Tuesday, May 27, 2008

She woke up in an ambulance . . .

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.
by Gabrielle Zevin
Here’s what Naomi Porter knows when she wakes up in the hospital:

Her name is Naomi Porter.
She lives in Tarrytown New Jersey.
She is the adopted daughter of two loving parents. Her dad is a writer and her mom is a photographer.
Someone named James rode in the ambulance with her.
Her head hurts very badly.

And that’s about it. Well, sort of. She can answer most of the questions the doctors keep asking her. However, there is the little matter of what year it is. When asked that question, Naomi automatically answers 2000. But wait, that can’t be right! That would make her twelve years old, and she just doesn’t feel twelve years old.

And she’s right. She’s not twelve, she’s sixteen. She can drive a car. She has a steady boyfriend named Ace. Her best friend is Will. She is co-editor of the high school yearbook. Her parents are divorced and her mother has remarried. And she has a baby half-sister.

But Naomi can’t remember any of those things!

How would someone cope with all that? Find out in the new book by the author of Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin, in Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.


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