A warning, first of all. Talking about this book at all is kind of a major spoiler for the end of Silver is for Secrets, so if you haven’t read that one yet, let me sum this review up by saying that this is a very satisfying fourth installment of the series. But since that’s really not enough to go by, so I’ll try to be… less than 100% transparent here in my review. We’ll see.
Stacey Brown is out of high school, and after an eventful (and ultimately tragic) summer break on the coast, she’s now starting her Freshman year at prestigious Beacon University, somehow scoring a full-ride scholarship despite having no extra curriculars and less-than-admirable grades. Despite having the support of her mother, and being able to room with bestie Amber, though… Stacey just doesn’t feel like moving on with her life anymore. A part of her is still on the beach in front of their summer house, watching the waves, and waiting for someone to come back to her, someone everyone else is sure is dead.
Stacey doesn’t have much of a choice about getting out of bed and getting moving, though, when the president of the university wants to meet with her personally, and get help with his daughter, who’s also having nightmares—or he’ll kick her out of the school. It takes some time and a bit of friendly intervention—not to mention a freaky dream or two of her own—but Stacey finally decides to help the president’s daughter—Porsha, a girl who reminds Stacey strongly of herself. As they decipher the clues their dreams are revealing, though, Stacey realizes more and more that there’s no such thing as coincidence, and maybe helping Porsha is going to help her out much more than she ever imagined.
Red switches back and forth from Stacey’s POV to the story of Shell, a guy with no memory who’s found himself in a questionable commune, and who may be the boy Porsha’s dreaming about. It was fascinating to watch the pieces fall into place from the two different perspectives, and I’m impressed by how Stolarz has saved this series from going stale by mixing up the way she tells stories in each of her books. I have to admit, though, as this is the last book in the series—well, sort of—I was sorry to be spending so much time away from Stacey herself. I have come to be very much attached to this girl over four books, and she’s grown and matured a lot, and in a very natural way, which has been nice to watch.
I was also a little bummed to see less of the great friend interaction in this book than in previous books, but that was also natural. The characters are in college now, and not all in the same college, even, so surprise drop-ins from the lovesick, quirky PJ, and the on-again-off-again Drea and Chad were much enjoyed.
Stacey’s journey is continued in the graphic novel Black is for Beginnings, and I admit… I’m not a graphic novel person. I just… have never been into comic-book style art, especially of the almost-anime type that this is. But that said, I love the characters, and so I’ll (tentatively) follow them into that genre.
For now, though, Red is for Remembrance gets an A+.