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Review: Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

ThanksfortheMemoriesHow can you know someone you’ve never met?  

Sounds intriguing, and that’s why I picked up this book at a second hand store.

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern was originally published in 2008 in Great Britain in a slightly different form, but made it to the states in 2009.  It’s midway through 2014 and I’m finally scratching this one off the TBR list.  Told from two perspectives you follow Joyce Conway, who is leaving the hospital after a terrible accident, and Justin Hitchcock, a college guest-lecturer who is persuaded to donate blood (to save a life).  Joyce and Justin have a chance encounter at a hair salon and seem to know each other although they have never met. Following her return home Joyce begins having moments of deja vu.  Things she never liked she is loving, and things she knew nothing about she seems to be an expert about.  Meanwhile Justin is determined to find out more about the woman from the hair salon (Joyce).  Throughout the story Joyce and Justin experience an inexplicable connection, all leading up to a predictable ending.

I enjoyed the story, but this summer I have read so many books told from multiple perspectives that by the time I read this one, the concept was no longer fresh, it was tired and frustrating. Overall it had humor (mainly Joyce’s 75 year old father who she moves in with), romance and was a rather fast read.

I rate Thanks for the Memories 3/5 stars.

xoxo Gwen



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