Thanks for the Memories is the fifth novel by bestselling author Cecelia Ahern. I've been working my way through all of Ahern's novels since I read P.S. I Love You years ago, and they have all been amazing!
In short, Thanks for the Memories is about a lonely woman who connects with a lonely man as a result of a blood transfusion.
Joyce Conway has recently experienced a terrible accident that caused her to lose her unborn baby. While in the hospital following her accident, Joyce was given a blood transfusion from an unknown blood donor.
Shortly after returning home from the hospital, Joyce manages to split up with her husband in the midst of stress and grief. She then begins to "remember" random extensive knowledge about history and architecture - subjects that were unfamiliar to her before her accident. In addition to her impressive, yet baffling encyclopediac knowledge, Joyce begins to have memories about people, places, and experiences she's never had.
Meanwhile, Justin Hitchcock, a college lecturer on history and architecture, begins to run into a mysterious, beautiful, and intriguing woman everywhere he goes (Joyce!). In the midst of battling his own ghosts and personal problems, Justin begins a wild-goose chase to hunt down this mysterious woman, which only adds to the already-present chaos that consumes his life.
When Joyce and Justin are finally brought together, they realize that their meeting is not just a coincidence, but fate.
Ahern slightly bends the rules in the literature genre by always managing to add a slight, tasteful fantasy twist to her novels. Thanks for the Memories is quite exciting, but falls just a little flat, lacking mystery in an otherwise predictable plot. The novel is mostly just a series of predictable "coincidental" meetings between Justin and Joyce, with some weak comic relief spread throughout.
Once you catch on to how the plot surrounds a series of coincidences, the novel quickly loses its charm. As Joyce runs from one place to the next, we already know she's going to run into Justin somewhere along the line. Additionally, Joyce's adventures are supplemented with quirky remarks from her nearly senile, 70-something, single father, who accompanies Joyce throughout the novel during Joyce's "healing" period.
Thanks for the Memories is by far my least favorite novel by Cecelia Ahern. Even if you're a fan of Ahern, I would recommend skipping this one.
If you've never read Cecelia Ahern's previous novels, I highly recommend reading P.S. I Love You, which is one of the most touching, beautiful novels I've ever read! Other good novels she's written are Love, Rosie, If You Could See Me Now, and There's No Place Like Here.
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