The Memory Book is the story of a girl diagnosed with Niemann-Pick, a disease that among other things, will take her memory from her. To remember, Sam types out her story on her laptop. It is an emotional tale of love, illness, friendship and daring to do what you want.
Lisa Avery really captured the essence of a teen, a young adult, a parent and a child. It felt real, not like a fictional novel written by a grown woman. There was nothing in the book that I caught myself doubting they would say, or do. It would not have surprised me if I was told an 18 year old, who went through something similiar, had written this. It just seemed right.
As well as the characters, the story was also well written. It had a natural wave to it. It felt like the things that Sam did and the things that happened to her truly would happen in that setting, under those circumstances.
It was definitely an emotional read for me, with a few tears shed. I think that really tells you how well it was written, that I truly felt for her, her family and her friends. A lot goes on in this book, it’s definitely not a light touch on the situation. It’s deep, jarring and real.
I don’t want to say anything about what happens in the story, because I feel like that’s the beautiful thing about this book, the not knowing, but just know it is awesome, and you should pick it up.
I’d recommend this novel to anyone who likes Jodi Piccoult or Nicholas Sparks novels. You can’t be afraid of illness for this one though. I’m definitely interested in reading Lisa Avery’s other novels now too. I’d love to see what else she is capable of.
Thanks to Hachette for my review copy of The Memory Book