The Memory of Things by Gae Polisher

The Memory of Things by Gae Polisher

I was not really sure what I was getting myself into when I started this book. It started off a little slow, but about a third of the way in it took off. But the interesting aspect is nothing changed to make the plot or the characters more engaging, its just that as I got to know the characters more and more the book became more engaging and interesting to read (just like making friends in real life). This book is about 9/11 and how it affects those living in New York City. A lot of people know what happened with the planes hitting the World Trade Center buildings, but it is hard for people who weren’t there to understand what it did to the people of New York City. This book shows just that, through the perspective of two teenagers who found each other at their weakest moment.  Kyle is going back to his house after his school is evacuated after the explosions. But on his way home he finds a girl who looks like she needs help. She is covered in ash as if she had been at the crash site. Kyle decides to take her home so that he can help her, to give her refuge in the moment of crisis. The only problem is that she does not remember who she is, so there is no way for Kyle to bring her back home after the chaos dies down. This story also ended up being a romance but this one felt as if it were a real relationship they developed instead of romantic in the moment feelings. The book dealt with how fragmented life felt after the attacks and it paralleled it with the fragmented feelings of the girl. Even though the ending was not conclusive it was still good. I feel that it adequately represented the non-conclusive feeling that many people still feel about the attack. From my perspective of the attack this book did a good job showing the fear, hope and despair of those days afterwards. I did not need to read a book detailing exactly what happened, I can find that in some news article or video clip this book showed me what I could not learn from that. This book shows what someone really needs to know about 9/11, the true emotions that were felt because of it.

 

$10.98
(as of 21-11-2017 00:42:41 UTC - Details)

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