Review: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

So, I’m a huge reader…I decided, why not try blogging what I read? I love to give book recommendations to my friends. Ask them, they are sick of it, their wish lists are long.
To start I’m going to blog one of my recent favorites.

 

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

It’s an adult book, but it isn’t so heavy that young adults couldn’t get into it. It is by far one of my new favorites. That being said, it’s a LOVE story, not a romance book. So don’t expect any hot love scenes, if that’s your thing.

It’s about a guy (Daniel) who meets Lucy. They are soul-mates. He recalls all of his past lives, she doesn’t. In the past every time he meets her something happens that tears them apart. It’s heart-wrenching. You want them to get together…yet at the same time you get why she’s scared of this guy who can’t get her name right and questioning why she’s so drawn to him. Every other chapter flips back from the present to a time in the past. You can’t help but fall in love with this complicated guy and cheer for him to get the girl.

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