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Two high school boys from different walks of life: Ryan, a handsome athlete, and David, an average joe from a blue collar family, discover their desires, stealing their kisses under the cover of an old oak at night. Their love begins a secret life, hidden from their families, friends, and classmates. As their passion grows, so does the danger of their discovery. Their only hope is to create a separate world where every kiss is a treasure and every moment… memorable.
First love. Secret love. Unforgettable love
Memorizing You is a beautiful story about coming of age, sexual awakening, and even more importantly – first love. It’s a sensitive retelling of one of the most incredible experiences in life. It’s a treasure that is told with utmost reverence and a beautiful reading experience.
It’s not often I come across a book that grabs me as instantly as this did. That pulls me into a place in time that is so far removed from the ordinary events of day to day life. That wasn’t only because of the story arc or the elegant words used to move the story along. It was because of the characters; the way these characters see the world and the life lessons they shared. This is David and Ryan’s incredible and consuming story, but it was made all the more richer because of their friends and family. I think that these supporting characters are most likely the most significant side characters I’ve come across. Their words and their effect on the story was profound. What they did for David and Ryan was paramount and hence made the story all the more fuller.
But I don’t to take anything away from David and Ryan. They were amazing. Absolutely, heartbreakingly beautiful – though sometimes I wanted to reach into the book and shake David repeatedly… but I guess he’s a good representation of how some young men think and behave.
While reading, I had numerous thoughts cross my mind. Some were love laced passages declaring a swollen heart filled with undying love for the characters, story and writing. Others were so pained that I swore that I was reading the worst book of all time. I was also sure I’d never forgive Dan Skinner for the heartache I was feeling.
But nothing of beauty comes without pain.
And the highs and lows of this book (despite the slaughter of my dignity as I sat on a crowded beach and sobbed) are exactly why we read. To feel. To rejoice and despair for these characters. To become immersed in their world and their story.
For those of you have not read Memorizing You, I urge you to read it now. You will not regret it. For those of you who have, do as I’m about to do – start rereading it immediately.
“You can’t dream in the light, if you can’t live in it.”