Impossible To Forget by Imogen Clark

Impossible to forget

Lo bonito e imprevisible de la amistad
Impossible to forget

Nota: versión en español al final

Synopsis

Just turned eighteen, Romany is on the cusp of taking her first steps into adulthood when tragedy strikes, and she finds herself suddenly alone without her mother, Angie, the only parent she has ever known. In her final letter, Angie has charged her four closest friends with guiding Romany through her last year of school—but is there an ulterior motive to her unusual dying wish?

Each of the four guardians possesses an outlook on life that Angie wants to give her daughter as a legacy. Three of them have known each other since university: the eternally nomadic and exotically named Tiger; the shy and practical Leon with his untapped musical genius; and Maggie, a brilliant lawyer who doesn’t know her own abilities. But the fourth guardian is a mystery to the others: they’ve never even heard of former model Hope before…

As the guardians reflect on their friendship with Angie, it becomes apparent that this unusual arrangement is as much about them as it is about Romany. Navigating their grief individually and as a group, what will all five of them learn about themselves, their pasts—and the woman who’s brought them all together?

 

Opinion

It had been more than three decades since they had met in college and there they were, together again thanks to Angie. She always had that ability to do her will with little to no notice, without imposing herself, just with her overwhelming personality and her unparalleled charisma. 

They were sad, uncomfortable and perplexed by the situation. They did not understand their friend’s last wish. She who always lived chaotically and without following a script. Who adapted to situations as they arose. So why all of a sudden this need to organize her daughter’s life? Romany was of age, she didn’t need a guardian in her life, let alone four. But that was the situation and everyone would have to adapt, including her. 

Impossible To Forget starts from a premise that made me think about how Angie’s last wish would be carried out. I focused on the how, when in reality and what really matters is the why of this last wish, of this decision of Angie’s that seems so hasty and ill-considered. What did she know that others didn’t? Nothing made me think that this would be such a beautiful and special read with friendship the undisputed protagonist of the plot. 

Through short chapters that flow smoothly, the author narrates the lives of Maggie, Leon, Tiger and Angie. Since they met in college in the 80’s and up to the present day. An unlikely friendship that has nevertheless stood the test of time.

I really liked the characterization of the characters. The way in which each one perceives the mistakes of others but not their own. But also how the common good always prevails over the personal, leaving aside pride or prejudice. Friendship above all. 

If there’s one thing I love about Imogen Clark, it’s her ability to understand human behavior. She is very good at writing about emotions and feelings. She always puts us in context by telling the same story from different perspectives but without repeating herself. She manages to make us direct participants and we can not take sides for one or another character. She achieves a perfect emotional balance while at the same time conveying that feeling that everything will be all right.

I feel her stories are so personal that when I finish reading them, I always unconsciously wish her characters luck and that life goes well for them. I can only recommend her books highly and this one is just as special, if not more so, because of the uniqueness of the plot.

A highly recommended reading

 

—————–Versión en español—————–

Habían pasado ya más de tres décadas desde que se conocieran en la universidad y ahí estaban, juntos otra vez gracias a Angie. Siempre tuvo esa capacidad de hacer su voluntad sin que apenas se notase, sin imponerse, solo con su personalidad arrolladora y su carisma sin igual.

Estaban tristes, incómodos y perplejos por la situación. No entendían el último deseo de su amiga. Ella que siempre vivió de forma caótica y sin seguir un guion. Que se adaptaba a las situaciones según le surgían. Entonces por qué de repente esa necesidad de organizar la vida de su hija. Romany era mayor de edad, no necesitaba un guardián en su vida, cuanto menos cuatro. Pero esa era la situación y todos tendrían que adaptarse, ella incluida.

Impossible To Forget parte de una premisa que me hizo pensar en cómo llevarían a cabo el último deseo de Angie. Me centré en el cómo, cuando en realidad y lo que de verdad importa es el por qué de este último deseo, de esta decisión de Angie que parece tan precipitada y poco meditada. ¿Qué sabía ella que los demás desconocían? Nada me hizo pensar que esta sería una lectura tan bonita y especial con la amistad protagonista indiscutible de la trama.

A través de capítulos cortos que se suceden con fluidez, la autora nos narra la vida de Maggie, Leon, Tiger y Angie. Desde que se conocieran en la universidad en los años ’80 y hasta la actualidad. Una amistad improbable que sin embargo ha resistido el paso del tiempo.

Me ha gustado mucho la caracterización de los personajes. La forma en que cada uno percibe los errores de los demás pero no los propios. Pero también como siempre se impone el bien común al personal, dejando de lado el orgullo o los prejuicios. La amistad por encima de todo.

Si algo me gusta mucho de Imogen Clark es la gran capacidad que tiene para entender el comportamiento humano. Se le da muy bien escribir sobre emociones y sentimientos. Siempre nos pone en contexto contando la misma historia desde diferentes perspectivas pero sin repetirse. Consigue hacernos partícipes directos y que no podamos tomar partido por uno u otro personaje. Consigue un equilibrio emocional perfecto a la vez que nos transmite esa sensación de que todo estará bien.

Siento sus historias tan personales que cuando termino de leerlas, siempre de forma inconsciente le deseo suerte a sus personajes y que la vida les vaya bonita. No puedo más que recomendar mucho sus libros y este es tan o más especial por lo singular de la trama.

Una lectura muy recomendable

 

5/5

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