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.
Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, published July 5th, 2016, via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
I’ll keep this review short. It all comes down to whether you like Lara Avery’s writing or not, so I would suggest reading a preview of it before buying or borrowing. Lara Avery’s writing hasn’t worked for me with her past books, and it didn’t work with The Memory Book.
The main problem was the voices of the characters, Sammie in particular. Sammie felt really immature for her age, and none of the character’s voices were genuine. The narration was forced from beginning to end, and reading through the story was painfully boring.
The plot itself isn’t bad. It mimics All the Bright Places and other novels like it with little to no shame, but Avery dealt with new challenges and events in a way that got me halfway through the book. I was interested in the romance, and I rooted for Sammie and Cooper.
In the end, I couldn’t do this story. It’s not for me. It is for someone else, but I couldn’t handle it. 1.5 stars.