Book Review: Memento Nora

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Title: Memento Nora (Memento Nora #1)
Author: Angie Smibert
Origins: My Local Library
Summary: [from GoodReads] On an otherwise glossy day, a blast goes off and a body thuds to the ground at Nora’s feet. There are terrorist attacks in the city all the time, but Nora can’t forget.

In Nora’s world you don’t have to put up with nightmares. Nora goes with her mother to TFC–a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There, she can describe her horrible memory and take a pill to erase it so she can go on like nothing ever happened. But at TFC a chance encounter with a mysterious guy changes Nora’s life. She doesn’t take the pill. And when Nora learns the memory her mother has chosen to forget, she realizes that someone needs to remember.

With newfound friends Micah and Winter, Nora makes a comic book of their memories called Memento. Memento is an instant hit, but it sets off a dangerous chain of events. Will Nora, Micah, and Winter be forced to take the Big Pill that will erase their memories forever?

My Review:  This book was not what I was expecting, in any way shape or form. For one thing, it was smaller than I expected. It came from the library and it felt so tiny compared to the tomes I’ve become used to. For some reason, that made me even more excited to read it – it was something new and different!

From the moment I cracked open this book I felt like I was in a different world. The writing style was so different, and yet I was completely absorbed in the book. It was only afterward that I realized what the style reminded me of – it was almost as if I were reading a novelization of a graphic novel. The cleverness of the style and how well it was pulled off absolutely amazed me! Whatever else this book might be, it is a work of art. 

Aside from that, I have to say the subject matter is very interesting. We all have those things we want to forget, because we’re embarrassed or because they’re traumatic, or because we just plain don’t want to deal with them. A very different take on the subject than The Giver but just as relevant. The only thing I had a problem with is seeing how this might come about in the near future. It might happen eventually, but our culture is so obsessed with the dark and violent things – there’s a reason for the millions of cop dramas and vampire shows and all that on TV. We’re curious. It would have to get REALLY bad for us to want to erase that. 

Overall though, this is a wonderful book that should be appreciated both for content and for format. I’m excited to see where they’re going with this, but more than that, I really hope they come out with a graphic novel version of the book. It would really fit the style and I know I would love to read it!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Memento Nora”

  1. Phanee says:

    I'd seen this one around quite a bit a few months ago, but I hadn't really realised what it was about. The premise does sound rather interesting, I must say. And you've made me wonder about that "novelisation of a graphic novel" that you're going on about up there. It sounds a little weird to me, but if you say that it works for the story, that's good enough for me! It's going on my list of books to buy (sometime, when the price drops, as it's far too expensive right now).

    Great review, Anne! :)

  2. Anne says:

    It's definitely worth it for many reasons, and don't let my description of it put you off! You'll see why it's appropriate, and I think it makes the whole novel better, just for cleverness of it.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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