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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac: A Novel von [Zevin, Gabrielle]
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*Starred Review* Contemporary realism, set askew, is the silver streak of Zevin, whose Elsewhere (2005) depicted a teen's experiences in the afterlife. This equally sensitive, joyful novel, her second for YAs, tackles the slippery nature of human identity, deceptively tucked within a plot familiar from TV soaps. After high-school junior Naomi conks her head, she can't remember anything that happened since sixth grade. She is by turns mystified and startled by evidence of her present life, from the birth-control pills in her bedside table to her parents' astonishing, rancorous split. Eventually, the memories return, leaving Naomi questioning the basis of a new, intense romance, and wondering which of her two lives, present or former, represents her most authentic self. The amnesia device could have been more convincingly played, but Zevin writes revealingly about emotions and relationships. Especially vivid is the Hepburn-Tracy bond Naomi shares with yearbook co-chief Will, whom she wounds with her lurching self-reinvention even as she discovers deeper feelings: "I had thought the way I felt about Will was just a room, but it had turned out to be a mansion." Pulled by the heart-bruising love story, readers will pause to contemplate irresistible questions: If the past were a blank slate, what would you become? Does the search for one's truest identity necessarily mean rejecting all that has gone before? Mattson, Jennifer

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"Zevin is completely convincing on the intensity of early passion and the way it can evaporate in the rays of something new, and she has a light touch with the deceptively shallow anguish of adolescence."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Sensitive, joyful . . . Pulled by the heart-bruising love story, readers will stop to contemplate irresistible questions."--"Booklist," Starred Review"Zevin is just a great writer. . . . [She] gets all the details right."--"The San Francisco Chronicle""Zevin blends romance, changing friendships, and familial dysfunction with themes of chance, loss, and choice, and the result is a quiet exploration of identity and self-realization that is simultaneously thought provoking and entertaining."--"Voice of Youth Advocates""Unique . . . Will be well received by teens."--"Kirkus Reviews""Honest and complex characterization grounds a thoughtful, suspenseful examination of memory and identity."--"The Horn Book""Zevin cooks up an entertai

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 635 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Auflage: 1 Reprint (23. Juni 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0052Z3G1S
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das fünfte Buch, das ich von Gabrielle Zevin lese und auch dieses fand ich lesenswert... auch wenn man die Entscheidungen von Naomie nicht immer nachvollziehen kann bzw. als Erwachsene zu leicht vergisst, wie verwirrend es war 17 zu sein - fand ich das Buch wirklich gut. Das Thema ist gut aufbereitet und in eine schöne Geschichte eingebettet... wer die Geschichten von Zevin mag, wird auch dieses mögen... klare Kaufempfehlung!
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Ich habe das Buch als Empfehlung der TwilightMoms gelesen.
Naomi Porter wurde als russisches Weisenkind geboren und adoptiert von amerikanischen Eltern.
Als sie im Alter von 16 Jahren auf den Stufen vor ihrer Schule ausrutscht, kann sie sich an nichts mehr erinnern, was in den letzten fast vier Jahren geschehen ist. Sie weiß nichts von der Scheidung ihrer Eltern, kennt ihren besten Freund nicht mehr und weiß nicht mehr dass sie einen festen Freund hat.
Naomi geht wieder zur Schule und versucht, sich anzupassen, ihr altes Leben wieder zu erlangen. Doch je mehr sie von ihrem alten Leben erfährt, desto unsicherer ist sie, ob sie dieses Leben tatsächlich wieder aufnehmen will.
Sie entscheidet sich, ein neues Leben zu beginnen. Sie schneidet ihre Haare, verlässt ihren Freund und findet wieder Gemeinsamkeiten mit einer alten Freundin. Sie findet einen neuen Freund und enttäuscht ihren besten Freund.
Was wird aber passieren, wenn sie ihr Gedächtnis wieder findet? Das findet ihr nur raus, wenn ihr das Buch lest!

Ich finde es wirklcih ein sehr sehr gutes Buch, sehr interessant, und immer wieder überraschend!
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When sixteen-year-old Naomi Porter takes a header down the front steps of Thomas Purdue Country Day School, she loses a lot more than her pride. Although she remembers the ride in the ambulance to the hospital with James Larkin, and recalls that her blood ended up on his shirt, and even remembers that he assured the ambulance driver that he was her boyfriend, she's having a really hard time remembering anything prior to that. Anything, say, that happened in the last four years.

Awake and alert in the hospital with her dad by her side, Naomi knows that something's wrong. She knows her name, and she knows where she is. What she doesn't quite understand is that the last tangible memory she has happened when she was twelve. She can tell by the way her body feels that she's not twelve any longer. And then comes the first of many shockers: her parents are divorced. Oh, and her mother is remarried to her high school sweetheart, and they have a toddler named Chloe, who happens to be her half-sister. And she has a boyfriend named Ace, who conveniently enough is away at tennis camp. And her best friend, William "Coach" Landsman, is also the co-editor of the school paper, The Phoenix, a position she shares. And on and on the list goes, until all Naomi wants to do is scream.

In the course of a few minutes and one bump on the head, Naomi has lost four years worth of memories. She still knows she's adopted, she recalls her life up until the age of twelve, but everything between seventh grade and her current position as a junior in high school is a blank slate. For some, she's a girl to be pitied. For others, she's just another teen looking for attention.
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HASH(0x90c2db64) von 5 Sternen Richie's Picks: MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC 5. September 2007
Von N. S. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
"The first thing he did was kiss me. On the lips. And he didn't ask my permission either.
"I couldn't recall him ever having kissed me before.
"I actually couldn't recall anyone ever having kissed me before.
"So, in a way, this was my first kiss."

It's summertime, but Naomi Page Porter had been at school, meeting with her best friend. The pair are the incoming co-editors of their high school's award-winning yearbook. Remembering, belatedly, that they'd left the school's $4,000 camera sitting out, Naomi had gone back into the school to grab it. Running out, she had tripped on the steps. Fortunately, Naomi saved the camera. Unfortunately, she had landed on her head.

MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC begins with Naomi regaining consciousness on the way to the hospital. She is released after an extended stay. Fortunately, her cognitive skills are perfectly normal. Unfortunately, she does not remember any personal information from the past four years. Naomi doesn't recall such major changes in her life as the development of her body, the messy divorce of her parents, her moving to a new house with her father, that her mother has since had another daughter, her experiences in high school, her friends or, even, whether she has a boyfriend.

Naomi is, thus, in the unique and bizarre position of examining her own life from the point of view of a complete outsider.

"I went through the drawers of my nightstand. The most interesting thing I found was a plastic compact containing birth control pills, which meant I was either a) having sex with someone (!?!), or b) on the pill for some other reason. The second most interesting thing I found was a leather diary. This might have beat the birth control pills for the official title of Most Interesting Thing in Naomi's Nightstand, had it not been a food diary detailing every single thing I'd eaten for the past six months. Sample entry:

August 4
1 Bagel with Cream Cheese, 350 Calories
18 Mini Pretzels, 150 Calories
2 Diet Cokes, 0 Calories
1 Banana, 90 Calories
7 Reese's Pieces, 28 Calories

GRAND TOTAL 618 Calories [smiley face]

"Every entry after that was the same way. Page after page of it. Sometimes there would be a [frown face] if I thought I had eaten too much, or a [neutral face] if I was neither here nor there about my eating for the day. It went all the way until the day before my injury. I tried to toss the useless artifact in the trash, but I missed. I felt disgusted. I mean, really, what sort of person keeps a food diary?
"I wondered if the former Naomi Porter had been, in all likelihood, a complete and total jerk, someone that I probably wouldn't have ever wanted to know."

Gabrielle Zevin takes this terrific premise and crafts an entertaining and thought-provoking story that avoids the cheap laughs. Instead, we get to really know the characters in her life and see, along with Naomi, the shades of gray in each of them. It is certainly a tale that could inspire readers to try and examine their own lives and choices objectively.

Any reader who has ever looked back at what they've done and has wished for a "do-over" will be intrigued by the situation into which Naomi Porter falls headfirst.
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HASH(0x90c30f3c) von 5 Sternen Speak, Memory 1. Dezember 2007
Von Ken C. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Gabrielle Zevin avoids the sophomore jinx with this follow-up to the oft-read ELSEWHERE that surpasses her first novel in both depth and sophistication. As stated in the book's first words, this is a love story -- in fact, a love triangle with a twist (only I forget what the twist IS... no, wait a minute -- it's amnesia).

Naomi Porter takes a spill on the high school steps, hits her noggin on marble, and forgets everything after sixth grade. That's right, she's forgotten her divorced parents, her half-sister, even her jock boyfriend, Ace Zuckerman. To further cloud the issue, she awakens to a letter from one Will Landsman -- a kid who says he's her best friend and her high school yearbook co-editor. To complete the three-point confusion, there's this dark and handsome kid named James Larkin waiting by her side in the hospital. All a blank.

The three boys will not remain a blank, however, as each plays a big role during her recuperation period. She continues to date her tennis jock boyfriend, Ace, but falls for the artistic and moody one, James. Meanwhile, there is the voice of conscience, the faithful-as-a-golden retriever Will, coaching her every misstep of the way. A veritable Bermuda triangle of boyfriends -- the sort of thing that confuses girls with a memory, never mind those without.

I was a bit disappointed that this novel didn't explore issues of memory that have to do with judging people, because Zevin touches on this topic when she has her protagonist ask another girl, "Do we like each other? Do we get along?" The girl, who had been kind to the amnesiac hero, responds, "Not since fourth grade." I thought it would be an interesting path to explore -- how cliques and prejudices are learned behaviors often unfounded on actual personalities, but Zevin took it another way.

Ultimately, despite sagging a bit toward the end, MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC proves a satisfying parable on relationships. Zevin's sentence structure, vocabulary, and allusions are all coming along. If memory serves, her writing was much simpler in ELSEWHERE. Overall, I'd recommend it to readers who love to read about love (with all its concomitant trials and tribulations). Four stars (that'd be Naomi and her three suitors).
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HASH(0x90c30504) von 5 Sternen A Book You Won't Soon Forget 29. August 2007
Von Pat Shand - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
It's a great thing to get to know a character as you read about them in a book. It's a phenomenal thing to get to know a character as they get to know themselves.

Such is the case in this book, "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac", written by Gabrielle Zevin, a writer who has a rare talent. The protagonist, a teenager named Naomi, becomes a victim of (as the title says) amnesia, following an unlucky even involving a camera, coffee, and steps. Naomi, even without her memories, is a fully fleshed out character, making it a joy to see her explore the newness of a life that was once so commonplace to her, to see everything she does different, to see how her amnesia changes every single relationship in her teenage life.

The story is well-crafted in that its structure mirrors life more than the rising action model of a story. Some plot lines climax, and some just fade away like a forgotten memory; which, by the way, is a large theme in this story. What we have here is not the definitive life story of Naomi Porter, but simply a year in the life of a likable, complex, and flawed character who is going through a rough--yet she's not at all angsty/brooding about it--time. Nothing in this book is forced, though the touching and relatable moments are as plenty as usage of magic in a Harry Potter book.

Much like Zevin's previous novel, "Elsewhere", this book has a permanent place on my small shelf of favorites. However, unlike "Elsewhere", I was so swept up in the story that this book has become the first novel in God-knows-how-long that I finished in a single day. This is a book that a reader can truly, truly love.

10/10 Classic.
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HASH(0x90c3312c) von 5 Sternen Courtesy of Teens Read Too 22. August 2007
Von TeensReadToo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
When sixteen-year-old Naomi Porter takes a header down the front steps of Thomas Purdue Country Day School, she loses a lot more than her pride. Although she remembers the ride in the ambulance to the hospital with James Larkin, and recalls that her blood ended up on his shirt, and even remembers that he assured the ambulance driver that he was her boyfriend, she's having a really hard time remembering anything prior to that. Anything, say, that happened in the last four years.

Awake and alert in the hospital with her dad by her side, Naomi knows that something's wrong. She knows her name, and she knows where she is. What she doesn't quite understand is that the last tangible memory she has happened when she was twelve. She can tell by the way her body feels that she's not twelve any longer. And then comes the first of many shockers: her parents are divorced. Oh, and her mother is remarried to her high school sweetheart, and they have a toddler named Chloe, who happens to be her half-sister. And she has a boyfriend named Ace, who conveniently enough is away at tennis camp. And her best friend, William "Coach" Landsman, is also the co-editor of the school paper, The Phoenix, a position she shares. And on and on the list goes, until all Naomi wants to do is scream.

In the course of a few minutes and one bump on the head, Naomi has lost four years worth of memories. She still knows she's adopted, she recalls her life up until the age of twelve, but everything between seventh grade and her current position as a junior in high school is a blank slate. For some, she's a girl to be pitied. For others, she's just another teen looking for attention. For herself, and her father, and her best friend, and her boyfriend, and the boy she begins to fall in love with, she's something else entirely -- an enigma, a girl without a past who must forge ahead to make her own future.

I truly enjoyed MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC. The tone of the story is a perfectly balanced mix of humor, seriousness, and the search for identity. There are moments that are sad, and even downright heartbreaking, mixed with scenes of hilarity. Ms. Zevin, the author of one of my favorite books ever, Elsewhere, has penned another story that will leave you wondering and thinking long after you turn the final page.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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HASH(0x90c332dc) von 5 Sternen Going once, going twice...not sold ;-( 19. Dezember 2009
Von Savi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I absolutely loved "Elsewhere" so it was a no brainer deciding to read Memoirs after I finished it. Unfortunately I was wrong.
I do my best to give a book a minimum of 50 pages before I completely give up on it. It's not that I expect every book to capture my undivided attention immediately but as an avid reader I must maintain a standard. I easily passed page 50 and continued and labored on hoping that somewhere along the way Naomi would dazzle me! I finally gave up on page 118.

There just wasn't that fluid way of words that I felt Ms. Zevin displayed in "Elsewhere". Please take a chance on this book because aside from my review she is a great author I just feel like this book wasn't for me. Hope this helps in aiding your decision to purchase :o)
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