Grief-stricken over his partner’s death, Gavin sets fire to every physical reminder in the couple’s home. A neighbor captures the ordeal on video, turning this unsung TV actor into a household name. Now, Gavin is fleeing the hysteria of Los Angeles for New Jersey, hoping to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan.
Joan, the family’s ten-year-old daughter, was born with the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. In seconds, she can tell you how many times her mother has uttered the phrase “it never fails” in the last six months (27) or what she was wearing when her grandfather took her fishing on a particular Sunday in June years ago (fox socks). Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, Sydney, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are half a dozen startlingly vivid memories to prove it.
Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing all her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help Joan win a local songwriting contest she’s convinced could make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo sets off on their quest until Joan reveals unexpected details about Sydney’s final months, forcing Gavin to question not only the purity of his past with Sydney but the course of his own immediate future. (From Goodreads)
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I actually really loved it.
I love books that warm my heart while reading. After reading multiple thrillers, it’s nice to read a book where nothing crazy or psychotic happens. Just a sweet book about a man, who has his heart healed by his friendship with a special kid, who provides him with a link to his deceased boyfriend.
Joan is adorable and spunky, and I loved everything about her character, her passion for music, and being remembered. She is a tough little cookie too. I know I wouldn’t want to remember EVERYTHING that has ever happened to me, down to dates and times.
I am so glad that I finally got to read this book, it’s been sitting on my TBR shelf for months. also, I have the pleasure of getting to Skype with Val Emmich on the 15th! How awesome is that?!?!
If you guys are looking for a sweet, happy book, that pick this one up. It’s a quick read, that I have nothing negative to say about.
Keep Running but I get nowhere.
Keep Swinging but I hit thin air
I hear you whisper in the back of my mind
Start over, leave the past behind. – Val Emmich