Friday, March 7, 2008

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

By Gabrielle Zevin


Nadia slips while carrying her school's brand new camera. She manages to save the camera but not herself. She wakes up to find a handsome guy, James, telling the ambulance driver that he is her boyfriend. Nadia quickly realizes that she has lost some of her memories, and so she must reconcile her current life with the life that she remembers.

Where has her mom gone, and why won't her dad talk to her about it? She has a boyfriend, not James, who is good-looking and talented, but what did she see in him? She has a best friend who makes her a great mix cd, but what are the songs supposed to mean to them? And James, Mr. Mystery himself. She can't stop thinking about him.

In some ways this book is the typical girl-loses-her-memory book: Naomi had been a popular, multi-talented student in her high school, who seemed to have it all. Yet, Naomi finds that she had made several perplexing decisions before the accident, and no one can tell her why she'd made those choices. Despite a few genre stereotypes, Zevin manages to create a fresh story by not allowing Naomi any simple, black or white answers to the many questions she faces.

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