When I first heard about Ann Brashare’s novel, My Name is Memory, I thought, “Wow! This book sounds perfect!” So, after a few months of waiting, I finally was able to buy a copy and add it to my pile to read. Unfortunately, upon finishing it, my high hopes for the novel were not met. There wasn’t too much I disliked about the novel, but there was enough to make me like it, not love it.
Having never read any of Ms. Brashare’s other novels, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of her writing. The writing in My Name is Memory is concise and at times descriptive, but overall, I felt that each sentence was disconnected and the writing had no flow to it. Also, some of the metaphors and similes seem misplaced. Ms. Brashares has written great metaphors and similes, but they often ruined the mood of the scene or sentence for me, conveying the opposite feel than what I believe was intended.
Also, the romance in the novel was a letdown. I didn’t believe that Daniel loved Lucy. I never understood why Daniel was so in love with Lucy and I still don’t. His chapters detailing his previous lives with her are great and enjoyable, they would have been better if a solid foundation of his love had been laid.
Despite all this, I enjoyed reading My Name is Memory. As I said in the paragraph above, Daniel’s past-life chapters offer wonderful insight into his previous lives and the times he encountered Lucy. The chapters focusing on Lucy were also enjoyable to read and I felt like I had a good grasp on what kind of a person she is.
Overall, I would still recommend that people read My Name is Memory. There are a lot of Ann Brashares fans out there and I can only assume they’ll like this novel. Apparently the movie rights have been sold and if they can make a movie as beautiful as the book trailer, then I’ll be waiting at midnight to see it. 🙂
For more information on Ann Brashares and her writing, please visit her OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
*This is considered an “adult” novel, but I don’t feel it contains anything graphic. However, what it does have in terms of sexual content makes me recommend this novel to readers 17 and up.*
(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)