Book Review: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

How Excited Was I To Read Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin? To be honest, not that excited at all! The plot sounded a bit contrived, and I was expecting a lot of melodrama.

Book Rating: 4/5. I really need to go back to out of five, because I think that gives my opinion best. This book was really very good! It’s not exactly my style, so that’s the only reason it’s missing that elusive fifth star. Gabrielle Zevin surprised me, that’s for sure.

Book Jacket: 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.

Book Review: Just look at that jacket blurb! What could have been quite the downer was really about second chances. But not cheesey second chances. HONEST second chances. And I liked that.

Like another book I read and enjoyed recently, this book really threw me for a loop! I thought it was going to be predictable and it was so… not. Yay for surprises. Because in real life, things don’t always tie up perfectly with a nice and neat little bow. For every book with some crazy insta-love plotline, I think we all need to read a book like this one which takes a more radical approach to the topic.

A major amnesia-inducing head injury may sound a bit too radical for some, but it was interesting to watch Naomi figure out who she was. And deal with it. Just as Naomi literally lost her preconceived notions, I had to throw mine to the wind. And I appreciated that.

Recommended for: Those looking for some solid high school drama.

If You Like This Book You Should Also Check Out: I cringe a bit as a write this because it’s really NOT a good book, but… Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. Similar plot device. Just the more funny/adult, though not more serious, version!