Review: The Art of Forgetting

Why I picked it: Thank you TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read The Art of Forgetting.  This book was also available on NetGalley so I requested a copy to read while on holiday (a book free vacation).

Synopsis: A moving and insightful debut novel of great friendship interrupted. Can the relationship survive when the memories are gone?

Marissa Rogers never wanted to be an alpha; beta suited her just fine. Taking charge without taking credit had always paid off: vaulting her to senior editor at a glossy magazine; keeping the peace with her critical, weight-obsessed mother; and enjoying the benefits of being best friends with gorgeous, charismatic, absolutely alpha Julia Ferrar.

And then Julia gets hit by a cab. She survives with minor obvious injuries, but brain damage steals her memory and alters her personality, possibly forever. Suddenly, Marissa is thrown into the role of alpha friend. As Julia struggles to regain her memory- dredging up issues Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life ten years ago- Marissa's own equilibrium is shaken.

With the help of a dozen girls, she reluctantly agrees to coach in an after-school running program. There, Marissa uncovers her inner confidence and finds the courage to reexamine her past and take control of her future.

The Art of Forgetting is a story about the power of friendship, the memories and myths that hold us back, and the delicate balance between forgiving and forgetting.

Type: Fiction

Quick Take: This novel was different than what I expected but in a good way.  Marissa and Julia are good friends, Julia gets hit by a car and yet this is Marissa's story more than Julia's.

Marissa wants to be supportive of her friend but when Julia tries to right a wrong (something that happened over a decade ago) Marissa is tested over and over.  Marissa is forced to deal with her past, first love versus current love and all the misunderstandings that happen along the way.  This is a fun novel, perfect for summer.

I love it when I read something in a book that resonates... memories are not just memories, the more time we revisit them the less accurate they become.

Rating: 4/5 stars
Source: Review Copy/NetGalley