TITLE: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
AUTHOR: Gabrielle Zevin
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
PUBLICATION DATE: 8/21/2007
BACK COVER SUMMARY: 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 would have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia.
She 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 frustrated with her for forgetting things she can't possibly remember.
She'd know about her mom's new family.
She'd know about her dad's fiancee.
She wouldn't have to spend her junior year relearning all the 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.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I enjoyed this book a lot. I'm a sucker for books where people have memory problems, so this was right up my alley. The ending was nice and sweet. I love all of the extras in the back - mix tape songs, author questions, discussion questions; it really makes you think more about the book once you've finished reading it.
CHARACTERS: I feel like all of the characters were really well done. They are all personalities that I can see as being real people in everyday life.
COVER: It's okay. It didn't really make me want to read the story anymore, but I do like the different textures.