Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
by Gabrielle Zevin
This book has been sitting on my shelves for years and I kind of wish I'd read it sooner because I really enjoyed it, way more than I thought I was going to. I don't have much to say about the book beyond that really -- I've put off trying to write this review for days because I can't think of anything to say about it.Summary: 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.
I liked the writing a lot, and it made me want to read more of Gabrielle Zevin's books (luckily I have her book Elsewhere in my TBR pile). And the characters -- I really liked the characters, especially Will. One of my favourite things about the book was probably Naomi's relationship with Will and one of the only things I didn't like about the book was that it felt like the story was ending just as theirs was beginning.
The other thing that I didn't like much was that Naomi could be a bit frustrating at times and made me want to scream "USE YOUR WORDS!" at the book... She could be really selfish and inconsiderate, but I did like that she grew as a character and appreciated the fact that she was flawed.
Basically, the book was good and I enjoyed reading it. Had I managed to write the review sooner, it would've probably been even more positive because it's one of those ones that I love while reading and just after I finish but over a few days it dims down to simply liking it a lot. I'd rate it 4 stars out of 5 (maybe 3.5).