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Shari Cooper hadn't planned on dying, but four floors is a long way to fall. Her friends say she fell but Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams. She also comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow - a thing more horrible than death itself - is the key Shari Cooper hadn't planned on dying, but four floors is a long way to fall. Her friends say she fell but Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams. She also comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow - a thing more horrible than death itself - is the key to Shari's death, and the only thing that can stop her murderer from murdering again.


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Shari Cooper hadn't planned on dying, but four floors is a long way to fall. Her friends say she fell but Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams. She also comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow - a thing more horrible than death itself - is the key Shari Cooper hadn't planned on dying, but four floors is a long way to fall. Her friends say she fell but Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams. She also comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow - a thing more horrible than death itself - is the key to Shari's death, and the only thing that can stop her murderer from murdering again.

30 review for Remember Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarra Cannon

    When I was teen, Christopher Pike was the first author I searched for in the book stores. If he had a new book out, I would do anything to make sure I had it. In fact, years later, I still have those books. Remember Me, though, stands out among his books. Just the idea of a girl telling her story as a ghost who was murdered. I loved it. When I think about Pike's books, this is the first one that comes to mind. I know they recently re-released this book, and I think even though it's an old book, When I was teen, Christopher Pike was the first author I searched for in the book stores. If he had a new book out, I would do anything to make sure I had it. In fact, years later, I still have those books. Remember Me, though, stands out among his books. Just the idea of a girl telling her story as a ghost who was murdered. I loved it. When I think about Pike's books, this is the first one that comes to mind. I know they recently re-released this book, and I think even though it's an old book, it's still relevant to today's teens. Pike is a master when it comes to understanding the kind of social pressures and relationships of teens. He doesn't write down to his readers. Plus, he's great at getting the adrenaline pumping! I always loved his portrayal of different kinds of relationships when I was a teen, and my goal as a writer is to tap into the kind of stories he used to tell.

  2. 5 out of 5

    K.

    I loved the absolute SHIT out of Christopher Pike books when I was a teenager. They were like the next step up from Goosebumps in terms of creepiness and language, but they felt waaaaaay more mature because the characters, like, had sex and went to parties with alcohol and all that shit. For some incredibly stupid reason, I decided to reread this, a good 20 years (ohgod I'm so old) after I last read a Christopher Pike book. And.........this was fucking terrible, you guys. Shari, the main charact I loved the absolute SHIT out of Christopher Pike books when I was a teenager. They were like the next step up from Goosebumps in terms of creepiness and language, but they felt waaaaaay more mature because the characters, like, had sex and went to parties with alcohol and all that shit. For some incredibly stupid reason, I decided to reread this, a good 20 years (ohgod I'm so old) after I last read a Christopher Pike book. And.........this was fucking terrible, you guys. Shari, the main character? Is basically Jessica Wakefield. She's pretty much a stuck up bitch who's constantly talking about how pretty she is compared to other girls. Her parents gave her a Ferrari as a high school graduation present(!?!?!?! Meanwhile, her older brother drives a station wagon??). She has perfect, California surfer girl hair without being a surfer girl. She's super popular. Etcetera. And then she gets murdered. Ordinarily, I would say this is the best damned thing ever because if ever a character deserved to get murdered for being the actual worst, it's Shari. But nooooo. Shari becomes a ghost, determined to solve her own murder. But she's not a ghost who can walk through walls and shit because that would be too fucking easy. Instead, she has to climb in windows and up drainpipes and wait for someone to open the door before she can get into rooms or cars or whatever. And honestly, the story behind her murder and the climax of the book? Is HILARIOUSLY FUCKED UP. (view spoiler)[She was murdered by her brother's girlfriend, with whom she was switched at birth. Meaning that her murderer was willingly dating her own brother. Part of how she discovers this is by accessing other people's dreams. Both the brother and the murderer dream in black and white, therefore they're obviously both colour blind, right?? And then the murderer plans to a) seduce and b) murder her brother by giving him an insulin overdose (they're both insulin dependent diabetics) and then give him an air embolism. Which Shari manages to stop by putting herself INTO the air bubble???? IDEK. (hide spoiler)] Add in the whole "Wait, you were in love with me? *I* was in love with *YOU*!!" thing with Peter the Ghost Boy, and I'm honestly surprised I didn't hurl this book across the room. I did snort laugh really loudly while taking a year 10 reading class though, so...there's that. One star for the story, one star for the nostalgia value.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura Braun

    I read this book more than half of my life ago, but it still haunts me as one of the best books I've ever read. For a thirteen year old girl interested in "the other side", this book was the cat's pajamas. I don't remember much about it despite the main character Shari's plea not to forget (har har), but I do remember reading it multiple times and feeling a little like I could cry when the book was over. I will always have a soft spot for this book, and for Christopher Pike. I read this book more than half of my life ago, but it still haunts me as one of the best books I've ever read. For a thirteen year old girl interested in "the other side", this book was the cat's pajamas. I don't remember much about it despite the main character Shari's plea not to forget (har har), but I do remember reading it multiple times and feeling a little like I could cry when the book was over. I will always have a soft spot for this book, and for Christopher Pike.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josh Mann

    It's nice to know what Regina George would have done if that bus had killed her. It's nice to know what Regina George would have done if that bus had killed her.

  5. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Me: Do I need to buy this entire trilogy with their recently released covers? I mean, is that really what I need to be spending my money on right now? Also Me: Me: Do I need to buy this entire trilogy with their recently released covers? I mean, is that really what I need to be spending my money on right now? Also Me:

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Bookubus)

    3.5 stars Teenager Shari falls from a balcony at a party. It is thought to be suicide but Shari's ghost is still roaming the earth and she knows she was killed. This was some classic Pike craziness! Overall I really enjoyed it but there were a couple of things that let it down a bit for me. One, I found it a bit much when the story went into religion and the afterlife. And two, the reason behind what happened didn't really make a ton of sense. But it was still a good story and well worth reading 3.5 stars Teenager Shari falls from a balcony at a party. It is thought to be suicide but Shari's ghost is still roaming the earth and she knows she was killed. This was some classic Pike craziness! Overall I really enjoyed it but there were a couple of things that let it down a bit for me. One, I found it a bit much when the story went into religion and the afterlife. And two, the reason behind what happened didn't really make a ton of sense. But it was still a good story and well worth reading for the bonkers stuff Pike comes up with!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Morfi

    Rating: 4.5/5 Remember Me is the story of Shari, and it all begins the night she falls of a balcony. Shari was at a firends house for her birthday party. When most of the guests had left the remaining kids decided to call up the dead. Everything liked they were actually talking to a spirit when all of a sudden Shari decided to break the connection and walked to the balcony for some fresh air. A few minutes later she was found lying at the ground, two floors beneath the balcony. Was it murder or s Rating: 4.5/5 Remember Me is the story of Shari, and it all begins the night she falls of a balcony. Shari was at a firends house for her birthday party. When most of the guests had left the remaining kids decided to call up the dead. Everything liked they were actually talking to a spirit when all of a sudden Shari decided to break the connection and walked to the balcony for some fresh air. A few minutes later she was found lying at the ground, two floors beneath the balcony. Was it murder or suicide? Shari wakes up the next morning in her bed not sure of what happened. Soon she will figure out she is a ghost. Even though it seems like she is not alone in this world between dead and alive she can't leave until she figures out what happened to her. This was a great ghost/murder-mystery story. It had everything I love in those kind of stories. The friends who all seemed suspicious. It was really hard to figure out how anyone would have killed Shari by their stories. As I kept on reading and guessing, I was surprised that after a few revelations things started making sense, terrifying sense. There is a big secret that readers will unveil by the end of this book that really shocked me. It was a great twist. This book was dark and twisted. Yet, Shari is a character that, to me at least, seemed very pure and good-hearted. I felt sad for what happened to her and by the end of this book I really admired her strength.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Antonia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First off, I must say that I did enjoy the book...at first. ((The spoiler actually contains spoilers, you've been warned.)) (view spoiler)[ The ending however, well quite frankly it ruined the whole dang book for me! I mean come on! Amanda murdered Shari, and attempted to murder Jimmy. Yet, when Shari's "parents" find out that Amanda was their real daughter, they go out and get her the best lawyers to get her off for murdering the girl they believed was their daughter for all those years! ARE YOU First off, I must say that I did enjoy the book...at first. ((The spoiler actually contains spoilers, you've been warned.)) (view spoiler)[ The ending however, well quite frankly it ruined the whole dang book for me! I mean come on! Amanda murdered Shari, and attempted to murder Jimmy. Yet, when Shari's "parents" find out that Amanda was their real daughter, they go out and get her the best lawyers to get her off for murdering the girl they believed was their daughter for all those years! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Amanda was a psychopathic murderer! She didn't need to be brought into their family like everything was all hunky-dory, she needed to go to prison! I found the ending too unrealistic. If I loved someone as my child for their entire life, only to find out that they weren't my child, and my real child killed them. Over nothing, I might add. There's no way in Hades that I would welcome them home with open arms. Not a chance. There are some instances where blood relations should mean less, and this was one of those times. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Remember Me..... ohhh, a very good book... It starts off with Shari Cooper - the main character - retelling her life from the other side. She starts off to the night before she went to her friend Beth's party. Little did she know that it would be her last night. She was shoved off the balcony that night and she's determined to find her killer from the other side as she teams-up with Peter - her long-dead friend who died in a motorcycle accident, shows up at her funeral and offers to help her cros Remember Me..... ohhh, a very good book... It starts off with Shari Cooper - the main character - retelling her life from the other side. She starts off to the night before she went to her friend Beth's party. Little did she know that it would be her last night. She was shoved off the balcony that night and she's determined to find her killer from the other side as she teams-up with Peter - her long-dead friend who died in a motorcycle accident, shows up at her funeral and offers to help her crossover. When the killer was revealed, I couldn't have thought that it would be her. The twists were excellent and the story was hard to predict. Who could have known that Amanda was the real sister of Jimmy and that her and Shari were swapped when they were little? I really love this book. It shows a lot of good values and some universal truths that we could all live by. And you just have to love Garret and his witty moves and remarks. Witty characters, unpredictable events - a total page-turner. What more could you ask for? Overall, this story is AMAZING!! Always, keilynn, D.N.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Do you remember what the supernatural used to be like before the world of Vampires and Werewolves and even Zombies took over our world of modern day literature ? Ghosts were the scary thing, things going bump in the night, spirits being summoned out of Ouija Boards and seances occuring. In Christopher Pike's Remember Me, it brought back some good memories of a time when scary stories just had ghosts and a simple storyline-nothing more as according to the cover, at the time released this book was Do you remember what the supernatural used to be like before the world of Vampires and Werewolves and even Zombies took over our world of modern day literature ? Ghosts were the scary thing, things going bump in the night, spirits being summoned out of Ouija Boards and seances occuring. In Christopher Pike's Remember Me, it brought back some good memories of a time when scary stories just had ghosts and a simple storyline-nothing more as according to the cover, at the time released this book was scary as it stated on the cover and when I read it the other day, it was more corny and along similar lines of books that Ive read rather than giving off a scary aura. The novel revolves around the death of Shari, who at a party with people who are supposed to be her friends , she is found dead - fallen off a balcony. Was she pushed or did she jump ? . Prior to her death, Shari and her friends were performing a seance which resulted in Jeff's brother Peter's spirit being awoken. Now Shari and Peter are on a mission to find out the truth about Shari and who exactly killed her as one things for sure Shari did not jump , watch out for a number of twists as three suspects stand out more than the others and read as we find out the cause of her death and why she had to be the one to die.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    One thing I learned from my Christopher Pike obsession was several ways to kill people. For example, this book taught me that if you inject an air bubble into a vein, it'll stop your heart. ***The more you know*** This is the story of a ghost trying to solve her own murder. She can't remember how she died--did she jump from the balcony, or was she pushed? She tries to recreate the events of the party that led up to her death, going over and over who was in which room, who had the opportunity to k One thing I learned from my Christopher Pike obsession was several ways to kill people. For example, this book taught me that if you inject an air bubble into a vein, it'll stop your heart. ***The more you know*** This is the story of a ghost trying to solve her own murder. She can't remember how she died--did she jump from the balcony, or was she pushed? She tries to recreate the events of the party that led up to her death, going over and over who was in which room, who had the opportunity to kill her, and who had the motive. That's the basic plot, but there's a lot more going on here. You get Attending Your Own Funeral, Switched At Birth, Accidental Incest, Flying, Ghosts In Love, Afterlife 101, and more delicious tropes. It has sequels, too, but they're not as good as the original. I still remember my favorite passage. It had to do with Shari's life flashing before her eyes. She sees herself at five years old, with "a spark in her eyes that she'd lose the following year when she entered school." This totally blew my mind in middle school, and it's stayed with me ever since.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    It was meh. Okay. Honestly, it was my least favorite Christopher Pike book I have read. I usually enjoy his books but this one did nothing for me. The plot dragged, I felt there was way too much filler materiel and conversations about a whole lot of nothing. None of the characters were likable nor was I able to relate in any way. Frankly Shari annoyed me and that is hard to not like the protagonist. Even if it is a "I like to hate" type of feeling. I need to feel SOMETHING. But this was dull. Wh It was meh. Okay. Honestly, it was my least favorite Christopher Pike book I have read. I usually enjoy his books but this one did nothing for me. The plot dragged, I felt there was way too much filler materiel and conversations about a whole lot of nothing. None of the characters were likable nor was I able to relate in any way. Frankly Shari annoyed me and that is hard to not like the protagonist. Even if it is a "I like to hate" type of feeling. I need to feel SOMETHING. But this was dull. While it wasn't badly written, I felt no drive. I was literally just reading to read and say I did.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

    Rating: 3.5 This is so bad it's good! Christopher Pike's teenagers were everything R.L Stine's Fearstreet's teenagers wanted to be but never could be :P Rating: 3.5 This is so bad it's good! Christopher Pike's teenagers were everything R.L Stine's Fearstreet's teenagers wanted to be but never could be :P

  14. 5 out of 5

    Catalina

    ummm okay. I found this book at walmart and reading the back cover, it sounded like a good read. It is a reprint of Pikes Remember me, but it is an omnibus, containing the entire trilogy in one. But sadly the omnibus isnt listed on goodreads so ill review them all here. The first book, Remember me, was real good. It's about a girl, Shari who falls off a balcony and dies, and comes back as a ghost I guess you would call it. She doesnt know she is dead. I dont wanna give too much of the story away ummm okay. I found this book at walmart and reading the back cover, it sounded like a good read. It is a reprint of Pikes Remember me, but it is an omnibus, containing the entire trilogy in one. But sadly the omnibus isnt listed on goodreads so ill review them all here. The first book, Remember me, was real good. It's about a girl, Shari who falls off a balcony and dies, and comes back as a ghost I guess you would call it. She doesnt know she is dead. I dont wanna give too much of the story away. The second book, The return was rather strange. You have to read it to know what I mean. Shari returns to the living in a way. The third book, The last story, was pretty boring. I found myself skipping through a lot of this book,just to reach the ending. I mean I liked it, the first one a lot, but it got kinda boring and was a bit too weird, with the characters feelings being so, I guess I'll say, Different. Overall it was a usual Christopher Pike story. I have read a few of his other titles back in the days.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I'm pretty sure I read this for the first time in about 6th grade...and hundreds of times since then. I haven't read it in years (sold my original at a garage sale I'm guessing), but I realized as I re-read it that I still have huge chunks of it memorized. Yikes. Happily, I feel like the story still pretty much holds up. I remember loving it as an 11-year-old, and I love it still as a nostalgic not-so-11-year-old. This was my favorite of the series. I liked the second one (The Return?) okay, but I'm pretty sure I read this for the first time in about 6th grade...and hundreds of times since then. I haven't read it in years (sold my original at a garage sale I'm guessing), but I realized as I re-read it that I still have huge chunks of it memorized. Yikes. Happily, I feel like the story still pretty much holds up. I remember loving it as an 11-year-old, and I love it still as a nostalgic not-so-11-year-old. This was my favorite of the series. I liked the second one (The Return?) okay, but the 3rd was just bizarre. I think Shari (or whoever's body she's inhabiting...doesn't she possess the girl in the 2nd book or something? details are fuzzy) starts trying to write some novel and I remember HUGE chunks of said novel appearing in the book. Also pretty sure Pike went on to publish it separately (The Starlight Chrystal, I want to say?), and even at 11/12, the whole thing felt less like the conclusion of a trilogy and more like a test drive for a new novel. But this one still makes me happy...like comfort food in book form.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mixedbagreader

    BOOK OF MY CHILDHOOD. Explaining the appeal of Christopher Pike novels to someone who never read them as a preteen is, I find, much like trying to explain the awesomeness of something like Grease 2 to a 30-something adult who never watched the movie as a child. It's so wrapped up in nostalgia and how unique it felt like when you were young, sheltered, and hyper-emotional. Of all of his novels, though, I think that Remember Me still stands up the best (alongside Fall Into Darkness and Last Act), a BOOK OF MY CHILDHOOD. Explaining the appeal of Christopher Pike novels to someone who never read them as a preteen is, I find, much like trying to explain the awesomeness of something like Grease 2 to a 30-something adult who never watched the movie as a child. It's so wrapped up in nostalgia and how unique it felt like when you were young, sheltered, and hyper-emotional. Of all of his novels, though, I think that Remember Me still stands up the best (alongside Fall Into Darkness and Last Act), as a YA suspense novel that actually could probably make a great romantic suspense movie if someone would just adapt it into a modern script and polish off the rough edges. The ideas are THERE, if not always well executed, and it's a huge oversight in my opinion when you look at some of the mediocre stuff that's been recycled on the big screen lately. I have no interest in the later sequels to this book though. The story ended perfectly, right where it should have.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bren

    "I was young when I died. I didn't have a chance to make my mark in the world. I didn't do anything unique, nothing that will change the course of history. But I wasn't a bad girl. I don't want to be forgotten. I want people to remember me.” ― Christopher Pike, Remember Me I read this one awhile ago and unlike with many of Pike's books, I did not do a reread yet on it. As a result, details are a bit fuzzy and I feel I cannot do a complete review until I reread. As I recall, I did not follow the wh "I was young when I died. I didn't have a chance to make my mark in the world. I didn't do anything unique, nothing that will change the course of history. But I wasn't a bad girl. I don't want to be forgotten. I want people to remember me.” ― Christopher Pike, Remember Me I read this one awhile ago and unlike with many of Pike's books, I did not do a reread yet on it. As a result, details are a bit fuzzy and I feel I cannot do a complete review until I reread. As I recall, I did not follow the whole series. This may have been the point when I stopped following Pike's work as much. I was a fan or his earlier works. As I recall I enjoyed the mystery element in this but it got steadily crazier and I started losing interest. That is most likely why I did not go on to read the next in the series. Will have to do a reread of this as it will be interesting to see how I feel about it now.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alley Kat

    What started off as a fairly good concept quickly turned into a downhill story with ridiculous twists and turns that came completely out of nowhere about a shallow, stuck up girl who suddenly has a change in morals after she dies and finds out who killed her. There were few aspects of this book that I found enjoyable. Probably the most interesting character, Jo, was left out of a large majority of the story. I found it hard to really connect with any of the characters or to find the reactions of What started off as a fairly good concept quickly turned into a downhill story with ridiculous twists and turns that came completely out of nowhere about a shallow, stuck up girl who suddenly has a change in morals after she dies and finds out who killed her. There were few aspects of this book that I found enjoyable. Probably the most interesting character, Jo, was left out of a large majority of the story. I found it hard to really connect with any of the characters or to find the reactions of those characters to the events of the story realistic at all. The plot was fairly decent until about two thirds of the way through when random facts started pouring in that had little to no foreshadowing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dreamer

    I've read this book like years ago...it was a good one ! I've read this book like years ago...it was a good one !

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Gallegos

    I re-read this YA thriller for book club and it was good but not as good as I remembered. It had a lot of nostalgia but I forgot how predictable it was. Still worth the read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I have been listening to the podcast Teen Creeps and became interested in Christopher Pike. I wish I had read more in high school, I would have loved his books in high school. Anyway, a fun to read thriller. Though it was strange how Shari said "blasted" all of the time. I have been listening to the podcast Teen Creeps and became interested in Christopher Pike. I wish I had read more in high school, I would have loved his books in high school. Anyway, a fun to read thriller. Though it was strange how Shari said "blasted" all of the time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)

    Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA. Pros: Likeable lead. Interesting set of characters. Emotions ring true. Story sucks you in. Cons: Not the glamorous, imaginative afterlife you find in nowadays novels, since lead still walks the Earth. Very little action (if you prefer a faster pace). WARNING! Moderate sex references (if they upset you at all). Will appeal to: Everyone who doesn't care for very fast-paced books or romance-centered ones. First off, RM was published long be Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA. Pros: Likeable lead. Interesting set of characters. Emotions ring true. Story sucks you in. Cons: Not the glamorous, imaginative afterlife you find in nowadays novels, since lead still walks the Earth. Very little action (if you prefer a faster pace). WARNING! Moderate sex references (if they upset you at all). Will appeal to: Everyone who doesn't care for very fast-paced books or romance-centered ones. First off, RM was published long before "dead girl books" became all the rage. Shari's story may sound simpler and less glamorous than the most recent ones about girls in the same predicament as hers. There's no fancy afterlife scenery - you could say there's no real afterlife scenery at all. Like most dead girls in YA Lit, Shari was beautiful, popular and rich in life - but the narration doesn't really dwell upon that. She doesn't come across as a spoiled little brat with a lesson to learn...on the contrary, she's a lively, likeable, lifelike character (OK, I didn't plan on describing her with an alliteration and a bunch of parent words, but it sounds clever on my part, doesn't it? LOL just kidding). She has a truth to unveil though: how she ended up dead. She feels compelled to know, despite her fellow ghost-friend Peter's efforts to steer her toward the Light. Can you blame her? Pondering about it, the real magic of this book is not in the story itself. The final denouement may surprise you (it did surprise me, though it's not that unpredictable. I probably let the book suck me in to the point where I couldn't see the killer's imprints anymore!), but it's not like Pike came out with a highly original scenario. It's simply a new twist of one of the oldest themes in literature. So, you know, the real magic in the book comes out of Shari. You gotta love her. You follow her and see the world through her eyes, like you were in her shoes. You care for her, dead or alive. You love her brother Jim through her. And so on. [...] Whole review here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I like the idea of this story. A girl who is murdered and becomes a ghost and tries to find her murderer. I think I would've liked it a lot better if I got to know more about the characters and if the person who murdered the girl (Shari Cooper) had a better motive... It wasn't terrible, I did enjoy reading Shari as a ghost, but I don't think I will continue with the series. I like the idea of this story. A girl who is murdered and becomes a ghost and tries to find her murderer. I think I would've liked it a lot better if I got to know more about the characters and if the person who murdered the girl (Shari Cooper) had a better motive... It wasn't terrible, I did enjoy reading Shari as a ghost, but I don't think I will continue with the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    I loved this book as a tween/teen (I think I was about 11 or 12 when I read it. I remember being shocked because there was mild swearing in it. Ah, youthful innocence... *eye roll*). On the re-read, I found it was simply awful...and AWESOME! The stock characters, the predictable plot twists, the quasi-New Agey elements (although this one wasn't as bad about that as his later books). It was every bit the quintessential Christopher Pike I remember. Get ready for spoilers: Here we have Shari, our na I loved this book as a tween/teen (I think I was about 11 or 12 when I read it. I remember being shocked because there was mild swearing in it. Ah, youthful innocence... *eye roll*). On the re-read, I found it was simply awful...and AWESOME! The stock characters, the predictable plot twists, the quasi-New Agey elements (although this one wasn't as bad about that as his later books). It was every bit the quintessential Christopher Pike I remember. Get ready for spoilers: Here we have Shari, our narrator. She is the typical California girl. Pretty, blonde, green-eyed (don't you dare accuse her of having brown eyes), rich. Oh yeah, her eyes are green. And they sparkle. One night Shari and her friends, who are all also rich and attractive, but none of whom have green eyes, throw a party. Instead of the usual drinking, drugs, and debauchery, they decide to play a game that involves an attempt to communicate with the dead. Well, after the game takes a scary turn, Shari, who has green eyes, ends up dead, having taken a nosedive off a 4th floor balcony. Everyone says it was a suicide, but Shari knows that's not true. Did I mention Shari has green eyes? She does. With the help of fellow ghost Peter, a former classmate/crush, Shari mounts an investigation that involves visiting the dreams of the party-goers, following the hard-boiled detective assigned to her case, and doing other ghostly snooping. She learns that her killer is none other than Amanda, her brother Jimmy's current girlfriend. But Amanda is more than that. She's really Jimmy's sister. Oh...and Shari has green eyes. Yep, that's right. Amanda and Shari, who were born within hours of each other, were swapped by the attending nurse, who wanted to get revenge on her sister, Amanda's (not-really) Mom, for sleeping with her husband. There are all sorts of badly placed clues eluding to this. Amanda, who is poor and does NOT have green eyes, recently found out about the swap and decided to kill Shari so she could take her rightful place with a rich family and have all the perks that go along with it. In the end, she ends up trying to kill Jimmy too. Jimmy doesn't have green eyes either. Not that he'd know, since he's colorblind. What Amanda thought that would accomplish by killing her brother, I don't know. What I DO know is this plot is so convoluted VC Andrerws could have written it! I know this. I read my fair share of her books too. Anyway, I had a GREAT time revisiting this one. Seriously should have played a drinking game where I took a drink every time the author mentioned Shari's eye color. I'd have had even MORE fun. And I plan on re-reading classic Pike until I can't take it anymore. That could be 10 more books or it could be one. We'll just have to see.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul Hamilton

    Continuing my foray into Christopher Pike's young adult novels so beloved by my wife, I picked up Remember Me because the back cover copy sounded intriguing. The premise of the story is that it is told from the perspective of Shari Cooper, an eighteen year-old who is dead and wanders the world as a ghost, following the friends she left behind, her family and the world-weary detective assigned to her case who doesn't seem to believe she actually committed suicide. Remember Me is fabulously paced; Continuing my foray into Christopher Pike's young adult novels so beloved by my wife, I picked up Remember Me because the back cover copy sounded intriguing. The premise of the story is that it is told from the perspective of Shari Cooper, an eighteen year-old who is dead and wanders the world as a ghost, following the friends she left behind, her family and the world-weary detective assigned to her case who doesn't seem to believe she actually committed suicide. Remember Me is fabulously paced; unlike Final Friends there aren't any wasted scenes here. Shari comes through as a flawed but likable protagonist and though his introduction is brief and somewhat awkward, Peter, Shari's deceased friend from earlier in high school and guide to her afterlife, eventually becomes a likable character as well. It struck me that some of the conceptual topics that come up are fairly heady dealing as the book does with life after death, but Pike manages to skirt them with a minimalism that works to the story's favor. The book is, I suppose by its nature, very melancholy at times although it's nearly always deftly handled and manages to even be somewhat moving in places. What holds the book back from greatness are two principal elements: One is that the marquee sequence in the book seems to be the part where Shari wakes up after the accident in her bed and goes downstairs to breakfast, not realizing she's dead or incorporeal. Her family naturally ignores her and she has to watch and listen as they receive the call from the hospital, share the bad news with each other, visit the morgue to identify the body and begin their grieving process. It's supposed to be a highlight sequence but because there's been so much exposition leading up to this point, we can't share in Shari's confusion and growing horror since we know already what has happened and that deflates what could have been a powerful opening sequence. The other thing is that the ending, while satisfying on some level, is shamefully overwrought with practically every writer's tool and contrivance tossed in all at once to create what still amounts to a flimsy motive for Shari's untimely death. Even the epilogue that tries to ground the story with a twist—maybe intended to be chilling, maybe not—is unnecessary. It's not a bad conclusion by any stretch, but you can see how hard it tries to package everything up and that's kind of a turn-off.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jocey

    Remember Me by Christopher Pike is a book about a girl named Shari Cooper. Shari is a seventeen year old girl who believes she has evrything. She has wonderful parents and a great older brother, Jimmy, and she even has a best friend Jo. Shari attends a party at her friends house one night. She goes to the party happy and complete, but she leaves the party angry and wanting revenge. Shari goes on a journey to find out what happened to her that night and comes out finding things she didn't expect Remember Me by Christopher Pike is a book about a girl named Shari Cooper. Shari is a seventeen year old girl who believes she has evrything. She has wonderful parents and a great older brother, Jimmy, and she even has a best friend Jo. Shari attends a party at her friends house one night. She goes to the party happy and complete, but she leaves the party angry and wanting revenge. Shari goes on a journey to find out what happened to her that night and comes out finding things she didn't expect to find. Throughout her journey she meets up with her old friend Peter, but in the end they both aren't who they seem to be. I think that the message being sent in this book is that your life may seem perfect but is it truly perfect. Shari thought her life was perfect and that everyone loves her but she soon discovers that that truly isn't right. I also think that the message is that people aren't who they say they are. Some people could act one way in front of you but really be another way behind your back. Something that I gained from this reading is that you have to think about things in many different ways. Shari only thought about how she felt and about how happy she was but she didn't really think about how others felt. Not thinking about how others felt ended up not getting her very far. I felt surprised when I found out what happened to Shari. I kind of knew already but I didn't want to be right. I also felt happy with the end results or the ending of the book. Shari was happy with her new friends but most important she was at peace. While I was reading this book I was able to make a Text-to-self connection. When Shari is watching her friends after the night of her party she discovers the truth of how people saw her. That reminded me of when I first meet my friends and they would judge me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I read this when I was younger and remembered liking it but didn't remember much else about it. I was hesitant to read it simply because all I could think was that it was no going to live up to my memories of it. However, this book had stood the test of time. I've got to say, the first couple of chapters are rough, mainly because you go into it realizing what a self centered and stuck up individual the main character is and since it's told from her point of view, this is a bit bothersome. Howeve I read this when I was younger and remembered liking it but didn't remember much else about it. I was hesitant to read it simply because all I could think was that it was no going to live up to my memories of it. However, this book had stood the test of time. I've got to say, the first couple of chapters are rough, mainly because you go into it realizing what a self centered and stuck up individual the main character is and since it's told from her point of view, this is a bit bothersome. However, the character of Shari grows throughout the novel as she tells of the story of how she died and the afterlife that awaits her. The shining point of this novel however is the character of Peter. He's just the right amount of dry wit for a book that essentially is about suicide and murder and adds a romance to the story that isn't over the top. Yes this story has it's cheesy moments but I feel they are easily overlooked by the good plot line. "Remember Me" is an easy read and a good novel for teens. This is something that teenagers should be reading. Not this soft core porn stuff that seems to be out now.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Remember Me by Christopher Pike is still my favorite book by him. I read the book when it was originally released and recently found a new copy that contains this book and the two stories that followed. Even on re-reading the book, I found that I still enjoyed the story as much as I did the first time. The book tells the story of Shari Cooper who went to a party at a friend's house and woke up the next moring dead. The police and her friends and family believe that she killed herself but Shari k Remember Me by Christopher Pike is still my favorite book by him. I read the book when it was originally released and recently found a new copy that contains this book and the two stories that followed. Even on re-reading the book, I found that I still enjoyed the story as much as I did the first time. The book tells the story of Shari Cooper who went to a party at a friend's house and woke up the next moring dead. The police and her friends and family believe that she killed herself but Shari knows different. With the help of another ghost (an old friend), Shari decides to find out the truth about what happened that night and the identity of who killed her. Overall this was a good book, and I look forward to reading the other two stories related to this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Merredith

    Did you ever read Christopher Pike as a kid? When I was in 6th grade, my teacher, Ms Gamage set up a book swap in class for our group called the Dweebs (a name i LOATHED) & i got to read all the christopher pike and similar horror/mystery book sale books my parents couldnt afford. LOVED. I particularly remembered this one, a story about a teen who was killed and spends the whole book as a ghost, trying to figure out who killed her. I decided to reread it all these years later, and it didnt disap Did you ever read Christopher Pike as a kid? When I was in 6th grade, my teacher, Ms Gamage set up a book swap in class for our group called the Dweebs (a name i LOATHED) & i got to read all the christopher pike and similar horror/mystery book sale books my parents couldnt afford. LOVED. I particularly remembered this one, a story about a teen who was killed and spends the whole book as a ghost, trying to figure out who killed her. I decided to reread it all these years later, and it didnt disappoint. It was just SO SAD, t this girl who had only just started her life, and to have to watch her friends and family alive while she wasn't. If you like teen books, or are a teen, or even a ten year old like I was, read this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rujeko

    really this only deserves two stars, but nostalgia is a powerful thing and nothing brings middle school rushing back like a good christopher pike read! in my old age, i am a little shocked that these books, rife with underage drinking and sex not to mention murder, the supernatural and dubious plot lines, were/are so widely read by impressionable tweens. however, all of that is INFINITELY preferable to the twilight-type moralizing tweens are subjected to nowadays.. INFINITELY. oh c pike, how i'v really this only deserves two stars, but nostalgia is a powerful thing and nothing brings middle school rushing back like a good christopher pike read! in my old age, i am a little shocked that these books, rife with underage drinking and sex not to mention murder, the supernatural and dubious plot lines, were/are so widely read by impressionable tweens. however, all of that is INFINITELY preferable to the twilight-type moralizing tweens are subjected to nowadays.. INFINITELY. oh c pike, how i've missed you!

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