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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Young Adult: 279 Pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenille
Published: July 5th, 2012
Challenge: Summer Reading Challenge
Source: From publisher for review
Series: None
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An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent

Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson's life are intercut with Becca's own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia's death.
“I have learned that knowing where you're going means remembering where you've been. I'm not afraid of what lurks behind me, or ahead.” 

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone was a beautifully written, heart-wrenching novel. One of the most suspenseful reads I've ever read!

Amelia Anne was a novel that I was anticipating since I heard about it. The novel definitely exceeded all of my expectations(that were already pretty high!)

The author introduces to us some of the most stunning characters I have come across. First off, the two narratives, Becca and Amelia. With 2 female narratives I always find myself getting confused, but that did not happen with this novel. Rosenfield delivered the two narratives beautifully. They each had their own, strong voice. I fell in love with both Becca and Amelia, they easily related to each other and I could relate to them.

I loved the romance aspect of the novel as well. Behind the ugly backdrop of the town and the murder lurked a beautiful romance blooming.

Kat Rosenfield's lyrical written style, stunning character cast, and haunting plot line made this book an epic debut. She hit the Young Adult scene with a bang and I can't wait to see what she produces next!

3 comments:

  1. So glad to hear that it exceeded your expectations. I'm always afraid to have too high expectations for a book because I'm afraid it won't live up to it. So glad that wasn't the case for you! Thanks for the review! :D

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  2. Great review - I'll put it on my ever growing TBR list.
    Ann

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  3. Ah, I need to read this one! I've heard so many good things about it. Glad to know it exceeded your expectations. Sometimes when I read tons of reviews about a book I wonder how the book could ever live up to the hype. Nice to know that this one probably does. Thanks for the review! :D

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