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June 25, 2010 / Leslie (LadyMin)

Review: My Name Is Memory

My Name Is Memory by Ann BrasharesMy Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares

Genre: Romance
Published: June 2010 by Riverhead Hardcover
Rating: 4½ of 5 stars

Daniel Gray has an old soul. He knows this because he remembers all of his past lives over a thousand years. Throughout time he has been pursuing one woman, Sophia, whom he has loved as long as he can remember. Sophia does not have the memory of past lives and each time her soul returns she begins anew. But perhaps it is possible to remember some of a former life through dreams, hypnosis and feelings of déjà vu; perhaps those memories are still there and just need to be unlocked.

The novel alternates chapters between Daniel’s life in the past and the story in the present as he pursues Sophia, now known as Lucy. I especially like the non-chronological style of alternating between the past and the present and Daniel’s descriptions of his previous lives and the people he knew then. Many of these souls have been reborn and are now inhabiting the present. Daniel not only has the ability to remember his own past lives but also to recognize other souls in their new lives. As Daniel explains, souls tend to stay together through the years.

Daniel is hesitant to contact Sophia/Lucy and while he longs for her he does little to approach her. About halfway through the book we see Daniel realize that one of the problems with living so long is that at some point you fear doing things wrong and, as a result, stop living. Once Daniel stops worrying and approaches Sophia/Lucy, the plot accelerated and the book sped along and I couldn’t put it down. I love the premise that our souls return time after time, and that some folks can remember those past lives.

The book was easy to read and I finished it in only a few sittings. That’s fast for me because it means I left other things neglected to finish a book because I wanted to get to the end. And the ending was my only problem with the book. There really wasn’t one. The reader is left wanting for more with many issues unresolved. A little poking around on google and I found out that this is book one in a trilogy, which explains the cliffhanger ending.

Even though I was not thrilled to be left hanging with the ending, I very much enjoyed the book, the writing style and the story. Now I’m waiting for the sequel.
Source: Public Library


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  1. The Book Whisperer / Jun 25 2010 3:07 pm

    I have been sent a review copy of this book and reading your review has made me want to push it higher up the pile. great review, thanks.


  2. Shellie / Oct 11 2010 12:58 pm

    Nice review Leslie… now to link yours to the posts. Cheers!


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