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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  793 ratings  ·  183 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Arthur Pengerbil
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...more
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 :(
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...more
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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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Mike Mullin
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.
Momento Nora was engaging. It takes place in a futuristic United States, which is hauntingly reminiscent of 1984. It was a good reminder of why law enforcement should not be privatized.

In Nora's city, terrorist attacks happen nearly three times a week, forcing everyone to travel in armored vehicles, routinely visit Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic and even move to compounds. The compounds include malls, schools, movie theaters, etc., so that no one in the compound ever has to leave. Also, compound...more
This book is brilliant! A must read - period.
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...more
Mar 24, 2011 Debbie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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...more
Schuyler Esperanza
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Vyki (On The Shelf)
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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...more
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...more
Attacks, bombs, explosions, forgetting clinics… that´s Nora´s 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 there´s something you should not forget, that if you don’t remember will hurt someone you love? What if you lost yourself try...more
E. Anderson
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...more
L (Sniffly Kitty)
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...more
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...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The dystopian world in which Memento Nora is set is not too different from the world of today. The technology, aside from the pills and phones with even better technology, does not seem to far out of the realm of today's capabilities. This one reminds me most of Uglies, because of the slang, and Little Brother for the contemporary setting.

My favorite thing about Memento Nora was the focus on comics, and the power the written word can have. I love that the teens are creating this comic strip to h...more
Anastasia Tuckness
I really really enjoyed this book. It has a great combination of interesting characters, a setting that's all-too-believable in our near future, and enough action to keep it moving.

Nora has it all--a glossy Pink Ice mobile, a mom who takes her shopping whenever she closes a big real estate deal, a successful father, and a well-established place at the top of her social hierarchy. One day while shopping, she witnesses a violent bombing and it bothers her so much she can't sleep. No problem, say h...more
Tawni (The Book Worms)
I thought that Memento Nora had so much potential and I liked the overall concept of the book. Unfortunately for me, it was somewhat boring at times and predictable. I really enjoyed the writing style, but the characters and everything else was mediocre.

Nora witnesses a terrifying explosion on the city streets and she's encouraged to go to TFC, the Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, where she'll talk to someone about what happened and take the magic erasing pill. But she runs into Micah, the nearly...more
Jessica Subject
In Memento Nora, it is easy to forget about all of the terrorism occurring all around. All you have to do is take a pill. It will help you to forget all of your painful memories.

The first time Nora James visits a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic (TFC), she meets a guy who demonstrates one doesn't have to take the pill. And Nora decides to remember. Unfortunately, remembering leads Nora to discover her world is far different than she'd thought.

This is the third book I've read from the authors of The...more
When I first received this book (Thank you, Holly!), I was surprised at the thin novel in my hands. There was little to be sorry for though, as the tiny tome jumped right into the action with very little introduction. I was pleasantly surprised by how well everything was fleshed out. No words were used carelessly, it was precise and concise.

Nora is a typical teenager in a dystopian future. I just can't get enough of these dystopians lately! They are everywhere and I love them! Nora is pretty co...more
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