Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, by Gabrielle Zevin

After a fall down the stairs at school, Naomi loses her memory - not all of it, just the last four years. And in that refreshed state (where her last memory was of the age of 12), Naomi reexamines her life (boyfriend, hobbies, and family). The process surprises her and those around her and leads to changes that startle everyone - even the reader.

Zevin's Elsewhere was a refereshingly new type of novel. This one starts with a less-original premise (Regarding Henry, anyone?) but handles it in an amazingly fresh way. There's a bit of melodrama and the story may run a bit long, but Zevin is becoming one of the really great novelists of YA. Recommended.


notemily said...

finally, a book you like!

Paul said...

Sorry that my reviews have been so negative lately, but I had a good day today and read two good books in a row. So, hopefully, my luck is changing.

And hopefully I can also convince folks that I'm not a total grump. :)