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Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone [NOOK Book]

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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. ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101574928
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/5/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 582,665
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 405 KB

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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  • Posted June 11, 2012

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    Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

    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!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    My Secret Reader for the month of October picked this book out f

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Omg

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    No my real cup of tea!

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    (insert something witty)

    Beautiful and mysterious and, uh, stuff—like a unicorn. Yeah. But seriously, this was an amazing book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Enjoyed it overall, but could've been better

    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.

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