Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

If only Naomi hadn’t picked heads. Her life would have been so different. She wouldn’t have fallen down the steps and woken up with amnesia, she wouldn’t have met James, and most importantly she wouldn’t be questioning herself. When Naomi wakes up from her fall she finds herself in a hospital bed not remembering anything past 12 years old. This means she doesn’t remember her parents divorce, her tennis star boyfriend, and why her best friend Will calls her “Chief.” With the help of her dad and Will Naomi slowly starts to piece her life back together. The only thing is she’s still not sure who she used to be and really isn’t sure if she still wants to be that person. Naomi even begins to question what she ever saw in Ace and wonders why she can’t get James out of her mind. As the weeks go by Naomi finds it difficult at times, especially dealing with rude kids in school, but over time she starts to build her life back up, even if it’s not the same as it used to be. But she always wonders if she will ever remember again.

This was a breathtaking and emotional book. It was stupendous to say the least. I loved the story line and thought it was completely original. I loved how Naomi got to reinvent herself. I mean who wouldn’t want to make themselves the real person that they were meant to be? Not only was the story good, but Gabrielle Zevin’s writing style was phenomenal. She created three dimensional characters who you wished were your best friends. They dealt with real issues and felt real love. Also there was a deep level of emotion written into the pages. The last chapter of the book made me so sad, but not sad sad, almost like a happy sad. This was the first time a book had made me feel this way and I really liked how the author was able to provoke feeling with just her words. This was an all around great book that I think is a must read for any teenager. It provides realism with a bit of humor and just really couldn’t get much better!

8 comments:

The Book Muncher said...

ooh, i really REALLY wanna read this book. i've read so many good reviews of it, and yet i still have not gone out to buy it.....bad me.

Hillary said...

I've had this for a really long time and haven't read it yet. I finally let my sister read it (before me...*gasp!*...and she really liked it. I think I'll read it after I get through Part 2 of War and Peace.

Hope. said...

I REALLY loved this book. I was going to start it, then stop reading for the night, but I was up until about three in the morning reading it because I couldn't put it down! Great review. [:

hope.

alisonwonderland said...

i've got this on my to-read list, and your review makes me want to get to it soon!

Blair said...

so my comment isnt about this book, but it's about what you're reading right now! "looking for alaska" is an amazing book. i hope you review it because it is so good! it's sad and emotional, and ah! i just love it. so yeah. but i'll definitely check out this book! it looks good.

Mrs. Magoo said...

Wow! I'll definitely check this book out of the library!

Little Willow said...

It is one of those books that is completely different on the second read because you know what's in store.

Charley said...

I like the scene where Naomi first walks around her bedroom and wonders about the girl she used to be. It made me look around my apartment and wonder how I would react in her situation. I hope to read Elsewhere, too.

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