Reviews for Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2008 February/March
Characterization is especially well done in this captivating story of Naomi, a teenager who loses her memory after a bad fall. Caitlin Greer captures the tone and timbre of a young person in the process of finding herself--and discovering that she's not the person she thought she was. Revelations of Naomi's life--current and past--resonate in Greer's voice. Greer's performance perfectly reveals the author's latest exploration of the ethereal planes of human existence. Going beyond what is physically present, Zevin again pushes the envelope in depicting her character's psyche. Although the dialogue is not typical teen language, and the characters are mature beyond their years, both story and narration are compelling. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #1
After suffering a head injury from an accidental fall, sixteen-year-old Naomi Porter remembers nothing beyond the sixth grade, including her popular jock boyfriend, her parents' bitter divorce, and her best friend and yearbook co-editor, Will. This misfortune provides Naomi with the opportunity to reassess her life as she begins to unearth the past and re-invent herself in the present (she gets a crush on a new guy and trades in tennis for acting). Narrator Greer's dead-on performance vividly expresses Naomi's vulnerability and her heightened sense of alienation as she explores new options and relives, often painfully, the past. Greer's interpretation of Zevin's complex characterization and intelligent dialogue makes for a compelling examination of the subjectivity of experience and human identity. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 January

Gr 9 Up-- When Naomi loses a fateful coin toss and has to go back into the school to get the yearbook camera, she falls and hits her head on the step in this novel by Gabrielle Zevin (Farrar, 2007). She wakes up with amnesia and no memory of her boyfriend, estranged mother, and her dad's engagement. All she knows is that mysterious James was at the accident and rode with her in the ambulance. She decides to abandon her former life and embark on a new path with James. But James has secrets of his own. As they are revealed and Naomi begins to recover her memory, the relationship turns and each has to search for their own reality. Naomi's voice is believably rendered by Caitlin Greer in this engrossing novel that will keep teens spellbound.--Jeana Actkinson, Bridgeport High School, CT

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