[Review] The Memory Book

25988934by Lara Avery

*Contains minor spoilers*

Quick fire review:

Yo. If you like contemporaries then you need to pick this book up. You just need to. This gave me all the feels that The Fault in Our Stars did. I loved Sammie as a main character but loved Coop even more. This will make you laugh and cry and make you appreciate all those good and bad memories you are lucky enough to remember.

Ugh, this book!

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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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4star

It has been a long time since I read a book that was so sad and so beautiful all at the same time.

Eighteen year old Sammie has just found out some devastating news, she has a rare disease that will cause her to lose her memories. The disease comes quickly, and so to combat her memory loss, Sammie decides to write journal entries in her little computer addressed to ‘future Sam’. It is through these journals that we get to understand Sammie’s fears, her passions, watch her fall in love and see the impact the disease begins to take on her at various times throughout her senior year.

I really liked Sammie as a main character and thought Avery did a great job of fleshing her out and making her experience every wonderful and heartbreaking emotion possible. I love her directness (especially when it comes to Stuart) and found her to be smart and caring even in the worst of times.

Now, let’s talk about the boys.

Can I get me a Cooper?

While I am team Coop all the way, this is one of those instances where I didn’t dislike the other guy Stuart at all. Usually in contemporaries I end up swaying heavily towards one and find the other to be annoying, but I thought both characters came into Sammie’s life when she needed them the most and while there is a technical love triangle, it won’t bother you at all because both guys serve the story perfectly.

I have to say that I think this author has just become a go-to contemporary writer for me. The style reminded me of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars in that the serious is combated with the light hearted awkwardness of being a teenager. Avery has crafted a character so dynamic that you can’t help but find yourself rooting for her to find her happy ending.

With bittersweet moments, laugh out loud fun and some heartfelt memories scattered throughout, Avery has crafted the perfect book for every contemporary lover. Do yourself a favour and pick this up…maybe grab some tissues too.

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