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Memento Nora (Memento Nora #1)

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On an otherwise glossy day, a blast goes off and a body thuds to the ground at Nora's feet. There are terrorist attacks in the city all the time, but Nora can't forget.

In Nora's world you don't have to put up with nightmares. Nora goes with her mother to TFC--a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There, she can describe her horrible memory and take a pill to erase it so she can
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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The central gimmick of this book interested me. PTSD is a thing of the past. Just take one simple pill and those memories are gone, and the trauma with it. It's entirely voluntary, of course, but why wouldn't you take the pill? Why would you want to remember watching a man die in a terrorist attack, or that your husband regularly beats you? It makes for a dystopia (of the "everything is shiny on the surface but what is the cost?" type) that makes a great deal of sense. I can absolutely believe t ...more
Feb 12, 2011 Lindsay rated it really liked it
I can say with certainty that this book had me from the first sentence:

“I’m about to forget everything I'm going to tell you.”

I adore this book. It’s different from anything else out there right now. Everything in it is something that we’ve possibly seen before, but the way Angie Smibert has put the different elements together felt completely fresh and wonderfully thought-provoking. It’s unusual for me to really enjoy a mostly plot-driven book, but that’s what Memento Nora is: a fast drive thro
This book was not for me. I was surprised when I first got it in the mail--it was a lot smaller than I had anticipated (both in page numbers and physical size.)Despite being less than 200 pages, I found it difficult to want to continue reading. The story just didn't draw me in. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters. The chapters didn't end in cliffhangers. There weren't a lot of cliffhangers, actually. Not a lot happened.

I had very high expectations for this book, probably because
Creativity's Corner
This review was originally posted on my blog, Creativity's Corner

This book was not what I was expecting, in any way shape or form. For one thing, it was smaller than I expected. It came from the library and it felt so tiny compared to the tomes I've become used to. For some reason, that made me even more excited to read it - it was something new and different!

From the moment I cracked open this book I felt like I was in a different world. The writing style was so different, and yet I was compl
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 Arthur Pengerbil rated it really liked it
Reading Level: Grades 8 and up

"I'm about to forget everything I'm going to tell you." So begins the therapeutic statement of Nora James, age 15. Nora and her two friends Micah and Winter, are being held at the Detention Center for Therapeutic Forgetting. In a world filled with ramdom bombings, the authorities find that the people usually want to take the pill that will make them forget all the ugliness. Nora and her friend will be forced to take The Big Pill that will erase all memory of their
Oh, I have so many reviews to write, it's ridiculous...this one will be up soon though. Disappointing in some ways, and far too short. This is the second book in a row that I have read this week where I felt as though there were so many wasted opportunities; both were books that had such potential with their awesome story lines, which makes it that much more disappointing when they fail to meet their potential. Boo :(
Jun 11, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
If you could take a little white pill to forget all the traumatic events in your life... would you do it? Would the events that you have forgotten make your life different? Would it make you a different person?

It is not everyday that a book evokes all these questions and really makes you think about the events that shape who you are as a person. But Memento Nora tackles all these questions. And does so in a way that completely threw my brain for a loop.

Told through three teen point of views, re
Apr 02, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at:

Actual Rating: 3.5

Thought provoking in the possibilities it presents, Memento Nora is a story that causes us to shift a lot of our attention inward, wondering what we might do if erasing targeted memories was actually an option. So many fascinating questions are raised with such a deceptively simple premise, the idea of a pill to help us forget unwanted moments in time seeming pretty straightforward, but the implicat
Apr 07, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Angie Simbert’s Memento Nora isn’t the kind of thing I’d expect to find aimed at younger audiences. Near daily attacks drive people to Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics where with one little white pill they can leave their fears behind. Nora has her first visit after the bookstore she and her mother are about to visit blows up in front of them, dropping a dead body right at her feet. So, off to forget she goes, at least until she sees mystery guy Micah spit out his pill. At least until she hears wh ...more
May 28, 2011 cecilia rated it really liked it
The compact size of MEMENTO NORA threw me off, but don't they say that good things can come in small packages? Let me say that this package delivers quite the punch that you won't want to forget!

Nora, Micah, and Winter live in a world that reminded me of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, but instead of messing with brainwaves, unforgivable and undesirable memories get erased with a swallow of a pill. The more you choose to forget, the more spending credits you get as a reward to shop and mo
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Normally YA dystopias leave me cold, or lukewarm. But I really loved this one. A store called Fahrenheit Books blows up early on in the story, and that made me feel like Smibert actually knew classic dystopic literature. (A clear allusion to Fahrenheit 451.) Plus, there's a plausible reason for this dystopic culture of voluntary forgetting to have developed — "corporations and governments want more money and power" will always be plausible.

Everything fits together neatly, and there are hints (so
Apr 22, 2015 Amellia rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book!! It's one of the first YA books I've read in a while that I couldn't put down. "Memento Nora" is a few years old, but it's issues are very relevant and the writing style makes it feel young and "now". I wish slightly that there had been some sketches of the comic printed in the book, but I'm sure an artist somewhere online has supplied that wish. The end did feel slightly rushed, and I wasn't thrilled that the librarian betrayed everyone...BUT, I would 100% recommend ...more
Mike Mullin
Aug 24, 2011 Mike Mullin rated it it was amazing
A chillingly plausible dystopian novel with my favorite kind of ending: one that leaves readers some space for their own interpretation of what just happened and what's coming next.
Jan 26, 2015 Kelly/yllektra rated it liked it
Review to come...
Yay I think I will start posting reviews again...
Jan 26, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant! A must read - period.
Mrs. Beidleman
Jul 27, 2015 Mrs. Beidleman rated it liked it
I've had a few students abandon this one saying it was too confusing, so I decided to read it to find out why. This book is about a girl named Nora who lives in the future. In this time, there are a lot of terrorist attacks, and society has chosen to deal with them by erasing the memories from their brains. Nora discovers, however, that there is more to this company who performs the brain erasing procedure. The beginning can be difficult to understand, but if you get through the first 1/4 of the ...more
M.A. Hughes
Feb 28, 2015 M.A. Hughes rated it it was ok
The At-A-Glance Review:

I found it difficult to finish this book, but thankfully it was short. I really wanted to like it because my husband loved it and the premise sounded interesting. I think the story itself had a lot of promise, but the characterization was shallow and the plot was abrupt and unsatisfying. It felt rushed.

All three characters in this story had little diversity in personality. What seemed to set them apart were their looks, hobbies and family. While that should be part of it,
Elizabeth Ashley
So I couldnt finish this book. Its nothing personal, which is why Im not rating it. Unfortunately, I wasnt connecting with the plot or the characters and felt that I wasnt giving it my full attention. Sometimes, a book comes along, thats a fine book, but just isnt for me. Thats how I feel about this book. The writing was fine. The plot was acceptable. I could understand where the characters were coming from, and their likely purpose, I just was not a fan. So after 25% I decided to toss in the to ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Memento Nora is a novel by Angie Smibert and a YA Dystopian from Marshall Cavendish.

Book Blurb:

Forget your cares at TFC.

On an otherwise glossy day, a blast goes off and a body thuds to the ground at Nora’s feet. There are terrorist attacks in the city all the time, but Nora can’t forget. So Nora goes with her mother to TFC - a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There she can describe her horrible memory and take the pill that will erase it.

But at TFC, a chance encounter with a mysterious guy change
Mar 24, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it
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3.5 stars
If you could take a pill to forget any traumatic event would you do it? This is the question Nora is faced with when her mother takes her to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic (TFC) after she witnesses a terrorist attack. While waiting for her turn at the clinic she sees Micah, a fellow classmate, come out and show her that he hid the pill and threw it away. After hearing about the traumatic experience her mother wants to forget Nora decides that someone needs to remember that experience s
Schuyler Esperanza
May 18, 2011 Schuyler Esperanza rated it really liked it
This review originally blogged at Dystopian Divas:

Nora James is into having "glossy" days: ones spent shopping for the latest trends, watching her favorite shows, and spending time with friends just like her. So when she witnesses an event that won't leave her mind, she wants to go back to being glossy--by going, as so many do, to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic (or TFC). Only once she's there, she decides she doesn't want to forget. This decision leads her to
Sep 26, 2011 Cait rated it really liked it
Living in a world where terrorist attacks are so common place that there are clinics where citizens can go to have their memory of witnessing an attack erased, Nora witnesses a boy spit out his pill as he winks at her. She makes the quick decision to do the same, and so begins a journey into discovering whether everything society has been told, and forgets, is real or staged.

MEMENTO NORA is a book that delves into what it means to be able to forget anything bad that you see, or happens to you. I
Aug 28, 2011 Chloe rated it really liked it
Memento Nora was a really glossy fast read filled with twists and turns that cause this book to be super action packed.

America is constantly plagued by terrorist bombings due to an organization called the Coalition, leading to the development of Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics, or TFCs, to combat PTSD. The government sponsors the TFCs and gives you points for "Frequent Forgetting."

One day, our heroine Nora goes shopping downtown with her mom and sees a bookstore get blown up, leading to her fir
Dec 15, 2012 Shanella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in a future dystopia, Memento Nora by Angie Smibert is a short, action packed page-turner. Everything seems fine in Nora’s society until she took her first trip to the Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. In Nora’s world, these clinics exist to help people forget traumatic experiences by taking a pill at the TFC.

While waiting with her mother, Nora notices Mitch, a boy from her school, in the waiting room; a simple message (memento) and a spur of the moment decision, as well as her mother’s best ke
Vyki (On The Shelf)
Aug 21, 2011 Vyki (On The Shelf) rated it liked it
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This is a pretty short novel about a teenage girl, Nora, who lives in a very violent world with numerous bombings and many other bad things. After she witnesses a horrendous event, her mother takes her to a TFC clinic where she can simply take a pill to forget the whole incident. Upon learning what her mother has come to forget, she makes the decision not to take the pill. She meets new friends, Micah and Winter, and together they start a comic to let peo
May 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
It is very rare that I set down a book and say out loud: “That was awesome.” Much to the amusement of my cats (the only ones in the house at the time), I said it upon completing Memento Nora!

We all have moments of wishing we could forget a horrific event in our lives. In Memento Nora, Angie Smibert created a pill, distributed at Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics, that does just that: recipients are asked to recount the traumatic incident then they are given a pill to forget the event. When Nora is
Jul 04, 2011 Marianna rated it liked it
Attacks, bombs, explosions, forgetting clinics… thats Noras world. A place where bad memories can be erased, forgotten, suppresses by a little white pill, then you can go on with your life, like if nothing ever happened.
Sounds good, right? Wouldn’t it be awesome to let go those horrible memories, the ones you wish you couldn’t keep, ones that could hurt? What happens if theres something you should not forget, that if you don’t remember will hurt someone you love? What if you lost yourself trying
E. Anderson
Mar 09, 2011 E. Anderson rated it really liked it
One thing I loved about Angie Smibert‘s MEMENTO NORA was the nearness of it. The novel felt so close to our reality, rather than the far distant future. And it was terrifying — this world where people were not only encouraged by the government to forget the scary, traumatic things that happened to them, but who actually have medical forgetting procedures on a regular basis.

Nora’s world should be filled with fear — there are constant terrorist bombings, black vans roam the streets, and people dis
L (Sniffly Kitty)
Jan 05, 2011 L (Sniffly Kitty) rated it really liked it
I have to say, this was pretty good. When it arrived, it was such a slim novel that I was worried, but I was quickly drawn into the story and cared about the characters. I really enjoyed the way the trio interacted, and how each of them had an interesting background.

The story moves pretty quickly, but somehow a lot of background information is given without the feeling of information overload. The characters manage to tell their vignettes in a wonderfully chilling but accessible voice.

This book
Jan 20, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
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I was a little disappointed at the size of this book when I received it - the ARC is only 184 pages. How can a book that size possibly be any good? When it's written by Angie Smibert, of course!

Nora is just your average preppy girl - until she witnesses a bombing and sees a man killed before her eyes. Plagued by her dreams of the incident, she goes with her mother to the Theraputic Forgetting Clinic to take a pill and make it all go away. In the waiting room, she sees a boy from her school who w
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I was born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. I grew up thinking I wanted to be a veterinarian; organic chemistry had other ideas. But I always had stories in my head. Eventually, after a few degrees and few cool jobs—including a 10-year stint at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—I wrote some of those stories down.

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