ARC Book Review: The Memory Book by Lara Avery


Publisher: Poppy
Published Date: July 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: N/A
Source: ARC from NOVL giveaway
Links: Goodreads
Review Also On: Amazon and Goodreads

Goodreads 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 was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

My Review


Sammie McCoy. If you were real, I would hug you and never let go. She is such a wonderful character. She’s determined to win the debate championship, continue having good grades to keep her valedictorian status, and go to NY for college. She is smart, funny, and an inspiration. I wish I could meet her in real life. Her memory book (journal entries on her laptop that include texts, transcribed conversations, and messages from other people) is perfection. Her voice is honest and gets you right in the feels.

I liked Stuart. He was kind and patient, and just a nice guy. I want to say more but don’t want to spoil anything.

Cooper, Sammie’s neighbor, is a great character as well. The same things I said about Stuart could be applied to him.

Sammie’s family is just a pure joy. I loved the personalities, the love they have for one another, the frustrations, and the determination.


If you’re looking for a book that will grab your heart and make you cry like a baby, this is it. You know Sammie has a terminal disease, you know what it’s going to do to her. You get to read as she tries to accomplish her goals, when she has good days and bad, when she realizes she can’t do everything she dreamed of. And it’s all heartbreaking because she keeps fighting.

The romance was good. I liked how Lara Avery, the author, wrote the romantic scenes. I liked how things progressed. The writing style is wonderful for this book. I wouldn’t change a sentence.

Get this book. Read this book. Absorb every page and have 3 boxes of tissues next to you. You’re in for an intense and emotional ride, but every second of pain you’ll feel is worth it.

Rating:  5 STARS ~ *crying* Pure perfection. I will tell everyone about this. Have you heard about this book? I have a copy right here. Read it right now. No, no. Right. Now.
I was given an advanced reader’s copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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