Sunday, July 25, 2010

Book Review - My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Title: My Name is Memory
Author: Ann Brashares
Year: 2010
Page: 324
Genre: Fiction - Time Travel

New to me author? Yes
Read this author again? Not sure
Tearjerker? Not sure
Where did it take place? US
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library

Summary (from
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime. 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. A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.

First Sentence:
I have lived more than a thousand years.
Why did I pick this book?
This book was compared to The Time Traveler's Wife a lot. I thought the Time Traveler's Wife was okay - interesting concept but could have been executed a bit better. I actually ended up liking the movie better than the book. I am interested in time travel books - though only the ones that aren't very technical or sci-fi-ish. So I was excited to hear about this book!

My thoughts:
  • I knew that it was a bit slow to start from reading other reviews... but even knowing that didn't help as I just couldn't hold my interest, especially when it went back to the ancient time... I just got lost, and didn't care enough to go on. So this is another Did Not Finish for me. The book alternates between Present and Past - the present parts are fairly easy to read, it's just Past parts that bored me
  • When I read the first few chapters, it actually reminded me of Twilight - who is this mystery guy the female protagonist so in love with even though she didn't know squats about him?
  • Argh, another first book of a trilogy!!
  • I read that the movie rights were bought. Maybe like the Time Traveler's Wife, I'd be more interested in the movie!
    Rating: 0 Star (Did Not Finish)

    Have you read this book? 
    If you have, I would love to hear what you think! I'll link your review here if you wish!


    1. TimeTW was a did not finish for me so I won't try this one even though I was intrigued.

      Great honest review as usual.

    2. This one was okeish for me. I didn't love it. I found it engrossing, but that's it. I didn't feel anything much when I finished it.