No big deal, that blubbering heap over there is just me after finishing My Name Is Memory trying to put my heart back together I ve been on the hunt for a sweet romance to lighten up the thriller suspense trip I ve been on and this couldn t have been a better choice I won t reiterate the synopsis but Daniel and Lucy s story is a beautifully heart breaking one The POVs switch between Daniel and Lucy and follow them throughout all of their many lives Daniel who is able to remember those lives and continually fights to find Lucy and Lucy who continually forgets with each rebirth I loved this story for many reasons, but my favorite was perhaps that while there have been many books on love that lasts through the ages this one managed to be unique and exciting none the less While we are rooting for Daniel and Lucy, Brashares does an excellent job outlining the heartbreak and loneliness of continually searching for someone and the alienation of remembering and wanting to hold on to who you were instead of becoming who you are I m not really a believer in soul mates or the one despite my love of romance in novels and I found it refreshingly real that Daniel felt the same despite the basis of this story being his ties to another soul Snappy the pigeon was perhaps the saddest part for me and he was an excellent, albeit short part of the novel that I think deserves mention.This was a heart warming story, and the growth of the characters over their many lives especially present day was wonderful to read Based on the ending I would really hope there s some kind of sequel eventually because cliff hanger endings are not my favorite I ll leave this with a few of my favorite quotes because there were so many swoon worthy moments throughout It was back then, as a child in the eighth century, that I allowed myself to suffer how jarringly destructive the present feels and how fragile the past The present is over quickly, you might say, and it is, but man, it goes like a wrecking ball. All I could think to do was love her That s all a person can do. In my shameless heart, I ve always hoped that Sophia and I would become whole together I hate that phrase along with the term soul mates , but I can t think of a better way to say itsame Love who you love while you have them That s all you can do Let them go when you must If you know how to love, you ll never run out. He didn t try to organize it or record it for the long future This was what he had It not only mattered, it mattered the most He kissed her with everything, because loving a person was all you could do. Audiobook Oh this was trip Writing an abbreviated review will be a challenge here for me Logically speaking I shouldn t have like this book.but I did Sense 8 , the T.V Series which I LOVE , meets Life after Life , by Kate Atkinson, which I didn t love In Life After Life , Ursula died so many times ongoing endless repetition deaths was often like nails on a chalkboard irritating In My Name Is Memory , Daniel has died many times also but he travels through centuries and around the worldand we travel with him His unique talent is that he can remember his past lives and the woman he s loved through them all This is a love story Ann Brashares creates an enchanting romantic world that s a little bit whimsical yet believable in its own way as the characters are irresistible Credit definitely goes to author, Ann Brashares In less talented hands, I may have sent this novel back to the library without finishing it It kept building and getting better and better leaving us with a cliff hanging tale at the end.I ll leave you with a question why do people love their memories and what they have lostbut forget to love wholeheartedly what is right in front of them Lisi Thanks, I finally read this book that you ve told me about for years which you loved See you and Ken in 2 weeks. Daniel Has The Gift, Or The Curse, Of The Memory , The Ability To Recall Past Lives And Recognize The Reincarnated Souls He Has Known The Problem Is, The Force That Draws Daniel And Lucy Together Also Always Tears Them Painfully, Fatally Apart Can The Pair Find Everlasting Happiness Oh, I sure hope this is part of some kind of series because I was totally in love with this book until the end And the end sooooo irritated me that I literally threw the book down I don t do that I love books I love great stories And I loved this story it s such a unique look at how a relationship functions Main character Daniel, a dude who can remember his past lives In love with Sophia Charlotte Lucy, who cannot remember her past lives Struggle he needs her to remember him Trouble Joachim, former older brother who tends to torture kill Daniel whenever he can and follows D throughout history See what I mean This is a killer set up Awesome in its creativity Fun to read for three hundred of the three hundred and five pagesbut then it falls flaton a cliffhanger.Say it with me Augh I haven t been able to find out if this is a series a la Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants so if someone knows that it is, please let me know so that I can revise my opinion and eagerly await said sequel Addendum This is the first in a trilogy, apparently My stars have been adjusted accordingly and I look forward to the next installment I m still a little irked at the ending JennyPlace For The StolenUnder Ground Writing Project GAAAR Are you kidding me I m still expecting Ashton Kutcher to pop out of my closet to declare I ve been punk d.This could have easily been a 5 star book if not for the ending I ve never been so dissatisfied Yes, I still give it 4 stars because it was brilliantly written, romantic, emotionally gripping I loved the characters and the overall story that was told hereagain, up until like the last two pages Seriously Would it have hurt Brashares to add, I don t know, thirty pages to clear things up I m normally open to, well, open endings But this This ending literally made me growl my displeasure with its lack of closure It should be illegal to end a book this way WHY Okay, I m ranting Did I like this book I loved it I would have loved it though shakes fists towards the heavens Would I recommend this book to others Sure, if you re okay with a cliffhanger that leaves you with a ton of unanswered questions that will probably NEVER be answered since it seems this is a standalone novel sigh If only it had been wrapped up properlythis could have been perfection facepalm UPDATE So, apparently this is the first book in a trilogy, so now I m mostly okay with the cliffhanger, haha Guess I overreacted UPDATED UPDATE Due to dwindling sales, the publisher decided not to push for a sequel Looks like there shall be no closure for us 2019 UPDATE She s working on the sequel y all My Name is Memory is a love story unlike any I have ever known Ann Brashares unravels her tale a bit at a time and toys with her audience much like a cat bats a ball of yarn We are tossed to and fro throughout the ages clinging to the memories of Daniel a soul who is both blessed and cursed with the incredbile ability to remember all of his many lives as he is reincarnated over centuries Daniel s stories pull us into the ancient worlds of Northern Africa and Crete, to the not so distant past of war torn England during the first world war, and finally into the modern east coast of the US His accounts are tethered by the same forces that have always driven the human race love and vengeance.In each of his lives Daniel strives to find Sophia, his first love and original sin By turn of fate, he succeeds in finding her many times over the long years only to lose her to some uncompromising circumstance Once she is his brother s wife, another time she is old enough to be his grandmother, but always she is oblivious to their deep history Apart from these obstacles, Daniel is also pursued by Joaquim, a corrupt soul seeking twisted retribution for old offenses.Brashares entangles her audience so well that by the end of her novel the world appears changed Her splendidly planned tale leaves us with the vivid and heavy impression that what goes around comes around, and not always in our favor I am thrilled to have found this novel that is truly new completely unlike anything I have ever read Her words are placed beautifully and with care Her characters are made not only of paper and ink, but of flesh and blood Brashares second break from young adult fiction is blessedly actually written for adults With the language and finesse of a master storyteller, and an imaginitive, intellectually stimulating plot, this novel is one to place among your most esteemed. OH MY GOD This book was EVERYTHING and It has left my brain stunned at it s utter genious, which is why this review probably wont be very coherent, but who am I kidding there is no way I could caption this brilliance that is this book anyway.So I wont say much I will just say this From the very first pages I was encaptured by this book loving the writing, and intrigued by the story And as the story moved along, spinning pieces together, I just fell in love with it Madly Deeply THE CHARACTERS Felt real to me They werent flawless, they made mistakes, had regrets, and they grew I could very much relate to them, and both Lucy and Daniel had my respect and support I felt I was loving, learning and agonising right along side with them THE ROMANCE Well built, realistic and not overly romantised Lucy and Daniel hasnt met or hooked up in every life, and there are a lot of conflicted feelings involved But it still swept me off my feet THE PLOT STORY Very well crafted I found Daniels perceptions about reincarnation, life and death very inspirering and resonant, and again the whole world and the people in it BEN Joaquim just all rang true for me, reeling me in.On this note I ll just mention the ending which has been a frustration to many This book has a very open ending, leaving you thinking there will should be a sequel And I think that s how Ann Brashares originally planned it.Whether it is going to happen, still seems to be up in the air, from what I can gather from google Something about approval from the publishers play into it, it seems So it s not a lack of will.As much as I wish there was a guarantee of a sequel, the open ending, didnt ruin the experience for me Couldn t.It was too good.I wouldnt have missed out on this book for the world And I dont think any of you guys should let it discourage you either Just know that all strings wont be ties up in the end, and you will be left begging for , and that if we are lucky, our wish might be granted I sure hope so, cause I am addicted, to this story, these characters and this world Ann Brashares has build.GIMME MORE THE WRITING Wonderful Made me feel, see and hear everything that was going on inside and outside the characters and this world and made it all very relatable.I kept hearing Adele s Dont you remember over and over in my head while reading this, the lyrics are like scarily on point, and it s such an emotional song, that just really embodies how I imagine Daniel is feeling I dont think I ll ever be able to listen to that song without thinking of this book Which I dont mind, at all Now go read it GO 2.5 StarsRomance A Thon New Adult Romance Summer A Thon A Beachy ReadWell.That was anticlimactic The entire time I was reading this book I thought I would give it 3 3.5 Stars because I was enjoying it and I totally shipped this couple Then it ended I mean the book just ended out of no where The entire last 100 pages was leading up to this showdown between two particular characters no spoilers and then right when we were getting to that, the book just ends WHAT THE LITERAL FUCK Ann Brashares couldn t have written another 30 pages Why introduce this showdown, if we weren t gonna get to see it play out I m annoyed Love who you love while you have them That s all you can do Let them go when you must If you know how to love, you ll never run out Love demands everything, they say, but my love demands only this that no matter what happens or how long it takes, you ll keep faith in me, you ll remember who we are, and you ll never feel despair You have been with me from the very first life You are my first memory every time, the single thread in all of my lives It s you who makes me a person Brashares took a fantastic and intriguing idea and ruined it Here are the ways this story is pathetic Brashares has the freedom to put her characters in any time period, location, and situation, yet she never gives Daniel and Lucy a convincing love story There s absolutely no substance or reason to their attraction Such as their first encounter A simple view of this girl, and Daniel is ready to spend miserable lifetime after miserable lifetime being, well, miserable because he can t be with a girl he foundbeautiful That s it But on the other hand, neither character is particularly interesting, so maybe there s not much to find attractive Daniel brooding, obsessive, quick to cry, and likely to quit when things get difficult Lucy submissive, passive, equally obsessive, and lacks concern for anyone other than a boy she barely knows Even disappointing is Brashare s equally obsessive antagonist I hate flat antagonists Give them a reason, a history, to be complete a es Irrational hatred is annoying in real life and even so in books The sexual tension is pathetic and unnecessary Daniel and Lucy wait thousands of years to finally do the deed, and then they make themselves wait even longer for no reason whatsoever At what they believe is the end of these lives, lives where their souls have finally met some sort of harmony, they decide they d rather talk about death and how nice it d be to have sex again rather than just enjoy this moment So how do we make this solitary nookie session even dramatic why, a pregnancy of course It is a known fact, after all, that ovulation is most likely to occur then a woman has one shot to consummate a tragic love affair Also pathetic Daniel s attempt at wooing Lucy after the senior dance For a young man who remembers thousands of years of experiences, you d think he d have at least an inkling of how to woo the girl he fancies Perhaps a movie, a picnic, dinner out Even the most relationship stupid boy or girl will agree that calling someone the wrong name, insisting both parties were reincarnated, professing a love that has lasted over multiple lifetimes, semi violently ripping off the love interest s clothes and leaving him her half naked and half drunk, and denying you re crazy after all of this is not at top of the fool proof ways to win the girl boy of your dreams list I can t stand when characters make a resolution harder than it needs to be If Lucy is going to be so safe with the monks, why can t Daniel go with her At least for a little while If he s going to ship Lucy to a foreign country and culture, away from her family, friends and him, the least he can do is accompany her for just a little bit I think he likes to make life difficult and depressing And get over the fact that you killed her You were just doing your job She doesn t remember it anyway Plus, you didn t force her back into the house The idiot went back in of her own volition.