Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac | Book Review

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


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.

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


What happens if you could just forget part of your life and start a completely different life? You coupe lead a different path, choose different friends or even end up with a different partner. For Naomi Porter, this is her life. Filled with twists and turns, Naomi is trying to gather information about the life that she forgets. Naomi uses friends and family to help in this discovery of who she really is. Without spoiling too much, I love how this book is written. The book is divided into three separate parts: I was, I am, and I will. I was discuses Naomi’s life before the accident. I am tells her life in the present, and I will talks about her life in the future.

Now there is not much I can say about this book without spoiling it, but I did enjoy this book. The relationships did not seem as cheesy as many book make them, which was nice since I’m not a big romance person(as stated in past book reviews). The writing style flows very well between words which perfectly told the story. As well, I did not find much ‘book fluff’ in this novel, which is awesome! Naomi’s character showed maturity as she began to regain her past self and how she handles things even when she had lost her memory

This is another wonderful novel by Gabrielle Zevin. The characters come alive on the first page and find a place in the reader’s heart. It is a love story without being a “love story.” Pick it up and you won’t be disappointed.

Read On Darlings!


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