by Gabrielle Zevin
Imagine waking up to discover that you couldn't remember the last 4 years of your life. Not birthdays, algebra, learning to drive, the names of your best friend, that you have a boyfriend, that your parents are divorced, that your mom has remarried and you have a 3 year old half sister. Who knew hitting your head could mean having to relearn your life, and discovering that maybe you weren't living that great a life to begin with.
Zevin's novel about 16 year old Naomi, a girl who hits her head and becomes an amnesiac, is witty and enjoyable. Naomi is a very relatable character. As she relearns her life and rediscoveres friendships she finds herself wondering why she might have acted differently before the accident. What is interesting in the novel is watching Naomi try to really understand her actions before the accident and strives to be a better person.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 9th grade