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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

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Naomi finally admits to Will that she has joined the theatre group, and he is proud and supportive of her. She has a boyfriend but can't remember him, her mother and father are divorced, and she has forgotten that she is supposed to hate her mother. MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC is a beautifully crafted story of a girl who loses the last four years of her past and gains a new life, a new future, a new Her. Biography: Gabrielle Zevin is the author of the number one bestseller Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, plus award-winning books for young adults including her debut novel Elsewhere. She watches her mother, father and annoying little brother, Alvy, recede in the distance and gradually remembers the moment a taxi hit her bike.

Enthralled by Naomi’s honest, fresh voice and her occasional wry, direct appeals to the reader, teens will find her tale unforgettable. She doesn't remember her parents' divorce (not to mention her mother's remarriage, her half-sister and her father's recent engagement to a tango dancer). The most interesting thing I found was a plastic compact containing birth control pills, which meant I was either a) having sex with someone (!And it occurred to me that while I could see how some plot threads would be resolved, I really had no idea where the book was headed. A quiet exploration of identity and self-realization that is simultaneously thought provoking and entertaining. Instead it was full of teen angst, choosing between three different guys, and trying to regain memory. Up until that point, we've gotten hints that she wasn't exactly the nicest girl at school but was apparently nice enough to be best friends with a genuinely "nice guy", Will Landsman. the audience is just everyday teens, either exercising their schadenfreude muscles, or who can relate to the feelings of confusion and freedom that this amnesiac experiences.

Naomi, adopted in infancy from a Russian orphanage, can summon up more than enough hidden emotional depths to counterweight the slicker aspects of the story; teens will identify with her vulnerability and her heightened feelings of alienation.She begins to analyze her life and make decisions about what is important to her now - and sometimes she realizes that what was once very important to her might not be as important to her now and visa versa. Approximately 50 years in the future, New York is a ruined city where goods are rationed and chocolate is illegal.

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