Thursday, July 2, 2009

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
by Gabrielle Zevin
Rating: Great
Difficulty: Normal
Pages: 288



Synopsis

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 get all his inside jokes, and maybe he wouldn't be so frustrated with her for forgetting things she can't possibly remember.

She'd know about her mom's new family.

She'd know about her dad's fiancee.

She wouldn't have to spend her junior year relearning all the French she supposedly knew already.

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.
Review
Everyone knows I love a good Gabrielle Zevin novel and Memoirs is the perfect antidote to my cravings. Naomi suffers amnesia after a nasty fall and can't recall the past four years of her life, sge can't remember her boyfriend Ace or why she liked him, she can't remember her best friend Will and all their inside jokes and she just met mysterious and brooding James- the boy who posed as her boyfriend so he could look after her in the ambulance. Suddenly her life is turned upside down and she has to regain her memories and her life back. The only problem is that she's not sure she wants to go back to her old self and when her and James start a very passionate relationship, she doesn't see a reason to return to her old life. Naomi is definitley one of my favorite characters of all time and the characters in this bppk are so well thouight out and perfect for each other. The thing i most recognize about Gabrielle's writing is that her mom represents photography, her dad represents writing, Will represents music and James represents movies. If you read it (which you should) i think that would be the first things you should look out for and notice. James is such a heartbreaking character because before he met Naomi he had a pretty messed up past. It crazy to see how desperatley he needs Naomi when at first it was Naomi who needed the help. I love this book as i love all Zevin's novels and of course you should go buy it as soon as possible!

2 comments:

  1. I want to read this book so bad!! I always see it at the book store and I always want to buy it but I dont.. And I dont even know why. But it sounds like such a good book! And I really like the cover and title, its cute. Nice review!!

    -Arielle

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  2. Oooh you should definitley get it! It just came out on paperback with alot of extras like playlists and an interview with Gabrille Zevin! It really is good and the cover IS really adorable!

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