The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Published: July 5th 2016 by Poppy/Hachette Book Group
They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.
Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.
So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.
Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.
This book was stunningly beautiful.
Horrible things happen in life that we can’t stop, and often these horrible things reveal our true selves. Illness and tragedy strips us down and makes us realize that in the end, as the great Jim Morrison once said, ‘no one gets out alive’ it takes away our humility.
Despite how it is presented, The Memory Book is not just an epic sob fest. It is a beautiful story that teaches whilst tugging at our heartstrings. It is both enthralling and inspiring.
We connect with ourselves on a level that we never would have believed possible. Faced with obstacles entirely out of our control we realize who we are, what matters, and what never will.
Our protagonist faced the hard truth that her future was not going to be the one she had mapped out in her mind. Sammie knew she would one day lose everything that defined her. Knowing this, she still kept pursuing her dreams and encouraging her friends to fight for a bright future.
This emotionally driven book is one that will stay with me. It teaches about life, love, accountability and learning to be comfortable being exactly who we are, not who we wish we could be.
I LOVED Avery’s style of prose. Everything is convincing, her characters are rounded and as a reader we find ourselves cheering alongside their accomplishments and crying with their defeats.
Thank you, HBC for the review copy.