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My Name is Memory Paperback – June 7, 2011
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"[A] fantastical romance." --The Washington Post
"You'll fall hard for this story of a cosmically tormented couple: Daniel can recall all of his previous lives, and he pursues his great love, Sophia, through the ages." --Glamour
"We all like to believe in the constancy of love. And then along comes Ann Brashares to take the concept to a whole new level." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Literature is filled with lovers that not even death can divide... now in Ann Brashares's entrancing new romantic saga, readers will be swept away by Daniel and Lucy, whose love is truly one for the agest." --BookPage
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Ann Brashares is the author of the phenomenal five-million-copies-selling series of young adult novels, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls In Pants, and Forever in Blue, and the New York Times bestselling adult novel The Last Summer (of You and Me).
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Lucy is an average girl with a crush the boy who is a little different from the rest. She is drawn to him and cannot explain why. She tells herself that is it because he does not know her history, but that is not exactly the truth.
Daniel sees Lucy, or Sophia, as he calls her. He sees into her soul and knows exactly where she has been because he has been there with her. Daniel is blessed (or cursed) with a long history and a very unusual memory. He can recall his past lives as his soul is reborn into a new body. He has been following Sophia for over a thousand years with the hopes of a chance to be with her, his true love.
But evil threatens to dash Daniels chance of reuniting with Sophia in this life to the winds. Evil in the form of his former brother Joaquim seeks vengeance and continues to pop up throughout Daniel's history. Joaquim cannot see souls but he does have a memory for his history, a taste for retribution, and a few other skills that make him a very dangerous adversary.
The first page sets the pace for the entire novel, and I was hooked. The last paragraph (from Daniel's point of view) says it all: "I have fallen in love, and she is the only 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."
This book came in yesterday I honestly could not put it down. I was never brought to the point of tears from anguish over what the characters were going through but I was deep enough involved that I was anxious the entire time that I was reading it.
I enjoyed all the different parts of the book. I liked how it flashed back to parts of Daniel's past and then back to the present. It was nice to follow Daniel's and Lucy's extensive history through the times, which spanned across the world. It was clearly done and easy to follow. I greatly enjoyed the character of Ben, as cryptic as he seemed at times. He was amusing at times and helpful to Daniel at others. He enjoys the cards that life deals him, even when he comes back as a woman in life.
I highly recommend this book. There is not so much paranormal-ness that you get carried away by it. It is very easy to get caught up in the story. It was a wonderful sit-in-the-shade-under-a-tree-on-a-warm-summer-day reading book. It is an excellent start to a new series. I cannot wait to read the next book. It cannot come out soon enough.
The one thing I did not like was the ending, although it was great, I wanted more. The good news is that I just found out it is going to be a Trilogy, that is exiting. It also makes more sense because there is an ancillary character in the book who I really liked, but felt was not utilized enough. I am sure the author will use him more in the next books. I can't wait.
So, how much do I love this book? Let's just say I keep a copy on my shelf and read one particular chapter about a Peogin, over and over again. It is some of the most beautiful writing I have seen in a long time.
Read if you like Twilight or The Time Traveler's Wife, don't read if you're looking for a sci-fi fantasy novel, because though this may seem like it at first glance, it's not, and you'll end up coming back here to complain about it.