Title: The Memory Game
Author: Sharon Sant
Release Date: September 30th 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
‘If there is a hell, I think maybe this is it.’
Weeks after fifteen-year-old David is killed by a speeding driver, he’s still hanging around and he doesn’t know why. The only person who can see and hear him is the girl he spent his schooldays bullying.
Bethany is the most hated girl at school. She hides away, alone with her secrets until, one day, the ghost of a boy killed in a hit-and-run starts to haunt her.
Together, they find that the end is only the beginning…
Although the story’s protagonist, David, is dead throughout The Memory Game, this is not a ghost story. Rather, Sharon Sant asks her reader to think about the issues of family and friendship which she raises and leaves us thinking about the ultimate question of whether it is ever too late to say the word ‘sorry’.
The Memory Game is a good story and though I wasn’t overwhelmed by it, I liked how Sharon Sant concentrates on the relationship between David and Bethany. Though in the same year at school, David and Bethany were not friends. She is considered “weird” and “unnoticeable”; bullied for being different from the crowd.
Following his death, David is visiting his old school when he realises that Bethany is watching him and as he speaks to her, she faints. Theirs is a relationship initially borne out of necessity and need. Bethany is the only person who can see and communicate with David, whilst Bethany really needs a friend.
The Memory Game has an emotive plot and though I would have liked Sharon Sant to spend a little more time on Bethany’s story, I was certainly left shocked and saddened by the ending.
The Memory Game is not a run-of-the-mill young adult story. Instead, it is one whose message will be left with the reader after the last page is turned.