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I wasn't sure if I would like this book, I often do not like books that jump around as I get the plot confused, however although this book did a lot of jumping about they were always clearly titled with place names and dates and I never once got confused at to who's POV it was or where they were.
The story itself was also good, although it was obvious where the story was going and how it was going to end I liked the way it was written. I very much enjoyed this book.
On the down side, I did not like the ending. I felt that the book did not actually end, it was like a cliff hanger. This might be me reading the ending wrong but there was too much of an opening left that I did not feel any closure. I have looked on her website to see if there was a second book but I did not see one .. This could have led to a second book but I do not know if it will, or if I am supposed to use my imagination to create my own ending as once you read the book there are many ways your mind can assume the ending :)
Daniel has lived so many different lives, and the bonus for him is that he can remember pretty much everything that happened in them all. He is gaining so much information but the real thing he is searching for is his lost love from way way back, who herself is reincarnating - the difference is she is not aware of what's gone before.
So, will she piece it together bit by bit? The story is told through several of Daniel's lifelines, including present day, and this mystical spellbinding search for love is fairly gripping. Her (Lucy/Sofia) fighting to make sense of it all, as Daniel gradually tries to make her acquaintance before unburdening his story, is nicely done.
Without giving too much away it looks like a sequel is required, if only to tie up the loose ends.
Read it if: you want an unusal YA fiction, with the usual romance, hot guys and limitless misunderstandings between the two star-crossed lovers.
Don't read it if: you are only looking at it because your an Anne Brashares fan. Its nothing like her other works.
A little late with this review - it was realised in 2011
I love Ann Brashares and so I wanted to love this. I didn't really read the blurb and was quite surprised when the main character was a male - an interesting POV, but it made it a little difficult for me to identify him.
Daniel is blessed (or cursed) with memory - he remembers every life he's ever lived, few have been happy and he's spent them all looking for Sophia. Daniel believes Sophia is his true love, he's met her in many lives but they have never been able to make it work, sometimes she was older than him, others he older than her. Its a fairly tragic tale. Then he meets Lucy - she is sophia (or sophia is lucy..) and they're the same age, everything should line up perfectly. Except she doesn't remember him. This of course leads to misunderstandings, near misses, long lustful looks and an awful lot of stalker like behaviour. There's plenty of drama curtesy of a bad guy (no spoilers as to who that might be!) but its a little rushed at the end, some books allow everything to fall into place, MNIM just pushed it forward a little.
I liked the premise of the book, but the jumping from present day to past to years on in the present got a little confusing. Daniel's obsession with Sofia was a little weird, calling her the same name in every lifetime would have really annoyed me (if I was her!). Daniel was incredibly selfish and shallow, Lucy was a bit wet for me, there was little depth to her.
It was an ok read, I got through it quickly but it was missing Brashares magic, I'm not sure why, but I wouldn't rush out to buy another in the series.
I did enjoy this book. For those who believe in, or are curious about, what happens when we leave this world it is an interesting story. It had love, it had a chase, it had buried memories. Right up until the end. I found the ending a bit of a let down, but still a good story.
I loved this book! It had a little mystery and suspense waiting for the story to unfold with a touch of action. I fell in love with the characters from the start, and I really hope there will be a sequel:)