Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Memory Book

Book: The Memory Book
Author: Lara Avery

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.-Goodreads

Review: Wow, wow, wow. I absolutely loved this book. I would go so far to say this is one of my favorite YA reads thus far. The Memory Book is about Sammie, a senior in high school who is a type A overachiever with a plan to get out of her small northeast town and go to NYU. Her plan hits a bump in the road when she is diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that will soon cause Alzheimer's type memory loss. Sammie decides to write a book to her future self. 

I loved the unique format and I really became attached to Sammie herself (maybe I could see myself in her as I'm  also a type A overachiever from the northeast who couldn't wait to "escape" to go to college). Although we know how the story is going to end, Sammie's journey was sad (yes, I cried) but I was also able to smile at the last few entries in the book. 

Overall-great book. It reminded me of a YA 'Still Alice' in a more unique format. 

Grade: 5/5

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