• The Memory Book

  • By: Lara Avery
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I'll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I'm writing to remember.

Sammie McCoy is a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as possible. Nothing will stand in her way - not even the rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly steal her memories and then her health.

So the memory book is born: a journal written to Sammie's future self, so she can remember everything, from where she stashed her study guides to just how great it feels to have a best friend again. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush Stuart, a gifted young writer home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood friend, Cooper, and the ridiculous lengths he will go to to make her laugh. The memory book will ensure Sammie never forgets the most important parts of her life - the people who have broken her heart, those who have mended it - and, most of all, that if she's going to die, she's going to die living.

This moving and remarkable novel introduces an inspiring character you're sure to remember long after the last minute.

©2016 Lara Avery (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sammie's voice is a bright, relatable, and uncompromising one.... Strengths abound in Avery's touching novel, and Sammie's relationships, both friendly and romantic, are no exception.... Fans of John Green's work and Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places will be reaching for the tissue box at the book's tear-inducing end." ( School Library Journal)
"Avery ( A Million Miles Away, 2015) balances humor and devastating sadness perfectly. Sammie's voice is sympathetic but not pitiful as she relates her hopes for the future and thoughts on the past...a story of self discovery that's hard to put down." ( Booklist)
"Things you will probably experience while reading this wonderful book: gut-wrenching hope, ugly-crying, the joy of finding beautiful moments in the midst of difficult times. Enjoy." (Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes)

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Don't be like me, have tissues handy.

I started listening to this book driving to work and within 10 minutes I was crying. I have cried, laughed and bawled like a baby.

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Wonderfully Narrated

Sammie has been diagnosed with a rare disease. During her senior year of high school she is battling an illness with rapid onset dementia type symptoms. Sammie types out her thoughts, feelings, and experiences and that is how we read her story. I listened to the audio book and the narrator really brought this character alive. I also enjoyed the way the narrator voiced the character of Coop. He was so endearing I just wanted to virtually hug him. This was a super fast listen.