Published by Bloomsbury YA
Published: February 28, 2023
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A story about the pressures of social media, the lengths influencers will go to for fame, and the grief of losing a loved one to suicide, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Gayle Forman.
Seventeen-year-old Jules grew up in her mother's spotlight. A “parenting influencer,” Britt shares details of her daughter's life-pictures, intimate stories, insecurities, all-to a point that becomes unbearable to Jules.
And suddenly she's gone.
Natalie has only barely begun to grieve her best friend Jules's death when Britt announces her plans to publish a memoir that will dissect Jules's life and death. But Nat knows the truth behind Britt's "perfect" Instagram feed-Jules hated the pressure, the inauthenticity, the persona. There's so much more to Jules than Britt and her followers could ever know. As Nat connects with Jules's boyfriend, Carter, and their shared grief and guilt bonds them, she becomes determined to expose Britt, to understand what really happened, and who is to blame.
In a world that feels distorted by celebrity and the manipulations of social media and public opinion, Natalie and Carter need something real to hold onto. Remind Me to Hate You Later is a moving account of grief, depression, complex relationships, love, and the search for truth.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have known Lizzy Mason for almost as long as I have been blogging so I have been super excited to follow along on her author journey. Since her debut in 2019 I have eagerly awaited every book and Remind Me to Hate You Later was no different. I know this book was pushed back from the original release date but after having read it I also know that it was worth the wait. It was by far the best book Lizzy Mason has ever written.
Remind Me to Hate You Later is the story of Jules, the daughter of a parenting influencer, and Natalie, her best friend. Jules has grown up in the social media spotlight her whole life thanks to her mother. Literally nothing has happened in Jules’ life without the internet knowing. Eventually Jules reaches her breaking point and can no longer do it anymore. Left alone without Jules Natalie has to try and grieve the loss of her best friend. And then Britt, Jules’ mother, announces that she is going to write a book about the life and death of her daughter. As Nat leans on Jules’ boyfriend Carter she decides she will not let Jules die in vein. She is going expose Britt and make sure the world knows exactly how Jules felt and how social media can destroy someone’s life.
When I say that Remind Me to Hate You Later is Lizzy’s best book, I don’t say that lightly. I have loved everything she has written but there was something about this one that felt extra special. It’s a story about grief and mental health and self harm. It was an emotional journey for Jules and Natalie and Britt and Lizzy handled it all with respect and grace. My heart hurt reading this book but it was also healing too. Grief is not an easy emotion to explain or to understand and all of these characters were grieving in fact grieving. In some cases it was for the loss of life and in another it was for the life they next got to have.
The description of Remind Me to Hate You Later says it “is a moving account of grief, depression, complex relationships, love, and the search for truth” and that description is spot on. That statement nailed everything that is in the book and how you will feel reading it. This is an emotional story but it is one that you don’t want to miss as Lizzy wrote her heart out with this one. Go and buy a copy today!