By Jensen Argyle
Sammie has always known what she was going to do with her life. She was going to graduate valedictorian of her class, go to NYU, and then conquer the world. At the end of her senior year, it looks as if everything is going according to plan. Until it doesn’t, when Sammie is diagnosed with a rare degenerative genetic disease that will cause her to lose her memory.
Suddenly the future looks pretty bleak. But Sammie is determined to beat her disease, and so she starts a memory book, recording all of the things she may one day need to remember.
The Memory Book by Lara Aver was beautifully and cleverly written. It is formatted to read as Sammie’s memory book. Since Sammie is addressing herself often, it reads as if she is also talking to the reader, which makes the reading experience all the more enjoyable. You will feel like you are reading letters from your best friend.
Sammie herself is an inspiring and relatable character. She is a quirky girl with a sharp wit and her insights are very enjoyable to read. Her determination to beat her disease and accomplish all of the goals she had always set for herself is inspirational, and she is someone who you will root for until the very last page.
Overall, this was a wonderful book with some interesting insights on genetic diseases and fighting circumstances beyond our control. I recommend it if you are into quirky, lovable characters who face insurmountable odds.
The Memory Book comes out July 5th. Be sure to check it out! And as always, happy reading!