Official book description:
“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 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.
I enjoyed this book while I read it. I thought it was engaging and well written, and Samantha “Sammie” McCoy is a very well-rounded protagonist. She’s clever and ambitious and also very stubborn. She’s certainly not perfect, and her decision to keep the truth about her illness from her probably only female friend and debate partner backfires rather spectacularly. It’s understandable that Sammie is reluctant to admit weakness and that she tries to hide her growing deterioration from those who don’t have to know, but if someone I considered a friend kept something that big from me, I would be hurt too.
I’m pretty sure I’m not spoiling anything for anyone who’s read a single book before when I say that of the two guys mentioned in the book blurb, Stuart, the accomplished and sophisticated writer she has a crush on and initially dates, is not the one she ends up with. Anyone looking for an emotional teen romance should probably look elsewhere, though, as it’s Sammie’s illness and her learning to come to terms with it which is the main focus throughout the book.
Full review on my blog.