Nina's writing is visually perceivable. She takes us on a journey through the adventures and wonderments of the afterlife. While reading, I was engrossed in the character development and the revelations of the plot. As an adolescent it was a unique and intriguing read, that gave me insight and perspective of what may happen after we leave this world.
Jack rated 5/5
The Memory Keepers is a terrific book that you won’t want to put down! It follows a number of characters, highlighting their lives on earth as well as the journeys they embark on after death. I connected with the characters and experienced the emotions of hope, sorrow, longing, and love right along with them.
Having personally gone through a tragic loss, I found this novel brought me comfort. Comfort imagining the incredible utopias and new relationships found after death as well as comfort from the idea that symbols of loved ones are intentional and a reminder of the love shared with those we have lost.
~ Nicole rated 5/5
I adored this book, everything about it.
~ Wendie rated 5/5
I thought this book was amazing! Great storyline, loved all the characters. The vivid rich imagery makes you feel like you’re right there in the various utopias with the characters... I found it hard to put this book down... the characters’ friendships intricately intertwined and unravelled beautifully throughout the story. I would definitely read this book again... would love to see it made into a movie.
~ Nora rated 5/5
Nina Waddington’s Memory Keepers takes you on a journey of hope and longing. The storyline follows relationships that are so honest and unconditional they are able to transcend through the boundaries that separate them. The depth of the relationships formed had me feeling the raw emotions endured by the characters along with them. I appreciated the interconnected nature of the book. It is a high interest read that spans from young adult to adult readers. A must read! You won’t be disappointed!!
~ Melanie rated 5/5
fantastic premise, page turner
~ Sue rated 5/5
The Memory Keepers is the stellar debut novel by Nina Waddington. This incredible story begins where some others only dare to end, with the death of a major character. But this story can only be made possible because of this tragic beginning. Because this story pushes the reader to not only question what happens after one dies, but also to wonder at the signs of loved ones lost, observed and experienced by those still living.
The author introduces characters with personalities and backgrounds that I not only connected with, but fell in love with. Some of these characters, though not in the book in its entirety, became so clear and familiar and memorable to me, I know I won't soon forget them.
The book intertwines the lives, stories, and memories of characters from various cultures and countries around the world, and each new location is painted with vivid brush strokes and the most glorious attention to detail. (I feel as if I've travelled the globe to locations I've only dreamed about visiting.)
What makes a good book, for me, is the depth and breadth of emotions the story evokes in me. This book made me feel everything. EVERYTHING. And I loved every word of it. Yes, there was sadness, and yes, I cried real tears. But I also laughed out loud, gasped in surprise, and sighed in delight so many times.
I honestly cannot say enough good things about The Memory Keepers. I recommend this book to everyone. All of you. And I know if you read it, you'll be so thankful that you did. I am.
~Nicole rated 5/5
I am currently reading this book for the second time and loving it even more. If you are a teacher of the intermediate grades, this is an excellent read aloud or literature circle book. This book will make your students question their beliefs and open up discussion about ideas and thoughts not often discussed.
If you have lost someone dear to you, this is a must read. The Memory Keepers allows you to believe in "the signs" and will bring a smile to your face. I often had to stop reading to think about the smells, the sounds, the items...how did they get there? Where did they come from? Could it be...?
This book needs to be shared with young children who have lost someone as it allows you to believe that they are still with you. That those small hints of those who have passed are their ways of communicating with you.
The Memory Keepers has truly warmed my heart and opened my eyes to those small and often insignificant bits and pieces that make you aware that those who have passed on, are still truly with you.
~ Kim rated 5/5