I picked up My Name is Memory from the clearance section at Barnes and Noble one afternoon. The author, Ann Brashares, is wildly popular from her young adult series about some traveling pants and I’ve read one of her adult novels, The Last Summer (of You and Me) and I enjoyed it. So I didn’t think it would be a stretch to read another book by her. I was expecting another fun, summer read.
I’m not really sure what I got.
Even after reading it, I’m still a little lost as to what-the-hell I just read. At times, I really liked it. Other times, I hated it. And at the end, I was just confused. Although while searching for a picture of the book, I read that it’s going to be a series and there will be another book to (hopefully) answer all the questions I still have. So that makes a little sense, but I’m still not sure if I liked this book or not.
The book is a love story about two spirits who have lived for hundreds of years. Daniel has the ability to remember all his past lives, past families, and his one true love, Lucy. He spends his lives tracking her down and loving her. Sometimes actually interacting with her and other times not. Lucy keeps being reborn, but does not have the ability to remember past lives and when Daniel finds her, she reacts strongly each time. Daniel is also on the lookout for a brother from his original life that hurt Lucy…because he keeps being born again and has never stopped trying to hurt Daniel and Lucy.
If that sounds confusing, it is. There’s a part of me that needs to know what happens next, but I’m not sure it’s worth the effort to read another book like this. I was at least half way through the book before I felt hooked and invested in the characters. That’s way too long in my opinion.
I’d love to hear your opinion if you’ve read this book. I want to like it. The idea is creative and different, but the execution was a little rough. Maybe by the next book, Brashares will have her act together and the story will have more bite. I’m just not sure I’ll be willing to check it out.