This is a spoiler-free review. I will not be giving away any major plot details beyond the premise of the book.
Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer follows the story of Milo, who lives in rural Australia and recently graduated high school. Milo doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life and he feels left behind as all of his friends, and his girlfriend, have moved on to other things. But things begin to change when his childhood friend, Layla, who left town five years ago after the sudden passing of her mother, runs into him at his parents’ bookshop. Milo and Layla reconnect, which causes challenges as they begin to drift apart from the other people in their lives.
I’d like to start off by saying that I really loved this book. I can say from personal experience that Gabrielle Tozer captured what it’s like to be a young person who is struggling to figure out their life. Of course, everyone has different experiences, and I’m not saying that the journeys that Milo and Layla go on are are one size fits all scenario. But to me, Tozer wrote a brilliant portrayal of what it’s like to feel left behind when all of your friends move on to university or full-time work and you’re just stuck in the mud trying to get your life started with no idea how or even which path to take.
I definitely connected with Milo more throughout this book just because it was all about his struggle to figure out his life, while Layla’s was more about unresolved grief and dysfunctional family relationships, neither of which I have a lot of personal experience with. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy Layla’s story. It was very emotional, and it felt real. This is a very character driven book. It doesn’t have a super exciting and page-turning plot, but the characters are what really made me connect with Remind Me How This Ends and why I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes Young Adult contemporary, and coming-of-age, self-discovery stories in particular.
Tozer’s writing, like in her previous books The Intern and Faking It, are wonderfully written with a gripping writing style and insightful first-person narration that brings the main characters to life. Remind Me How This Ends is told in split-perspectives between Milo and Layla, and each was done terrifically with both character having their own distinct voice, while also being able to blend together so the shifts between perspectives aren’t too abrupt. This suits the fact that the book is character driven because it allows readers to connect with them more by spending a lot of time inside their head, so if that’s something you like in a book I would recommend you pick this one up and give it a read.
MY RATING: 8/10
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