Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares.  I've been a fan of hers for several years and I was looking forward to this book.  It didn't disappoint.  Except the ending - which I'll get to later!

I'm not one who believes in past lives but this story made everything seem very possible.  Daniel has lived a very long time, in many different bodies, in many different parts of the world.  What's unusual is that he remembers each of his lives.  He sees Sophia in one of his first memories and meets her again several times during different lifetimes.  She's always different but he knows her.  She doesn't have the memory and never remembers her past lives.  Daniel knows that he is meant to be with Sophia but their lives rarely connect at the right moment.  She is usually married to someone else or the wrong age.

When Lucy/Sophia meets Daniel, she is instantly drawn to him, unaware that she has met him several times before.  Daniel scares her away and spends several years watching her from afar.  Daniel is forced to reveal himself to Lucy once again after a threat from their past arrives to take back what was his.

The story is told both in modern day and the stories from Daniel's memory.  It sucked me in quite quickly and I enjoyed the entire story.  Until the end.  I like neat and tidy endings and this one left some things open.  I hear rumors this is a planned trilogy and I really hope it is!   Go out and pick up this book.  It's a good one.

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