My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
TITLE: My Name is Memory
AUTHOR: Ann Brashares
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
YR PUBLISHED: 2010
SUMMARY: “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. For all the times that he and Sophia have been connected throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart.
But just when Sophia (now ‘Lucy’ in the present) finally awakens to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always separated them reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.” (Adapted from Goodreads)
REVIEW: It’s a universal truth that reviews are easy and fun, until that very unfortunate moment that you did not enjoy a book… ohhhhh book club please forgive me! This is our Feb. pick for my IRL book club and let me tell you it held EVERY SINGLE BIT OF PROMISE. But, boy oh boy did it fizzle & burn out for me.
★ My Name is Memory was one of those unfortunate stories that held every ounce of fabulous potential, but did not live up to it.★
While I absolutely loved the premise & setting, I found the plot line slow & characters flat. A book that operates on the promise that it will portray a “grand love story” better have a damn good love story & honestly, I found the entire love story mediocre. Ultimately, I chalk it up to Brashares’ sluggish backstory & lack of time w/ the lovers in question. This book would’ve easily been four stars from me if she would’ve just dedicated 1/4 more of her book to developing the modern-day relationship between Daniel & Sophia, instead of just telling us how they got there.
Overall, well written prose that sadly missed the mark.
SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Death & dying, reincarnation.
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