A Mediator novel
By Meg Cabot
Available now from William Morrow (HarperCollins)
The sixth Mediator novel, TWILIGHT, came out when I was a sophomore in high school. I remember eagerly devouring it to discover how Suze Simon and Jesse de Silva would make their relationship work, even though he was a ghost and she helped ghosts cross over to the other side. I started reading Meg Cabot's books because of The Princess Diaries series, but I liked Mediator even better because of the paranormal element.
Twelve years later, Cabot has returned to Suze's story with REMEMBRANCE. It's only been six years for Suze, who has graduated from college and is now interning as a counselor at her old high school. Jesse is almost done with med school. And Suze is being driven nuts by his old-fashioned refusal to have sex before marriage. In walks Paul Slater, Suze's loathsome ex. He's threatening to tear down Suze's old home, the building that Jesse haunted and still anchors his soul.
Suze has quite a bit on her plate between her evil ex and a girl at the school being followed by a murdered child. Luckily, those six years haven't dulled her edge. Suze is fierce, and not to be messed with. Her only power might be seeing ghosts, but that isn't going to stop her from delivering justice to those who need it. Even though REMEMBRANCE is an adult novel and the first six books were YA, she (and the rest of the characters) feel like the same people.
The main difference is that there's a bit more swearing (although most of it is just referred to) and a darker storyline. Suze stumbles across some stomach-churning crimes as she attempts to help one ghost achieve peace. The way Paul re-enters her life by trying to blackmail her into sex is also pretty intense. At the same time, I don't think Cabot edges it up too much. The original fans are now adults, and there's nothing I don't think a new teenage fan couldn't handle. (Especially not if they've been reading some of those dystopians.)
I loved getting a chance to reacquaint myself with Suze and her friends and family. It's been ages since I read the original Mediator novels, but it felt like stepping back into a familiar place after a journey away. REMEMBRANCE is a fun, vibrant read sure to satisfy fans. I'm very happy Cabot went back to the well for this one.