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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Book Report: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares


My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

I enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares. Her other adult novel, The Last Summer (of You and Me) had a little too much detailed sex for me to comfortably suggest it to anyone. But, sex aside, it was an alright book. When I saw she has a new book, I picked it up at the library.

This book has an interesting idea, but I really didn't think I would be able to get into it enough to finish it before it was due back at the library. I ended up finishing it Monday and it isn't due back until Thursday. And that's with not reading it at all on Sunday. It only took me a few days to read which means I guess I got involved with the story.

The premise of the story is a man named Daniel who can remember all of his reincarnated lives dating back to his first life in North Africa in AD 541. In all of his lives, he is in love with, and searching for Sophia. But Sophia doesn't have a memory like his. She forgets each life, meaning, she forgets him.

The story skips around giving us bits and pieces of Daniel's past lives, sometimes interwoven with Sophia's, other times, not. These parts are nice, but the real story is in modern day Virginia where Sophia, now Lucy, feels a strange attraction for a boy at her high school she hardly knows, Daniel. They have a shared moment where he, with thousands of years of pent up love for her, scares her away with his feelings and his desire for her to remember him from their past lives. Fearing he's ruined it all, he disappears from her life but that's when she starts remembering.

Eventually, they find each other again (it is a love story after all), but there is of course a villain, a man named Joaquim who in Daniel's previous lives has been a brother to Daniel, and once, an abusive husband to Sophia. Joaquim will do anything to keep Sophia from Daniel.

The ending to the book was thoroughly disappointing. I've snooped around online, and there are hints that this book is the first in a trilogy. I suppose that the ending is more justifiable if that is the case. But sometimes, I just wish the story had a happy ending that was an ending, not a set-up for future books.

Warnings: There is bad language, probably a dozen uses of the F-word, the rest of the language is more mild. There are some sex scenes that I would classify as moderately descriptive.

2 comments:

The Man Your Husband Is Worried About said...

And by "moderately descriptive" she means when she began to describe them to me, I said, "Yes, go on."

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

I recently finished a book that was OK, until the ending, and it was terrible. I hate bad endings!

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