Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Gabrielle Zevin
288 pages, published 2007

In high school, no one knows who they are, right? Well in her book Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Gabrielle Zevin takes this truism one step further. When Naomi Porter finds herself waking up in a hospital bed, stranger at her side, she truly has no idea how she got there - or who she is.

After the seventeen year old Naomi takes a tumble down the school stairs, she loses all her her memories after the age of twelve - she has no idea how old she is (though she "feels" older), doesn't know why her mother is not there to comfort her, and the boy sitting next to her bed - who on earth is he?

Thrown back into the dramas of high school, the usual teen identity crisis is made a little more difficult when Naomi has to relearn everything she's already struggled to attain. Suddenly her boyfriend isn't quite so appealing, her life-consuming work on the school yearbook a puzzle and, in a book that is "above all a love story", the question of love and loyalty a difficult one to answer. 4/5

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