Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac


Title: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Author:Gabrielle Zevin

Summer Reading List: Fairfield Ludlowe High

Summary:Imagine waking up and not remembering the last five years of your life. That’s exactly what happens to Naomi after she conks her head on the steps of her high school. All of a sudden, nothing makes sense – why is she co-editing the school paper and playing tennis instead of acting in the school play? Why does she have feelings for the guy who found her on the steps that day, instead of her hot long-term boyfriend? And why did her parents get divorced, causing her dad to start dating a flamenco dancer?

When her memory starts to return, Naomi has to decide who she is deep down inside and what she wants her life to be, even though her choices are bound to hurt the people she loves. Like Gabrielle Zevin’s first book for teens, Elsewhere, this unforgettable story will leave a permanent mark on your brain and the way you think about life and love.

Who will like this book?: Fans of Elsewhere, and other books that deal seriously with teen relationships and the ‘Big Questions’ of life.

If you like this, try this: While it isn’t exactly similar, another great book for mature teens about discovering who you truly are is Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian