After a fall that causes her to forget the past four years, Naomi must figure out who she really is. She forgets about her parent’s divorce. She forgets her mom remarried and had another kid. She forgets her friends. She even forgets her boyfriend Ace – and why she liked him in the first place. She tries to go through the motions like nothings changed, but it isn’t really working. Especially since she can't stop thinking about that other boy…The moody handsome boy with a dangerous reputation who told her he once wanted to kiss her.
This book was fantastic. It was amazingly well written. A central theme that runs through the book is what makes a person who they really are. Are we still the same person if we don’t have retain our memories? Will we like the same people? Have the same interests? Act the same way we always have?
Naomi wakes from her injury with no knowledge of the past four years. She’s forgotten major family dramas, like her parent’s divorce (and why they divorced – a very painful reason that led to an ugly divorce), she’s forgotten her best friend Will (and what they did together that complicated their friendship), she’s forgotten her boyfriend (He’s hot, but has assaholic friends and an obsession about her ponytail). So she’s got a lot to relearn. She’s depending on gut instinct to lead her to decisions. And she’s finding it hard to be the person that people seem to think she should be. Along the way she really struggles with expectations, both internal and external. She's always too cold, an unfortunate side effect of head trauma. She misses her mom, but feels like she should still be angry at her - even if deep down she knows she's not. She acts poorly and lashes out because of her frustration at not knowing anything at all about people who seem to know everything about her.
Naomi is a richly drawn character. And because she narrates the story, you are completely inside her head for the entire book feeling her shock, anger, frustration, and eventually her healing. The book follows her attempts to figure out a new life for herself, to find her place in the world, to regain her memory, and to reach a place where she can be happy.
The other characters were equally well developed. Will, her best friend will have you wishing you knew him in real life. A best friend who is makes mix CDs and is passionate about year book picture equality. James, the moody dark boy she falls for will have you thinking he’s a typical tragic romantic hero, but he throws a few curve balls along the way. And even her boyfriend Ace, the tennis player who could easily be a stereotype, turns out to be more than you thought he would be.
A fantastic book. I think I even liked it better than Elsewhere and that was a great book. Its got a pub date set for late August according to Amazon.