Category Archives: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Hi! I have read memories of a teenage amnesiac so many times and I love James Larkin. Please write more about him

Questions 2, 3, and 4 all involve James Larkin, the slightly Byronic, mood disordered, second love interest of Naomi, inMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.

Like you—and perhaps you are the same person or perhaps you are three different people—I think about James from time to time. Every now and again, a character is a little too alive, and it is hard to remember that you didn’t know him for real. I once wrote him into a different book that I didn’t end up finishing. But I can tell you this: he is in film school at Columbia and he is all right.

He still gets depressed every now and again, but now that he is older, he is better able to deal with his moods. He thinks about Naomi occasionally, but never tries to contact her. The Christmas before senior year of college, he runs into her at the airport. She is on her way home from school; he is on his way to California to see his dad. His flight is delayed so they go into one of those terrible airport restaurants: a TGI Fridays, that type of place. They talk for about an hour—he’s getting really into cinematography; she’s pretty sure she’s going into the family business, writing. When theypart, it is with promises that they’ll keep in touch, but they don’t

When she gets home, Naomi tells her dad that she ran into James Larkin of all people.

“How’s he doing?” Grant asks.

She considers the question. Even though she has had quite a few boyfriends since James, she still worries about him. How do you stop worrying about someone you used to love? “He seemed all right,” she says.

A couple of months later, Naomi Googles him and ends up on his Tumblr. Yeah, James is totally on Tumblr, but not on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest. He’s got reasons he doesn’t like all those other social networks, and who knows how long he’ll even stay on Tumblr, right? James’s Tumblr involves screen captures of movie kisses. He’s still romantic, she thinks.

2, 3, 4/85

poem for the heroine of a young adult novel

A girl in a town

—no one gets her—

meets a boy in a town

who does.

Throw in another boy

—triangle—

or someone

not quite human,

and she thinks

the world might end.

 

You want to tell her:

despite a few close calls,

the world hasn’t ended yet.

And someday you will 

leave this town,

read Anaïs Nin,

cut your hair.

In five years, perhaps less,

you won’t remember

any of this, I swear.

—Gabrielle Zevin

Wednesday Narcissism No. 12: Will from Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by ~lilspeez88

Wednesday Narcissism No. 8: It pleases me enormously that this company is selling a travel journal with a quote from Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac on the front.

You can buy it on Etsy.

Wednesday Narcissism #5

The camera throwing scene in Memoirs.

this-grayunicorn-is-an-art-geek:

errrr. i cannot afford to this with my camera 🙂 hahhaha but anyway this photography trick is insane and it produces more insanity when printed 🙂

HAHAHA 🙂

If you want them to be Japanese, they are. That’s what I say and I’m the author. I know about these things. 

The latest from Dear Writer. Say, why not write us a letter yourself? And while I’m making requests, you really should check out Carolyn Mackler’s excellent contribution to the Dear Bully anthology. 

dearwriter:

Dear Carolyn, What gets you to respond to a reader’s letter? (And the reverse – what makes you not respond?) I’m so bad about replying to reader mail that sometimes it seems hopeless to even start. This one caught my eye because it’s rare to get an actual “old school” typewriter page. I also liked the breezy writing style and colorful vocabulary. XO, Gabrielle P.S. I read your chapter in DEAR BULLY while waiting to do an event at Vroman’s in Pasadena. It was wonderful.