My name is memory is a novel by Ann Brashares. I read the Dutch translation of the book because I only own that version of the story. The text on the cover told me it is a novel for adults, but I think Young Adult readers will enjoy it too.
I did the searching and remembering, she did the disappearing and the forgetting.
When I read the back of the novel I thought it sounded an awful lot like Lauren Kate’s Fallen – even te names are practically the same: Lucy and Daniel versus Luce and Daniel. But after reading this novel I found this one different from Lauren Kate’s, even though there are similarities. But this one lacks the angel stuff and has the answers to secrets you have to wait a few novels for in Lauren Kate’s series.
Lucy’s life hasn’t been the same since she laid eyes on Daniel at school. He’s a bit weird, and even though she’s never spoken to him she feels like she knows him. Every time she does something she finds herself questioning what Daniel would think of it. One day at the prom she does finally talk to him. He tells her he has known her in prior lives and that scares Lucy. She flees and never hears from him again. But that doesn’t mean she never thinks of him again.
One day when she and her friends go to a woman who can read hands, Daniel comes back to her mind. The woman tells her she should go and find him. From that point in the book Luce can’t stop thinking about him and tries to find him. But that isn’t an easy thing to do…
For me, this is a hard book to rate. It didn’t leave me all wowed, but kept me reading. But for me, because I bought it as an adult novel, it was more YA than adult. It is very different from Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, and it is nice to have tried something like this. But it just wasn’t for me.
2.5 out of 5 stars