This is the latest book by the author of Elsewhere, and it is even better. In Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Naomi falls down the stairs at the front of her school, hits her head and passes out. When she wakes up the first thing she hears is James telling the EMTs that he is her boyfriend. When they get to the hospital, Naomi knows her name, but she doesn’t know why she is in the hospital, what year it is, that James is not her boyfriend, or that her parents are divorced- she has forgotten the last four years of her life. Once she gets out of the hospital, she has to try to start living her life again, but it’s not easy. Along with her memories, she’s lost her likes and dislikes: why she’s dating boring, binge-drinking athlete Ace; why she spent hours every day co-editing the yearbook; what made her mad enough at her Mom to give her the silent treatment for three years; why she hates her Dad’s fiancée. Everyone expects Naomi to go right back to her old life, but without her memories, she’s no longer the person she was.
This is a really good story, and an excellent read. It’s partially a family story, and partially a romance, but mainly it’s about a girl who is trying really hard to put the pieces of her broken life back together. While her amnesia is in no way a good thing, in some cases it gives her a new perspective on her choices and lets her try things that she might not have in her pre-accident life.