Friday, August 12, 2011

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Year: 2007
Read in: English
Where’d I get this copy: Bought in Scotland

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac on Goodreads.

Teaser (from 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.


Thoughts:

It was the cutest story. I really felt the characters.

We always hear about the unpopular girl who wants popularity and then, in the end, realises it isn't worth it. Finally, we have a book about almost the opposite: a popular girl who falls and hits her head, waking up to the reality that she doesn’t want to be popular, she just wants to follow her heart.

It's the first contemporary YA I've read in quite a while (months) but it convinced me that I should start looking some more up.

(In fact, I am so accustomed to reading paranormal fiction that I kept waiting for James to turn into some werewolf or something until the very last page!)

Side note: Okay, who the fuck gave Gabrielle permission to name a couple of twins "Freddie and George"? I mean, are you SERIOUS?? … It was kinda adorable, though, so forgiven. :)

I read this simultaneously with City of Bones, and couldn't help but notice the similarities between William B. Landsman in this book and Simon Lewis in City of Bones: They are both, more or less, the “nerdy sidekick” helplessly in love with our protagonist.

8/10


Frederikke, out.

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