Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Forgetting Allyssa Blog Tour and Giveaway with Stephanie Romans

Forgetting Allyssa
By Stephanie Romans
Publisher: illusio & baqer
Published: Aug. 7, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Amnesia. What a Better way to start off senior year of high school? 

When seventeen year old Allyssa Bradshaw wakes up from the nap of a lifetime things aren't really adding up. Her face feels like it's gone through the toaster and she doesn't recognize the people standing around her - she doesn't even recognize herself. 

Clearly she's woken up on the wrong side of the hospital gurney. 

As she recovers from an attack she doesn't remember, Allyssa is thrown into what feels like someone else's life. Despite her lack of memories, she heads off to school determined to start anew. What Allyssa doesn't expect is the backlash of a life she can't remember. The more she 
learns about Old Allyssa the less she wants to have anything to do with her, making this New Allyssa determined to become someone better. 

Forgetting Allyssa is a story of love, loss, and identity - who you were does not mean that's who you are.

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My Thoughts:

Allyssa Bradshaw has a little more than your usual bout of forgetfulness. She’s forgotten everything! She doesn’t recognize her family. She doesn’t remember what happened last week, last year. She doesn’t even remember the face she sees when she looks in the mirror. After a terrible accident, Allyssa heads back to school for her senior year not knowing who she is. What she discovers is that she doesn’t like the person she was. Now she has a chance to be someone new.

Forgetting Allyssa was a fascinating story right from the start. It really makes you think about what it would be like to totally lose your memory. I thought the story was very well laid out and quite believable. The cruelty of teenagers to one another was easy to see. The peers that Old Allyssa hung out with were not a very nice group of young people.

I liked Rami a lot. I thought the juxtaposition of his race and his lovely character was wonderful. So often we look at someone and make assumptions and just because he was Iranian and his family was Muslim, many would assume that he might possibly be a terrorist (as he said). Instead, of all the young people in the story, he was the most caring and thoughtful.

I liked the romance between Rami and Allyssa, though I didn’t think Allyssa treated Rami very well. Hopefully as Allyssa figures out who she really is and whether or not she cares about him she will treat him better.

The story was well-paced with enough twists in the plot to maintain the interest of the reader. I did find the story a little confusing towards the end when Allyssa was figuring out who she was with all the hallucinating that she was going through but the end result was clear enough.

Forgetting Allyssa was a beautiful story of self-discovery and romance. I gave it 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair anf honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

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