Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

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She watches her mother, father and annoying little brother, Alvy, recede in the distance and gradually remembers the moment a taxi hit her bike. Anybody who complains about the ending, does not understand the importance of character development for a good story to have the meaning it has. She knows who she is, or rather who she was, but as she has no recollection of more recent events, and she must rely on her family members and friends to fill in the blanks. Of course, having Will around would help out any broken heart, and I’m obvs REALLY HAPPY that they ended up together, but yeah.

i think that the discovery of the unreliable narrator is one of the joys of development as a reader, and there are not many in teen fiction - it marks a transition into adult literature, like "look at the possibilities. Ok, I realize this is high school and young hearts can heal fast but seriously, I found this plot point to be really unbelievable. I also disliked how there was very little resolution w/the mother-daughter issue--it's almost as though Zevin kind of glossed over that part. 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.

Even easy things like directions, let alone important or semi-controversial topics like why a fight started or what a person was generally like. It was odd to have something so personal out there in that way, but the good thing about art is that no one necessarily knows what you mean by it anyway. Of course, my mind filled with a repertoire of suspense thrillers immediately went to "OMG, he tried to kill her", but no, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is not that kind of book. Last, and most personal and picky: I realize that lots of teenagers use profanity and lots of teenagers have sex, but, ick. For instance she yawns in the middle - smack in the middle - of a telephone conversation with her best friend, who is in the process of patiently answering one of her questions, says "Night, Will" and puts down the receiver immediately.

Oddly, Naomi’s amnesia seems more gimmicky than the far more unconventional plot device in “Elsewhere. It also gives Naomi the opportunity to get closer to James, who she kisses after an unofficial movie date. Her first novel, Elsewhere, was published in 2005, and received a 2006 Quill Award, among other honors. Naomi continues to struggle with her identity as she becomes more and more displeased with the snotty girls that she eats lunch with, and with Ace's behavior. The banter between Naomi and her best friend Will was hilarious and there were some particularly great one liners that I’ll have to use at some point.She doesn’t need to be detailed in describing what’s around so that you can picture it in your mind. She can't remember how to drive or if the pills in her bedside table means she's not a virgin any more. Zevin offers an interesting and fresh premise, memorable characters grappling with relationships and life-and-death questions, along with an appealing romance. Especially since she decided to treat the characters I really liked, namly her dad and Will, rather badly.

An unusual telling of boy-meets-girl, Zevin's debut reiterates female complexity through a husband and daughter's experiences with one surprising woman. 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. Ace often sneaks into her room at night, but Naomi is not attracted to him and makes him sleep on the floor. The trail of unfinished books I've left behind me since the beginning of this year starts to become alarmingly long.

When she eventually does remember who she is she has to face moving on with the troubles she had previously forgotten, and decide what she is going to do with her life now that she has a fresh start. Growing up, she thought she was a Mary Anne, but she's finally starting to accept the fact that she's actually a Kristy. Elsewhere,” an effortlessly deep, screamingly funny novel about death, opens as Liz, 15, wakes up on a cruise ship that’s drawing away from everything she knows. 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.



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