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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 the pill that will erase it. 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. It's 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?
Angie Smibert's remarkable debut novel takes readers on a thrilling ride through shadowy world where corporations secretly rule - and wish you'd just keep shopping.
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By Crystal on 05-13-13
Surprising and Enjoyable
Memento Nora was a surprising and enjoyable read.
I don’t usually read such short books but I had some spare credit in my account and the premise really piqued my interest as memory alteration is a growing topic in YA right now.
I was pleasantly surprised to find an interesting, well-built future world and fascinating characters were richer and more well developed than some I’d read in longer stories on a similar topic.
The plot was mostly straight forward but still managed to catch me off-guard with a clever little twist I didn’t pick! The ending was fairly tight and satisfying too.
My only complaint is that I wish it was longer or that we’d at least be seeing more of Nora (The ending didn’t obviously set up a sequel though reading, I now see there will in fact be a follow-up and I’m excited)!
It’s so rare with all the ho-hum stories I read that I wish for more but I couldn’t help but be disappointed it was over (unlike being disappointed it was dragging on like so with so many other books!)
Overall, I highly recommend Memento Nora. Despite its brief length it was a solid, enjoyable read.
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By Susan Miles on 09-30-12
Where does Memento Nora rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As a middle school teacher, I am constantly looking for new great YA books. This is one. The characters are real and compelling, and it does not have a Disney ending.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Memento Nora?
I enjoyed the interaction between the teens. The fact that well into the plot and their "friendship" they were still wary of one another and distrustful. It felt like real teens.
What does Gail Stairs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The reading of this book was beautiful. Ms. Stairs sold the trendy "glossy" as well as the dark anger in the characters.
Any additional comments?
I searched for the next book, The Forgetting Curve, and was ready to buy it. It is not here yet. Hopefully soon.
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