The Reminders by Val Emmich
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (May 30, 2017)
Grief-stricken over his partner Sydney’s death, Gavin sets fire to every reminder in the couple’s home before fleeing Los Angeles for New Jersey, where he hopes to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan.
Joan, the family’s ten-year-old daughter, was born Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM: the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are startlingly vivid memories to prove it.
Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help her win a songwriting contest she’s convinced will make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo set off on their quest until Joan reveals unexpected details about Sydney’s final months, forcing Gavin to question not only the purity of his past with Sydney but the course of his own immediate future.
Told in the alternating voices of these two irresistible characters, The Reminders is a hilarious and tender exploration of loss, memory, friendship, and renewal.
Oh my gosh, I completely forgot to review this book! I was looking through my Instagram photos and saw this book and thought “wait, I don’t remember reviewing that book” so I checked and nope, I didn’t. I have a bad habit of starting another book before I write a review so now I’m wondering how many other books I didn’t review. Oh well. I need to start practicing read, review, read, review, etc.
Anyway, I LOVED this book. I loved Joan and Gavin and the relationship they had. I liked reading all the things Joan could remember from practically her whole life. It really touched me that she could tell Gavin things that Sydney had said or done when he wasn’t with him. I would have liked to have had a person like that when my husband died.
It was interesting that Joan and her dad shared a love for music and even had a recording studio in their home. I loved going around New York with them and loved when I finally read what the “big secret” was all about.
This is a very funny, sometimes sad story about friendship, love, and loss.
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