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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
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Feb 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, 2008-february, contemporary, gepl

This is a smart, insightful book that captures the roller coaster of despair and happiness of high school life. Naomi, a beloved daughter, has always known she was adopted. She is presumably secure in her identity as a girlfriend, daughter, good student, best friend and yearbook editor. Unfortunately at the beginning of her junior year, Naomi develops amnesia after falling down marble stairs trying to catch the yearbook’s new camera. Naomi can remember her life before seventh grade but the last four years are gone. Suddenly she finds herself questioning herself, her values, her relationships and her life. Lest this sound overly depressing, the book is filled with laughter and fun in the midst of exploring serious issues.

Zevin gives the characters just the right voice and insight for high school students, though perhaps a little idealized. Naomi’s struggle to regain a sense of identity and choose who she is and who she will be is exhilarating and moving.

Highly recommended.

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