Thanks For The Memories || an interesting idea

thanks for the memories book cover || review

Title: Thanks for the Memories
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: General Fiction
Series info: Standalone


I’ll be honest, the only reason I got this book was because it was being sold for a really low price in a book fair. I hadn’t even heard of this book before, and the synopsis at the back gave NO CLUE to the actual story.


The book starts with Joyce having a fall on the stairs and losing her baby. She has a lot of blood loss as well, which leads to her getting a blood transfusion in the hospital. She barely survives.

When she wakes up after the incident, Joyce is almost like a different person. She knows things that she never even cared about, and remembers things that she has never experienced. Suddenly, she knows about architecture and history, and speaks Latin. Which is completely bizarre.

The other protagonist of the book is Justin, a guest professor at a college in Dublin and an art and history enthusiast. He was convinced to donate blood one day, which could someone’s life.

After Joyce’s incident, she becomes way too much like Justin. She has his memories and inherited his characteristics. One can say that his blood was given to her in the transfusion, which also transferred his memories and characteristics.

Throughout the book, we follow Joyce and Justin as they go on with their lives which somehow interleaves and changes everything.


First of all, a very interesting idea. It’s the thought that if something directly from a person’s heart is transferred to another person, it could transfer memories and characteristics as well.

The problem with this idea, which showed in the book, was a lack of plot around it. We just follow Joyce and Justin. There’s no great plot-line except this idea. Which kind of made it boring, and easy to skim. I read this book in a day because it was easy to read fast because there wasn’t very much substance in every line.

I liked following Joyce’s journey after losing the baby which signals the end of her marriage. She moves back in with her widowed father and they learn to share space after so long. Their bond was pure, and although it had it’s annoyances, they support each other and have new adventures.

Justin was a fun character to read about. Simply because he’s kinda embarrassing and quirky. He has his flaws, which is seen very clearly, but his story was fun to read. He is a divorced man who moved to London to be closer to his teenage daughter, and travels to Dublin regularly for guest lectures. It’s hard for him to adjust to this new life after leaving behind a great life in America, but he does it for his daughter.

Now, the point that I really want to talk about. The ending. The ending was disappointing. After all that chase and adventures, the last bit felt rushed and quite out of place. The falling in love part did NOT make sense. Joyce and Justin didn’t even really know each other. And considering that they share a lot of characteristics now, it’s quite weird.

I did not like the ending, but I guess the author didn’t know how to end the book since it doesn’t actually have a plot. It makes sense why she chose to do this but… eh.


It was an okay read. I wasn’t very invested in it, and it was more of a pass-the-time read. I’m glad that I didn’t go in with expectations.

This book had been sitting on my shelf for almost a year so it’s good that I finally got to it and read it. Even though it wasn’t in my TBR, it’s part of my #StartOnYourShelfathon to finish the books I currently own first before buying new ones and reading them.

I rate this book..

2.5/5 stars

Have you read books by Cecelia Ahern? What’s your opinion on this idea that blood transfusion could transfer characteristics?

12 thoughts on “Thanks For The Memories || an interesting idea”

  1. Sounds like an interesting book, although I feel like the un-scientificness would really bother me? And overall it just sounds like an eh book. The cover and premise are pretty cool though!


  2. Good premise, but poor execution, I hate it when that happens. I’m impressed that you were able to read this in a day! I can’t even get close to that, lol!

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  3. The book sounds interesting but weird or a lil creepy to bring on someone else’s characteristics. Well at least you can check it off of your read list. I also like how you are trying to indulge in the books you already have instead of buying more great choice

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  4. I think this idea has been used plenty of times in movies and tv shows (when someone’s getting an organ donation gets memories too). I don’t have a problem with the idea as long as the plot supports it and takes it to new places, which by your review it doesn’t sound like it does. I agree with you that the ending part is weird -essentially they fall in love with themselves? sounds kind of a boring way to live:)

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    1. I actually haven’t seen anything with this idea! I’m not a huge watcher lol. And exactly, the guy pretty much fell in love with himself and that was weird.


  5. Thank you for this honest review. I wonder sometimes if writers come up with a great premise (cause like you said, receiving someone’s thoughts and memories after a blood transfusion IS an interesting premise!) and then don’t know how to build an actual story around it. And a forced love story is always unsatisfying. I appreciate your take!

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    1. I think that’s exactly what happened in this case. The author had an idea and built story and characters around that. The execution didn’t come out well.
      No problem! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚


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