Reviews & Honors

“Zevin is just a great writer. The amnesia card has been played many times, often cheaply, by storytellers, but for her it’s fertile ground for exploring her main character… [She] gets all the details right: the reckless abandon of teenage love peppered with nuggets of adult wisdom. The adult characters aren’t the collection of boneheads who usually appear in young adult novels, either…”San Francisco Chronicle

“Essentially a love story, it is also an exploration of teenage identity, handled with such a skilful blend of wit, intelligence and tenderness that readers will lose themselves in the story and find themselves in the process.”The Telegraph (UK)

“Zevin is completely convincing on the intensity of early passion and the way it can evaporate in the ray of something new, and she has a light touch with the deceptively shallow anguish of adolescence.”The New York Times Book Review

“Gabrielle Zevin does a beautiful job of exploring the psychological terrain of high school in this suspenseful love story that might leave readers wistfully hoping for their own bump on the head.”Chicago Tribune

“…a compelling and thought-provoking tale…”Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“…Elegiac, thoughtful, and rich in metaphor and character development… Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is a deeply moving novel that readers will be sure to ponder — and remember — for a long time to come…”

“…a riveting narrative with compelling, complex characters. Enthralled by Naomi’s honest, fresh voice and her occasional wry, direct appeals to the reader, teens will find her tale unforgettable.”— BookPage

“A quiet exploration of identity and self-realization that is simultaneously thought provoking and entertaining….This book will generate discussion and pass from teen-to-teen.”5Q/5P, VOYA

“…My back-to-school choice for young adult readers.”Chicago Sun-Times

“Zevin offers an interesting and fresh premise, memorable characters grappling with relationships and life-and-death questions, along with an appealing romance.”—The Buffalo News (New York)

“With writing as wonderfully engaging as Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac will spur readers to think about why they hold on to relationships, activities and emotions like anger when their time has passed.”The Capital Times (Wisconsin)

“…Sensitive, joyful . . . Pulled by the heart-bruising love story, readers will stop to contemplate irresistible questions.”Starred, Booklist

“Zevin constructs a unique take on the teenage question of “Who Am I?””Kirkus Reviews

“Honest and complex characterization grounds a thoughtful, suspenseful examination of memory and identity.”The Horn Book

“An entertaining love story . . . fans of psychological dramas won’t want to put this book down.” Publishers Weekly

“A compelling read with intelligent dialogue that’s also touching and funny.”School Library Journal

“Gabrielle Zevin takes this terrific premise and crafts an entertaining and thought-provoking story…”Richie’s Picks

“What would life be like if you developed amnesia and couldn’t remember anything after your twelfth birthday? I found myself armchair-coaching Naomi as she tries to figure out just how she fits in. She discovers old friends and new friends, not to mention romance–and I got weird glances for talking to a book. It was worth it, though.”—Beth Reynolds, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT (from Fall 2007 BookSense Children’s Picks List)


American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award Master List
Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2007
Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
BookSense Pick
CCBC Choice Title (University of Wisconsin)
Columbus Dispatch Best Book of 2007
Delaware Blue Hen Teen Book Award, Winner
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Master List
Kirkus Reviews Editors Choice
Missouri Gateway Reader Award Master List
New Hampshire Flume Teen Book Award Nominee
Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Master List
Rhode Island Teen Book Award Master List
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Young Adult Master List
Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
VOYA’s Perfect 10s

Longlist, Blackpool Teenage Fiction Award (UK)
Longlist, Silver Inky (Australia)

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