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The Memory Book

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The Memory Book

Before I start off the review for THE MEMORY BOOK, I’d like to say that I finished this all in one sitting. Reading the book caused an intense emotional rollercoaster to occur in my mind and heart, but, it was a beautiful read.

Samantha McCoy has been diagnosed with a rare disease called Niemann-Pick Type C --- NPC for short --- but the weirder thing is that she was diagnosed in the middle of her senior year when the disease is typically diagnosed during one’s childhood. The disease shares commonalities with dementia. The one symptom that Sam fears most is memory loss, so she creates a memory book. It’s similar to a journal or diary except she types it up on her laptop and writes every little thing down in fear that she’ll wake up one day and not know who she is.

"A beautiful read....I would recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for an inspirational book."

THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara Avery was written as though it was Sam’s book and we were reading through everything that she typed. The reader is able to follow Sam’s last few months of senior year, all of the parties and stress as finals, Nationals and graduation creep up, as well as the summer after senior year. We read of her first boyfriend and her fight with her debate partner, as well as her first tears in a long time. It’s all very saddening and has readers sympathize with Samantha. Through it all, readers see the changes in Sam and those around her that occur because of this one illness that she never had a choice in getting.

This book was around 357 pages but they all went by really quickly, not only because they were so heartfelt and compelling. I felt like there were parts that were rushed when they should’ve been slowed down more, but overall I just wanted more from this book. It was the type of story that left a hole in me and I just wanted more from the author. I also felt like the relationships between some of the characters could’ve been better developed.

Lara Avery’s third fictional novel has got me hooked and I will definitely check out her other reads. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for an inspirational read.

Reviewed by Alyssa L., Teen Board Member on July 7, 2016

The Memory Book
by Lara Avery