Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac: A Novel

Paperback | June 23, 2009

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.

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

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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 hi...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.28 × 5.45 × 0.82 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


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love amnesia, period. LOL not that I want it, but I find it such an interesting topic. Picking up this book made me the happiest person alive. This book was so good. I loved the characters and the concept all together. Naomi was a great heroine. She had sass and was doing everything the way she wanted to. She didn't listen to other people telling her what to do. Naomi was one of the best heroines I've read about in a while. This was the first book that i've ever read with three love interests. Gabrielle Zevin did a great job of making that possible.  There was so much drama and romance in this novel, it was basically everything I was looking for in a book, and that doesn't happen a lot. Awesome!
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! This book is very inspirational. It is about Naomi, who gets amnesia after falling down stairs. She forgets everything that happend in her life after grade 6. This is about the struggles she faces and how she finds herself again.
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was a great story or how sometimes you have to lose youself to find the real you. Naomi seem to have it all. Great boyfriend, top editor for her schools year book club, and the best friend any girl could ask for Will. And then one day while working late on the year book, Naomi forgets something inside the school and has to go back and get it, but on the way she slips and falls down a flight of stairs causing her to have amnesia. When Naomi wakes up and finds that she doesn't remember a thing about her life she starts to take a good look at the things the former her found improtant and cannot see why she had thought that. Causing her to re-evaluate her life. Naomi gets a second chance at her life. This time around she sees that the person she is really meant to be with is Will. I loved this book. It was so sweet and a really intresting concept. I also love Will. I found him so cute and sincere, it was no wonder the new Naomi found to be such a catch.
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from completely true it explains the life of a teenage girl who falls down stairs and forgets everything in the past 4 years and she falls in love with a guy that said he was her boyfriend when he was just a stranger. she fights with her best friend Will and lies to her dad, who gets married and is an author. she faces bad grades and secrets that she could only explain. its a very entertaining book and it is great for a summer reading with some nice calming music of the play lists at the back of the book. just make sure you pay attention to what your reading because it can get quite confusing.
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but could have been better Having not read any of Gabrielle Zevin's books before, I was unsure of what I was getting into. The book was not a disappointment, but I did feel that certain parts could have been written better or could have had a better outcome. I enjoyed reading about Naomi's amnesia and gaining insight into her mind and thoughts as she slowly begins to gain consciousness and realizes how much she had changed from the girl she used to be before amnesia to to who she is after amnesia. I found certain situations funny and sweet and thought that the ending was perfect for the book. In my opinion, Naomi could be the poster girl for the average teenager-shy, scared, unwilling to adjust to change and unwilling to accept the fact that horrible things happen to good people who don't deserve them.
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This was a deep, greatly involved novel about a girl who has lost her memory. At points throughout the novel i continuously wanted to learn more about Naomi's struggle with her amnesia and the changes it was making to the people around her. A thought provoking novel which makes you question the friends around you and the choices you have made in the past. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a different novel and not a novel that people would expect. The things happening are unexpected, and each occurrence brings a change in events toward everyone. Overall, a fantastic read. I can't wait until the movie!
Date published: 2009-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best amnesia book I've read. I have to say the summery on the back of the book sounded really interesting. I had high hopes for this book and bought it right away despite never having read anything by this author before. However, I found the story to be slightly...lacking. I felt like the amnesia was just the sprinkles on the cake of this novel where relationships were more the actual dough. I suppose it was a nice story, slightly cliche at times but not a bad romance for those who enjoy a darker, more brooding love story. But if you're looking for a really exciting book solely based on amnesia and the frustration of it all I don't think this is what you want. I recommend Sophie Kinsella's 'Remember Me?' in it's stead.
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good :] I actually asked my friends about this book before actually buying it. I had my doubts that it would be some kind of boring “I wish I had my life back” kind of thing, but it wasn`t. It was good, it had its moments, but I wasn`t exactly pulled in as much as I wanted to. Overall, good book :) 3/5
Date published: 2009-03-20

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From the Author

“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

Read from the Book

     “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