Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Review - The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Title: The Memory Book
Author: Lara Avery
Pages: 368
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books
Release date: 7th July 2016

Blurb from Goodreads:

Samantha McCoy has it all mapped out. First she's going to win the national debating championship, then she's going to move to New York and become a human rights lawyer.

But when Sam discovers that a rare disease is going to take away her memory, the future she'd planned so perfectly is derailed before its started.

Realising that her life won't wait to be lived, Sam sets out on a summer of firsts.

The first party.
The first rebellion.
The first friendship.
The last love.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Penguin Random House Children's and NetGalley*

Samantha McCoy has her life all planned - after winning the national debate championships she's going to go to university in New York and become a human rights lawyer.
But then Sammie receives some news that could change everything - she has a rare disease that will affect her memory and body.
Can Sammie still achieve her dreams?
Can she live a normal life?

Before this book, I had never heard of Niemann-Pick Type C. It's certainly a horrible disease and it was sad to read as it affected Sammie's memory and health.
I really liked Sammie - she was awkward in social situations and referenced The Lord of the Rings, and while she couldn't wait to leave her home-town, she loved her family.  
I wasn't a big fan of Stuart and preferred Coop. I would have liked to have seen more of Maddie.
I didn't mind the romance but it wasn't of my favourite things about the book.
The plot was interesting and held my attention.
I enjoyed the writing style and felt that the author handled Sammie's illness well.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.