Book Reviews

Memoirs of a Teenaage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin book review

Continuation of the book reviews… these were all read in 2014



Above all, mine is a love story.

And like most love stories, this one involves chance, gravity, a dash of head trauma

It began with a coin toss.

The coin came up tails; I was heads.

When Naomi wakes up in a hospital bed, she has no idea how she got there or what has happened during the last three and a half years of her life. She doesn’t remember that her parents are divorced, or who her friends are at school, and she doesn’t even know if she has a boyfriend or not.

When Naomi gets back to scho she starts piecing the fragments of the last three and a half years together, and soon it is clear that she may not want to be united with her past quite as she left it.

Naomi wakes up in the back of an ambulance with a handsome guy leaning over her and she has no idea how she got there.

She doesn’t know what year it is, let alone how old she is and she has no idea why this guy is claiming to be her boyfriend.

At the hospital it becomes clear she’s had an accident. And she’s lost three and half years of her life. She doesn’t remember that her parents are divorced or why she’s not talking to her mother, she doesn’t remember her best friend Will or that she has a boyfriend or that she loves being on the yearbook committee.

What she does remember is that she’s adopted and she feels more alone than ever.

Then she starts up a friendship with the guy who was in the ambulance with her, James, and people she wouldn’t normally hang around with. She dumps her boyfriend, leaves the yearbook committee, joins a play and starts dating James. But everything isn’t as straight forward as it seems.
Naomi starts to piece her life back together and when she remembers the truth of her accident, why she’s not talking to her mother and why things are going wrong with James and her best friend Will she tries to hold on to all that she knows.

But remembering changes everything and she doesn’t know if she’s quite ready to let everything go back to how it was…

This book was okay. I did like it but it took a while to get into. I loved her other book I read, Elsewhere, so I was positive that this one was going to be good too.

It was but something couldn’t get me involved with the characters. I liked Will and James because they had reasons to be the way they were. At first they were concerned about Naomi but as feelings got in the way it became apparent that one of them was going to get hurt and in a way they both did.

Naomi… she was the girl who didn’t know where she belonged but she liked being with James, even if that meant hurting other people. She was hurtful to her mother but you could understand that seeing what she did and it was good to see her try and repair that.

There was her relationship with her father that didn’t seem to waver at all and she had the strength of her new friends to help her get through everything.

I liked how you thought that James was the one who she was referring to in the “mine is a love story” sentence and to be honest I thought he was going to be her love aswell but I’m glad it turned out to be who it was.

I enjoyed it but I think there could have been more somewhere. I’m not quite sure what though but there was something missing.

4 out of 5 stars


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