Kyle Donohue is a sixteen-year-old high school student who, on the morning of September 11, 2001, is racing across the Brooklyn Bridge to get home when he spots what he thinks is a large bird. When he realizes the bird is really a girl wearing a pair of wings, Kyle runs back to help her. He takes her home to his family’s Brooklyn apartment, where he soon realizes the girl has no idea who she is. Despite (or maybe because of) the horrors of 9/11, the two teens bond quickly as the girl’s memory slowly and painfully begins to return.
I was completely blown away by this book. It’s absolutely mesmerizing, beautifully touching and tragically heartbreaking all at once. The author has expertly captured the tragic events and devastating loss that we all know now as 9/11, yet there’s an enormous amount of hope and inspiration within the pages of The Memory of Things. I was living in New York at the time and can honestly say this book most definitely struck a chord with me.
Kyle’s character is extremely relatable and likable. In fact, all the characters in this book are wonderfully well developed and real. Ms. Polisner has expertly added several layers to this story, so it’s not just a story about 9/11. The loving and patient way Kyle interacts with his now paralyzed uncle was moving. The strengthened relationship between Kyle and his dad as a result of so much tragedy and loss was wonderful.
I can’t say enough positive things about this book to do it the justice it deserves. All that’s left to say is grab some tissues, read it for yourself and be prepared to be wowed.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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