Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My Name Is Memory

I had such high hopes for My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares. I enjoyed the two Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books I have read (the other two are still on my TBR pile), and I have seen some favorable reviews about My Name is Memory. However, before I started reading it I knew nothing about the plot at all. And I am just someone who really doesn't like fantasy/make believe books. There are exceptions - like Harry Potter or Madeleine L'Engle, but overall I like realistic fiction. So, when this book begins and it moves from time period to time period and I figure out that Daniel, one of the main characters has been reincarnated in various times, I know I am not really getting into this one. But still I continue reading, hoping that despite my lack of interest, things will somehow come together in the end in some type of breathtaking way so that I will just instanly fall in love with this book and the time I have spent not loving the beginning and middle will be forgotten once I read the ending. Except that didn't happen. Maybe this book worked for lots of other readers, but the ending, which others may have enjoyed because it is the first time that Daniel and Lucy (who is Sophia from other times) finally get to consummate their love after eliminating the evil element that has been after them in various lives, was just weird to me. I feel bad I can't rave about this one. I know I am in the minority on this. I am also in the minority for not raving over The Time Traveller's Wife, which is sort of what I felt Brashares was going after, but neither of these books appeal to me. This is probaby one of the few books I have said "meh" about this summer. I'd love to hear from others who have read this one and loved it...what am I missing?


Alayne said...

Not missing much, I felt the same way. I thought it was trying to hard to be something it wasn't. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoy time travelling and some fantasy books, but this was just blah for me. It had no depth to make it a series book and get me invested.
Alayne - The Crowded Leaf

christa @ mental foodie said...

I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't even finish it! I do like time traveling books if it's not too technical/sci-fi-ish... but I just couldn't get into this one...

My review: http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/07/book-review-my-name-is-memory-by-ann.html