My Name is Memory – Ann Brashares
Pages: 324 (ARC)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 1st June 2010
Other Titles by this Author: The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, Forever in Blue, Girl of Lost Things, The Summer (of You and Me), The Summer That Changed Everything
‘I have fallen in love, and she is the one who endures. I killed her once and died for her many times and I still have nothing to show for it. I always search for her. I always remember her. I carry the hope that someday she will remember me.’
Their story spans a thousand years. Time and again, they have been together, yet apart. He knows they are meant to be one. Only he carries the memory of their love.
Discover a love story with the power and intensity of The Time Traveller’s Wife and the passion of Twilight.
My Name is Memory is an epic tale of a love that spans centuries and continents.
I have to get a few minor criticisms out of the way first. One of the reasons that o agreed to review the book was the claims likening My Name is Memory to two of my favourite books: The Time Traveller’s Wife and Twilight, and I honestly didn’t see a very strong connection. I did, however, think that it is reminiscent of Lauren Kate’s Fallen with reincarnation, the guy remembering and even the names Lucy and Daniel. But I still loved it!
This is a slow-moving novel that is very character driven. There are only about ten pages of action near the end and this as well as the dual narration really allowed Ann Brashares to explore the characters of Lucy and Daniel deeply. All of their feelings, actions and motivations are clearly explained and even though Lucy and Daniel were barely together, their love for each other is so obvious.
And, man, did I want a happy ending for them. After nearly 1500 years of being kept apart, I think they deserved it. But as often happens, as soon as things are going well (and, oddly, usually after they’ve slept together for the first time) everything begins to unravel and you can never guess where the story will go next. And I was extremely anxious to find out how Lucy and Daniel’s story would end (in this life, anyway) as they changed so much after their reunion.
My Name is Memory is a beautiful novel and I hope to get to read more of Ann Brashares’ work at some point.
For my 2010 100+ Reading Challenge