Since the accident, Taylor's memory has been fuzzy. But at least she's awake. Who knows what her boyfriend, Scott, will remember when he comes out of the coma. Will he remember that Taylor was driving the snowmobile when it crashed? Will he remember the engagement ring? Her pregnancy? Will he remember that she tried to break up with him? Taylor doesn't know. And she doesn't know if she wants him to remember. Plenty of things happened that night and beforesecrets wrapped in secretsthat she'd prefer be forgotten. Facing choices she'd rather ignore, Taylor searches for something more solid than whispers and something bigger than blame to face the future and forgive herself.
|Publisher:||North Star Editions|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Elissa Janine Hoole bought her first deck of Tarot cards as a birthday gift to herself when she turned twenty, and even in the privacy of her own apartment, she felt like she should hide them. The three words she uses to describe herself are curious, caring, and contemplative. Suggestions from her husband and two sons include crazy and cantankerous. Elissa teaches middle school English and sometimes makes her students write poetry that celebrates and sings themselves. She also wrote the YA road trip novel, Kiss the Morning Star.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you to NetGalley and Flux for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t expecting much going into this novel. I didn’t know much about it when I received it and I’m glad. It helps me to go into the novel with an open mind. Elissa Janine Hoole’s characters are so raw and real. Throughout the entire novel her characters are struggling with the events that transpire before the start of the novel. The novel is told mostly from the POV of Taylor. She isn’t even out of high school yet and she is pregnant. She is destroyed when she finds out. She thought her life was going to be so much more. To make matters worse her boyfriend (father of the child) is in the hospital in a coma after a terrible snowmobile accident they were both in. The story mostly takes place in the hospital with intermittent flash backs to the accident and a few scenes before. I thought the story was good. I liked that the story was in the POV of Taylor, but I feel that the secondary character POV chapters were not needed. I loved the plot twist that happened about 75-80% into the novel. I liked the Hoole wrote Taylor as a struggling teen who was unsure about everything happening in her life. She doesn’t have anything figured out at all. This was nice compared to other YA novels that make their characters seem like they have everything together no matter what the situation.
What a whack job! If one of the main characters in the novel is in a coma, anything can happen as the other characters can do anything and say anything and heck, you can believe it! I was reading this novel feeling sorry for Taylor as she was in an accident with Scott which left him in a coma. Taylor doesn’t remember much about the accident so whether it was her fault and not, the guilt she was having was weighing heavily on her mind. This along with the fact that she had wanted to break with him was causing some deep emotional issues. Taylor was worried about the outcome of Scott’s condition as there were things that needed to be worked out among them as she had just informed him of her pregnancy and he had just suddenly proposed marriage to her. Taylor thought this was just between her and Scott but as she sat at the hospital waiting for his recovery, she soon realizes that other people know of their secrets. His younger brother Joey is hostile towards Taylor after the incident but as the two spend time together, things become cozy between them. The ice is broken and I am become fearful of what will occur once Scott finally regains consciousness. Kendall shows up at the hospital and she tells her story to Taylor. My jaw is now hitting the floor. I dislike that girl from the minute she opened up her mouth. That was one messed up story she relayed to Taylor. Kendall tells Taylor that she has had a relationship with Scott and they have talked about Taylor’s baby. They have made plans, plans they haven’t discussed with Taylor but include her. Their conversation sends Taylor scrambling and I hated what she did to Taylor, the emotions and the situations that they put her through. Taylor has Joey to confine in as she tries to figure out her next steps. Taylor somewhat wishes for Scott to wake up and tell her exactly if what she is hearing is the truth. Taylor is a strong individual yet she is confused and she wants to do what is right but the question is, what is right? I really liked the premise of this novel but I thought it was choppy at times. I would have liked to have more of Taylor’s thoughts as she was the one dealing with all the issues. I thought the middle of the novel was the best as it dealt more with the issues and I got to know the characters more. This part of the text relayed a full story and did not rush me but portrayed the full picture.
2.5 good (enough) I wanted to read The Memory Jar because it has several of my reading wishlist criteria: pregnancy, memory loss, accidents, and emotions. The narration goes back and forth between before the accident and after the accident. I'm not really sure how I felt about that time line because it was a little confusing. But I guess that makes sense because both Taylor and her boyfriend have been in that accident and Taylor lost some of her memory while boyfriend still in a coma. as of right now it just seems like Taylor can't remember exactly what happened in the crash. but she's very conflicted about the pregnancy and about the possible engagement and the fact that she had planned to break up with him right before they have their accident. I like there was family dynamics in this one. Taylor and her mom got along okay but she didn't really trust her mom and talk to her about sex because her mom was always talking about the " sLutty girls" planned pregnancy he close to where she works and that kind of put an end to Taylor wanted to open up to her. So is his family there very present his brother is very mad at Taylor not really sure why at first but of the story kept playing out in kind of figured that out. Her relationship with him developed too as they waited for him to wake up. I ended up skimming towards the end because I was confused with the timeline, the thens didn't seem like in the past, and her fragmented memories added to my confusion. There was a character I was blindsided by and didn't think that she added to the plot. I wanted to finish though and I was mostly okay with it, though I wanted something slightly different. Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. Bottom Line: Good premise, the timeline bugged me.
Original review @ 125Pages.com The Memory Jar is a book about secrets. Secrets that could potentially ruin the life of the seventeen-year-old narrator. It is told in a non-linear format, jumping between the past and the present as the narrator tries to piece together what happened to her and her boyfriend. Taylor and Scott are the picture perfect teen couple. Then an accident on a snowmobile changes everything. Scott is in a coma and Taylor cannot remember the entire events of the day. She knows she is pregnant and now has an engagement ring; but she is not sure if she is happy about either. The plot of The Memory Jar had a lot of potential – teen pregnancy, a terrible accident, a coma boyfriend and more. However it tried to throw in too many other elements such as a weird girl and mysterious text messages. The writing seemed chopped up at times, as the sentences and chapters were very short. It seemed to hamper the plot as it did not flow well. The pacing was very good, it encompassed a few days well and I did enjoy the non-linear story telling. Elissa Janine Hoole can really build a world. Full of sensory touches, I could feel the cold and the vibrations of the snowmobile. The emotions were a little flat to me. Taylor skipped around so much with what she wanted and how she felt that there was no real cohesion to the emotional arc. The characters varied wildly. I really liked Scott’s little brother, as he was a great connector of tidbits of emotions and people. Taylor was so all over the place it was hard to connect with her. The mothers were fine but added little to the story, and the addition of a college friend of Scott’s was just not a good match. She did not seem to fit the rest of the story and seemed to be there just to add one more plot twist that was not needed. The Memory Jar had potential, it just fell a little flat to me. In areas that could have had a great deal of tension, there was none, and other areas had too much trying to happen at once. Elissa Janine Hoole can create a very real world and that helped me enjoy a plot that seemed thrown together at times. With short chapters, multiple narrators and the non-linear timeline, The Memory Jar attempted to mix too many writing devices together to create tension and instead it created a mishmash of ideas. Now, The Memory Jar was not a bad book, it just could have been much better with some more focus. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.