Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.

But Naomi picked heads.

After her remarkable debut, Gabrielle Zevin has crafted an imaginative second novel all about love and second chances. {}


Every now and then you come across a book that soulfully describes the human condition; that is exactly what Zevin does with this amazing story.

As the reader you are automatically introduced to Naomi, the popular self-centered teenage girl. She has endured a terrible accident that has left her with a gap in her memory (her memory is blank from 12 years old to present).

This accident allows Naomi to change her life. She realizes with this new outlook that she has not been that great of a person, and she decides to become someone who is more forgiving and less likely to cave to peer pressure. This continues till the old Naomi and the new Naomi collide and she is finally able to converge in to a new happy Naomi who lives a full life.

The most amazing thing about this story is that Zevin creates completely and totally believable characters. They are terrifically and tragically flawed, like true human beings. They can be unlikeable, but that is ok because they are REAL.

This is a wonderful read. It is not happy and is tragic, but a great read that is well worth your time.




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