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The Memory Book by Lara Avery

This story follows the diary of Sammie, an intelligent and driven grade-A student about to reach the end of school and embark on the adventure of university and then her dream career. Sammie can clearly see her future stretching out in the distance and she has planned every detail of how she will achieve her goals. Then disaster strikes when she is diagnosed with a rare terminal illness that will gradually steal her memory and eventually her life. Sammie’s spirit and determination will not allow her to give up, so she decides to write a diary to keep her memories safe and prove that she will defeat this illness even if all odds are against her.

Sammie is such a relatable character and goes through the same challenges that are thrown at every teenager transitioning to adulthood, and then some. She talks about learning to accept her character and her body just the way they are; riding the rollercoaster of friendship and her experience of finding love for the first time. By the end of the book you feel as though you have become friends with Sammie yourself!

This story is so gritty, heartfelt and although fictional, written with such genuine emotion that you could believe it was true! It’s almost impossible not to get drawn in… and shed a tear at the end! I would certainly recommend to this book to anyone who enjoy stories that talk about life and bring you back to the reality of the little, everyday things that matter so much.

Sophie. Age 18.