Milo was a discoloured memory with blurred edges and a washed-out palette. Yet five minutes with him and everything came back to me in an instant.
Layla Montgomery’s life fell apart at thirteen. After her mum died in a shock accident, Layla’s grieving father packed their bags and forced her to leave behind everything she’d ever known.
Milo Dark has been stuck on pause since the Year 12 exams. His long-term girlfriend moved 300 kilometres away for uni, his mates bailed for bigger things, and he’s convinced he missed the reminder to plan out the rest of his life.
As kids, Layla and Milo shared everything – their secrets, a treehouse and weekends at the river. But they haven't spoken since her mum’s funeral. That is, until Layla shows up five years later in his parents’ bookshop without so much as a text message.
Pretty soon they’re drawn into a tangled mess that guarantees someone will get hurt. And while it’s a summer they'll never forget, is it one they’ll want to remember?
A boy-meets-girl-again story from the award-winning author of The Intern and Faking It.
Review by Tanaya Lowden
Looking for a quick, lighthearted read that's enjoyable and relatable? Look no further, Remind Me How This Ends is the perfect choice for you. Scratch that, any Gabrielle Tozer is the perfect choice for you.
Remind Me How This Ends follows Layla and Milo, two childhood best friends who lost touch when Layla moved away following the sudden death of her mother. Five years later and Layla's returned to the town that still holds so many difficult memories, the town where Milo is stuck, not quite sure what he wants his future to be. The two reconnect and pretty soon they're drawn into a tangled mess that forces them to come to terms with all they've been avoiding.
Something I love about Gabrielle Tozer is how easy her books are to read. From the very first page I find myself absorbed in her stories, and I'm easily able to read her books in one sitting. Remind Me How This Ends is no different, and features the same funny writing that I've come to expect from Tozer.
I also enjoy Tozer's ability to write incredibly relatable characters. Milo and his struggles of not knowing what to do after finishing year 12 are struggles I'm sure resonate in a lot of us. They're the kind of characters you root for, wanting them to be happy forever.
Remind Me How This Ends is a fantastic #LoveOzYA new release.
About the Author
Gabrielle Tozer is a freelance editor, journalist and copywriter who has edited, sub-edited and written for several magazines, newspapers and anthologies throughout the past decade. In addition to Gabrielle’s work on Dolly, Girlfriend, Cosmopolitan, DisneyGiRL, Bride To Be, Mamamia and Familyfun, she has also written for creative journals such as Gofish and Take It As Red. Gabrielle also writes YA fiction and her debut novel, The Intern, won the 2015 Gold Inky Award. The sequel, Faking It, was published in the same year.
Gabrielle lives in Sydney, NSW.
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I have read Gabrielle Tozer's other book The Intern and its sequel Faking It. They were fun easy to read and pure delight much like Lauren Weisberberger's The Devil Wears Prada.
Remind Me shown This Ends is a masterpiece. Beautifully written and touching for those who have lost a loved one or living in a small town and not quite knowing what to do when you're finished high School. This should be read by all ages.
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st April 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.25