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Review: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone (Kat Rosenfield) + Giveaway

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 277
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (July 5, 2012)
ISBN: 9780525423898
Source: ARC from author in exchange for an honest review
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Amelia Anne is Dead and GoneBecca 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 wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with what I read.
For some reason I thought there was a paranormal element to this book. I have no idea why that ever entered my mind—the synopsis gives no hint of anything paranormal related. I guess I’ve been so overwhelmed with all things supernatural lately, that I just assumed I was reading another book in the genre. Shame on me. In case you share my own folly, know that this is not a paranormal book. It’s a murder mystery mixed with a coming of age story.

I thought the author’s ability to mix two stories (from two different points of view) was brilliant. She did an amazing job making the story lines flow smoothly without seeming choppy. I was engrossed with Becca’s story from the first chapter. Her piece of crap boyfriend made my blood boil. (Read that first chapter and you’ll know what I’m talking about.) I spent most of the book waiting for Becca to realize how crappy her boyfriend was. I’m not sure if that’s how I was supposed to feel or not, but he definitely struck a nerve with me. Of course, he did have a few redeeming qualities. I couldn’t help but feel a tug at my heart when he described his mom’s death from cancer. His compassion for other people’s suffering becomes clear in the end (even if he is a slug to his girlfriend).
Mixed within the pages of Becca’s story is Amelia’s own tragic tale. When she finally realizes what she wants to be, it’s too much for those around her. The effects are tragic. In a way, the book is the coming of age story for two girls (un-coming of age story for the one that dies?). Both girls, Becca and Amelia, struggle with figuring out where they belong in the world and how the people they love fit into the puzzle. Both girls deal with horrendous heartache and life changing events... except one of them never gets the chance to grow from the experience.

Enough about the characters and the plot. Let’s talk about what really made this book special: the author’s writing. Her descriptions! Sigh. She has an eye for detail, that’s for sure. Her writing had a poetic element to it that made me think of prose at times. There were parts that were simply beautiful. It’s hard to believe that this was the author’s debut book. She is certainly talented, and I’m excited to see what else she will write in the future.   
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Comments

  1. Sounds like a really lovely read!! I haven't read it yet, so I don't know about the paranormal aspect. I love an author who has an eye for detail. Sounds really promising!

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  2. It kind of does. I love the cover though!

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  3. I definitely figured it was going go be paranormal. Weird Haha

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  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought there was a paranormal twist at first glance! That makes me feel better. =)

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  5. I haven't read this yet, but the first thing I thought was *paranormal* - which I love, of course lol :)
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  6. ...It doesn't have a paranormal twist? Lol. I SO THOUGHT IT WAS. I mean, the name totally implies paranormal. Like zombies or ghosts or something, right?

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  7. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone was amazing. Extreme, I almost-died-when-I-got-to-the-end amazing. :)

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  8. I think so many books these days end up having a paranormal twist that I was expecting it as well. Sounds good though! :)

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  9. I've never heard of this book, but it sounds really good. Definitely going on my to read shelf. I can't wait to read it, one way or the other. Thank you for being so generous. Wish me luck.

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  10. Yeah, that ending was intense. I thought the beginning was pretty amazing too. I was hooked after page 1!

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