Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone

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by Kat Rosenfield
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A perceptive, contrapuntal character study with a light thriller flavor—utterly compelling." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"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

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
Readers will feel as if something big is about to happen with practically every turn of the page in this murder mystery. Becca tells the story of the summer after her high school graduation. She is preparing to go away to college and to escape her small town life. Unfortunately, leaving Bridgeton also means leaving behind her boyfriend, James, a high school dropout who is still reeling from his mother's death. On the night of Becca's graduation, a young woman, a stranger, is murdered on one of the isolated roads at the outskirts of town. The young woman, whose identity is known to the readers but not to the characters in the book, is Amelia Anne. Amelia is a recent college graduate preparing to start a new life for herself, one that stands in contrast to what her boyfriend, Luke has planned for them. Short chapters interspersed between the pages of Becca's story tell the events leading up to Amelia's murder. The lush almost lyrical descriptions of the small town stand in contrast to the raw language of the characters. Another juxtaposition in the story is the image of the small town idyllic life in comparison to the reality of alcohol dulled relationships and the unspoken secrets in the town and in Becca's own home. Mystery and thriller readers will find this a compelling read. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—The book opens the night after graduation when 18-year-old salutatorian Becca finds herself tangled up in the legs and arms of her boyfriend James, a high school dropout, in the back of a pickup truck. The story is set in a quiet New England town where everyone knows everyone else's business. College-bound Becca is in love with James, who fears losing another person in his life as he did his mother, so after their sexual encounter, he dumps her, knowing that she is going on to bigger things and leaving him behind. The next day, news breaks that a dead girl, Amelia Anne, was found murdered near where Becca and James rendezvoused. The news of this murder causes Becca to question her faith in her small town and the outside world. She is not sure how she became so naive over the years and begins seeing people and places she has known her whole life in a new light. The gripping story goes back and forth between Becca's and Amelia's perspectives. Only readers know how much the two girls have in common, and they will relate to their struggles with finding themselves and their relationships with boys. The murder mystery unfolds with a dark twist that may need to come a bit quicker to keep all readers interested, but mature teens who enjoy relatable characters will stay tuned.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142426104
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/11/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“An evocative debut.” —The Boston Globe

“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

A Bookpage Top Children’s Pick

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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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Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
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!
DaniBell More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Love_Books525 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and mysterious and, uh, stuff—like a unicorn. Yeah. But seriously, this was an amazing book.