Book Review: My Name is Memory by: Ann Brashares

My Name Is Memory

Publisher: Riverhead

Publish Date: 1 June 2010

Origins: Publisher for Review

Format: Paperback

Blurb: Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia have been drawn together – and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally apart. A love always too short.

But just as Sophia (reborn as “Lucy”) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always wrenched them apart reappears. Ultimately, the must recognize what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

Review in 5: Intriguing, Magical, Inspiring, Well-written, Absorbing

Review: What if it were true we lived many lives? What if you could remember every one of them? What if you’ve been searching for the person you love through each one?

Daniel has lived many lives and is one of the special few who can remember each one. He’s been searching for his ‘Sophia’ for many lifetimes over hundreds of years. However, the first time he talks to Sophia in this lifetime (who is now Lucy) he frightens her and they don’t speak again for many years - but Daniel won’t give up on her. Lucy also can’t forget him no matter how much she tries to move on with her life.

Interspersed between their continuing stories are tales from Daniel and Lucy’s past lives which help flesh out how and why their lives have become so intertwined. Daniel gets frustrated because Lucy (in all of her past incarnations) does not have the recall that Daniel does. Daniel must learn to face his past or he’ll put everything in jeopardy he’s ever dreamed of holding close.

I felt for Daniel when he was trying to explain to Lucy how he knew her so well and how he felt for her. How do you tell someone of the connection you feel with them when you’ve seemingly ‘just’ met? How could you possibly expect someone to believe something so improbable without proof? How do you bring proof with you throughout hundreds of lifetimes? Sometimes I wanted to shake Lucy and tell her to have a little faith, but if she had believed so easily, the story wouldn’t have been as moving and compelling.

This was a potent and moving story of the lengths one man would go to for the love of his lifetimes. It’s also a good testimony to the power of the mind and the human spirit. Something to remember: If you become so entrenched in your memory of how things were, it doesn’t let you truly move forward and enjoy things to come.

It seems that this adventure isn’t quite done and I look forward eagerly for more of Daniel and Lily’s story.

Copyright The Bibliophilic Book Blog 2009-2010


  1. While I love Ann Brashares it sounds so so much like Fallen which I did not like that I'm really hesitant about it. :(

  2. This one sounds really good. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great review. :)

  3. Wow! 5 stars! I loved the Sisterhood books, and I've been wondering about her others. I've heard other good things about this one, and I like that it's got a fantasy twist! I'll definitely have to check it out - it sounds great! Kind of reminds me of Fallen?

  4. I was so happy to see you gave it 5 stars. I have a copy, I just haven't gottent to it yet. I'll need to bump it up my tbr pile. :)

  5. This sounds fantastic! Adding it to my wish list right now :)


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