Book excerpt

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Gabrielle Zevin

FSG Books for Young Readers

From Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
 
"Are you Ace?" I asked, remembering what James had said about my having a boyfriend.
 
Will removed his black rectangular-framed glasses and wiped them on his pants, which were gray wool like James's had been. I would later learn that removing his glasses was something Will did when embarrassed, as if not seeing something clearly could in some way distance him from an awkward situation. "No, I most definitely am not," he said. "Ace's about six inches taller than me. And also, he's your boyfriend." A second later, Will's eyes flashed something mischievous. "Okay, so this is deeply wrong. I want it on the record that you are acknowledging that this is deeply wrong before I even say it."
 
"Fine. It's wrong," I said.
 
"Deeply -"
 
"Deeply wrong."
 
"Good." Will nodded. "I feel so much better that you don't remember him either. By the by, your man's a dolt not to come."
 
"Dolt?" Who used dolt?
 
"Tool. No offense."
 
"Leave. Right now," I said in a mock stern tone. "You go too far insulting Ace . . . What's his last name?"
 
"Zuckerman."
 
"Right. Zuckerman. Yeah, I'm really outraged about you insulting the boyfriend I don't remember anyway."
 
"You might be later and if that's the case, I take it all back. Visiting hours only started a minute ago, so he'll probably still come," Will said, by way of encouragement I suppose. "If it were my girlfriend, I would have been waiting outside before visiting hours." Gabrielle Zevin’s first young adult novel, Elsewhere, was an ALA Notable Book and a Quill Book Award nominee. She is also the author of books for adults including The Hole We’re In and Margarettown, and of the screenplay for Conversations with Other Women, which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, “Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” A dog lover and Harvard graduate, she lives in New York City.