Monday, 23 January 2017

Cover Spotlight Monday: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

In the first cover spotlight feature in a while I have decided to feature Lara Avery's wonderful The Memory Book. I've almost finished it and it's quite honestly breaking my heart in two and then ripping it to shreds. It's wonderful.


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 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.


'They say I'll forget. I'm writing to remember.'

I love this tag because it quite simply yet elegantly depicts the contents of the book. Sammie relies on her brain for everything, organises day by day, and now she has to organise her mind, piece by piece. I feel the post it notes show this also, especially the careful folds, emphasising Sammie's meticulous nature; her need to remember; to keep everything as it should be. Yet the crumpled post its also point out that things are not the same, that she can't remember, and how much that frustrates her.


What are your thoughts on The Memory Book's cover? Do you love it as much as I do? As always do feel free to leave a comment below, or @ me on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf


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