Monday, November 16, 2009
Okay, let’s get this straight. I’m particularly picky about the books I read, there have only been a handful of books that I have read that I have truly enjoyed.
This was not one of them.
Putting it nicely, I wanted to tear out my eyes while I read this book.
The book is The Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin. It is about a girl named Naomi who wakes up and finds out that she can’t remember anything that happened since the sixth grade because she hit her head when she fell down a staircase. It turns out that during that time, her mom cheated on her dad and had a baby and her dad was dating some slutty dancer woman. She finds out she has a hot boyfriend whose brain is about as big as hers (which isn’t very big). She also has a best friend named Will who seems kind of pointless at first but it turns out she had a big thing for him right before she lost her memory (convenient, right?) But she doesn’t find this out until after she chases after this messed up kid named James who kind of appeared out of nowhere and then, in the end, kind of disappeared back into nowhere.
What really gets me is that she isn’t even upset that she’s forgotten everything. Instead she freaks out because of what her mom did and never wants to speak to her again. What about the fact all of the memories since sixth grade were totally erased? I guess she forgot about all that.
And if that isn't bad enough, the character of Naomi was seriously irritating. Everything about her drove me crazy. First off, she had horrible taste in guys because her boyfriend was as dumb as a brick wall, James was a loser, crack head, and it was obvious that the author wanted Will to be likable, witty, and funny but in the end, it was an epic fail.
The entire structure of the story was crafted so terribly; I could tell that the author wanted this book to be an epic story of a young girl who gets a chance to have a ‘do-over’ and change her life around.
But, in reality, she never changed.
Before she became an amnesiac, she was a stupid teenager who had an affinity for stupid guys.
And after she became an amnesiac, she was still a stupid teenager who had an affinity for stupid guys.
I will admit, the idea of the story was a kind of clever and it probably could have been made into something good if it had been put in the right hands. But it wasn’t.
In fact, I would have liked the story much better if Naomi hadn’t woken up at all.
On another note, I just made it to 30,000 words for NaNoWriMo!! So far my rough draft is incredibly crappy and I will probably end up deleting most of it after NaNoWrimo is over but it's a rough draft--it's supposed to be incredibly crappy. So at the moment, I'm a fairly happy person. ^_^
Posted by alyssa at 4:02 PM