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My Name Is Memory

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  24,900 Ratings  ·  4,421 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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Amanda Kroeschel I was ready to be ok with the end, but the more I mulled over it, the more openings there were. So, I had to investigate. Turns out, per her Twitter…moreI was ready to be ok with the end, but the more I mulled over it, the more openings there were. So, I had to investigate. Turns out, per her Twitter posts, it was supposed to be a sequel but the publisher wouldn't ok it because Memory didn't have enough sales. Hopefully, if there's enough movie interest, they'll give her leave to finish it... Argh!
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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
Sep 03, 2010 Sara rated it did not like it
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Jenny Maloney
Apr 28, 2011 Jenny Maloney rated it really liked it
Shelves: girly
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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Rachel Kramer
Jul 07, 2014 Rachel Kramer rated it really liked it
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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Carrie Chaney
Aug 18, 2010 Carrie Chaney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
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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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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Raya
What a disappointing companion this book makes! A frightening familiarity hit as I read from page to page, and I realized: it reminds me of Twilight. I don't enjoy tossing Stephenie Meyer's name around every time the topic of poor writing surfaces, but her ability is among the most prominently weak that I've encountered in a crazy spectrum of good and bad writing. Truly, I am surprised Lucy did not convince herself that Daniel is a vampire, but thank the universe that Lucy has a brain. Or maybe ...more
Jonetta
Feb 23, 2016 Jonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Monica
Daniel has the ability to remember each of his past lives as he reincarnates into the next. With each new life, he seeks to find a young woman he is haunted by from his first life, Sophia. However, Sophia, in her reincarnation, doesn't always remember him. Until Lucy.

I listened to this as an audiobook with the most top notch narration I've ever heard. This book is a complicated story, made so by the transitions back and forth between the present day and past lives. Two narrators were used, which
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Samantha Oledan
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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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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
Jun 10, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
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Evelina
Jun 10, 2015 Evelina rated it really liked it
| 4,5 /5 |
Μια υπέροχη ιστορία αγάπης που κυματίζει αδιάκοπα στους αιώνες!
Το βιβλίο δεν ξεκινά ab ovo ,αλλά παίρνει τα γεγονότα ξεκινώντας από το παρόν(που δεν αποτελεί,χρονολογικά,την αρχή της ιστορίας)κάτι που μου διέγειρε,αρχικά,την προσοχή. Φυσικά για να καλύψει τα κενά και να μας τυλίξει στα γεγονότα,η Brashares χρησιμοποίησε την αναδρομική αφήγηση και σε μεγάλο,μάλιστα,βαθμό,όμως δεν με κούρασε καθόλου. Αντίθετα,βυθιζόμουν στις προηγούμενες ζωές του Ντάνιελ κ ανακάλυπτα με ενδιαφέρον την πα
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Rachel
Jun 03, 2015 Rachel added it
Shelves: 2015reads, hell-no
DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF! Very rarely do I not finish a book, but so far this is a the second book this year. I HATE THIS BOOK. For so many different reasons.

First off, this shit is fucking weird. I've read books about people with past lives before, but this was just WAY TOO WEIRD. Weird. It was just weird.

Within the first 20 pages of the book, the male character, Daniel, grabs Lucy and refuses to let her go, even though she's clearly distressed and asks him to let her go SEVERAL TIMES. Her dress e
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Liliflaj
Feb 22, 2016 Liliflaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tear_jerker, laguna
Do you believe in reincarnation? This book is for those that believe!
When I started reading this book, I had the inexplicable feeling - deja vu. 'Hey, this is something what I was thinking! What the hell am I was in my Walk-lives? "
This is a beautiful story about two souls who are seeking for centuries and can not seem to find. He was her one accidentally killed, but her time so loved that a thousand and a half years looking for and died for it.
At present, they have finally found it, recognized
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Clarissa
Feb 12, 2012 Clarissa rated it really liked it
"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
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
Dwayne
Jun 28, 2010 Dwayne rated it it was amazing
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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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
Ronique
Jul 08, 2010 Ronique rated it liked it
Shelves: fic-series
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Michelle
Oct 08, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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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Eme
Dec 26, 2015 Eme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I COULD STOP READING.I couldn't put it down! It was really that good!! This is the kind of book you want to burn throw out of the window after you finished reading. A no brainer, no a no-questions-asked hands-down 5-star rating!

“Please believe him. Keep your heart open to him. He can make you happy. He has always loved you, and you once loved him with all your heart.”
Lucijaa
Jan 03, 2016 Lucijaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Excellent book, and I enjoyed reading it.
I would've given it five stars, but why cliffhanger?

We don't know if Daniel is succesfull in killing Joaquim, and if he'll return to Lucy.


I just hate goddamn cliffhangers.
Alanna
Jun 19, 2010 Alanna rated it it was amazing
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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Cheyenne
May 11, 2011 Cheyenne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alana/MiaTheReader
Jul 12, 2010 Alana/MiaTheReader rated it it was ok
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
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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
Stephanie
Apr 08, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
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
Uci
Jul 25, 2011 Uci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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