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MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin

MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC

By Gabrielle Zevin

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-374-34946-2
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Zevin constructs a unique take on the teenage question of “Who Am I?” New York City sophomore Naomi Porter must re-invent herself, re-construct her life and undergo a re-birth on her journey back from a head injury that leaves her with nine stitches and a memory loss spanning the four years since sixth grade. She struggles to adjust to her high school’s caste system and to comprehend the roles of four males in her life. Ace, the tennis jock, is her forgotten boyfriend. Will, her yearbook co-editor, doubles as her best friend, and then there’s the hauntingly intriguing James, her new crush. Her father, the fourth guy, loses her trust when Naomi discovers her parents are divorced and he plans to remarry. Rather than listing her many amnesia problems, Zevin deftly reveals Naomi’s dilemma with concise phrasing. “ ‘Hello,’ I greeted myself. ‘I’m Naomi.’ The girl in the mirror didn’t seem convinced.” This unusual love story has only a few lapses and will be well received by teens intrigued by the concept. (Fiction. YA)