Book Review: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Overview (via Goodreads):

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 wouldn't 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 know about her mom’s new family. She'd know about her dad’s fiancée. 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.

After her remarkable debut, Gabrielle Zevin has crafted an imaginative second novel all about love and second chances.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Product details (via Goodreads):
288 pages
0374349460 (ISBN13: 9780374349462)
Literary awards:

My opinion:

I felt very curious about this book because of the title, but also because I read and reviewed this other book of the same author two years ago and I loved the way Zevin writes along with the creative ideas she can come up with.

This book was fun and creative, like I expected. I just wanted to keep reading it. If you like Young Adult books you should read this one. The simple writing and the original plot made it a light and pleasant reading.

Naomi, the main character, is a seventeen-year-old teenager with a past that you'll get to know while you read it and sometimes you find about her past at the same time as her.
She is sympathetic and I felt myself feeling sorry for her, or happy for her, or angry for her. It's good to read a book with characters that you can relate in some way. In this case, I don't identify myself with her; I just think she is really well built, like this could be the story of a real person living next door, and I loved to read about her adventures in the discovery of helsef.

Like in our lives, people come and go; some can come back again, others won't. Things have a time. We have to understand when to grow ourselves out of a relationship, a job, a situation that is not comfortable or healthy for us anymore. Naomi struggles with this.

While you read about a teenager that could be any teenager, you read about a very particular person that has to deal with things that most people won't recognize in their lives. It's not a sad book. Like a good book, it has some sad parts, but you can also have a good laugh and overall it's a positive book.

Zevin as a way of taking the writer to another world: the world that she describes on the book and where the characters get alive. She doesn't need to be detailed in describing what's around so that you can picture it in your mind. It's just the way she writes and the plots she creates that allow you to make that trip.

If you read and enjoyed Elsewhere I think you'll like this one as well.

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