Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

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When Naomi tries to piece back the fragments of the last three and a half years of her life, she discovers a lot. She has a boyfriend but can't remember him, her mother and father are divorced, and she has forgotten that she is supposed to hate her mother. She also has a group of friends which simply doesn't seem that attractive any more and, despite having meticulously kept a diary, she only mentioned what she ate every day in it! But it's not all bad, because when a girl loses three and a half years she gets a chance to reinvent herself. After all, who is to say that everything has to be the same?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 240.4g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747591652
  • 9780747591658
  • 115,303

About Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle lives in New York City. She is the author of one other book for young adults, Elsewhere, as well as an adult book, Margarettown. Gabrielle is also the author of the screenplay for the film Conversations With Other Women, starring Helena Bonham Carter.show more

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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 entertai "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, "Sensitive, joyful . . . Pulled by the heart-bruising love story, readers will stop to contemplate irresistible questions."--Starred, "Booklist""" "A quiet exploration of identity and self-realization that is simultaneously thought provoking and entertaining.""--VOYA""""" "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" """""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." -- "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 " Sensitive, joyful . . . Pulled by the heart-bruising love story, readers will stop to contemplate irresistible questions. " -- Starred, Booklist & nbsp; " A good read. " -- Kathy Taber, Kids Ink Children ' s Bookstore, Indianapolis, INshow more

Rating details

30,768 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 24% (7,318)
4 35% (10,895)
3 30% (9,114)
2 9% (2,780)
1 2% (661)

Our customer reviews

As you would expect from the title, it is written in 1st person narrative dropping us straight into Naomi's life following an accident where she gets a nasty head injury wiping out her memory of the past few years. Only certain aspects like all her personal life yet she can still remember things like maths & science. Funny how the brain works :) The book is written in 3 sections. The 1st section is called I was. It deals with Naomi trying to piece together the type of person she was before the accident. It gives her new insight into events that have occurred within the years the is unable to remember. She is also able to look back at her previous reactions objectively which helps give her a different perspective. The 2ND section is called I Am. Where although Naomi is still unable to remember the last few years she takes the opportunity to redefine herself into the person she feels like on the inside rather than the person everyone but herself can remember. She cuts her hair, dumps her boyfriend, drops a few things at school and starts a new relationship with James, the boy who was at the accident, finds some new friends and takes a part in the drama production. Gabrielle Zevin does a wonderful job of depicting the horror that is depression within the narrative. Although we as a reader can see that the romance between Naomi and James is doomed, you can also appreciate the qualities that draw Naomi to James. At points I literally wanted to scream at Naomi to leave James as she couldn't help him and was only hurting herself. Powerful writing to inspire that sort of reaction don't you think? The 3rd section is called I Will. Although Naomi regains her memory she doesn't tell anyone for awhile afraid to fit the 2 halves of herself together, the Naomi before the accident and the Naomi she created in order to redefine herself. The narrative gives wonderful insight into the difference between how we feel about ourselves and how other people see us. As Naomi comes to terms with all the events in her life she puts into practice the new perspective she has gained and discovers true love in the process. A beautifully written book dealing with some sensitive subjects one of which is depression. Terrific music references again. A really good read :)show more
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