Joan, the family's ten-year-old ...more
From that point onward to the end of the book, tears and I kept frequent company. I’m imagining the 5 Stars ...more
Joan Lennon Sully, age ten, has HSAM (highly superior autobiographical memory) and wants to be remembered. Her grandmother forgot her toward the end, despite Joan’s attempts to get her to remember her. It never worked.
“Grandma, it’s me.” She tries. She really tries. But I’m not there. Grandma Joan had to throw me out of her brainbox so she could have enough room for the lyrics to all her favorite songs. She remembered those until the day she died (Saturday, October ...more
"...for most people, memories are like fairy tales, which means they're simpler and funnier and happier and more exciting than how life really is. I don't understand how people can pretend something happened differently than it actually did, but Dad says they don't even realize they're pretending."
Ten-year-old Joan Sully has HSAM, or highly superior autobiographical memory. She can recall every day in her life in explicit detail—she knows what day of the week any day was, ...more
THE REMINDERS is a delightful story and Joan Lennon Sully is an amazing, amusing and serious minded little ten year old protagonist.....with HSAM. (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory) She is one of very few people in the world who can remember exactly what she did on any particular date in "her" life...who she was with, what they were doing, their exact clothing, and most important to this narrative...their conversations...word for word.
With music always on her mind...The Beatles....more
My all time favorite part of this book was towards the end...there was a funny scene.... which took place on a TV network show - hilarious! By far - the best scene!
Mandy/Mindy..... Gavin.... “ you guys are ok”! Cracked me up and genuinely warmed my heart.
Most of the book is a little schmaltzy- and I never believed for one second that ten year old Joan would speak in many of the ways she did. Was she really sad that people couldn’t remember her ‘half’ birthday? There were many ...more
I loved this novel whose main theme is memory and its importance in life. Joan Lennon Sully is a ten-year-old girl with HSAM--highly superior autobiographical memory--meaning she can recall every detail of her life from the time she was three. She really wants to be remembered by other people though and to that e ...more
Nine-year-old Joan Lennon can't forget anything that has ever happened to her. When her grandmother Joan's Alzheimer's disease took away her memory it frightened Joan to be forgotten. Now she wants to create something so no one will forget her again: she wants to write a song.
Joan's father is a struggling songwriter; her mother wor ...more
Val Emmich's debut novel, The Reminders, is a Beatles lover's fantasy. This one is filled to the brim with song references and nods to John Lennon's New York City life (where, incidentally, a large chunk of this story takes place), I was almost too distracted by the shout outs to focus on the characters and their goings-on.
Told in alternating first-person POVs, The Reminders is the story of two people: Joan, a young girl with the rare ability of being able to recall in viv ...more
“There’s this idea of the phantom limb. A man who’s lost his arm still feels the arm and behaves as if the arm is intact. What I have, then, is a phantom love.”
Grief is a beast, an ugly snarling impulsive monster. When Gavin loses his beloved partner in a terrible tragedy he burns his home down. His ‘reminders’ hurt so bad, his love really is a phantom. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so shocking, how he acted out in grief if it was ...more
The storytelling between two very different characters made it easy to read and provided an exciting balance of perspective. The Beatles were brilliantly interlaced into the narrative so ...more
I have been a fan of Val Emmich's for years -- while this is his first published novel, I've had the pleasure of reading his written word and hearing those lyrics come to life with every single CD I've purchased, with every live show I've been to. His talent is unprecedented. If you're looking to have your heart ripped out of your chest and your soul split wide open, listen to his music. His honesty about love, life and loss are enough to make you questions everything you' ...more
First off, I could not put this book down once I really got into it. Books with child narrators are either it or miss with me. Especially when they are done poorly. In this case, Joan felt right to me and didn't seem dumbed down, or conversely, too smart/adult to be realistic. The concept felt completely new and Joan's condition is something I'd heard ...more
I’m waiting with my guitar on the hard steps and there’s an ant by my sneaker. She’s just a tiny thing, but I’d rather be that, a tiny thing that no one notices, than a real girl who everyone sees but isn’t worth remembering.
For most people, memories are like fairy tales, which means they’re simpler and funnier and happier and more exciting than how life really is. I don’t understand how people can pretend something happened differently than it actually did, but Dad says they don’t ev ...more
I thought the characters were really well-done. I genuinely cared about Gavin a ...more
And it's all of the little details and observations ... like Joan thinking Sydney's earmuffs were headphones. And Joan's sketches. And how she emulates her dad; and knows band names have to start with The ... they all paint such a vivid world.
The tie ...more
Joan Lennon Sully is a 10-year-old with extraordinary autobiographical memory, which means she can remember absolutely everything she ever experiences. Her unique talent underscores for her the shortcomings of other people's m ...more