Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
The last thing Naomi Porter remembers is the sixth grade. This is a rude awakening to say the least when she realizes that she’s definitely not 12 anymore. Naomi has lost memories of the last four years of her life. She doesn’t remember she has a boyfriend named Ace, she doesn’t remember that her parents are divorced, she doesn’t remember her best friend. Naomi is clueless when it comes to her own teenage life. She tries to cope with all this “new” old information as she learns it. To say the least, losing the last four years of her life has been quite traumatic. In a way it’s like she’s reliving the four years that she’s lost all over again. Naomi’s feeling hurt, lost and down right confused. She finds out that she’s not speaking to her mother, her mother had an affair, her mother now lives in New York city-and is remarried and has a child. Everything is a bit overwhelming for Naomi as she tries to ease back into her life. Naomi doesn’t know who she is.
Naomi finds herself attracted to the guy who found her unconscious. James is a new student at her school and nobody knows much about him except for rumors that they’ve heard. There’s rumors that James stalked an ex-girlfriend, that he tried to kill himself, and that he was institutionalized in a mental hospital. Naomi does not act on her attraction and instead continues to go out with Ace trying to figure out what their connection was and if indeed she was in love with him.
As she eases back into her life at school, Naomi tries to be as normal as she can, but she doesn’t know her former self. At first she finds it easy to slip into the role of Ace’s girlfriend. Ace is a jock and hangs out with the popular kids. Naomi finds out that she was a tennis player and that’s how she met Ace. She’s also a co-editor of yearbook with her best-friend Will. Apparently her former self was quite accomplished and busy. Along with trying to figure out who she was/is, the former Naomi’s schedule is a bit hectic for the amnesiac Naomi. Naomi finds herself overwhelmed by her former life and starts to withdraw.
Will Naomi regain her memory? Will she stay committed to her school and social obligations? Will she ever talk to her mother again? Will she continue to go out with Ace or will she fall for James? To find out read Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin.
I’m in awe of the complexity of Gabrielle Zevin’s plot. This story could have confused a reader easily and I am impressed that Zevin told the story effectively.