Memoirs of A Teenage AmnesiacBook - 2009
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.
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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?
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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