I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato
Published by Balzer + Bray on March 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
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Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.
Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother's charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.
I’m not going to lie, I almost put this book down 10% in because I was struggling to get into the story. But I’m so happy I kept reading.
Megan is a girl who has always lived in her brother’s shadow. She looked up to him, and went through school the way he said she should so that she wouldn’t get picked on. All of that changes when he suddenly passes away. She has this urge to find out what really happened to her brother because she knows he didn’t die the way the police said he did. Throughout the book she pieces her brother together. She learns things she never would have believed, and comes to understand him better.
I loved how there was some magical realism in this book. It’s sudden and offers a little bit of explanation, but it’s one of those weird things that can happen when you are weighed down by grief and sadness. Also… there are ties to Abraham Lincoln and his assassination. The little pieces of history in the book definitely kept my attention.
The secondary characters were almost more interesting than Megan. I really liked both Nathan and Eric, and I’m happy we were able to learn a bit more about them.
Overall, this was a good read. I read it in a couple of sittings.
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