Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac
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.
This is also a reread from last year. I loved it last year and I was happy to find out that I feel the same way. What first caught my eye was that it was authored by Gabrielle Zevin who wrote one of my favorite book of all times, ELSEWHERE.
Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac is not as good as Elsewhere in my opinion but it's such a wonderfully written book with such memorable characters. I love Naomi and I love Will to death.
I like that this book, or the plot in it, is not perfect. There are goods and bads to the relationships and not all is a happy ending. You feel for James but at the same time, it's a scary situation. I love how this book's relationships are not perfect, it makes it feel completely real and believable.
I also like how Naomi's background was told. It was not a chunk of information but simply weaved through the plot line. If flowed naturally.
Oh, and Naomi's dad is such a great character. He reminds me a bit of my own dad.
Overall, this is an amazing book that I will never forget and nor will the readers.
In one sentence:
"Memoirs leaves a lasting memory."
Overall Feeling: 5