Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac

Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac

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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 fiancée.
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.

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

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Publisher: New York : Macmillan, 2009, c2007
Edition: 1st Square Fish ed. --
ISBN: 9780312561284
Branch Call Number: YA PB Zevin 3558ya 1
Characteristics: 284 p


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BostonPL_LauraB Sep 16, 2016

This was an engaging novel about a teenager with temporary amnesia and how she chooses between being who she was and who she can be. Overall I liked it, but I felt the last 1/3 was entirely too rushed and ending the book at 300 pages wasn't doing the story and characters justice.

ChristchurchTeens Sep 24, 2014

The story of Naomi who slips down some stairs, and subsequently loses any memory of the last four years of her life. So she has no recollection of her parents divorce, her baby sister, her boyfriend, her best friend, or even her former likes/dislikes. As Naomi struggles to work out who she is, who she is supposed to be, and who she wants to be, she finds new friends, forges different relationships with her parents, and decides for herself about where her future is headed.

I enjoyed the premise of the story, of trying to work out who you are and who you want to be, when you don't remember who you were. And reading about the frustration she feels, when people don't tell you things that you can't remember because they are afraid of upsetting you, when in fact it is even more upsetting not to be told of things that have happened, and let you judge for yourself how react. I liked the interplay between Naomi and her friends, new and old, as well as the relationships with her parents and their new partners as well.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

I loved the setup of this book, and it started out really well, but I think in the end it fell short of its potential. Some of the questions from the beginning -- hello, incipient anorexia? mean girl in training? -- were left unanswered. Also, Naomi's relationship with James was both too angsty and not angsty enough. So in the end, the thing I wanted to have happen happened, but I wasn't satisfied by it. Still, an interesting book and a good read.

Dec 05, 2012

Confusing at some parts but all in all it was a good book

Aug 11, 2012

Okay. Let me be completely honest with you. There are some things that I did in fact like about this book, but also many, many things that I, well, let's just say some things that was completely dissapointed with. Honestly, I did like the main character and the idea that she could not remember four whole years of her life. And that she wants her old life back but she can never really have it back, you know? And although I did like some major parts of the book, overall I just didn't like it very much. Here are some reasons why; The love interest. It was just .. Awful. Ace, her old boyfriend, is a total jerk. And the guy she's currently "in love" with is just plain stupid, and whiny, and idiotic. Also the ending absolutely horrified me. I mean, there was no real closeure! Nothing worse than ending off a book with a bad ending. So to speak, I'd have to say this book was just alright, but not amazing. So if you decide to read this book, it might just "wow" you, but probably not. Anyways, happy reading, haha! :)

_hollister_ Jun 25, 2012

this is a cute book :)

Jun 21, 2012

i actually thought this book was particularly boring. From the back, i got that it was going to be an amazing adventure about this girl trying to get her memory back, but sadly... no. It is one of those kind of books that makes you feel funny and awkward after you read it. :/

Jun 02, 2012

This was the first book I read by Gabrielle Zevin, and it was good, but not spectacular. The main character, Naomi, falls of the steps of her school and ends up in a hospital with amnesia. She tries to rediscover herself through what she has left behind from her almost "previous" life and realizes the shallow lifestyle she has been carrying along for the sake of moderate popularity. She turns her life around, starting with her music-geek, best friend Will and takes a chance at love with a bad-boy at her school. Eventually, she regains her memory and is able to piece her life back together the way she wants, something that would not have been possible had this amnesia not happened at all. The book didn't have satisfying closure, but it was a nice read.

Apr 08, 2012

When 16 year old Naomi falls and loses her memory of the last 4 years, she is forced to reinvent herself and to discover what is truly important to her. While this book was not as good as "Elsewhere" it is a good story. For teens and adults alike.

Nov 07, 2011

Interesting concept - what would happen if you had an accident that resulted in amnesia? It wasn't a spectacular book but a perfect read for a quiet rainy day.

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Jun 10, 2013

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

This book starts with Naomi waking up after an accident that has wiped out the last four years of her memory. She can't remember her parents' divorce, her best friend Will, or her boyfriend Ace, and she can't even really remember herself. When did she become the kind of person who keeps a compulsive food diary, who dates a jock, who hangs out with the mean popular girls? Will Naomi be able to discover who she is again?

Jun 08, 2012

After retrieving the camera from the Yearbook room, Naomi takes a nasty fall down the steps that leads to her amnesia. Naomi is forced to reassess her "previous" life, and start anew. Her music-geek friend Will, a bad-boy turned boyfriend, and her previously estranged mother are all there to help Naomi rediscover herself along the way. Naomi learns to forgive and forget, but realizes that there are some parts of the past she needs to remember as she embarks on her future.


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