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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A powerful and unusual love story that spans continents and centuries!

My Name is Memory is a powerful love story. Daniel is described as an old soul -- his soul has lived through countless reincarnations and he remembers each of his past lives. In the world that Ann Brashares creates, there are a handful of old souls who retain memorie...
My Name is Memory is a powerful love story. Daniel is described as an old soul -- his soul has lived through countless reincarnations and he remembers each of his past lives. In the world that Ann Brashares creates, there are a handful of old souls who retain memories of their past lives. Everyone else lives their lives with their slates clean, with no clear memories of past experiences. Though Brashares suggests that the occasional sense of affinity that we have with people may have come from a friendship or a tie in a previous life. The few that retain memories of past lives can usually trace this ability or "long memory" to a deep trauma or a strong affinity of sorts. Of the old souls, Daniel stands out since his memory reaches back over 1,500 years to the time that he first met and fell in love with Sophia.

Daniel's memory comes from his love of Sophia, as if he wills himself to remember everything about her. His love and fate lead Daniel to retain these memories each time he is reborn. Somehow Daniel and Sophia are reborn within similar times. They encounter each other in different cultures and continents over 1,500 years. Daniel remembers his past lives starting from when he first met Sophie in 520 A.D. to each of his reincarnations. In all the different reincarnations, Daniel knows Sophia. But equal to his joy in finding her is his disappointment that Sophia never recognizes Daniel.

Daniel learns how to carry over skills and wealth from one life to another. He's skilled in medicine, in business, and in most trades. In each rebirth, Daniel prepares to meet Sophia and with each new encounter he is equally surprised and moved. He tries not to overwhelm her -- his love/obsession can surely frighten her away especially since she never seems to remember him. Daniel begins from scratch each time.

Sophia's latest reincarnation is Lucy, a high school senior with a powerful crush on her mysterious young classmate named Daniel. Daniel moved to Lucy's high school at the start of their junior year and though he caused a stir because of his good looks and athleticism, he stood apart. He seemed more mature, a little lost and deeply sad -- all of which drew Lucy's attention. When Daniel acted differently too and ignored invitations from the most popular girls and spent time with the social outcasts, Lucy imagined herself helping him navigate through high school. Though they've barely spoken over the two years, Lucy daydreams about Daniel and feels drawn to him. Lucy's voice and character come across clearly: a young girl, enthusiastic, engaging with the usual romantic hopes.

While Lucy is likable and draws you in to the story, it is Daniel that makes the book. Daniel is Memory -- and the plot revolves around his struggle to win Sophia.

Daniel and Sophia face another obstacle -- there lives another old soul who remembers both Daniel and Sophia clearly. He had been Sophia's husband in a previous life and is determined to punish Sophia and Daniel for what he interprets as their betrayal of him.

My Name Is Memory is a powerful love story and an engrossing read. Lucy and her high school reminded me a little of the Twilight series with Bella Swan and her obsession with Edward, but Lucy/Sophia is much more fun and likable than Bella. I recommend My Name Is Memory to someone looking for an unusual romance.

posted by gl on June 21, 2010

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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Bad ending to a very unique and exciting love story

I really enjoyed the book up until the last 2 pages. I can not figure out why the author ended the book the way she did. I am almost mad I read it because I needed to hear what was to happen with Lucy and Daniel since they he chased her for so long. I really did enjo...
I really enjoyed the book up until the last 2 pages. I can not figure out why the author ended the book the way she did. I am almost mad I read it because I needed to hear what was to happen with Lucy and Daniel since they he chased her for so long. I really did enjoy the unique ideas the book suggested and heck I wish it were true- we could remember- but why couldnt she just either ended it very happily or very tradically??? Is there going to be a sequel? Can't see how that would work- so what the heck happened? For the rest of my life I will wonder. If you like a book that leaves the end to your imagination- go for it- it is good but I didn't like the last 2 pages

posted by TessieSS on July 7, 2010

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  • Posted January 22, 2014

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    Eh!

    Such a great premise to a story, so much more could have been done with characters and history, but it falls short. The end sucked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    I would have loved the book if there was a sequel to it but unfo

    I would have loved the book if there was a sequel to it but
    unfortunately there doesn't seem to be. What a huge disappointment to
    come to the end and be left hanging on the edge like that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    I read Everyday by David Levithan before reading this book - and

    I read Everyday by David Levithan before reading this book - and when I started reading My Name Is Memory I found it hard to keep interested in it as it was very much like the previous book I read - also thought the end was a disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Memory

    Slow moving. Not a lot to keep a reader engaged.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    It was ok....

    I was a little confused at the beginnning till I got the hang of the writing. I thought it would have ending better than it did. I was a little disappointed in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2010

    Disappointing

    I was so excited to read this book because the premise sounded so original and romantic, like The Time Traveler's Wife. Unfortunately the whole thing fell flat. It just didn't leap off the page, you couldn't feel the emotions of the characters. The writing wasn't terrible, it just didn't come alive. It was no Time Traveler's Wife that's for sure. No offense to the author but I just wish someone else had come up with this idea and written this book, because I love the idea she had but I don't love the way she wrote it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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