Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares~★★★★★

Title: My Name Is Memory
Author: Ann Brashares
Release Date: June 1st, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks, unabridged; read by Kathe Mazur and Lincoln Hoppe
Genre: Fiction

Audio Book Cover: "Lucy Broward is an ordinary girl growing up in the Virginia suburbs, soon to head off to college. As she prepares for her last high school dance, she allows herself to hope that this might be the night her elusive crush, Daniel Grey, finally notices her. As the events of the night unfold, though, Lucy discovers that Daniel is much more complicated than she imagined, and perceives that there's something going on here that she really doesn't understand. Why does he call her Sophia? And why does it make her feel so strange?
Daniel Grey is no ordinary young man. Daniel has 'the memory,' the ability to recall past lives and recognize the souls of those he's previously known. And he has spend centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Lucy (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together---and he remembers it all. It is both a gift and a curse. For all the many times they have come together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.
As we watch Daniel and Lucy's relationship unfold during the present day, interwoven are glimpses of their history together. From sixth century Asia Minor to 1918 England to 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes tortuous path of seeking each other time and again. But just when Lucy begins to awaken to the secret of her past, to understand her relationship to Sophia, and to understand the true reason for the strength of her attraction to Daniel, the mysterious force that has torn them apart in the past reappears. Ultimately, they must confront not just their complicated history, but a persisent adversary as well, if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
Written with the imaginative, emotionally resonant storytelling that has become Ann Brashares's trademark, and with a profound understanding of what it feels like to fall in love and grieve for it, My Name Is Memory is a deeply romantic and transporting novel---the story of a love that lasts more than a lifetime."

Taryn's Review: I loved this book. I don't say that very often, but this particular story enveloped me in a way that a book hadn't in a long time. I adored long drives in the car because it meant more time for me to listen to the book! The cover of the book caught my eye with its blue-green water sparkling in the sun, and I selected it based off the cover. I am so pleased that I did!

Brashares is a beautiful writer. Her word choices are so precise and perfect that it makes the novel flow with a wonderful smoothness. The story was compelling and very different from anything I've read. In some ways, it reminded me of The Time Traveler's Wife, but in my opinion, better. Daniel's memory was fascinating and his ability to take us throughout the past, his lives, and his love of Sophia/Lucy was mesmerizing. I must commend the actors reading this book because they both did a fantastic job. Enchantment with the voices made me forget that actors were reading and I was able to feel like Daniel and Lucy were telling the story with their own voices.

I am not normally a fan of love stories or romance novels because they usually end up feeling so predictable. This was different. I was desperate for Daniel and Lucy/Sophia to meet again, for Lucy to realize how long Daniel had loved her, and how long she had loved him. The context combined with Brashares's writing style created a perfect story for me.

However, I was horrified that Brashares ended the book so loosely and in my mind, I demanded that there must be sequel in the works. Much to my pleasure, the book is the first in a trilogy! I cannot wait to read the next one and I highly suggest this book to anyone who loves a great story, especially a love story.


  1. Sooo when is this sequal/triolgy going to happen again...?

  2. I wish I knew. :( I think I read somewhere that the sales of the book weren't that encouraging, so the publishers weren't pushing for her to continue with the series.