The Parts I Remember by A.K. Mills


4.5 stars

My Review:

This is a book about regret. A book about sorrow, and selfish decisions. It is also a book about a horrible events that drastically changes the life of everyone involved. In the end its a story about survival after the dust settles. This book broke my heart. What happened, the leading events, all of it. I saw it coming and it just broke my heart. I wanted to scream at Kelly but it would have no more good as she was screaming at herself the entire time she told us her story.
Act first. Think never. Remember nothing.
This is how Kelly lives. Its her mantra, her life in a nutshell. She acts without thinking and lives in the moment with complete disregard for those she hurts in the process. I found this book to be a story about learning a lesson that will change your life. People joke about things like this, but this book, puts it in real perspective of what is a good possibility. People think it wont ever happen to them, but this is a story of exactly that. It happened to her and Kelly is telling us the parts she remembers. We follow Kelly as she flashes between present and her recent past that lead up to where she is now. Its a promiscuous, drunk, unthoughtful, crazy, life that Kelly has lived the past 3 years of her life while at college with her best friend. She has been blackout drunk more times than she knows, had sex with more boys than countable and done the drugs that were offered. All of this with no repercussions for her actions or choices in the large scheme of things. She skates by with meager fights with family and conflicts with friends. Then life catches up to her and we are brought the the present. Or, at least what Kelly knows about it. Her repercussions though, weren't limited to just her. They touched everyone she loves. They tore parts of her life from her that she will never get back, and for the first half of the book? She doesn't even know they have been taken. What happened in unimaginable and I wanted to cry reading it. I honestly probably did, but being so into this book I had no notion of what was going on in the outside world. I hit the spectrum with this novel and Kelly's story. It was hurtful and scary and sad. It was a very sad story. But a story that needed to be told. I was so thankful that I couldn't relate to Kelly and her actions. Every page I was thankful that I never went down the path that she did. Though Kelly did choose her own path, I suppose I am still angry that her family and her friends let her get to the point she did. You will get what I mean. People did try to help, but I never felt like it was a honest attempt to change the behavior, more like an ultimatum. What happened did happen though, and her actions were brought to the front and center with The parts she remembered. This book was fan-friggen-tastic. It was great. I am So glad I was given the opportunity to read it by the author and can't stress enough how life changing this book is. A great debut novel to add to you list. A.K. Mills dazzles in her writing and her plot line. I hope, like others, that we get to see more of Kelly and what happens after.Not that the ending was bad, but I would just love to see more of this story.

Book Synopsis:

Act first. Think never. Remember nothing.
Welcome to Kelly Rockport’s existence at Haysville University, where responsibility is just an elective. After all, fake IDs, alter egos, and one-night stands are all part of the college experience, right? So what if she blacks out from time to time? Memory is overrated.
When freshman year lasts about as long as a one-night stand and is quickly followed by the Year of the Blackout, Kelly projects junior year to be nothing shy of amazing. But as shots, beer, cocaine and men mesh together in an intoxicating haze, Kelly’s reckless ways get her into serious trouble. The only problem is, she can't remember what happened. As she hovers along the edge of consciousness, Kelly forces herself to think past her pain to piece together the shards of her life. This is her story, told in her words: The Parts I Remember.