Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Book Review #420 - Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin


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.

My Rating: 4/5

After reading and enjoying All These Things I've Done last month I decided to read what many refer to as Gabrielle Zevin's best book.

Naomi was a character that was easy to relate to and fun to listen to. Even before her accident she was always thinking of the alternate lives she could have lead had she not been adopted by Americans. 

When Naomi awakens after diving down the stairs she discovers the last thing she remembers is being twelve years old. 

I felt like the story could have focused a little more on the things that Naomi had forgotten, like her parent's divorce and subsequent relationships with other people rather than Naomi's love life. 

I liked the wittiness of Will, but never saw him as anything other than Naomi's best friend.  

In a way her falling down the stairs was a positive for her as she got to reevaluate her life in ways that made her happier within herself.

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