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The Reminders
by Val Emmich

PBR Review Ten year old Joan has HSAM, a condition which allows her to remember every day in her life exactly as it happened. She can recall every detail of every conversation, and everything that happened, right down to the day of the week and what everyone was wearing. Joan is a delight but at the same time a tiny bit odd, which makes it hard for her to have normal relationships. She can’t understand why others forget, which causes her to obsess about being remembered. The story follows her quest to create something that will guarantee she will not be forgotten. Gavin, her mother's friend and an actor who is grieving the loss of his partner, comes for an extended stay. Joan becomes very attached to him convincing herself, that with his help she can reach her goal. The story is told from both their viewpoints in alternating chapters. Their relationship grows as each helps the other. It’s a touching friendship that stays with you for a long time.Back.
Talking Points: This story explores friendship, being true to yourself and understanding that you will not fit in with everyone, but this is ok. It will make you realize how important memory is and what it feels like to not be remembered. The author really goes into grieving and healing.
PBR Reader Comments:
Another book with a quirky, memorable character. In this book, ten year old Joan has a condition that enables her to remember everything perfectly, with exacting detail. She’s great and you'll certainly get attached, but the strength of this book lies in the special relationships this author creates. Fans of “A Man Called Ove” will love this, but another book that came to mind when reading this was “The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie. Recommend this endearing story.
by-Linda 2017/07/23, 08:26 PM

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