Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

In Gabrielle Zevin's latest novel, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, teenager Naomi Porter is in an ambulance on the way to the hospital with a concussion. Popular with her classmates, a great boyfriend, member of the tennis team, and co-editor of the high school yearbook with her best friend Will Landsman, Naomi's high school life is a blank slate. Unable to remember anything that has transpired during the last four years of her life Memoirs is told in three eloquent vignettes titled I was, I am, and I will. Naomi's voice is refreshingly honest as she learns about herself from "friends" and family, adjusts to what she learns, and struggles to integrate who she was with who she would like to be.

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