From Goodreads: She has everything she’s ever wanted. But not her memory…
When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life.
Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her.
What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows…
What attracted me at first about Six Months Later was the fact that Chloe had lost 6 months of her life without realizing it. HOW DOES ONE LOSE SO MUCH TIME? And so randomly?! One day she wakes up in the library and all of a sudden her life is completely different. I would be mildly terrified if I lost a huge chunk of memory. It’s worse when apparently no one else realizes that Chloe has lost her memory. Everyone else in the book is acting so nonchalantly and when Chloe actually tries to say, “Hey, I lost 6 months of my memory, help!” they just shrug her off. That must’ve been so tough!
I really sympathized with Chloe. On one hand, her life is completely perfect: awesome grades, an incredibly high SAT score, her parents are happy with her, and she has the perfect boyfriend. On the other hand, everything seems too good to be true. She doesn’t know how her used to be mediocre grades are now absolutely perfect, she is developing feelings for the juvenile delinquent with dark hair and blue eyes, and her best friend isn’t talking to her. I liked seeing Chloe’s struggle as to understanding why this was happening. My only problem with Chloe is that she wasn’t aggressive enough to look for answers. She’d be like “what happened to me?” and someone would say, “I can’t tell you”, and then she’d say, “Okay, fine” and that was the end of the conversation! I thought you wanted to know how you lost your memory!
I’ll be honest here: for you to enjoy this book you’ll have to have a certain tolerance for believing the unbelievable. If you’re one who doesn’t like unrealistic situations, then you’ll probably dislike this book. Believing that Chloe, who could barely keep her eyes open while reading a textbook, would be able to score a 2155 score on the SAT is pretty out there. Also, SAT score or not, to be accepted into an Ivy League school you need more than a high SAT score. Chloe didn’t have the GPA for this, however we’re supposed to believe it for the story to move along. I mean in the end everything is explained, but I would’ve liked a little bit more consistency in the story.
Despite all these little problems, I still really enjoyed this book. I liked that it always kept me guessing. I liked that everyone contributed to Chloe’s story.
There was a love triangle here, but not really. I can’t explain it without spoiling you. However I’ll say that I really didn’t mind the triangle much because it wasn’t really the main focus of the book.
Let me tell you something about the mystery: you’ll never be able to figure it out until the end. Honestly it’s very difficult to predict, although you may figure out who the bad guys are. Once you do figure it out, however, you’ll be left pretty surprised. I liked this new twist into how someone suffered some really extreme amnesia. I liked that it wasn’t a typical outcome.
Overall, while there were some pretty unbelievable aspects in this book, the mystery of Chloe’s amnesia while have you passing the pages to discover what happened. It’s a wonderfully written book by Natalie D. Richards and I would definitely read another book by her.
My memory decides to have some sort of massive file corruption and these are the months I missed? What about my years in braces? Or the summer my dog and grandmother died a month apart? No, I get to miss the six months that turned my life from train wreck into perfection.