Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: Memoirs of a Teeange Amnesiac
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Square Fish
Pages: 304
Rating: 7/10

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 would 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 fusterated with her for forgetting things she can't possibly remember. She'd known about her mom's new family. She'd know about her dad's fiancee. She wouldn't have to spend her junior year relearning 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.

This book starts out with a coin toss to see who would have to go back and get the camera. Naomi lost, and she had to go back. Thing is, she didn't know what was going to happen. She didn't know she was going to fall head first onto the steps and lose the last four years of her life.
I felt sorry for Naomi because she had to learn and remember everything about the person who she once was. She had to live the life of the person she doesn't know, and she found it hard. If I forgot everything that happened in the last four years, I would be totally depressed. There were so many things that have happened the past four years of my own life.

The characters were put together perfectly, they made the book perfect and they all helped Naomi in some way to remember her last four years. I really liked Will because she helped her the most then anyone ever did, he made CD's and answered every single question. He reminded of all those years my best friend were there for me. I also loved the character James, because there were so many things you didn't know about him, he was soo mysterious.

Overall, I thought the book was okay. I'm not saying it was great, but okay. For some reason I had a hard time getting into this book. But you'll love this book, although I didn't really. It has a good meaning about finding yourself, something every needs a little of right?

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