Reviewed by Dennis Menard
Being a man in the latest-most “autumn” of what might be called “middle age” I am not big on chick-lit and I was not now inclined to start with it. However, while spring cleaning I found Remembrance, which had fallen down the back of my bed. Past due for review already I had nothing else in my O.C.D way to do but read it instantly. Here I ran into further hurdles. The name Meg Cabot was familiar to me for her having written The Princess Diaries. These I had never read. But I found as well she had written the Mediator series of which this dust-covered book I had in my hand was one of a series. NORMALLY I would have first read ALL of the previous books to be able to better review this one. But not wanting to invest the time, money, and energy into reading a whole series I jumped in with both feet and read just this book. And here is my review of just this book.
My review of just this book is that I was rather thrilled someone has written not only a book, but a whole popular series about a “ghost buster” which emphasized the comic, annoying, unhandy side of being haunted by supernatural entities. This, I shamelessly admit, stems from the fact I myself grew up in a “haunted” house. Whether I, or anyone else, particularly believes in such a thing is debatable. But, if ANY house can be truly said to be haunted, my family’s house was. My experience was not Amityville-worthy. Our house was “haunted” by the specter of a former inhabitant who had died of a heart attack while on the toilet. This former person’s misty, translucent form still sat there on the family commode. Apart from the impropriety of needing to actually sit on the spirit’s lap to use the facilities, and a tendency for small objects to move about the house, this otherworldly extra resident was not a nuisance. Indeed it provided our humorless mother with her one, unintentional joke: “every time I go in I see him sitting there,” which sent the rest of the family in to stitches of laughter. Meg Cabot seems to have captured that “spirit” wonderfully.
The only reason I am unlikely to go back and read the previous books of the series is due to the little matter of the “romantic interest” of the book’s heroine. This, for me, who does not particularly need such, and had not read any of the subsequent build-up no doubt written of in the previous novels, was somewhat spoiled by my own fast-forwarding to the latest sequel. So, all-in-all I would recommend Remembrance, and recommend readers start from the beginning of her Mediator series.
Dennis Menard is an artist. You can find his work at dennismenard.nl.
An ebook of Remembrance can be found here.