Monday, October 28, 2013

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - Book Review

** I am currently taking a Young Adult literature course and I will be reading and reviewing several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**

Publication Information

Name: Christopher Jimenez Media Format: Audiobook
Title: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Genre: Realistic Fiction, Strong Female Lead, Romance, Drama
Author: Gabrielle Zevin Selection Source: 2008 YALSA Best Books For Young Adults
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Recommended Audience Age: 14-18
Reading Recommendation: 3 out of 5
Curriculum Connections: Leisure, Health, Social ethics


After making the wrong choice in a game of heads-or-tails, Naomi went back into the school to retrieve the Yearbook group's camera. On her way out, she trips and—in an attempt to save the camera—ends up hitting her head on the steps. She instantly loses her memory of the last three years. These memories include her interest in her boyfriend Ace, her parent's divorce and subsequent lives, and her complex relationship with best friend Will. Another effect of her amnesia is her newly developed relationship with James, a shady character who Naomi grows to love.

This title has earned the following awards (According to Author's Website)

  • VOYA's Perfect 10s
  • Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice


This book seeks to answer the question, What if we could start over? Naomi experiences a lot of first-times again, like a first kiss, potential losing of virginity and hearing about her mother's infidelity for the first time. It is a thought provoking book about how a female perceives the world and about handling the pressures of teenage life.


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