Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac


“Zevin is just a great writer…[She] gets all the details right.” —San Francisco Chronicle

from the publisher:

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss.

She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps.

She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia.

She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace.

She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place.

She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d get all his inside jokes, and maybe he wouldn’t be so frustrated with her for forgetting things she can’t possibly remember.

She’d know about her mom’s new family.

She’d know about her dad’s fiancée.

She wouldn’t have to spend her junior year relearning all the French she supposedly knew already.

She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her.

She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.

But Naomi picked heads.

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Also available in audiobook from Listening Library. Read by Caitlin Greer.

21 thoughts on “Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

  1. I had been missing a good book for a long period of time – almost a year! – and I was so pleased when I started to dive into this book. It’s quirky and brilliant, really a lovely read. You make stories so interesting and give the reader something to look forward too with each turn of the page. It was also very interesting read into some of the research you conducted to complete the novel. I could tell you (and hopefully everyone involved) had a fun time with the book. So thank you very much, and I can’t wait to read more of your work. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your rich and thoughtful compliment. Years later, I still miss some of the characters from Memoirs. However, the process wasn’t quite as much fun as you might think! The first draft of the book, for instance, didn’t have Will or James. The only thing that exists from the first draft is Ace (though he had a different name), Naomi’s food diary, and the title. In any case, it took me a long time to get the book right. Thanks again for writing and reading, Gabrielle

  2. i don’t know why but i fell in love with the character James. i kinda hoped as i was reading the book that Naomi would of stayed with James but sadly that didn’t happen. Over all i loved this book its definitely a book im going to have to buy to keep in my book shelve. Thanks for writing such a good book.

  3. I just finished reading Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. I really like it, and will be writing a review on my blog soon. I wanted to ask you for an interview when I realized it was published in 2007. I realize you probably think it’s been too many years, but I still have some questions I would love to ask you. Would that be possible? I would love to publish your answers on my blog.

  4. I read your book ‘memoirs of a teenage amnesiac’ and it is wonderfully amazing and it is my favorite book so far

  5. Hi. I loved your book! I was at my local library trying to find something interesting and different from other books…. Luckily i came across “Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac”am sooo glad i found this gem 😀

    This book was so good that from the moment I checked it out, i had to finish all 271 pages that very day!! Thank you for writing such an incredible book!!!!!

    I was interested in reading the “deleted scenes and extras” …. But when i went onto It said there was an error and could not be found. Was that website deactivated or shutdown? I would love to read more about this book!!

  6. I know this is a bit late it’s almost 2017 and the book was released in 2007 (almost 10 years already)but here is it. So I saw this book in our school library(weird I because we don’t have any good stuff in there) I really liked the cover and I read a few pages over there it was interesting. So I borrow it I finished it in 2 days(I had exams at the time but I couldn’t help it) I couldn’t stop thinking about it I really liked the characters I guess my favorite is James I really wished he would end up with her but it didn’t happen. Thanks for writing this amazing book it was really enjoyable wished it was longer though!

  7. I read this book last year, and loved every bit of it! While reading this book, I was very anxious to see what the next page had to offer. While getting towards the end of the book, I felt as if I had knew the characters inside and out. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of this book, but when I found the name, I was sooo happy! I’m so happy you wrote this book, thanks!

  8. This is the first novel I have read in about a year for fun and not for college, and I was hooked from the start! I felt like I knew everyone by the end and really understood all these people like they were my friend. I just really hope she ended up with Will at the end after reading everything. They really deserved each other.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the book! I would say that I doubt very much that they end up together — I mean, how many people end up with their high school boyfriends? (Although, my mom married her high school boyfriend (i.e., my dad) and they are still together.)

  9. This was a great book! I really enjoyed watching Naomi find herself and grow. It reminded me of myself at her age, trying to rediscover who I as but also fitting into societal norms. It was also interesting watching her family dynamics and how they shifted throughout the book. Loved it!

  10. I started reading this book because I had to find a book for my English class to read and write about and I just picked a random book but I’m really glad it was this one. This book was so good I wish there was a movie to it. I’m so happy Naomi ended up with will, but at first I wanted her with James but he was starting to creep me out a bit.

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