Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares


SUMMARY
(from Goodreads): 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. 

MY OPINION:

What I liked:

  • the reincarnation premise
  • Ben, especially in the contrast between Ben's and Daniel's attitude to remembering past lives,
  • all the historical things as seen by Daniel, his story is amazing
  • a credible course of events, especially in terms of the characters' development, such as Lucy's reasoning and reactions
  • good writing, which manages to held the readers' attention and enables smooth and fast reading

I did not find anything that I would dislike in My Name is Memory. The story is narrated from three different POV-s: Lucy's present, Daniel's present, and Daniel's past. This was confusing at the beginning but very helpful later on, because the three POV-s complement one another perfectly.

In the end, there are some things I would like to see clarified, such as Joaquim's tricks and Daniel's plan to deal with him, and also something in Daniel's and Lucy's relationship. I am not sure if I want a sequel because My Name is Memory is really good just the way it is. On the other hand, it would be nice to learn about the above mentioned things, so if Brashares writes a sequel, I will definitely read it.

RECOMMENDATION: My Name Is Memory is a captivating love story, with a pinch of mysticism. I would not recommend it to very young teenagers, though, due to some specific references to sex.

2 comments:

  1. I would love love love to see a sequel to this book written. It seemed to end without the whole story being told. Who do we have to contact to make a sequel happen?!?!?!?

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    1. I agree, there is definitely more to be told in this story.

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