Monday, November 04, 2013

Review: The Memory Game (Buddy Read with Georgia)

'If there is a hell, I think maybe this is it.'

Three weeks after fifteen-year-old David died, he’s still hanging around and he doesn’t know why. The only person who can see and hear him is the girl he spent his schooldays bullying.

Bethany is the most hated girl at school. She hides away, alone with her secrets until, one day, the ghost of a boy killed in a hit-and-run starts to haunt her.

Together, they find that the end is only the beginning…

Author: Sharon Sant
Publisher: Self
Date of Publication: September 1st
Pages: 144
Source: For review
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I buddy read this short read with Georgia @ Books and Writers JNR. We both had pretty similar thoughts on it! For quite a short book, under 200 pages, it really packed a punch and we have a lot to say on it.

The synopsis is quite mysterious and doesn't show the depth of the book, so you are instantly intrigued, and this continues with the descriptive beginning. The deep thoughts and the way Sant introduces the character very cleverly through description of a room makes you want to find out what happens, and you only go further into the story. A lot of the emotions in the story, particularly of David, the main protagonist, appear to be embedded into descriptive blocks, such as when he was upset the description felt kind of... distant, if you understand me.

The concept of the book is amazing, the fact that as a ghost, you can talk to one person of, not necessarily your own choice, but your subconscious's, and make things better, and experience life in a completely different way. Obviously, Sant hasn't experienced death to write about it; no-one has, but the insight or perspection on death is amazing. To think about how it could feel to be a ghost, and how you could see how your family feels... This book simply tugs at your heart whilst sparking curiosity.

At first, I found Bethany a slightly naive, weak character, but when we find out more about her persona and history, I realised that there was a lot of reason for it and came to love her as a character. I loved the interaction between her and David, because of their history (bullying). The idea of the book, as I explained before, makes their history powerful, but they as characters forget that so they can unite.

Throughout the book, there are lots of little details added in that aren't necessarily needed but aren't useless, which, again, is very cleverly done. In a lot of books, extra details overpower the book and aren't needed at all, but in this book, they were just weaved in occasionally.

And, naturally, the ending absolutely kills you; whether you enjoy the book or not, the ending will make the tears fall. Well. I don't cry at books for some reason, but, hypothetically!

Of course, my favourite quote involved the actual "memory game" that David and Bethany played. It's simply about a ham and pickle sandwich, but it's almost crucial to the story.

"Then I close my eyes and think about salty ham and the fruity 
sharpness of the pickle, and I can almost remember the flavours."

As you can probably tell, I can't fault this book. It's short; but it's hard-hitting and just perfect. Snuggle up with it this winter... I guarantee it won't fail to keep you warm (that was such an awful way to finish off talking about an amazing book, but you get the gist of it!) 
 Charli x

This review is part of Review-A-Thon!


  1. What a fantastic review, Charli. And you spotted themes I didn't even know I'd put in there! I loved it and thank you so much to you and Georgia for reading it. :) x

    1. Haha! Thanks you! It was our pleasure to read and review, we loved it!! :D


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