Books, Romance

My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares Review

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”

Excerpt From
My Name Is Memory
Brashares, Ann
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

This novel has been sitting in my iBook collection for quite some time. I simply recalled to read it last week when browsing through my books since I’m in the need for a romantic story. Actually, I downloaded this novel previously because of its title and cover. I haven’t even read the book’s summary, so I have no clue what the plot will be like.

The first chapter piqued my curiosity since it discussed reincarnation. Wow.. I can’t stop reading stories about reincarnation and romance since they’re so interesting to me. I haven’t read a decent romance novel like this in a long time, therefore I can’t stop myself. I finished the book in a matter of days, and the cliffhanger made me want to toss my iPad away. I’m dying to read the sequel now. It really left me hanging!

I was drawn to the narrative because it made me ponder about reincarnation. That even if you are reincarnated many times, you would experience the same intensity of love for the person you previously loved. I have read many reviews about this novel, some of which were bad, but I saw it in a different perspective. I’ve experienced love that truly lasts a lifetime. Even if the love of your life takes on new forms and shapes, you will still be able to sense his or her essence.

I just don’t agree with how the tale ended. I was aware that there is a second chapter, but why should he have to leave her again after so many years of waiting for her? It was insanely sad… I wanted to urge everyone who hasn’t read this book to do so.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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