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

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 113.4g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312561288
  • 9780312561284
  • 23,223

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-Zevin is completely convincing on the intensity of early passion and the way it can evaporate in the rays of something new, and she has a light touch with the deceptively shallow anguish of adolescence.- --The New York Times Book Review -Sensitive, joyful . . . Pulled by the heart-bruising love story, readers will stop to contemplate irresistible questions.- --Booklist, Starred Review -Zevin is just a great writer. . . . [She] gets all the details right.- --The San Francisco Chronicle -Zevin blends romance, changing friendships, and familial dysfunction with themes of chance, loss, and choice, and the result is a quiet exploration of identity and self-realization that is simultaneously thought provoking and entertaining.- --Voice of Youth Advocates -Unique . . . Will be well received by teens.- --Kirkus Reviews -Honest and complex characterization grounds a thoughtful, suspenseful examination of memory and identity.- --The Horn Book -Zevin cooks up an entertaining love story . . . teens will identify with her vulnerability and her heightened feelings of alienation. And fans of psychological dramas won't want to put this book down.- --Publishers Weekly -A compelling read with intelligent dialogue that's also touching and funny.- --School Library Journal -I would definitely recommend this book to my high school students, especially teen girls.- --The ALAN Review -A good read.- --Kathy Taber, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, Indianapolis, IN -This book seems to be really accurate about how teens think . . . very refreshing and a great read!- --A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader -Zevin, already a great author, has outdone herself.- --A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader -Zevin is a smooth and subtle stylist, creating particularly interesting characters here.- --The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books -This was a memorable book. Naomi was a likable, realistic character.- --A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader -This book was hard to put down.- --A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader -It conveys a sense of normal teenage pressures, but also presents a unique story.- --A YALSA YA Galley Teen Readershow more

About Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin's debut novel, Elsewhere, was an ALA Notable Book and a Quills Book Award nominee. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, -Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.- She lives in New York City.show more

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29,994 ratings
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3 30% (8,891)
2 9% (2,675)
1 2% (628)

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When sixteen-year-old Naomi Porter takes a header down the front steps of Thomas Purdue Country Day School, she loses a lot more than her pride. Although she remembers the ride in the ambulance to the hospital with James Larkin, and recalls that her blood ended up on his shirt, and even remembers that he assured the ambulance driver that he was her boyfriend, she's having a really hard time remembering anything prior to that. Anything, say, that happened in the last four years. Awake and alert in the hospital with her dad by her side, Naomi knows that something's wrong. She knows her name, and she knows where she is. What she doesn't quite understand is that the last tangible memory she has happened when she was twelve. She can tell by the way her body feels that she's not twelve any longer. And then comes the first of many shockers: her parents are divorced. Oh, and her mother is remarried to her high school sweetheart, and they have a toddler named Chloe, who happens to be her half-sister. And she has a boyfriend named Ace, who conveniently enough is away at tennis camp. And her best friend, William "Coach" Landsman, is also the co-editor of the school paper, The Phoenix, a position she shares. And on and on the list goes, until all Naomi wants to do is scream. In the course of a few minutes and one bump on the head, Naomi has lost four years worth of memories. She still knows she's adopted, she recalls her life up until the age of twelve, but everything between seventh grade and her current position as a junior in high school is a blank slate. For some, she's a girl to be pitied. For others, she's just another teen looking for attention. For herself, and her father, and her best friend, and her boyfriend, and the boy she begins to fall in love with, she's something else entirely -- an enigma, a girl without a past who must forge ahead to make her own future. I truly enjoyed MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC. The tone of the story is a perfectly balanced mix of humor, seriousness, and the search for identity. There are moments that are sad, and even downright heartbreaking, mixed with scenes of hilarity. Ms. Zevin, the author of one of my favorite books ever, ELSEWHERE, has penned another story that will leave you wondering and thinking long after you turn the final page.show more
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