"Layered and exquisitely written...Actions have real consequences in Rosenfield’s novel, and her suffocating small town setting is powerfully and chillingly evoked." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Amelia Anne Is Dead and Goneby Kat Rosenfield
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 townand Beccainto a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds
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 townand Beccainto 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.
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- 5.74(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.81(d)
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- 14 - 17 Years
What People are saying about this
“A dark, moody, murder mystery.” HelloGiggles.com
“Lush, mysterious, utterly compelling.”—Ellen Hopkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Crank trilogy
• “A perceptive, contrapuntal character study with a light thriller flavor”—Kirkus Reviews,starred review
*“This layered and exquisitely written story explores the fallout from the murder as well as the dark side of love. Powerfully and chillingly evoked.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone blends elegant writing and brutal behavior into a sharp and haunting novel.”—Bookpage
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Meet the Author
Kat Rosenfield is a regular contributor to pop culture websites such as MTV.com’s Hollywood Crush blog, and she is also Auntie SparkNotes on Sparklife.com.
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When I first saw this book, I could not get enough of the cover!!!! As many of you know, I am a sucker for covers!!! And this one made me think about this book for weeks before I was able to get my hands on it. A good friend of mine wanted to borrow a couple books and in exchange I was able to borrow this book. And it was everything that I thought it would be. Now I am not going to lie, at first I didn’t know what was going on. I thought that the first couple chapters were very confusing. So I took a little time away from the book and then came back and finished it. The book was more then I thought it would ever be. The book was beyond my expectations. I really think that everyone should read this book because it tells a story that is not normally told. A story that makes you want more, a story that makes you feel the sorrow that the characters are feeling. The book was an easy read once I got past the part of the book that was very confusing. The story just came naturally. It made you want more. It made you want to make sure that justice was going to happen for poor Amelia Anne. If you want a book that keeps you guessing, is sad, and amazing all wrapped up into one this book is definitely for you. You will not be sorry for reading this book!!!!
Becca is just getting ready to leave her small town behind for good when the dead girl is found. Suddenly Becca's plan to go to college and never look back seems trivial at best. It seems like the peak of hubris to think Becca can get away when the dead girl could not. Paralyzed by the shock of this sudden violence, Becca isn't sure what to believe when her future--even the future in general--seems impossible to fathom in Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone (2012)by Kat Rosenfield. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is Rosenfield's first novel. Becca's first-person narrative is intercut with short chapters outlining the moments that lead to the unidentified dead girl's--Amelia Anne's--murder. Rosenfield's writing is lush and highly literary with vivid, often unsettling, descriptions of Becca's surroundings and the scenes that lead to Amelia Anne's murder. The mystery aspect is handled well here. Although it was possible to guess the ending early on, the pieces of the puzzle still twisted in a direction that was difficult to anticipate. Although the plot meanders with Becca's doubts and fears, the story is generally solid. The chapters about Amelia are particularly well-done as they illustrate Amelia's growth as she comes into her own before her life is cut tragically short. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is a frank and unflinching story. Both Becca and Amelia do not shy away from talking about sex or other topics in their narratives. That said, it would have been nice to have a little more context when Amelia talks to her boyfriend about rougher behavior (Specifically she says to him: "Haven't you ever thought about grabbing me from behind and throwing me against the wall? Just taking what you wanted?"). After the topic is initially raised there is not, unfortunately, any talk of consent and instead the chapter ends abruptly with no further discussion. Unfortunately there isn't much sense of character here. The only person readers really know is Amelia while Becca feels more like a convenient frame for a mystery that wouldn't flesh out into a full novel. Becca rarely comes across as truly real and Amelia's chapters stretch the limits of an omniscient narrator when combined with the first person structure of the rest of the novel. The secondary characters are painted with sharp vignettes that remain closer to caricature than actual characterization. The narrative voice never quite works with many different tones competing in one slim book. In addition to Becca's first-person musings there are also third-person chapters about Amelia. In addition, Becca's narrative often goes off on tangents about the hive mind of small towns and the "we" mentality that often develops as a result. These "we" passages feel lofty. While this was an interesting story about cause and effect and the lingering impact of consequences it still feels more like a literary exercise than a mystery novel. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is, however, undoubtedly well-written and demonstrates that Rosenfield is an author to watch. Possible Pairings: Find Me by Romily Bernand, The Night She Disappeared by April Henry, I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, Acceleration by Graham McNamee, Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, Missing Abby by Lee Weatherly, Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten, Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233 by Jordan Weisman and Sean Stewart, Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
My Secret Reader for the month of October picked this book out for me, and I was a little bit bummed at first. I had gotten the book years ago when Borders was shutting down after a recommendation from a friend. Back then I was hardly even looking at YA books and had been reading a fair amount of adult literature. This was also prior to my discovery of Goodreads and the way all the pretty covers can make me want books. Anyway, I was a little bummed because I was hoping I could knock off some older YA books I haven't read yet, but I was delighted to read this book. Girl in Translation was the best way to break up the monotony that YA can bring. I didn't have to worry about the cute guy being part stalker part hunk, or even entertain the idea of instalove. This book was everything that I miss about adult reading. It was evenly paced and beautifully written and while there was no big plot line where some big bad is lurking in the corner, it was a simple and heartbreaking tale about a girl who came to America with big dreams, and while it got hard at times, she never gave up. I really adored Kimberly and how witty she was. All the Chinese insults were fresh and interesting and while you couldn't always get what they meant right away, an explanation wasn't too far behind. I also loved that while the characters were speaking in Chinese, the text was in English never leaving me to puzzle out what was being said or having to wait for the author to provide a halfhearted explaination. I felt that each of the characters were wonderfully written and characterized. They were all their own unique person and not carbon copies of each other. While they were frustrating or down right awful, it was great to have people be so different. I felt that all the descriptions of all the characters were wonderful, I could vividly see many of them in my mind. I really enjoyed this book and I'm glad that my Secret Reader picked it for me!
This book is really written beautifully... but I am the type of person that prefers character development instead of lovely descriptions of ponds or fields or gravel roads. Becca felt very flat to me and her internal conflicts unbelievable. I don't even recall getting a full description of her. I really wanted to like her, but I felt bored. In a lot of ways this novel is the story about a small town and what's it like to escape, major emphasis on the small town. Also, I felt like the parallels between Becca and Amelia could've been better. Good for a quick read. Heavy on descriptions. Enjoyed it overall but could've been better.
I have to read this book because my bff is named amelia an my name is becca!!! My friend moved away in fifth grade and her birthday is July 21. I miss her soooooooooo much and i dont have her phone number! If anyone knows a girl named Amelia (A.K.A Aj) Roesner commet back to Omg Thanks.
I love reading and I really do and I try to read a whole lot of books all different kinds. But this book I read the sample on the my nook and I like what i was reading so far. But then once I revived the book in the mail and started reading it I became really disappointed! The story was going up and down not really making sense it seemed like three different stories all in one and the words didn't make sense and it was just really boring. If I would I really wouldn't waste my money because the way the story ends is like why did I even read this book.
Beautiful and mysterious and, uh, stuff—like a unicorn. Yeah. But seriously, this was an amazing book.