Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Genre/Age Group: Contemporary, Young Adult
Page Count: 271 pages
Rating: 2.5/5 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.
(Review under the cut)
Review: Before the story beings, we are told that above all, this story is a love story, but it's anything but. It's not anything, really. It could have been a book about Naomi, after hitting her head while falling down the stairs, finding herself after loosing her memories. When she wakes up, she doesn't remember anything after the seventh grade. She doesn't remember her best friend and boyfriend, nor her parents divorce. This could have been a great story about a girl coming back into herself after loosing so much, but unfortunately it wasn't.
This book was fairly small and well paced. It was interesting in some parts and boring in others. I didn't feel as invested in any of the characters as much as I wanted to, except James. James was the most interesting, in my opinion. He started off as mysterious, which had me intrigued and wanted to learn more about him. We then get to learn his tragic back story and how he's dealing with it, which leads him going to a version of a rehab center. His story did become too tragic for me, at one point, especially when he was started to become a little crazy, and that scared me but I'm so thankful he decided to check himself in to make himself better.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is an okay read. It's not a book I would recommend, mainly because this book isn't about anything. It wasn't a love story, it wasn't a story about her discovering herself, it wasn't anything, like I said. But it was a quick and easy read.
"And I was crying for gravity. It had sent me down the stairs, and I'd thought that meant something, but maybe it was just the direction that all things tend to flow."
"You forget all of it anyway. . . You forget who was cool and who was not, who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not. . . You forget all of them. Even the ones you said you loved, and even the ones you actually did. They’re the last to go. And then once you’ve forgotten enough, you love someone else."