The Memory of Things is a story about coming of age and the resiliency people find when they need it. The point-of-view character, Kyle Donahue, is the 16 year old son of a NYPD detective living in Brooklyn. While there are many things that set this story apart from other coming of age tales, the one I feel is most prevalent is the time frame in which the story is told.
The story opens in Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001 with Kyle running across the Brooklyn Bridge toward home. On his way, he spies a girl wearing angel wings and covered in ash. She doesn’t remember anything, even her name. Over the course of the next three days, Kyle saves the girl by taking her back to his family’s apartment where she meets his Uncle Matt, who lives in the guest room. All the while, Kyle tries to help her remember who she is and process the events that shook the United States that day.
The first part of this book is easily one of the most difficult things I’ve ever read. Not because it was badly written because, in my opinion, it is quite the opposite… But because of the timeline itself and how it ties into my own personal experience of the events on 9/11. The story quickly and gracefully shifts into a story about coming of age, resiliency, and love, both romantic and plutonic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and had trouble putting it down. Furthermore, I feel like the release date, just shy of a week before the 15th anniversary of that horrifying day, could not be more perfect. Overall, I rate The Memory of Things 3 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it. Preorder The Memory of Things from Amazon US to receive it when it is published on 6 September 2016 or Amazon UK to receive it when it is published on 13 October 2016 and enjoy it for yourself!
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I received a proof of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.