Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Zevin is completely convincing on the intensity of early passion and the way it can evaporate in the rays of something new, and she has a light touch with the deceptively shallow anguish of adolescence.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Sensitive, joyful . . . Pulled by the heart-bruising love story, readers will stop to contemplate irresistible questions.”—Booklist, Starred Review
“Zevin is just a great writer. . . . [She] gets all the details right.”—The San Francisco Chronicle
“Zevin blends romance, changing friendships, and familial dysfunction with themes of chance, loss, and choice, and the result is a quiet exploration of identity and self-realization that is simultaneously thought provoking and entertaining.”—Voice of Youth Advocates
“Unique . . . Will be well received by teens.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Honest and complex characterization grounds a thoughtful, suspenseful examination of memory and identity.”—The Horn Book
“Zevin cooks up an entertaining love story . . . teens will identify with her vulnerability and her heightened feelings of alienation. And fans of psychological dramas won't want to put this book down.”—Publishers Weekly
“A compelling read with intelligent dialogue thats also touching and funny.”—School Library Journal
“I would definitely recommend this book to my high school students, especially teen girls.”—The ALAN Review
“A good read.”—Kathy Taber, Kids Ink Childrens Bookstore, Indianapolis, IN
“This book seems to be really accurate about how teens think . . . very refreshing and a great read!”—A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader
“Zevin, already a great author, has outdone herself.”—A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader
“Zevin is a smooth and subtle stylist, creating particularly interesting characters here.”—The Bulletin for the Center for Childrens Books
“This was a memorable book. Naomi was a likable, realistic character.”—A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader
“This book was hard to put down.”—A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader
“It conveys a sense of normal teenage pressures, but also presents a unique story.”—A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader
If Naomi had picked tails instead of heads, she wouldn't have hit her head on the way to get the yearbook camera and wouldn't have awakened in an ambulance with amnesia. Zevin crafts an imaginative work about love and second chances, in this ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Sometimes, a girl needs to lose.
A fiercely gripping narrative as only Elizabeth Scott can write!
Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them--and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is. As she struggles to break through her amnesiac haze, the only memories that surface take place in a very different world. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.
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.