Sunday, 3 April 2016

Review: The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole

Since the accident, Taylor's memory has been fuzzy. But at least she's awake. Who knows what her boyfriend, Scott, will remember when he comes out of the coma. Will he remember that Taylor was driving the snowmobile when it crashed? Will he remember the engagement ring? Her pregnancy?

Will he remember that she tried to break up with him?

Taylor doesn't know. And she doesn't know if she wants him to remember. Plenty of things happened that night and before—secrets wrapped in secrets—that she'd prefer be forgotten.

Facing choices she'd rather ignore, Taylor searches for something more solid than whispers and something bigger than blame to face the future and forgive herself.

Paperback, 312 pages
Expected publication: April 8th 2016 by Flux 
Genre: Young Adult

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Taylor is a teenage girl who was in an accident on a snowmobile with her boyfriend. He is in a coma and she can't remember what happened. All she knows is that she is pregnant, she was going to break up with him and she has an engagement ring.

This book was a struggle for me. The synopsis sounded so good but the delivery was less than ideal. The story went back and forth between now and then and normally I really like when a book does that. It kind of failed with The Memory Jar though. It was really chaotic and the flow was really scattered. Not only was the flow off kilter but I found that there were many rabbit trails in the story that were irrelevant and unnecessary to the plot. It made for page skimming on more than one occasion.

I couldn't connect with Taylor and found her a little unlikeable. Even with all that she was going through I couldn't relate to her and I had a hard time finding my empathy. I definitely felt for the situation she was in but didn't really care enough about her to really care what the outcome would be. My feelings and emotions got lost in the chaos.

I feel like this may be a book that doesn't carry to all ages and that perhaps younger fans of YA will enjoy it more than older fans.

About the Author
I'm a YA writer, teacher, and incorrigible daydreamer. Author of KISS THE MORNING STAR (2012), SOMETIMES NEVER, SOMETIMES ALWAYS (2013), and THE MEMORY JAR coming spring 2016 from flux. 

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