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The Song Remains the Same

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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  1,264 ratings  ·  235 reviews
A Library Journal Selection for Best Women's Fiction of 2012

One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hop
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Putnam Adult (first published April 6th 2012)
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Courtney
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Laura
Nell Slattery survives a plane crash and wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. Slowly, she starts to put the pieces of her life together even as her sister, mother and husband keep information from her. She feels life gave her a second chance and she wants to reinvent herself.

The synopsis of this book sounded so good and I was eager to read it. It started out fine but before long I realized I didn't care much for the characters, the story evolved too slowly and I was tired of all the profanity
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Allison
Apr 30, 2012 Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this so I'll admit that I'm biased. :) But I really do believe that it is my best book to date. Thank you all so much for reading it!
Lynne
I would recommend 'The Song Remains the Same' by Allison Winn Scotch to anyone looking for an easy-on-the-head sort of quick read. It would be a great summer book to read on vacation or while laying out on the beach or curled up inside on a rainy weekend.

I really liked this book. From the synopsis, I think I was expecting more of a thriller/mystery book, which would have been okay ... however, I'm actually quite pleased with what I ended up with. :)
I loved the concept from the start. Main chara
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Nancy
3.5 Stars

The book begins with Nell waking up in the hospital, hooked up to all kinds of stuff and people crying around her. She hears the words of a fiery plane crash and only two survivors. The other is a famous actor. Except she doesn't know him. She also doesn't know the woman who claims she is Nell's mother. Or the man crying and claiming he's her husband. Or the beautiful woman that is her sister. In fact, she has no recollection of herself at all.

So she is Nell Slattery. Through stories th
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Shari
What defines us? Who defines us? How can the past blend with the present to create the canvas of our future? And what role do our memories play? Do they simply add brushstrokes, simply provide background music, or are they more? Are they the notes which – in more ways than one – compose our identities?/span>

These are the questions Allison raises in her new novel THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, the questions that main character Nell asks of herself as her story unfolds. After surviving a devastatin
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Deb
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway and was excited to read it after reading and enjoying her other novels. This one did not disappoint either. Nell is one of two survivors of a plane crash and when she awakes after the crash, her memory is gone. I am sure many of us have dreamed before of a fresh start, to make ourselves over into a better person, but from Nell's perspective this is more of a nightmare than a dream come true. Her life it seems was rather a mess to begin with - father ...more
Julie (julie37619)


This is one of several amnesia books I've read recently. It's about a woman named Nell who is one of two survivors of a plane crash. In the crash she loses her memory and can only rely on what she is told by her husband, sister, and mother. However, she soon begins to suspect that she is not being told the whole story by any of them.

Writing
Nothing exceptional in either direction. I feel like I say this a lot about books lately. It's not that there's something wrong with the writing or that I h
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Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
From the moment I read the summary of The Song Remains the Same, I hoped that it would live up to my expectations. It did...and then some.

I was captivated the moment I picked up this story. I was drawn in right alongside Nell, and felt for her as every new relationship was introduced, torn down and rebuilt...Just as she was rebuilding her own life and memories. One can't help but root for her...because she could be any one of us.

All of the characters that Allison Winn Scotch portrays are so wond
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Liz Fenton
I've been a big fan of Allison's since I read TIME OF MY LIFE a few years back and fell in love with her beautiful writing. Her latest, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, is her best yet! This story is about Nell, one of two survivors of a terrible plane crash who wakes up without any memories of her life. As Nell tries to piece together what was really going with her family and her husband when she stepped on that plane, she finds herself questioning not only who she was, but who she wants to be in th ...more
Carrie
This book, about a woman who loses her memory in a plane crash, started out optimistic and well written, and ended up angry and poorly written. It was like the author had a good idea and then didn't know what to do with it. The main character's hostility and blame placing was not fun to read.

For a better novel on memory loss, I'd recommend What Alice Forgot. For a better novel on changing one's life after a plane crash, I'd recommend Was It Something I Said?
Shilo
I've read all of Allison Winn Scotch's books, and this was by far her best. I literally couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. I don't want to give any spoilers so all I will say is read this book!
Jonna Rubin
Huh. This was very, very good. I have to be honest, I picked this up a few books after I finished her most recent novel, The Theory of Opposites, and at first, there were some similarities that concerned me. "The song really DOES remain the same!" I fretted to a friend.

It didn't. At all. I was pleasantly shocked. There are some similar themes in personal growth in that each of the protagonists (and I'm comparing directly to TOO here) has an opportunity to start fresh and do the opposite of what
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Anita Smith
I don't know what else to say, other than this book sucked.
Kris Irvin
I feel like the ending let me down so hard that it left the book scattered around me in a fiery wreckage. While I was reading the book, the story was fascinating and very well done. The characters were very believable. The plot was pretty believable. Then the last 30 pages happened and by "happened" I mean "nothing happened" and the story didn't really end so much as fizzle out. The terrible ending ruined my life and made me gain 80 lbs. Okay fine, it didn't do either of those things. But it did ...more
Erin
Did not like this book. It started out OK but I grew quickly to dislike every character. I couldn't find myself able to understand their motivations. The protagonist's obsession with her father just got annoying as hell. Her husband seemed like an unnecessary appendage. I found everyone's actions unbelievable. There was no real character development or storyline that even made sense. At about the 1/2 way point I found myself asking, "who cares what happens to anyone in this book?" Not a good que ...more
Marvin
The word that struck me as I read this was "contrived." But then, I thought, isn't all fiction "contrived"? What makes this feel more contrived than others? (And I often like what I call "concept" fiction, which should seem particularly contrived (Penelope Lively's How It All Began or Amy Waldman's The Submission come to mind). Here the setup is that a young woman survives a plane crash in Iowa (that setting is probably why the book was on my list, but Iowa plays almost no role in the story) but ...more
Jencey/
Thank you to BookSparks Pr and Lydia Hirt for the privilege of having Allison Winn Scotch and her latest novel The Song Remains the Same.

Synopsis:

Nell Slattery is one of two survivors from a plane crash. She wakes up with no memory of her life. Her closest friends and confidantes are Jamie Reardon and Anderson Carroll the other survivor. Nell makes a deal with Jamie that he helps her get the answers to her life that her family refuses to give and she will give him an exclusive on her experience.
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Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I am still trying to decide what to think of this book. It was not one of those books that compelled me to read it, but I did anyway. Where it didn't leave me breathless at the end, it did make me think about some things along the way.


When Nell woke up after the crash, her mom and husband were by her bedside -- though she did not know that is who they were. Anderson, the only other survivor and an actor, credits her with keeping him calm and saving him, but she remembers none of this either. S
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Book Binge Blog
I've never read anything by this author before and I'm not a fan of amnesia stories so I have no idea why I agreed to read this book but I did and now that I've finished the book, I'm glad that I took a chance.

Nell is one of only two survivors of a plane crash and when she wakes up in a hospital bed, she can't remember a thing. This book journeys through her life as she tries to put the pieces of her memories back together. Her memories don't come back straight away, they come back bit by bit an
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Viviane Crystal
The beginning of this book has a rather startling suggestion – Nell is one of two survivors of devastating airplane crash with multiple fatalities. When she finally comes out of a coma, she sees two people around her bed and hasn’t a clue as to who they are or why they are there. The minor shocker has do with the fact she has amnesia, not remembering a single iota of her past life. The first few pages are obviously about how she reacts to family and friends who all are out to help her by telling ...more
Isabel
Apr 08, 2012 Isabel marked it as first-reads
Rate: 3.5 stars

This is the first book I'd read by Allison Scotch. I loved this book. The idea that without our memories how much our current self is defined by our past was very interesting to me. The thing I enjoyed most about The Song Remains The Same is that it's different than most of the books I'd read that has a character with memory loss. I like that Nell's life isn't perfect and she doesn't gain immediate happiness. Instead Nell goes through many of life's hardships (again and then some)
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Samantha Janning
Nell Slattery wakes up in a hospital with her memory wiped clean. One of the only two survivors in a horrific plane crash, Nell has no idea who she is...who her husband is...or anything about her life. While she begins the physical healing of her body, she desperately tries to repair her mind as well. Who was she before the crash? What are the secrets that her friends and family are keeping from her? As she searches for answers, more questions seem to be arising, and Nell finds herself being abl ...more
Angie
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

Nell gets to reflect on the question of who we are without our memories. Does it give us a chance to start over and fix parts of ourselves that were not working right? Well maybe if you are surrounded by family who care about you more than themselves. I felt her frustration that she couldn't get a straight answer out of anyone around her. And I was supper annoyed with her sister and husband...you'll have to read the story to find out why.

The characters were very complex,
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Robin
Apr 23, 2012 Robin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves women's fiction
Excellent novel about reinventing your life. Loved the author's two previous books, TIME OF MY LIFE and THE ONE THAT I WANT this is her best yet.

After an airplane crash of which she was one of two survivors, Nell wakes up in the hospital surrounded by grieving family members and discovers she has no memory of her previous life. As family members fill her in, Nell starts thinking the stories seem a little off-kilter, especially by her somewhat creepy husband. With the help of a music playlist co
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Marcie
Nell Slattery wakes up in a hospital with amnesia after a plane crash. She doesn't remember anyone or even the plane crash. Nell Slattery's memory is a blank slate. Nell decides to take advantage of this in a way. When she looks at pictures of her 'old' self she doesn't recognize the face staring back at her. She doesn't want to be the person she was. Nell decides that she'll be a better version of herself. Her family and friends try to help her remember who she was, but they're holding back. Al ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
In The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch, Nell Slattery is one of only two survivors of a plane crash. She awakens in the hospital totally vulnerable because she can not remember a thing about her life. Nell must rely on others - her mother, sister, husband, and friend - to help her piece together the facts of her life. The question is how much of what they are telling her is the truth and how much is how they want things to be? How much information are people withholding from her? Ho ...more
Shannon
This book was a bit of a departure from what I normally read and I am glad I took the chance. Nell wakes up in the hospital with no memory of who she is. This premise sounds like a nightmare to me. Can you imagine what that would be like? Sure you get to forget anything bad that ever happened but you would forget all the good too. There are people in the room with her when she wakes up but she doesn't know who they are. How strange would it be to have people visiting you and telling you about yo ...more
Beth
In Allison Winn Scotch’s The Song Remains the Same, Nell Slattery wakes from a coma in an Iowa hospital to find that she remembers nothing about her life. She is one of only two survivors of a plane crash. Her mother, sister, husband, and best friend are there to tell her about the life she has forgotten, but Nell soon begins to think that the perfect life they tell her about isn’t real. Each of them has an agenda, and they are all telling her half-truths and rewriting her past.

Nell has to choo
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Linda Bouley
I was enthralled with this unique story. I would have given the book 4 stars if I hadn't found myself occasionally losing track of whether the main character was in her head (in the past or the present) or in real time. In some ways, it is forgivable because this is a book about a woman who is one of two people who survive a plane crash while 153 others die. Anderson Carroll and Nell Slattery are strapped into their seats, which are next to each other, and are somehow ejected away from the crash ...more
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I'm the author of a bunch of novels, including THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES (November 2013) and TIME OF MY LIFE.

As an author, I know how brutal reviews can be, so I'll only post about books I've enjoyed. (Just in case you're wondering why all of my reviews are positive!)
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