Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

Reading Level:  12 and up

# of Pages:  271

RAC Book:  Yes

Naomi was late at school one day working in the year book office when she tripped down some stairs and suffered a blow to the head.  The result was that she forgot the previous four years of her life, including everyone she met during that time.  Naomi has a difficult time trying to discover why she liked yearbook, tennis, and even her boyfriend.  At the same time she must come to terms with her parents divorce and her father’s new fiancee.

Naomi chooses to make many changes in her life because she believes that she is changed and cannot be the person she was before.  Everyone around her is unbelievably patient and understanding to her situation and never pushes her to do anything.  That does not mean that those around her, specifically her father and best friend, do not get disappointed by her subsequent actions.

The idea of this book was creative and interesting much like Zevin’s previous novel, Elsewhere, but it lacked the follow through that  one did.  The middle lagged as Naomi struggled with discovering herself, and the end was anticlimactic and boring.  No one will dispute that going through something like that would be traumatic, but Naomi seems overly selfish and mean at times to those who have been so understanding to her through everything.  All in all, a bit of a disappointment.


6 Responses to “Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin”

  1. 1 Anonymous April 14, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I love this book and for a tenn in jr.High, you will probly like it too.

  2. 2 Anonymous June 5, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    i read this book in May and i thought that the ending was boring. I didnt want to finish it because you can predict what happens. anyway, i read the ending.

  3. 3 anonymous October 26, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    i really enjoyed this book, and i thought that it was very well described . Everything that happened seem so real. I didn’t like the fact that James left.I wish that he would have stayed . This was a great book and i recremend it to anyone who asks.

  4. 5 Dinosaur December 24, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I loved the book and finished it within 2 days, I was all excited and conflicted between who Naomi should end up with. Like, I was hoping she’d be with Will at the end, since she and James parted ways. At the same time though, I didn’t want her and James to separate.
    As much as I loved the book, the ending was an EXTREME disappointment for me. After her and Will’s ex were out of the picture, I was just waiting for them to finally start their new relationship. There were a numerous amount of foreshadowing that they’d be together. Sadly, I couldn’t agree with you guys more that the ending was beyond dull and disappointing. Zevin’s book was amazing, up until near the end.

  5. 6 Anonymous October 24, 2011 at 12:11 am

    i love the book! im really torn about the ending though..

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