26 FebMy Name is Memory 9/52

For some reason I keep underestimating Ann Brashares.

Last year The Last Summer of You and Me came into the bookstore. The cover appealed to me, so I figured I’d pick it up and read it. I wasn’t certain I’d like it, because I assumed it would simply be like a teen read since Ann Brashares is most well known for her teen books. I ended up really enjoying this book!!!

So much so that when I spotted Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants I grabbed it.

And then it sat on my bookshelf forever. Again I figured it really wouldn’t appeal to me that much.

Bored one night and looking for a light, fun movie I stumbled upon Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. There are few movies that actually make me cry, but this turned out to be one of them.

Finally I decided to read the actual book, since the book is always better than the movie**. This book was a punch in the jaw (in a good way). Imagine me huddled against the bulkhead of an airplane, trying to hold back the tears so the flight attendant wouldn’t think I was a weirdo. That’s what I got for taking the book on a trip with me to read on the plane.

So addicted did I become to this series that I’ve got the first four books, and am eagerly awaiting 3 Willows to go into trade paper (to match the rest, of course). Not to mention Sisterhood Everlasting, which comes out this year.

Then My Name is Memory came into work. Again I doubted that I would like it. The cover was interesting, but the premise didn’t really inspire me.

But I figured I might as well go for it and see what happens. Again I’d underestimated Ann Brashares.

My Name is Memory is the story of a boy and a girl, and reincarnation. Everyone on the planet is reincarnated in the next life, though they don’t remember their past lives. There are only a handful of people who actually do, and Daniel is one of them. Over the centuries he falls in love with Sophia. He spends his multiple lives trying to find her and reconnect with her.

Sometimes he’s lucky; sometimes she ends up unknowingly with Daniel’s awful brother Joaquim. Though Joaquim can remember the past and holds a pretty intense grudge towards Daniel, he cannot recognize reincarnated souls the way Daniel does.

The story weaves together the modern tale of Daniel and Sophia (now Lucy), and the past lives that Daniel remembers.

In the end I found this story lovely and heartbreaking all at once.

There are parts of the story when you wonder how in the world Lucy could be so silly, that you just want to smack some sense into her. And other times you wonder how Daniel managed to keep his sanity throughout all his memories.

The ending took me by surprise. SPOILERNot ending on a positive note, not ending on a negative note. You want Lucy to end up with Daniel so much that it breaks your heart when she ends up alone again, just waiting and wondering what will happen. Once can assume he finds his way back to her, that the pattern of being apart has ended because she’s having his child. It’s bittersweet because she’s content and happy, yet we really don’t know if she will be happy in the long term.END SPOILER

I really enjoyed this read, so I give it four stars and a definite recommendation.

** Exceptions being Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter….. (ducks from thrown tomatoes).

One Response to “My Name is Memory 9/52”

  1. Misty says:

    Sounds like I will have to pick this one up!

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