Saturday, 28 January 2017

ARC Review: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Wow. Firstly just... wow. This book blew my mind. Many thanks to Books With Bite/Hachette for the review copy; as gorgeous outside as it is inside! If you're looking for a book that both inspires you and also breaks your heart, this is the book you're looking for.

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I'll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I'm writing to remember.
Sammie McCoy is a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even the rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly steal her memories and then her health.
So the memory book is born: a journal written to Sammie's future self, so she can remember everything from where she stashed her study guides to just how great it feels to have a best friend again. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime-crush Stuart, a gifted young writer home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood friend Cooper, and the ridiculous lengths he will go to make her laugh. The memory book will ensure Sammie never forgets the most important parts of her life--the people who have broken her heart, those who have mended it--and most of all, that if she's going to die, she's going to die living. 
This moving and remarkable novel introduces an inspiring character you're sure to remember, long after the last page. 

Sammie McCoy is a hero. A true hero. There's no battle in The Memory Book, no clashing of swords, no fire breathing breathing dragons, other than the battle between Sammie and her own body. Though she may be fictional she is a true inspiration. Despite everything she faces over the course of this book - in her life - she never backs down. Sammie refuses to let go of her dreams for anything or anyone. She is the epitome of strength; the epitome of life.

As someone who struggles with anxiety and self-doubt in daily life, this book was a bit of a wake up call for me; a realisation that some of the things I worry about are honestly stupid. A realisation that I should do rather than think. I thought that was great.

With regards to the story itself, it was addictive in a way. I was desperate to see how Sammie's story ended - which in truth made me sob - but I was also invested in the love story The Memory Book holds. Stuart is enchanting. Coop is uniquely adorable. Though I usually choose a side in love triangles, I honestly love both of them and can see why Sammie's path took the direction that it did, even if I don't quite agree with one of her actions.

The Memory Book is an emotional page turner but it's also a learning experience. I had never heard of NPC, let alone knew anything about it, before this book. Whether you're looking for knowledge, an emotional release, a life lesson, or simply a good story, I urge everyone to read this book. It's simply a must. A five star read!

Have you read The Memory Book? Will you add it to your TBR? As always do let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or @ me on Twitter!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

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