- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (June 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780312561284
- ISBN-13: 978-0312561284
- ASIN: 0312561288
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac: A Novel Paperback – June 23, 2009
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“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
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“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
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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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In this book, the amnesiac high school senior wakes up to learn she has had a boyfriend and they have been intimate with each other. In the absence of memories to remind her, she spends time with him and wonders: what did I see in him? He is the character who represents a relationship based on their shared interest in tennis and pure physical attraction. In my experience, athletes are drawn to other athletes, and "popular" kids seek each other out for relationships. Maybe after a person loses his or her memory, those connections seem arbitrary. That's the premise of this book. The amnesiac has a chance to step back and evaluate her choices, and is handed a do-over because her mind is a blank slate. Two other male characters the amnesiac meets represent a creative love of the mind and spirit, and a love based on shared activities, open communication, honesty and mutual respect.
Four stars for this book for good life lessons well-told. If only the finale relationship had held some magnetism, some attraction, I would go all in with the stars.
Truly ridiculous I stayed up this late to finish this book. I have finals and yet I stayed up I just needed to finish.
This book was very good. A++++++ for the best portrayal of adoption I have ever read in a book ever. I loved how the amnesia was portrayed. We got just enough info from the past balanced with complete oblivion that it really embodied the amnesia experience well without being excessively confusing.
I really did like this book, I think it was really well done and so intriguing. GREAT READ!!!
Didn't get 5 stars because I don't think this book is particularly life changing or is going to stick with me particularly long or in a very very strong way. But it was so good, such a great read.
And now I sleeps.
I happened across _Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac_ about six months later, and I just loved it. Zevin does reality even better than she does the unreality of _Elsewhere_. Well, I assume it's reality. I find good parents and functional, if broken, families to carry a fantasy air for me, but these felt like they could exist, fairly near our planet, too. Beyond the loving parents, though, it's the portrayals of the teenage amnesiac and her peers that sold me on the book. I knew a James once, although it was an even messier situation and lacked a happy ending. I'm pretty sure Naomi's walked this earth, too, or does in some quantum variant, along with Will. They're smart, creative, energetic, good kids who are the objects on which life practices its blows. Their responses range from errors to misunderstandings to loving connection. They're people living a story and people you want to follow through that story. I liked them.
Thanks to Zevin for this good read. I'm definitely passing it on to my (now) 13 year old (going on l7 year old) niece. Good stuff.
Zevin tells an emotional tale that is sure to steal your heart. Characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. Naomi is easily a real person as you take this deep heartfelt, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragically sad, but completely authentic journey with her...
"Above all, mine is a love story.
And like most love stories, this one involves chance, gravity, a dash of head trauma.
It began with a coin toss.
The coin came up tails; I was heads.
Had it gone my way, there might not be a story at all. Just a chapter or a sentence in a book whose greater theme had yet to be determined. Maybe this chapter would have had the faintest whisper of love about it, but maybe not.
Sometimes, a girl needs to lose."
This is one of those books you (ironically) will never forget.