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My Name Is Memory

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  20,072 ratings  ·  3,827 reviews
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Last Summer (of You and Me) comes an imaginative, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime.

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and for
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Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Riverhead Hardcover
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Tonight I lost my book-throwing virginity. Sure, I've been tempted to chuck something across the room before, but have never actually done it until now.

Maybe the book didn't make it all the way across the room, but it was thrust off my lap with a certain amount of ferocity. Why, you ask? Because no book should EVER have the ending that I was just subjected to.

'My Name Is Memory' should have been a 5 star book. It was beautifully written, and I was captivated by the journey of one man traveling t
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Sara
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Jenny Maloney
Oh, I sure hope this is part of some kind of series because I was totally in love with this book until the end. And the end sooooo irritated me that I literally threw the book down. I don't do that. I love books. I love great stories. And I loved this story -- it's such a unique look at how a relationship functions.

Main character: Daniel, a dude who can remember his past lives. In love with: Sophia/Charlotte/Lucy, who cannot remember her past lives. Struggle: he needs her to remember him. Troub
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Carrie Kindred
My Name is Memory is a love story unlike any I have ever known. Ann Brashares unravels her tale a bit at a time and toys with her audience much like a cat bats a ball of yarn. We are tossed to and fro throughout the ages clinging to the memories of Daniel -- a soul who is both blessed and cursed with the incredbile ability to remember all of his many lives as he is reincarnated over centuries.

Daniel's stories pull us into the ancient worlds of Northern Africa and Crete, to the not-so-distant pas
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MizzSandie
OH. MY. GOD.

there is no gif for these things that i am feeling
ohmygofohmygodohmygod

This book was EVERYTHING and more.
ill never forget it, its imprinted on my memory, for the rest of my life
It has left my brain stunned at it's utter genious, which is why this review probably wont be very coherent, but who am I kidding? there is no way I could caption this brilliance that is this book anyway.

So I wont say much I will just say this:

From the very first pages I was encaptured by this book - loving the writing, and intrigued by the story. And as the story moved along, spinning pieces together, I just fell in love with it. Madly. Deeply.

T
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Rachel Kramer
GAAAR!!

Are you kidding me?!

I'm still expecting Ashton Kutcher to pop out of my closet to declare I've been punk’d.

This could have easily been a 5-star book if not for the ending. I've never been so dissatisfied!

Yes, I still give it 4 stars because it was brilliantly written, romantic, emotionally gripping. I loved the characters and the overall story that was told here...again, up until like the last two pages. Seriously? Would it have hurt Brashares to add, I don't know, thirty more pages to c
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Caroline
This is a great book that I enjoyed reading a lot.

At first I was taken aback by the similarities with Fallen (storyline and names), not in the sense that they copied on each other, but in the sense "what are the odds to use the same names?". So I've been doing some research on the names (yes, I am that geeky) and haven't found anything relevant so I'm still very curious about it if anyone has an explanation (there is *nothing* like a mystery to keep you up at night - I so don't believe in coinc
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Nomes
At first I wasn't sure if I would read it all - the first chapter, while definitely compelling, is pretty intense with the depth of romance and the soul mate connection thing and I wasn't sure if it was a too hard-core love story for my taste...

However, it swiftly moves along in chapters that not only alternate in POV, but also in time periods including ancient settings and exotic and varied locations around the world. While a lot of these chapters recounted the love and history between Daniel a
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Raya
The max number of renewals the library allows is two. Frankly, I think they should allow three renewals -- three is a fair number, but who cares? I have a system. If I have a book I've renewed twice and still haven't read, I call up: "I returned this book through the college's drop box last week. Yes, I know it's not due for another week, but it should have been checked in three days ago. What if it never gets checked in? I don't want fees." (Current library fee: $6.45. I'm not sure how it manag ...more
Samantha Oledan
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Ivana S.

Very interesting and well written book.

When I first saw the blurb, I was not interested in reading the whole thing (reincarnation, Daniel, Lucy... it reminded me of another book I did not like so much), but then my friend said some good things about it and I decided to give it a try anyway. I was pleasantly surprised.

Characters are nicely developed and likable.
Daniel is really great. He talks about love so much and still sounds like a man, he is not pathetic or too dramatic like many other mal
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Amy
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Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
Daniel has been looking for the same girl for centuries. He first saw her in 541 AD. Since then, he has come across her in several of their future lives. He remembers her; she doesn't. In their current lives, Daniel and the girl, Lucy, attend the same high school. She is smitten by him but they do not get a chance to talk until prom night, when an incident at school puts the two of them in the same room. That night when they kiss, Lucy is frightened both by the images that come to her mind and b ...more
Ronique
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Sophia
What does it feel knowing the things that happened in your previous life (being reincarnated with Memory)? What will you do to continue living like an ordinary human? Would you consider that having the Memory is a way of redoing things that you regret before? Or would you regret on living with your Memory again? Would you do the same things you did before just to be sure that you’re still the same person in your first life? Would you still search for someone who became your anchor in your past l ...more
Cheyenne
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Clarissa
"I read Fallen by Lauren Kate, then I read this one later that week. The similarities are striking. First, there is the unrequited love thing going where Daniel (same name and everything) loves Lucy (in fallen, it was Luce) for thousands of years. He remembers, she doesn't. That in itself is interesting. Luckily, the similarities end there, as I really did not like Fallen, if I could have given it negative stars I would have. However, I would give My Name is Memory 4. There were a few notable d ...more
Alana/MiaTheReader
Ann Brashares is a great writer and I enjoy reading her books, but when I'm done and look back on them, I usually find that her male characters just bother me. The protagonist of this book is no exception. He is irrational, one-dimensional, and has no goal in life but a woman (think Paul in The Last Summer (of You And Me)). I think a man who has nothing going for him but stalking the woman he loves is undesirable. However, My Name is Memory is still a fascinating read. Though I do not believe in ...more
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Σχεδόν όλοι μας έχουμε αναρωτηθεί για το αν υπάρχουν προηγούμενες ζωές, μια πράξη που θα σήμαινε ότι έχουμε την δυνατότητα να ζήσουμε και επόμενες, έπειτα από την συγκεκριμένη επίγεια που βιώνουμε. Οι περισσότεροι μάλιστα θα έχουν σκεφτεί πολλές φορές πόσο διαφορετικά μπορεί να ήταν τα πράγματα στην ζωή μας αν είχαμε την δυνατότητα να διατηρούμε τις μνήμες μας από το πέρασμα της μιας ζωής στην άλλη. Αν όμως κάτι τέτοιο συνέβαινε, τι θα ήταν στην πραγματικότητα, ευλογία ή κατάρα; Θα μας βοηθούσε ...more
Dwayne
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

I read quite a lot of romance, and I do like most of them, but occasionally I find one that can easily outclass the rest. My Name is Memory is in huge contention for the most romantic book I have ever laid hands on.

The story of Daniel is one that is both fascinating and unnerving. I found the concept of reincarnation common enough, but to carry the memory of it all - both a gift and a curse to our hero - is a fresh albeit as intriguing twist to the idea. The
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Uci
Ketika urusanmu telah selesai, entah dalam keadaan baik atau buruk, itulah yang menjadi akhir darimu. (hal. 179) Urusan Daniel di dunia ini belum selesai, maka dia kembali dan kembali lagi dalam tubuh yang berbeda-beda di berbagai belahan dunia selama ribuan tahun. Hanya memorinya yang bertahan. Bagaimana kalau orang tahu bahwa mereka didaur ulang? Akankah itu mengubah sesuatu?

Beberapa tahun belakangan ini fenomena anak indigo kerap saya dengar. Banyak contoh menakjubkan yang membuat orang sulit
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Jan
In Daniel's world, almost everyone is reincarnated at least once. The difference between Daniel and most people is that he can remember all his previous lives in vivid detail. Through the centuries he has been trying to connect with his one true love, Sophia. In his current life he has found her in Lucy.

Lucy finds herself drawn to the mysterious Daniel even though they have never spoken. But when they finally do talk, he frightens her by calling her another name and talking about past lives and
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Alanna
Ann Brashares is one of those authors that you don't believe can get any better, and yet she manages to with each and every book. From the moment I finished the first book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, I fell in love with her overwhelmingly realistic characters. I gobbled the series up in my early teen years, and have been anxiously awaiting the release of My Name is Memory for quite a while now. I can happily say it did not disappoint.

For me, it's always been the characters i
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Melissa
Despite the fact it took me nearly two weeks to read this rather short book, I can say that it really is a lovely read full of hope, dreams, eternal love and hopefully a sequel.




My Name is Memory is a take on the human soul having the ability to live many lives over the centuries. This is an idea that I had read before a long time ago, not in a book of fiction but in some metaphysical mumbo jumbo back in the 1990's I believe. Sometimes reading about the possibility of having 2nd, 3rd or more chan
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Michelle
One of the best books I've ever read. I was apprehensive at first from reading reviews of how slow the book started, but don't believe them! I was drawn into the story from page 1 and by a few chapters in I was so engrossed in the story I found myself reading at stop lights!

The story was original while still giving a wave to the likes of Time Traveler's Wife. For the most part, this story kept me guessing to the very end.

While reading I found holes and had lots of questions but Brashares' story
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Stephanie
I feel slightly bad giving this two stars, but I am not sure it's quite a three star book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it. It could have been that it came after a couple amazing books on my list of recently read, so perhaps it didn't get a fair chance. I found m self getting bored in the middle and wishing that Daniel (it is written from two different point of views) would just stop talking. If you are a hopeless romantic, you might love it. I find myself slightly annoyed with romances t ...more
Isamlq
My Name is Memory is my first Ann Brashares (of Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants fame) novel. I picked it up on a whim but its complexity took me totally by surprise. It is one hell of a story; imagine having to wait through time for your one true love to recognize you (Don’t gag! I will admit that it was the cheesy-sappy-overly romantic blurb that got me to read it but… there’s just more to it.)

I wanted a romance; I got that and so much more. Daniel and Lucy’s story is very rich and complicat
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Marianne
Finding true love is never easy. And sometimes, when you find it, you are only given a short time to be with your true love because eventually you'll have to face the inevitable heartbreak and separation - death. In this book, it showed that love does not end in death. Your souls continue to love each other and search for each other to be together again in your next lifetimes. That is how the cycle goes because true love is for eternity.

This is a good read for those "in love", for those who are
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Jasprit
Woah! this book just blew me away, I had my doubts, as this was the first Anne Brashares book I had picked up and when I'd read the blurb I was worried that it would have a lot of similarities to Lauren Kate's fallen (which I didn't like at all), but I was totally wrong. This book had me hooked with its alternate chapters in time, the unexpected twists, and Daniel's everlasting love for Lucy made the book so moving and heartbreaking that I didn't want the book to end. However it also does leave ...more
~Tina~
My Name is Memory is a strong story of bitterness and longing of founded-love and loved-lost, that just keeps going and going on repeat.
While the stories of immortality has always fascinated me, I just didn't have any desire to continue this gut wrenching and sad story of a man who's memories are one of desperate and despair while his only love doesn't remember him...for all time and beyond.
My rating of 3stars is just me, seriously, this is a great story.
The writing is strong, the storyline is i
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she ne ...more
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