Monday, 27 January 2014

Book Review Sharon Sant, ‘The Memory Game.’ Deeply moving read. 5 stars. The Memory Game starts with a bang and the subsequent energy carries you through the book at an incredible pace. The main two characters, teenagers David and Bethany, are skilfully and well written. The other characters in the book are equally well described and fill you with sadness, love and hatred whilst reading them. The main character David is trying to find the meaning for his existence throughout the book, which is filled with teenage angst. Sharon skilfully describes the characters’ pain and joy. The book is written with heartfelt sentiment and is at times brutally honest. I love the way that Sharon carefully describes everything from the mundanity of school to the joy of a sunrise to the simplicity and delicateness of the snow falling. But with all its bluntness it is first and last a love story, a story of a first kiss, of watching the person you love sleeping and all the tenderness that surrounds that ideal, that perhaps we have all had once in a fleeting moment and can only vaguely recall. The Memory Game is YA fiction at its best. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it easy to read. I would recommend it not only to teenagers but to anyone who enjoys a good story. As the title suggests, the characters experience sensations that remind you to be mindful of your own experiences in this fleeting journey of life.