t read the synopsis. Your mind is blank, and you pick it up and start scanning the words on the page with zero expectation. I know it’s mildly ironic to say that, as I’m preparing to write a review for a book. But you’d be surprised how many reviews have stars deducted mainly because the book wasn’t what they thought it was going to be. They were expecting something, and the novel they read didn’t deliver. I think when it comes to overall Goodreads “score”, the book I’m about to discuss might have been harmed because folks expected a hardcore thriller and this book didn’t deliver.

I, on the other hand, came into Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser with zero expectations. I didn’t read the reviews. I requested it because I knew of the author, and…well…the cover caught my eye. I started reading it because the release date was now, and I had some time on my hands. I just didn’t know…and therefore read it with open eyes. And kept reading it because the characters were intriguing and unique. I didn’t know them, yet they were vaguely familiar, which is a great thing for someone who reads a large number of books every year. They felt like people I could interact with in my life. A single woman struggling with choices she’s made, trying to manage anxiety, and figure out how to have lasting adult friendships. A married woman trying to keep her relationship alive while dealing with debilitating chronic pain and depression, who finds a comforting ear from another parent who happens to be a man, which makes it confusing for her. Money problems. Situations that have got out their control. People at the end of their rope, who think they’ve found a way out of their troubles, only to find they’ve made them worse. It’s a painful and slow-moving train wreck that a lot of us can probably relate to in one way or another.

In other words, a drama that happens to start with a somewhat thrilling event.

The only thing I didn’t care for was the ending. I found it underwhelming. But endings are hard y’all.

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So, perhaps an unconventional review, but here’s to reading without knowing the hype. Hence the vague nature of this review. Go forth and grab a book you know nothing about. Don’t read the back. Don’t read the reviews. Live life on the wild side.

Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. Please know that I’ve missed you all, and I’m trying to get back up and running. Hopefully I haven’t lose all my readers!!

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