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My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
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May 20, 12

bookshelves: young-adult-fiction
Read in May, 2012

I really enjoyed Daniel's musing about his past lives, but the rest of it (all the present time scenes) seemed to not be fully fleshed out. Brashares couldn't seem to sustain any energy for the climax, which didn't feel threatening at all, and at which point Lucy's way of talking changed completely to be more like Daniel, carrying much more weight and oldness than it should have, since she barely remembered any of the past lives. It felt out of character and strange. The end was also frustrating. Open-ended endings are not inherently bad, but this one was too wishy-washy. There was no conviction there. By the end, overall, the already tenuous connections I felt with the characters had disappeared and I was just glad to be finished reading. It wasn't entirely hopeless, since I did like parts of it, but it was overall not worth it and I think the entire plot could have been handled better.

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