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Thanks for the Memories: A Novel (edition 2010)
by Cecelia Ahern (Author)
Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
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This was my first Cecelia Ahern novel and I found it delightful, although near the end I did want her to get on with it and bring the story to a conclusion of some sort. I liked the impossible idea of someone gaining the memories from a person's blood and I was happy to go along with this. Joyce is a solid character in this novel, I could understand who she was, what she enjoyed and who she loved. Justin is a less convincing character but likeable. There is lots of fun, particularly on Joyce and her father's trip to London. The airport creates plenty of places for entertainment when dad has never travelled before and the scenes in the Antiques Roadshow are hilarious. ( )
I bought this book for Kindle when it was cheap. Like 99 cents cheap. Thankfully I didn't pay more then that because I made it through maybe 1/3 of the book before I got annoyed and stopped reading. The characters and their antics did not hold my attention at all and I really hate not finishing a book. In my opinion this book was barely worth the 99 cents and it's my recommendation that you pass this one over for a different Ahern book.
Wasn't sure about this to start with - the writing doesn't quite keep up with the imagination and ideas - which were good - but by the last quarter I was won over, and finished pretty well. Nearly made 3 stars. Making one fairly ludicrous premise [spoiler] that blood can transfer detailed memories the castle that is built on it is nicely put together and great fun. A beautiful picture of the Dad of the narrator and a moving description of bereavement from several angles balances the fun.
2.5 stars rounded up to 3.
A cute story with aspects of magical realism. It's a rather easy read with a happy ending. So a nice way to relax on a Sunday. I gave a lower rating (rounding up to 3) because the story was longer than it needed to be. I found too much fluff had me skimming pages. It felt like this had been a short story, pulled into a novel, and then stretched a bit more to cram everything possible into it. The story touched on ideas and themes about life, death, and human connections, but it never gave more than a fleeting glance at them, leaving me with a shallow, unfulfilled feeling at the end. But I enjoyed it for what it was.
I was not in the mood for the mushy bits, where Joyce is dealing with the grief of losing her baby, and the decidedly unhelpful friends and family that manage to keep her from meeting Justin seem awfully contrived. Still, I like the premise of blood transfusions transferring memories, even if this is highly unlikely to work in the real world. I wished that Joyce made better use of her new knowledge, maybe giving up real estate to be a professional tour guide or becoming a specialist in historical buildings within the real estate world. Granted, she had just gone through a traumatic experience, one which she bounced back from impossibly quickly, so her inability to deal with her new knowledge in a more productive manner might be excusable. Justin seemed pretty pathetic, considering his professional accomplishments, which may have made it easier for him to be pushed around by his friends and family, but which made his character seem inconsistent. So, while I liked the story, overall, it didn't really sell me on giving it 5 stars. Still, this was a fun book.
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How can you know someone you've never met? Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets an attractive doctor, who persuades him to donate blood. It's the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. When Joyce Conway leaves the hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déjà vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.92Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 2000-
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