Please Note: I received a free copy of The Memory Book from it’s publisher Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all thoughts expressed are solely my own.
“Life is not just a series of triumphs.”
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Published July 26, 2016 by Alloy Entertainment
Source: Hachette Australia (publisher)
“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.”
Samantha McCoy has it all mapped out. First she’s going to win the national debating championship, then she’s going to move to New York and become a human rights lawyer. But when Sammie discovers that a rare disease is going to take away her memory, the future she’d planned so perfectly is derailed before it’s started. 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. Realising that her life won’t wait to be lived, she sets out on a summer of firsts: The first party; The first rebellion; The first friendship; The last love.
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.
When I picked this one up to read, I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into. I hadn’t heard a whole lot about it. I’d seen a few people post about it on instagram, and got the vibe that it was going to be a bit sad. But what I didn’t know was just how sad it was going to be. Not even 10 pages in, I decided that this book was going to destroy me.
Samantha “Sammie” McCoy has her next few years all planned out. She’s going to win the national debating championship, graduate high school, and then move to New York to study. But that’s not what life has planned for her.
After visiting the doctors for what she thought was just a migraine, she is diagnosed with a rare disease called Niemann-Pick Type C. This disease starts out a little like dementia. It affects the memory, and then slowly attacks the body and shuts everything down. I generally tend to avoid books that focus around any sort of disease or illness, because I always start suffering from some intense hypochondria. And shit man, this book totally fucked me up.Read More »