Title: Amelia Unabridged
Author: Ashley Schumacher
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Page Count: 296
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith
Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.
In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.
When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.
Ashley Schumacher’s devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.
Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher is a young adult novel that is mostly contemporary but with a bit of mystery and romance. I have to admit it was the cover that got me with this one and wasn’t sure it would be one I’d like but I’m glad I took the chance after picking it up.
Amelia Griffin has recently lost her best friend in the world, Jenna, when she was killed in a car accident. Amelia and Jenna shared so much in life but one thing was their love for the Orman Chronicles which caused a riff between them right before the accident took place. When a rare edition of the chronicles arrives for Amelia she can’t help but think somehow Jenna is responsible so she decides to pack up and head to Michigan where the book came from to investigate.
Amelia Unabridged was an absolutely beautiful story to match the absolutely beautiful cover. The writing drew me into the world immediately and the emotion involved came across the pages amazingly. I really enjoyed all of the characters in the book and felt a pull to learn more about them and couldn’t help but turn the pages faster to find out how it would all turn out in the end for them all.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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