Friday, July 2, 2010

My Name is Memory - A Review

My Name is Memory - Ann Brashares (shelf awareness)

Product Details (via B&N)

  • Pub. Date: June 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Hardcover, 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 5,227

Synopsis (via B&N)

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.

My Thoughts:

This book kind of reminds me of The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson, but just a little bit. It has a similar theme to it. You've got Daniel a soul that has traveled many lifetimes to find his love and remembers every one of them and you've got his love, Sophia, who has also traveled many lifetimes but without the memory Daniel has. In every life something or someone gets in the way and the story keeps going.

The good thing about this book is it kept my interest up. I loved hearing about all of Daniels past lives and how Sophia became a part of them. I really enjoyed Ben, another memory keeper (which is what I've been calling them). His character added some much needed amusement in the book.

Now on to what frustrated me in this book and there are a couple of things. First and foremost, there is a character in the book that isn't really needed. He even plays a role that the book could do without and I'd probably would have enjoyed it more. Any one who has read the book, knows who I am referring too and some of you might even agree with me. However, this particular frustration is just my personal take on the book.

The other thing that drove me insane were the main characters unwillingness to take a leap of faith so to speak. Three quarters of the way through the book, I was practically yelling at them to do something already and live a little. While I enjoyed the book to this point, once the frustration with the characters set in, my enjoyment started waning. I wish the ending was tied up a little better.

Now that I have my little frustrations out of the way. Did I enjoy this book? That is the question at hand. The simple answer is, yes. I did enjoy the book even with my frustrations. In the end I can honestly say, I enjoyed it.

Author's Website: Ann Brashares


miss cindy :) said...

I'm going to read this soon, and I hope I can say I like it. Great review :)

The1stdaughter said...

I struggled a bit with this one as well, especially until I found out it is actually the first in a series. The ending really got me until I knew that.

Great review!

NotNessie @ Today's Adventure said...

I really enjoyed this one, though I agree that towards the middle I was screaming at Daniel and Lucy to just DO SOMETHING! ANYTHING!

I'm trying to think which character you thought was superfluous... I thought everyone had a bit of a role. Except maybe the friend's brother, I guess we could have done without him.

jewelknits said...

I think that when we get caught up enough to get frustrated with the characters and want to shake them up a little, then the book has sunk it's claws in. :)

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries