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Title: The Song Remains the Same
Author: Scotch, Allison Winn
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
Publication Date: 2012/04/06
Number of Pages: 451
Binding Type: HARDCOVER
Library of Congress: 2011053005
Hardcover, Large Print, 451 pages
Published April 6th 2012 by Thorndike Press (first published April 1st 2012)
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Courtney
Jun 09, 2012 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Allison
Mar 25, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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!
Laura
Apr 11, 2012 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Mar 27, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2012 Shari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Deb
Nov 15, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 - Book Hooked Blog


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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Liz Fenton
Apr 23, 2012 Liz Fenton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Debbie Sweeney
I liked the story. I liked the characters. The spoken dialog wasn't sparkling but I enjoyed the inner dialogs. I can't imagine losing my memory. What I liked best was the musical references and and songs. I felt that this could have been developed more. The main character who lost her memory was told by all who previously knew her that her first love was music, but that never got explored! Like.....did she sing music? Write music? Play something? A lyricist??? As a music lover, I would liked to ...more
Erin
May 09, 2014 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie
Feb 02, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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?
Katherine
Sep 21, 2015 Katherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish. Didn't care what happened to any of the characters. The story was very disjointed, and I didn't get how the song titles of each chapter mattered at all to the story. I hope you have a different experience, but I cannot recommend this one.
Shilo
Jun 03, 2012 Shilo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jean
Jun 14, 2015 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My review seems to be missing. jOURney bookclub. Not much to talk about.
Anita Smith
Aug 27, 2012 Anita Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what else to say, other than this book sucked.
Lori
Aug 04, 2015 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
absorbing.
Suzanne
This is my first time reading Allison Winn Scotch. I enjoyed her storytelling and writing style, with the exception of using bad language – often. I would give 3.5-4 stars for the interesting story concept, but really didn't like the harsh language and found it distracting. There's ways to express anger and discontent without using the "F" word.

The premise of the story is interesting in the way of being only one of only two survivors of a plane crash and losing your memory. In an effort to find
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Mel Plav
May 21, 2017 Mel Plav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tiffany
Aug 05, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Review originally posted at: Book Cover Justice

Nell Slattery has just woken up after surviving a terrible plane crash. Not only does she not remember the crash, she can't remember anything at all. In fact, she has no clue who she is or who these people are at her bedside. She only knows what she has been told: she is one of only two survivors of the crash, she is married to a man named Peter and she has a famous father who disappeared years ago.

With the help of her mother, sister, husband and fr
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Heather
Aug 13, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
My review published in the August 19, 2012 Burlington Times-News:

Nell Slattery awakens in an Iowa hospital, broken and bruised with no memory of who she is, what has happened, or who the people surrounding her bed are. She is one of the only two survivors of a plane crash, left to ponder why she survived when 152 other people did not.

She learns that she and her younger sister, Rory, run a successful art gallery in New York. Nell has been married to Peter for five years. By all accounts, she has
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Charlotte
Dec 07, 2011 Charlotte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, arc
2/5 at first, 3/5 with the ending.

Pros: Original in the construction, I liked the way things are related with the different songs.
The ending can't be predicted easilly.

Cons: The change of point of view in some chapters.
The story is evolving slowly.


I won an ARC of this book through one of Goodreads' giveaway. Even though the book wasn't what I thought it would be, I liked it.


The main character: Nelly is one of the two survivors of a plane crash. When she wakes up in the hospital, she has no
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Carolyn
I'm not totally convinced that I didn't like this book . . . but it didn't end with the compelling finish I thought it would.

The premise of the book started very strong for me. Nell had been in a plane crash and she and her seat mate (a famous actor named Anderson) are the only ones to survive. The trauma of the crash had caused Nell to loose her memories. She could only be told what her past was by a mother who is flighty and glosses over the truth of her past, a sister whom she doesn't feel th
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Carol
Feb 29, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
When Nell tries to look around the room, she realizes it wasn't her alarm clock beeping her awake. A man and an older woman, looking ragged, fly to her bedside and begin crying the moment the they see her open eyes. Others enter and a man, introducing himself as Dr. Macht, begins to ask her simple questions when. When a mirror is placed in front of her, she gazes into the reflected woman's eyes. These faces, Her mother's, her husband's, her own - complete strangers. Her mind - a blank.

They tell
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Jonita
Dec 03, 2011 Jonita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nell Slattery wakes up in a strange hospital room and discovers that she is only one of the two survivors of a horrific plane crash. She also quickly realizes that she has no memories remaining- not of the crash, nor of the people and places that made up the fabric of her previous life.

Desperate to discover who she used to be, Nell begins to listen to music and look at pictures and art that may jog her memory, but with no result. Her family tries to help but they each have their own agendas that
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Viviane Crystal
Jan 07, 2013 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Nell Slattery's life is about to be changed forever in a split second. When she awakens in a hospital room, one of only two survivors of a plane crash, she finds herself without any memories of just who she is, what her life has been up to this point and what has happened to her.

Her first moments in the hospital have revealed to her that she is married to a man in the room she doesn't remember and her mother is there, again someone she doesn't recognize. After meeting with Anderson Carroll, a bi
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Alice Bola
Jan 02, 2013 Alice Bola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began reading The Song Remains the Same, it reminded me of the movie The Vow. Married woman gets amnesia, husband tries to woo her, she puts her life back together. Similar right? Actually no. As Julie reminded me, the similarities end with amnesia. In the beginning, I kept looking for those nonexistent similarities so much that it blurred my perceptive. It didn’t help that I didn’t feel any love towards Peter (Nell’s husband), Nell’s mother and sister, or Anderson, the movie star and oth ...more
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