The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Commentary: I was kindly provided the physical copy of The Memory Book by The Novl.

When I first read the synopsis, I was beyond excited to read this book. I admit it, I did hype it up a bit. I thought that The Memory Book was going to be similar to one of my favorite books: Flowers For Alergnon by Daniel Keyes, which I highly recommend reading. Anyways, going back to The Memory Book and how I felt about it as a whole: I loved the first chapter, but everything kinda went downhill. And yes, there will be spoilers.


The book was not entirely bad, but one of my biggest issues was how forgettable the book was to me. I really did not like the protagonist’s choices. I loved how socially awkward she was and how she was an overachiever, but that’s just it. After reading several chapters, I was not enjoying what I was reading. And I even considered putting the book down, but I kept telling myself to finish it, and so I did. If I was twelve, maybe I would have liked it much more, but certainly not love it. I didn’t feel an emotional attachment to Sammie. Even if she didn’t have her disease, I still wouldn’t find her likable.

Moving on to the love interests…I found each of her guys equally boring. First there is Stuart, her man crush from high school. She has always found him fascinating since he is a writer and ha . I was very displeased with Sammie especially what she did to Stuart. Sammie had sex with Cooper and cheated on Stuart while he was out of town. It happened out of no where.

Now about the ending, well I didn’t cry. The way it ended sorta felt bittersweet because I didn’t think it was going to happen so quickly. I would have liked the book a bit more if it

  • focused more on Sammie’s struggles
  • didn’t focus a lot on the love interests
  • had no love triangle
  • had a better family dynamic
  • had more guest posts describing Sammie and her condition
  • had better writing

Though I found this book quite tedious, others might like this book more than me. The Memory Book has a unique synopsis, and I would actually recommend this book to a younger audience.

Also worst quote ever…

Then he took my arm-that’s right, you read correctly-he took my arm, and turned it over, as if he were administering a shot. He brought a pen out of his pocket, uncapped it with his teeth and wrote his email. Each curve of each letter of his name was like, I don’t know, having sex. I have never had sex, but have you ever had someone write on you? Have you ever had a writer write on you?He might as well have been doing it with his fingertip.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️

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