Fallback Review | Remember When by T. Torrest

Today I have a Fallback Review for you. (Which is code for I have lost myself in a new series and couldn’t be bothered to stop and review quite yet – but I will soon since I’m almost finished.) Remember When was one of the very first ARCs I received when I started blogging, and I remember feeling like I’d struck gold. I loved everything about this story! I’m featuring it today because it’s been hot as Hades where I am, and this book is a perfect pick to slip in your beach bag and read while you’re baking in the sun. (With sunscreen, hopefully!)

Remember When by T. Torrest | Remember Trilogy #1
YA/NA, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date | January 1st, 2013
ARC from the author


Book Blurb:

Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.

This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.

In case you live under a rock and don’t know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.

And not just to casting directors, either.

I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.

I should know. I was one of them.

And my life hasn’t been the same since.

| Book Review |

Some books come along at the exact moment you need them, and this book was it for me. There are no words to express how much I loved Remember When. I wanted to crawl between the pages and live in this book. It brought back so many memories from my junior high and high school years. That feeling that nothing will ever separate you from your friends, that you can do anything, that you could conquer the world if you wanted to! You know? Those last few moments of youth before the ‘real world’ steps in and rains on your parade?

It takes place in the late 80’s/early 90’s, and it was so true to the time. There was a lot of ‘era-dropping–‘ Cabbage Patch Kids (mine were Carolyn Carolina, Bella Cornelia, and Garrett Rich,) New Kids on the Block, Guns n Roses, Boone’s Farm…not to mention a reference to the ‘spaghetti arms’ scene in Dirty Dancing.

I love it when the actions of the characters reflect their ages, and I feel like they did in this book. I remember acting like these kids–though instead of tossing Skittles around my place of employment, it was frozen French fries. (My friend Al used to play the fry racks like they were a guitar – he was hilarious.)

The characters in this book were so full of life they practically leaped off the pages, and it wasn’t just the main characters. Layla and Trip’s friends were so much fun to read, and they added so much to the story.

Though this book dealt with some serious issues; it was filled with humor and those euphoric feelings that accompany first love. Layla and Trip’s story was so sweet. It had me reaching for the second book before I was even done with the first!

| Rating |

Series: Remember When Trilogy


| One of my favorite snippets |

We twisted to our sides, facing each other, my one leg still draped across his lap.

The wakeup call would have been perfect if not for the word “DICKNOSE” written across Trip’s forehead in black marker. I guessed Cooper at long last had found an opportunity to seek out his revenge.

32 thoughts on “Fallback Review | Remember When by T. Torrest

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  1. Wow, fun! I had a very similar reaction when I read this one a while back. I bought the next two books and then… they are still sitting my Kindle. Argh. I will get to them. 🙂


  2. I do like the sound of this one. The 80’s and 90’s references would be a lot of fun. Great review!


  3. I love books that take me back like that. Boone’s Farm lol. This looks like a lot of fun- glad you enjoyed it!! I need more books set in the 80’s/90’s…


  4. I’ve heard great things about this series. Lots of readers love it. Will you read the next ones? I’m curious. Anyway, awesome review. Thanks for reminding me of this great sounding series. 😁👍🏻


  5. I just blew through this trilogy in May, AngieElle! And I adore it! I’m so happy you enjoyed it as well. The 80s pop culture references were just so much fun and made me nostalgic. 😉 I think it’s one I’ll definitely re-read. 🙂


  6. I love this book has pop references, everyone loves that. And it sounds like a really fun read. I was glad to see the first book is free for Kindle so I’ll be checking it out. Fingers crossed it’s as good as you make it sound.


  7. I love this book so very much and it always makes me happy to see other bloggers loving it as much as I did. I read this one back when it was first released, so I had to wait for the second and third books. The wait was BRUTAL. I just love Trip and Layla so much. I couldn’t get enough of them. I’ve read the whole series countless times now… and I’m pretty sure I’ll keep rereading them when the mood hits.


    1. Yes, I read these books as they came out, too, and I remember being so desperate for the third book! LOL This series really needs more attention. It’s wonderful. 🙂

      I am hoping to reread, too. I have the first in audio, which is how I usually do my rereads, so hopefully soon!


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