Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin

Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac: A Novel

byGabrielle Zevin

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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 fiancée.
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.

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.

About The Author

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.
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Title:Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.15 × 5.55 × 0.79 inPublished:June 23, 2009Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312561288

ISBN - 13:9780312561284

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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“When I was younger, I often thought it would be a great convenience to forget a good portion of my youth: the humiliations (both real and imagined), the romances (both requited and unrequited), and all the garden variety tragedies of being a teenager. As it turns out though, the moments I should have most liked to forget are usually where my novels begin.”—Gabrielle Zevin

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     “Are you Ace?” I asked, remembering what James had said about my having a boyfriend.     Will removed his black rectangular-framed glasses and wiped them on his pants, which were gray wool like James’s had been. I would later learn that removing his glasses was something Will did when embarrassed, as if not seeing something clearly could in some way distance him from an awkward situation. “No, I most definitely am not,” he said. “Ace’s about six inches taller than me. And also, he’s your boyfriend.” A second later, Will’s eyes flashed something mischievous. “Okay, so this is deeply wrong. I want it on the record that you are acknowledging that this is deeply wrong before I even say it.”     “Fine. It’s wrong,” I said.     “Deeply—”     “Deeply wrong.”     “Good.” Will nodded. “I feel so much better that you don’t remember him either. By the by, your man’s a dolt not to come.”     “Dolt?” Who used dolt?     “Tool. No offense.”     “Leave. Right now,” I said in a mock stern tone. “You go too far insulting Ace . . . What’s his last name?”     “Zuckerman.”     “Right. Zuckerman. Yeah, I’m really outraged about you insulting the boyfriend I don’t remember anyway.”    “You might be later and if that’s the case, I take it all back. Visiting hours only started a minute ago, so he’ll probably still come,” Will said, by way of encouragement I suppose. “If it were my girlfriend, I would have been waiting outside before visiting hours.”

Editorial Reviews

"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 Reader