Book 62: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Posted July 3, 2010 by Felicia S in 2010 Read / 0 Comments


About: From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Last Summer (of You and Me)comes an imaginative, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime. Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.

What I Loved:  I love the history that was presented in this book.  It was really my favorite part.  I thought it gave a depth to the Daniel character that might have otherwise been missing.

What I Liked:  Both characters did not deliver any of the “typical” teenage angst that turns me off of YA novels.  They had growing pains but handled them with a great amount of maturity.  They also seemed very real for the situations that were put into.

What I thought was So-So/Didn’t Like:  It is hard to place why I just didn’t “love” this book.  I thought the pacing was off.  I am interested to see what the second book in the trilogy is going to be like.  Sometimes the first book has to hold so much back story that it seems to “drag”.  I hope this is the case because I love the premise.

Why I gave it a 3:  This was solely based on pacing.  I really had to force myself to keep reading at times.  It was never bad just drawn out.  AB is a fantastic writer and there have been tons of good reviews for this book.  I think in that aspect I am the odd one out.  I just could never get fully engaged.

Who I would recommend this too:  I think most Fantasy, PNR, and YA readers will like this book.  It has a really good premise.  The first half is really slow but it picks up in the second half.  Really neat story premise and I will read book 2!

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