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My Name Is Memory

by Ann Brashares

Penguin Publishing Group | June 7, 2011 | Trade Paperback

My Name Is Memory is rated 4.375 out of 5 by 8.
The latest from Ann Brashares, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a magical story of reincarnation and a love that lasts more than a lifetime 

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. For all the times that he and Sophia have been connected throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart.

But just when Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally awakens to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always separated them reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.23 × 5.49 × 0.94 in

Published: June 7, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594485186

ISBN - 13: 9781594485183

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVORITE BOOK!! Seriously, this is one of my very favorite books. I have read it twice already and loved it just as much the second time around. The story is loving and the concept is really interesting. I really hope the author gets to write a second novel (I think it was meant to be three). She has my vote!!
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a MUST READ novel! I read this book a year ago, and I CANNOT stop thinking about it. It has changed my view on incarnation and life. Although I don't believe that one will ever remember his past lives, but I do believe that one can recognize souls, and true love takes many lives to work out. This book is very inspiring and I am Looking forward to a 2nd one. I want to know if he will end up going back to her, or if he's gonna die, and they will have to find their way to each other in their next lives. This is  such a tease! 
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lovely,haunting book. I enjoyed this view on life, death and reincarnation. It was easy to read, romantic, great for summer.
Date published: 2013-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Pretty Good Book. I really did enjoy reading this book, however, I felt that I could not come to love this book. The concept is so riveting and unique, but I found the story to be a little slow. Also, I did not connect all that well with the characters which lead me to enjoy the plot, but not the overall story. I was amazed at how Anne Brashares crafted this novel. Her writing and the way in which the narration was carried out was very well done. Readers are given a chance to fly back and fourth through time and witness a love story that is unlike any other. I found it fascinating how we met one character, but saw him in multiple different places in the span of one hundred pages. I was in awe of the richness and depth that the plot held. Anne Brashares did a wonderful job of transporting us into different time periods while still being able to keep a tight grip on her plot. I just really wished that I could have connected with the characters and the plot a little more, if I had, this would be a five star book. Those of you who are fascinated with the idea of reincarnation, I really think this would be a fantastic book for you. At the same time, we read about a love story that tries to defy all logic and time. This is the story of one boy is determined to find the girl he met centuries ago. Daniel is one of our main characters. He has the incredible ability that allows him to remember all of his past lives. On the inside, he has been Daniel for centuries. He still remains the same because he can identify the reincarnations that took place. When he dies, he isn't gone for long. Daniel will then live in another century, just in a different body. His memories, feelings, identity, personality all remain intact . . . because he remembers them. We learn that Daniel is on a mission. One that requires him to find the girl he fell in love with. She was his first love. Daniel struggles to find the girl he met years ago and to see who she really is behind the body she has reincarnated into. The problem is, is that she cannot remember her past lives. Daniel's quest to find her becomes much more complicated as fate seems to tear them apart time after time. He must find her and deal with the fact that a man from the past has a plan of his own. Oblivious to their past lives, Sophia does not remember the boy who is in love with her. Daniel does whatever he can to fight fate, and be with Sophia before it's too late. 3.5/5 2011-040
Date published: 2012-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strongly recommend This is my first Ann Brashares book, and I'm writing this only a few hours after I finished reading the book. What first brought me to this book was the cover, it is so beautiful. Don't judge a book by it's cover right? Well let me reassure you, you will not be disappointed by the story itself. One thing I loved about the Author, is how she ended each chapter with either a important or beautiful phrase or a beautiful quote by the characters. It takes me a lot to call something my ''favourite''. In a the things that I love, a few will only get to be more special and be labeled as my ''favourite''. So, this book will definitely be one of my favourite books for sure.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sounds alot like "fallen" by lauren kate "i haven't read the book yet, but the synopsis sounds alot like the book fallen by lauren kate which i have read. right up to the names of the characters. so i'm a little puzzled. below are the novels by lauren kate so if you want to take a look at them then go ahead." (unrated) well, it was really good after all and nothing like the fallen series by lauren kate. gave you a different outloook on life and it was really quite interessting. everything was well planned out and well developped and I loved Daniel as the main character. i could go on and on but you probably don't want to hear that. so definitively worth reading. the only critisism was that the ending was a little weak but other than that I loved it.
Date published: 2012-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** Let me start by saying that I really hope there is a sequel to this book. Let me also say that I have the worst memory in the world. My Name is Memory is quite a unique book. The main character is Daniel and he can recall all of his past lives. His love interest comes back in each life but he has to get her to remember him since they’ve lived so many lives together. The back and forth between lives is very reminiscent of Audrey Niffinegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, but that’s where the comparison ends. Brashares’s characters are crafted with care and the majority of the book flows pleasingly. While My Name is Memory deals with reincarnation, it is a girl book, through and through. Sophie is Daniel’s one true love and he would do anything to get her to remember him, though sometimes the circumstances aren’t the best (i.e. in some lives she’s a grandmother, or she’s too young, or she’s married to someone else). Ann Brashares is a great writer (I honestly look forward to reading anything she puts out) and this book is no exception. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful What first grabbed me about this book was essentially the back cover; so often I feel the need to read 5 pages in to get a good sense of whether it's my type of book or not. There are hundreds of love stories out there but I had yet to come across one that spanned centuries in this such a way. Daniel has the Memory, a rare ability to remember every single one of his past lives with total clarity. He's been around since the 6th century, AD. While the book takes place in the present, every other chapter recalls a past life of his, where he was living, what happened, etc. Throughout almost all of these lives, he seems only to live for finding Sophia. He's a lovable character, which is something I need in order to keep interest and the book is written with poignant insight and care. Reincarnation is a core subject in this book and whether you believe in it or not, it will have you wondering whether you yourself have lived past lives and what traits, scars or fears you've brought over with you into this life. There was only maybe 1 or 2 things I was a bit disappointed in with the story (I won't spoil it) but overall I really enjoyed everything about it. I recommend it!
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strongly recommend This is my first Ann Brashares book, and I'm writing this only a few hours after I finished reading the book. What first brought me to this book was the cover, it is so beautiful. Don't judge a book by it's cover right? Well let me reassure you, you will not be disappointed by the story itself. One thing I loved about the Author, is how she ended each chapter with either a important or beautiful phrase or a beautiful quote by the characters. It takes me a lot to call something my ''favourite''. In a the things that I love, a few will only get to be more special and be labeled as my ''favourite''. So, this book will definitely be one of my favourite books for sure.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Numbingly Beautiful I have never read any of Ann Brashares books until today. I sat my self down and opened the book. Intrigued first by the idea of living many lives, I bought this book. Right from the start I was hooked, never have I read a book like this before. I love to read and I get through at least two novels a week. I am officially devoted to 'My Name Is Memory" I longingly hope there is a sequel to this book. The passion and love between Daniel and Lucy makes you believe that love can be true and pure. I am not much for romance but this book touched my heart. I would love to thank Ann for writing this book, I will read it over and over until there is a sequel3
Date published: 2012-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sounds alot like "fallen" by lauren kate "i haven't read the book yet, but the synopsis sounds alot like the book fallen by lauren kate which i have read. right up to the names of the characters. so i'm a little puzzled. below are the novels by lauren kate so if you want to take a look at them then go ahead." (unrated) well, it was really good after all and nothing like the fallen series by lauren kate. gave you a different outloook on life and it was really quite interessting. everything was well planned out and well developped and I loved Daniel as the main character. i could go on and on but you probably don't want to hear that. so definitively worth reading. the only critisism was that the ending was a little weak but other than that I loved it.
Date published: 2012-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** Let me start by saying that I really hope there is a sequel to this book. Let me also say that I have the worst memory in the world. My Name is Memory is quite a unique book. The main character is Daniel and he can recall all of his past lives. His love interest comes back in each life but he has to get her to remember him since they’ve lived so many lives together. The back and forth between lives is very reminiscent of Audrey Niffinegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, but that’s where the comparison ends. Brashares’s characters are crafted with care and the majority of the book flows pleasingly. While My Name is Memory deals with reincarnation, it is a girl book, through and through. Sophie is Daniel’s one true love and he would do anything to get her to remember him, though sometimes the circumstances aren’t the best (i.e. in some lives she’s a grandmother, or she’s too young, or she’s married to someone else). Ann Brashares is a great writer (I honestly look forward to reading anything she puts out) and this book is no exception. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing. This book is, simply put., amazing. I love the idea behind it and secretly hope that one day I will come back with 'memories'. Thank you, Ann Brashares, for letting me indulge in your amazing book.
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite the next Edward and Bella ... Daniel and Lucy are touted as the next Edward and Bella on the book-jacket. I think that is overselling a bit. That said, I liked this book. It had interesting concepts about our souls and the potential for soul-mates. However, this story is a bit long on build-up and a bit short on resolution. I've read some reviewers hypothesize that this is the first in a trilogy. If that's the case, I would definitely read the sequel; which might improve my thoughts on this as a stand-alone novel that ended entirely too abruptly. Fingers crossed for a sequel to this enjoyable albeit quick love-story.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful What first grabbed me about this book was essentially the back cover; so often I feel the need to read 5 pages in to get a good sense of whether it's my type of book or not. There are hundreds of love stories out there but I had yet to come across one that spanned centuries in this such a way. Daniel has the Memory, a rare ability to remember every single one of his past lives with total clarity. He's been around since the 6th century, AD. While the book takes place in the present, every other chapter recalls a past life of his, where he was living, what happened, etc. Throughout almost all of these lives, he seems only to live for finding Sophia. He's a lovable character, which is something I need in order to keep interest and the book is written with poignant insight and care. Reincarnation is a core subject in this book and whether you believe in it or not, it will have you wondering whether you yourself have lived past lives and what traits, scars or fears you've brought over with you into this life. There was only maybe 1 or 2 things I was a bit disappointed in with the story (I won't spoil it) but overall I really enjoyed everything about it. I recommend it!
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is Pure Romance His name is Daniel, and he has been in love with and searching for Lucy for the past 1500 years. Ann Brashares story has taken me on the most magical, heartbreaking, romantic adventure of my life! I wouldn't classify myself as a "romance" fan per se (most of them get filed under cheesy & cliche), but every now and then a novel comes along that defies the genre, and is so perfectly balanced, it completely knocks my socks off. I can't ever remember reading a story that made my heart ache so badly for it's characters. Their longing felt like my own, I wept for their losses, and rejoiced with them when they were brought together - no matter how fleetingly. If you enjoyed The Gargoyle, The Time Traveller's Wife, or even New Moon, do not let this get missed! I can't wait to revisit these characters and will be waiting with baited breathe for the next chapter in what has to be, one of the most beautiful romances ever written!
Date published: 2011-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!!! Absolutely amazing! It kept me interested the entire way through! Such an intriguing concept, with such in-depth characters. One of my favorites, for sure.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An intereresting read with some minor flaws I have been a fan of Ann Brashares for years now, so I was extremely happy to read her first book meant for an adult readers. I was a little skeptical about "My Name is Memory" at first as it seemed a lot like Andrew Davidson's "The Gargoyle" (as one reviewer has already noted). There are some similarities with the premise of the book, but the two separate themselves quickly. The beginning started off slow, and I found it difficult at first to bond with the main characters, as Lucy (aka Sophia) seems childish and obsessive, while Daniel was a little creepy and unconvincing. I have to admit, I warmed to Lucy, but I'm still not overly fond of Daniel. Daniel is the one that tells us of his past with Sophia, and the hundreds of years in between their first encounter and his meeting with Lucy. He tells of how, as a young man, he fearlessly joined the military, ready to give his life for a cause. The story of Sophia finds him risking his life to save her. Daniel continues to tell tales about how he risked it all for the love of his life. And then we come to present day Daniel, who I found weak. It was easy to like the Daniel from the past, but far more difficult to bond with the contemporary version of him. The middle of the book is by far the strongest part in terms of story line and character development. Lucy gets a personaility, and we begin to understand their background better. All the improvements from this section quickly shatter when Lucy falls for a simple trick created by the books villain (which I'm pretty sure shouldn't have fooled anyone over the age of five). From here, the book comes to a fairly quick and awkward end. I'm glad that there will be a sequel, because I definitely enjoyed aspects of this book enough to want to continue on with Daniel and Lucy's story. I hope that Brashares will work to create a better bond between contemporary Lucy and Daniel, and stop having the two question the other's desires and notions. They've known each other to some extent for 1300 years or so, so I'd like to see a more mature relationship develop. Overall, it's worth a read as I'm sure aspects of the book that bothered me will not be noticed by everyone. I'm also positive that the next book will have much more action and we'll see more tension rise between the villain and the stories protagonists. I'm also hopeful that some of the minor characters like Marnie and Ben will become involved and we'll get to understand more about the connection between souls.
Date published: 2011-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad there is going to be a sequel! I loved this book - except for the ending. The book ends very abruptly and is very unsatisfying. I actually reread the last couple of chapters in case I had missed something! From what I've read online, this may be the first in a trilogy, which would be great....and answer some of the questions that remain about Daniel and Lucy. The idea of Daniel retaining memories of each lifetime is quite fascinating - I found myself thinking about the story long after I finished reading it, and to me that is a sign of a great book.
Date published: 2011-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Metaphysics and love The first chapter of Ann Brashares, "My Name Is Memory", is like any other young adult novel. Girl crushes over aloof, mysterious guy. Yawn. Chapter two takes us back many centuries to the beginning of mysterious guy's life. Now I'm awake. Although I found parts of the story a bit slow it quickly gained momentum and suspense. Interwoven throughout a love story that spans centuries is a very powerful and unnerving message of Metaphysics. Anyone who has an interest in reincarnation will definitely enjoy this book.
Date published: 2011-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from LOVE AND REDEMPTION THROUGH CENTURIES This is a love story that spans centuries, through the rebirth of souls over those centuries and the quest for redemption and happiness. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to remember his former lives in great detail. Sophie is the love of his life – the words “soul mate” never truer. But the fates are not always kind and that is the premise of the book. I was compelled to pick up this book when I saw it mentioned on a website. As I started the book I immediately started to recollect a similar story told in Andrew Davidson’s GARGOYLE. Although this book held its own, the comparison is inevitable and in my opinion GARGOYLE had more meat and teeth. This story was a little slow moving in parts, made me feel I wanted to nudge the characters and say, “just get on with it”. The story picks up in the last third of the book and I am definitely glad I finished it. The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger, so I suspect there is a sequel in the making?
Date published: 2010-08-30

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My Name Is Memory

by Ann Brashares

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.23 × 5.49 × 0.94 in

Published: June 7, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594485186

ISBN - 13: 9781594485183

About the Book

The latest from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. For all the times that he and Sophia have been connected throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart.
But just when Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally awakens to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always separated them reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

From the Publisher

The latest from Ann Brashares, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a magical story of reincarnation and a love that lasts more than a lifetime 

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. For all the times that he and Sophia have been connected throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart.

But just when Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally awakens to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always separated them reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

About the Author

Ann Brashares is the author of the phenomenal five-million-copies-selling series of young adult novels, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls In Pants, and Forever in Blue, and the New York Times bestselling adult novel The Last Summer (of You and Me).

Bookclub Guide

INTRODUCTION
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together—and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory," the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he''s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel''s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.



ABOUT ANN BRASHARES

Ann Brashares is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue, and the adult novel The Last Summer (of You and Me). She lives in New York.



DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • My Name is Memory unfolds in chapters alternating between Daniel and Lucy''s voices. What did you think of this technique? Do you think the author captured both voices equally well? Was there one character whose point of view you preferred reading?

  • As we watch Lucy mature from a teenager to a young woman over the course of the novel, we also watch Daniel mature over centuries, carrying knowledge and wisdom from lifetime to lifetime. When they meet, he has centuries worth of experiences and she is still learning how to be an adult for the first time. Do you think Lucy and Daniel can find common ground in their shared lifetime, or do their differing experiences separate them too much?

  • My Name is Memory is set in present day, with flashbacks to previous eras—including North Africa in 541 B.C., Crete in 899 B.C., England in 1918 A.D., St. Louis in 1932 A.D., and Georgia in 1968 A.D. Was there one particular setting you enjoyed most? Why?

  • How do Lucy''s experiences with her older sister Dana''s mental illness affect her reaction to Daniel when he tells her about their past lives together? How much of her response do you think comes from fear? Do you think she wants to believe him?

  • One of the themes of My Name is Memory is our perspective on the value of the here-and-now and the passage of time. As someone who has lived and remembers many lifetimes, Daniel sees life as fleeting and replaceable, and it affects how he treats himself and his family members. How does this change for him over the course of the book? What causes the change? Did the book make you think about the value of the present, or the value of the long view differently?

  • Daniel insists on being called "Daniel" in each life, and he calls Lucy "Sophia," the name she had when he first fell in love with her. Why is he so attached to using these names? What is their significance to him? What changes at the end that allows him to finally call her "Lucy"?

  • Daniel talks about human beings'' ability to recognize other people''s souls, and says, "Our souls reveal themselves in our face and body… Choose a person''s face and study it carefully… Ask yourself what you know about the person, and if you open yourself to the information, you will find you know an overwhelming amount" (p. 55). Do you think this is true? Have you ever recognized something like this in a stranger?

  • Throughout the novel, Daniel faces hardships that he believes are a direct result of his past choices. After rejecting his mother Molly''s love by committing suicide, he is reborn to an abusive mother. After Daniel angered him hundreds of years ago, his brother Joaquim chases him through lifetimes, keeping Daniel and Sophia/Lucy apart. Do you believe in this idea, which some call karma, that our actions will come back to us?

  • When Lucy looks back on her first meeting with Daniel she is filled with regret. "It must have been painful for him to realize [Sophia] was gone, replaced by a coward" (p. 196). Do you agree with Lucy''s assessment of herself that she''s a coward, or would you consider her brave? Does her level of bravery change over the course of the book? How or why?

  • Brashares writes, as Daniel thinks he''s about to lose Lucy, "If you didn''t have a choice, you had to make a choice. If you didn''t have options, you made some. You couldn''t just let the world happen to you" (p. 505). Is this something he has always believed? Is it advice he has followed? To what consequences? How has it shaped his collection of lives?

  • At the beginning of the novel, Daniel says that despite all his lives, "I''ve never had a child, and I''ve never gotten old. I don''t know why" (p. 2). Why do you think these two rites of passage, so integrally a part of the human condition, have been denied him? Do you think he will get to experience both of these things in his "ultimate" life? Is the life with Lucy the one he''s been waiting for?