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The Memory of Forgotten Things

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  54 reviews
One of the happiest memories twelve-year-old Sophia Wallace has is of her tenth birthday. Her mother made her a cake that year—and not a cake from a box-mix, but from scratch. She remembers the way the frosting tasted, the way the pink sugar roses dissolved on her tongue.

This memory, and a scant few others like it, is all Sophia has of her mother, so she keeps them close.
Published May 15th 2018 by Aladdin
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Memory of Forgotten Things tackles the subject of grief in a really fascinating way, and it does so without getting to heavy. The book intentionally makes you question the genre, initially seeming to be possibly fantasy, sci fi, or magical realism.

Sophia has memories of her dead mother, but she also has Memories of her mother. She gets these visions of times spent with her mom that didn't actually happen. After getting to know DJ, a boy in her class, who has similar visions of a stepdad he's
Ms. Yingling
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss

Loved The Emperor's Riddle, so had high hopes. This was just not what I was expecting. It's magical realism, with some vague powers of memory, and moved more slowly. There was also a lot of dealing with grief. Well-written, fine idea, but just not what I wanted.
The Reading Countess
ARC compliments of Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing

What if you felt constrained by a small town's view of who you are or what your family history was? What if you had to adjust to a new normal, forced to cope in your own broken way? And what about grief--those waves of emotion always at the edge waiting to come crashing in on you...

What if you had a shot at rewriting history? Would you take it?

Beautifully written, stitched together so well that the reader is constantly guessing. I gulped
Dorine White
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sophia's mother died when she was six, but that's not what some of her memories tell her. Instead, Sophia has sudden memories that involve her mom baking a birthday cake when she turned ten, or encouraging Sophia to sing a solo in the school choir at twelve. Sophia keeps her Memories a secret, holding on to them as tightly as possible.

Then she gets put into a group project with DJ and finds out that she's not the only one who has memories of events that never happened. DJ has a sketchbook filled
Many thanks to Edelweiss Plus and the publishers for providing me with an advance eARC of this for review. All opinions are my own.

Sophia has memories of her mother baking her birthday cakes, coming to her choir performances, and giving her hugs, telling her everything will be OK. All normal things for a mother to do, except for the fact that Sophia's mom has been dead for almost 7 years. And she still gets new memories all the time. Glimpses into what could have been, or what is, in an alternat
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
An unexpected read. It’s a quiet book about childrens’ grief, adult depression and yearning with a touch of magical realism and sci-fi. Just shows, be careful what you wish for and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It centres around Sophia Wallace who seems like a totally normal girl, except that every so often she has a Memory which is impossible. She glimpses a world where her mother is still alive, and when she meets DJ she realizes that she isn't the only one with this special ability. Together they begin to unravel the mystery of why they can experience this other world, and with another boy from their class, Luke, they realize that everything might be connected to the upcoming t ...more
a suspenseful but thought provoking story about regret, parallel universes, and how to grapple with the what ifs in the wake of loss
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Memory of Forgotten Things was such a sweet and touching Middle Grade novel. The book is centered around Sophia, a twelve-year-old girl who is having memories of her mom; memories when she was 9, 10, 11…except her mom passed away when Sophia was only six-years-old. So the question is, how is this possible? With the help of two of Sophia’s classmates they find a correlation between the Memories and the sol
Tonja Drecker
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a touch of magic and tons of heart, this is a book which grabs, makes the reader dream and doesn't let go.

Sophia is in the seventh grade. Her mother died when she was six, but memory flashes allow her to see events with her mother up until she was much older than that. These flashes are too familiar and vivid to be dreams, yet they can't be reality. At least, not the one she knows. When an eclipse nears, she begins to suspect her memories are more than just dreams. Maybe there's even the ch
Sandra Porter
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Laura Gardner
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
#partner Thanks to @simonkids for the free review copy! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 for this lovely book by @katzhangwriter, which is out TODAY. Happy book birthday!
Sophia has happy memories of times spent with her mother...there's only one problem. Her mother died when Sophia was six and Sophia's memories extend beyond that age. When Sophia is assigned to research solar eclipses with two classmates, DJ and Luke, they become convinced that an upcoming solar eclipse might be an opportunity to enter an
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big thank you to Aladdin and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this middle grade novel.

Sophia is in the seventh grade and has memory flashes of her mom, but her mom died before these things occurred. She cherishes these Memories and they make her want to be with her mom even more. Then she gets to know DJ. They were born on the same day--the day of a partial eclipse--and he has a book full of sketches of a man he has never met. This man is his stepdad in his Memories. Add in a boy named Luke who
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
Sophia's mother died when Sophia was 6. So how is it possible for Sophia to have memories of her mother after that? But she does. Every so often, she is hit with a Memory so strong and real feeling that it needs to be spelled with a capital M. When she is assigned a group project on the upcoming solar eclipse, she meets another boy who has the same kind of Memories, but his are of a step-father he never met. They realize that the frequency and strength of the Memories is increasing as the solar ...more
Katie Reilley
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author & publisher for providing our #bookexpedition group an ARC of this book for review.

Sophia has Memories of her mother baking her a birthday cake for her tenth birthday; attending her choir concert where she sings a solo. But these Memories shouldn’t exist, because Sophia’s Mom died when she was 6 years old.

Convinced these Memories, which are increasing and becoming more powerful, are related to the approaching solar eclipse, Sophia is determined to figure out exactly what
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. What if you had memories from a different life? A life where you mother isn't dead. Sophia does and as events unfold, she becomes convinced the upcoming solar eclipse is the key to finding a way to enter that alternate world. And what consequences are there if she does?

An intriguing and touching story of family and friendship built around the idea of parallel or alternate universes, a science fiction theme with which many authors have played. Yet Zhang manages to keep it fresh and engag
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very intriguing novel about a girl and her friends who decide to attempt to travel to parallel universes on the solar eclipse. Sophia has Memories she cannot understand of a life with her dead mother she never had. It isn’t until she discovers that DJ, a classmate, has the same kind of Memories and they are partnered with a boy named Luke for a class project that they encounter a man named Mr. Scot who has a done of research on solar eclipses that she starts to make sense of them. But will goi ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This isn't really a review, but I just wanted to express how incredibly good this book is. It was recommended to me by my best friend, and like all her recommendations, it was perfect. Kind of creepy how similar it was to my own life, there were a LOT of specific parallels, but it was indeed thought-provoking and I liked how a simple book could be so deep.

Also, Kat Zhang's writing style is like poetry. I love the flow. There were too many portions, paragraphs or sentences, that I had to save bec
Laura N.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this middle school science-fiction -- both the story itself, and the way it was written. Sophia Wallace believes she has found a way to journey to a parallel universe -- a universe where her mother is still alive. But when she enters that universe, she discovers that there are other things that are different in her new world -- things she hadn't considered. And this new universe wants her out! Can she ever get back home?

Zhang's writing is fast-paced and plot-driven. Her book is
Lisa Mcbroom
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Melissa Donnelly
Recommended to Lisa by: Carole Dennis
There are memories ( a fleeting moment of what you did last week) and then there are MEMORIES( summer 1974 on the beach feeling the ocean air) Beautifully written, this tells the story of friends Sophie, DJ, and Luke.Sophie's mother died when Sophie was six and Luke's sister was killed in a car crash. Sophie's and DJ's birth occurred the night of a solar eclipse and strange things happened around town. Sophie starts to have strong memories of her mother and for a brief moment she goes into an al ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, touching, and somewhat, sad story. Sophia keeps having memories of her mother of events that happened when she was 10 years old, 11 years old, etc, yet her mother died when she was 6 years old. How could this be? She begins to wonder if she could change things. But if she can, should she? She makes two friends along the way who help her in her quest. It's interesting how things come together. I almost couldn't figure out how I wanted things to end up. I think the story teaches ...more
Marlene Scholfield
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read.. I am just getting around to putting in my review but I finished this before our home quarantine. I liked this book about a girl who was having memories of her mother who had passed away when she was only six. But these were memories that seemed real. The author did a great job of linking this connection the memories to a solar eclipse that occurred when she was born and was getting ready to happen again. The girl gets to travel between these parallel dimensions but with o ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
*I received an egalley from Netgalley in return for my honest review.*
Appropriate for upper elementary.
Sophia lost her moth when she was six, but she has Memories of her mother after that. Memories of time with her mother that should exist. She meets up with DJ and discovers that he has the same kind of Memories. After teaming up with Luke they seek out a way to change what they are missing in their lives.
Ms. Heres
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was not at all what I was expecting...but that's not a bad thing. Thirteen-year-old Sophia has Memories of her mother that never actually happened because her mom passed away when she was six. When she discovers a classmate who has similar memories, and that they share a birth date that was during a solar eclipse, she begins to wonder what this could mean...and if it's possible that those Memories are somehow real.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-2019-reads
4.5 stars for the creativity of the story, 2.5 for the writing, 3.5 average.
I loved a lot about this book (parallel universes, story about family and friendship), but I couldn't get over the YA writing. I found myself rolling my eyes at how the story progressed (everything worked so perfectly, the exact right people met at the right time, etc), but overall I felt it was worth reading anyway because the story was really interesting.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about Sophia. She has memories of things that never happened, such as her mother making a cake for her on her birthday, except that never could have happened, as her mom died when she was six. Sophia gets assigned a group project on solar eclipses, and she gets convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse could transport her to a place where her mom never died.
I liked this book because it had alternate dimensions. This book was relatively easy to read because it wasn’t overly complica
Andrea Speed
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Mary Anne Matys
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You have to root for the main character! Sophia Wallace lost her Mom when she was six. Memories find her but friends do not.
Major twists come toward the end - I loved the unpredictability.
“Trying to commit everything to memory. To never forget.”
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an interesting concept, and so well done. Sophia has strong memories of incidents that never occurred. They feature her mother, who died when she was 6. Now, with the help of two new friends, she's determined to find out more. Just fascinating, and touching. Grade 5-7??
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Kat Zhang spent most of her childhood tramping through a world weaved from her favorite stories and games. When she and her best friend weren't riding magic horses or talking to trees, they were writing adaptations of plays for their stuffed

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