Book Reviews, Marybeth Whalen
Review – The Song Remains the Same
I enjoyed The Song Remains The Same by Allison Winn Scotch because of the story and the writing and the compelling beginning– a woman wakes up with no memory of who she is, or her mom, or her husband. And very quickly it becomes apparent that all is not well with this happy little reunion. The one bright spot for her is the movie star who was the only other survivor of the plane crash– someone who suddenly becomes more important than the people she calls family because he went through what she went through. And even better, he remembers what she cannot.While I enjoyed the book for those reasons, I also enjoyed it for something else– the idea that we can change who we are. Or should I say, the hope
that we can change who we are, even as set-in-our-ways adults. As Nell adjusts to the fact that she’s lost who she was, she discovers that, in losing who she was, she’s gained the chance to change her personality– and maybe even her destiny.
As the book goes on, she learns some things about her past that she doesn’t like. Things about her father, her husband, her mom and sister. As she comes to terms with who these people were to her, she must also decide who she wants them to be in the future. I found this story to be a great way to delve into such weighty topics, yet keep us rooting for Nell all the way through.
The only thing negative that I would say about the book is that there were too many times of taking God’s name in vain. I can put up with most any swear word. But take His name in vain and the fur on the back of my neck stands up. So I would caution you if that is something that bothers you. I won’t lie, it bothered me. But I did finish the book because I wanted to find out the truth about Nell– and whether it’s possible to really change who you are.
Marybeth Whalen is the co-founder of She Reads, mother of six, and life-long reader. She is also the author of two novels with a third out in July: The Mailbox, She Makes It Look Easy, and The Guest Book.