Review: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

I just finished this Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and it took only about two days to read. I have never read any of Gabrielle 's work so I was pretty excited to obtain this new experience. Basically this is the synopsis. Naomi is an orphan from Russia (I believe?) who was adopted when she was a baby by her current mom and dad. One day while in yearbook club, Naomi loses a coin toss against her bestfriend Will which results in her having to go retrieve the yearbook club's camera. On her way back she trips down the stairs and bumps her head. The next thing she knows she is in an ambulance and she has lost most of her memory of the past four years. All she is able to do is continue living on as normally as possible and try to re-aquire bits of her life back while hoping her memory will one day return.

The story is told from the point of view of the main character Naomi which I really enjoyed because I got to thoroughly hear and understand her thoughts and perspectives on things as she was trying to find out who she really is or was. I have to say the characters and their relationships with each other were quite interesting. The most mysterious character hands downs had to have been James who at this point, I still really do not understand. I have so many questions unanswered about him and I kind of wish we had heard I little bit more about his background story. I personally would have liked to know why he wanted to avoid his dream college. I also found the whole relationship Naomi's mother had with her family very patheticly annoying and I immediately disliked her untill I started to pitty her a little towards the end of the book. Will was probably my favorite character just because I loved his humorous personality and I really felt sympathy towards him and his issues with his own relationships.

Gabriella's style of writting is very nice and easy to read. The book did feel a bit slow at times though, but this is probably because I am so used to reading my usual YA fantasy novels filled with action. This book was definetely more on the lines of a YA contemporary novel.

All in all I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars just because the book was very slow and I kept waiting for something surprising to happen and turn to whole book around (as this is what usually happens in these types of books) but it never did. I did feel though, that it earned more than just three stars because the characters were very easy to relate to and I felt myself getting very attached to them by the end of the book. I am satisfied with Gabrielle Zevin's book and would probably recommend it to someone who wants to read a quick contemporary type of novel with interesting characters. I am sure I will pick up GAbrielle's other fairly popular book Elsewhere (which I currently have sitting on my shelf) in the near future so I can read it.

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