Review: Remembering Joy
Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen
Synopsis from Goodreads
One mistake can shatter dreams and shape the future. Alexis knows this first hand. Even though her memory of that day is hazy, she has spent ten years trying to put it behind her.
Armed with the knowledge that her career will be her only legacy, Alexis works night and day to prove that she is more than just her last name. It’s not that she doesn’t have time for love. She doesn’t have the heart for it. After all, there’s no point in starting something you can’t finish.
When she meets Adam, she is drawn to him in a way even she can’t deny. The film student is dark and brooding and strangely charming. He is the perfect distraction from her mundane life.
But Adam can recall every detail she’s forgotten. What she doesn’t remember, he can’t forget.
I have no idea where to start with this one because I am so utterly disappointed.
The cover looked amazing, the synopsis was intriguing and the reviews were giving out such praise for this book that I thought I was in for a mysterious ride. Boy was I wrong.
In order to keep this review on the short side, here’s a list of everything I disliked about this book:
1) I saw the end coming about 20% into the book. This is the main reason why my rating is so low. I kind of lost interest at that point and probably should have stopped reading. However, I kept hoping and waiting for it to get better, which, unfortunately, it never did.
2) The whole plot felt incredibly forced. Everything concerning the mysterious event felt secretive for no reason other than to move the plot; seemed a bit far-fetched to me.
3) The flashbacks were repetitive and while I do get the role they were supposed to play in the story, I didn’t enjoy the way the idea was executed.
4) I didn’t care about the characters at all. While they go through some tragic or dramatic events, I did not feel any kind of emotion toward any of the characters. Alexis seemed quite bland and I felt like she lacked personality, molding herself to whoever she was around. Her actions and reactions reminded me more of a teenager than a mid-twenties lawyer at a big firm.
5) Adam’s quest for revenge was far-fetched for my taste and again, I felt that it was forced in order to create a plot. Let’s leave it at that.
6) The secondary characters were just that, very secondary, and quite useless to the story.
Now the few things I actually liked:
1) Adam was an interesting character. While I don’t really understand his motivations, he is a complex and multi-dimensional character and his struggles were quite realistic. All the opposite of Alexis.
2) I enjoyed the climax of this book. Probably because I had been waiting for the resolution almost from the very beginning. I hoped there would be more to the story than I had already guessed and there wasn’t but it was still satisfactory to know what had actually happened to the characters.
3) The cover is absolutely gorgeous.
All in all, I think Remembering Joy simply wasn’t my cup of tea. The plotting was all kinds of wrong for me but I do understand that for some it can still be an enjoyable read. I will not be reading the sequel, Finding Joy because I just didn’t feel any connection to the characters and I have no interest in reading more about them.