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If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss.

She wouldnt have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldnt have hit her head on the steps.

She wouldnt 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.” Shed get all his inside jokes, and maybe he wouldnt be so frustrated with her for forgetting things she cant possibly remember.

Shed know about her moms new family.

Shed know about her dads fiancée.

She wouldnt have to spend her junior year relearning all the French she supposedly knew already.

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 wouldnt have wanted to kiss him back.

But Naomi picked heads.

 
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Sometimes, a girl needs to lose.

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If Naomi had picked tails instead of heads, she wouldnt have hit her head on the way to get the yearbook camera and wouldnt have awakened in an ambulance with amnesia. Following her debut novel "Elsewhere," Zevin has crafted an imaginative work about love and second chances.

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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.

About the Author

Gabrielle Zevins debut novel, Elsewhere, was an ALA Notable Book and a Quills Book Award nominee. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, “Zevins touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” She lives in New York City.

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code7r, April 20, 2012 (view all comments by code7r)
“memoirs of a teenage amnesiac” by Garielle Zevin is a story about a 17 year old girl who falls down a flight a stairs and suffers a head trauma. Naomi is the main character and because of the head trauma she “loses” the past four years of her life. This story is told from her point of view and begs the reader to ask themselves that if they lost the past four years, would they be the same person?

In this story the focus is mostly on Will (aka Coach) who is Naomi’s best friend, Ace who is her boyfriend, James who is the bad boy, and Naomi’s dad. As Naomi tries to reconstruct the past four years of her life, she finds that she didn’t necessarily like the person that she was. As a reader, I find that I didn’t particularly like the person Naomi was before the accident. She is portrayed as a spoiled popular girl who is primarily focused on herself. Since her accident, Naomi has essentially become the opposite. Since her last memories were of sixth grade, she is amazed at how much has changed in the interim. Her mother is remarried with a daughter (when did her folks get divorced?), her dad has a girlfriend (does Naomi like her or not), she is dating the athlete (really, what did she see in him), and what exactly is her relationship to her best friend, Will. As we go with Naomi on this journey, we learn along with her what type of girl she was and what type of girl she wants to be.

This was a good YA book. The title immediately caught my attention and drew me in. Ms. Zevin does a good job with her characters and capturing what it might be like as a teenager in high school. There were a couple of moments that were a little far-fetched such as when Naomi is left on a beach for 5 hours without any idea when her boyfriend (who said he would be back in an hour) will return. When he does, she isn’t mad. I don’t know many people who wouldn’t be furious if that happened to them.

Overall this was a fun read. I felt that the author did a good job and that teens and adults alike would enjoy this story.
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spencyiskool1423, April 22, 2008 (view all comments by spencyiskool1423)
This is a really good book! One of my FAVORITES! I could almost picture myself as Naomi
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ISBN:
9780374349462
Author:
Zevin, Gabrielle
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
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Social Issues - General
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Friendship
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High schools
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Schools
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Love
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Romance
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Social Issues/Emotions
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Feelings
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Social Issues/Self-Esteem
Subject:
Self-reliance
Subject:
School
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Health & Daily Living/Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
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Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20070821
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 13
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.76 x 5.51 x 1.04 in
Age Level:
12-UP

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"Synopsis" by ,
Sometimes, a girl needs to lose.
"Synopsis" by , If Naomi had picked tails instead of heads, she wouldnt have hit her head on the way to get the yearbook camera and wouldnt have awakened in an ambulance with amnesia. Following her debut novel "Elsewhere," Zevin has crafted an imaginative work about love and second chances.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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