Title: The Memory BookAuthor: Lara Avery
Length: 368 pages
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 5, 2016
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.
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***I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Last year I read A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery and really enjoyed it, so I knew I needed to read her newest book, The Memory Book. WOW. This book. I read The Memory Book in one night. I could not stop reading it.
I think The Memory Book is an emotional, moving, and thought-provoking story. It brought tears to my eyes several times. This story made me ugly cry and destroyed my feelings. I was still thinking about this book for days after finishing it. I think this story is one that will stay with you and make you think about life. It is a heartfelt and emotional story that I think is a must read!
I love that this story has family, friendship, and romance. I had a roller coaster of emotions while reading. There were times I was smiling and happy, then others where I couldn't keep the tears from my eyes. This story is very realistic and it was easy for me to completely captivated.
I also loved that it had journal entries. It makes it so easy to fall in love with the main character, Sammie. She is such a strong and brave main character. Sammie is very well-developed. I love how simple it was for me to care about her and her life. She has a rare genetic disorder that will eventually take away her memory. So she starts a journal so she can remember things that happened. She is ambitious, smart, motivated, and optimistic. I really enjoyed her interactions with her family and friends. I also enjoyed the romance.
I highly recommend reading this book. I couldn't put it down. The story is heartfelt and very emotional. I wasn't prepared for how much it would destroy my feelings and make me cry. I also think this story is very thought-provoking. It will make you think about life and how to live to the fullest. It is easy to care about Sammie (the main character). I was completely captivated by this story!