Elsewhere, Zevin cooks up an entertaining love story out of what her narrator calls “chance, gravity and a da"/>

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Gabrielle Zevin, Author . FSG $17 (271p) ISBN 978-0-374-34946-2

Departing from the science fiction premise of Elsewhere, Zevin cooks up an entertaining love story out of what her narrator calls “chance, gravity and a dash of head trauma.” As the novel opens, 16-year-old Naomi has fallen down a flight of stairs and lost all memory of the past four years. She doesn't remember her parents' divorce (not to mention her mother's remarriage, her half-sister and her father's recent engagement to a tango dancer). Her best friend, Will, with whom she co-edits the school yearbook, and Ace, her tennis-player boyfriend, seem like strangers. What Naomi does remember is James, the first person she saw after her accident. The image of the boy—who helped her to the hospital and stayed to make sure she was all right—lingers as she tries to sort out her past and her feelings. Well-defined characters and convincing narration camouflage the Lifetime- movie premise and the inevitability of every plot turn (no one will doubt which characters will become romantically involved and who will end up together). Naomi, adopted in infancy from a Russian orphanage, can summon up more than enough hidden emotional depths to counterweight the slicker aspects of the 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. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 08/06/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
Show other formats
FORMATS
Compact Disc - 978-0-7393-5971-6
Paperback - 271 pages - 978-0-7475-9165-8
Prebound-Glued - 284 pages - 978-0-606-14360-8
Compact Disc - 978-0-7393-6130-6
Book - 1 pages - 978-0-7393-6131-3
Paperback - 284 pages - 978-0-312-56128-4
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-1-4299-5629-1
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.