by Mary Beth Miller


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Even though she was acquitted, it seems that everyone -- even her own parents -- believes that Zoe helped her best friend, Aimee, commit suicide. Now, months later, her family has moved to a new town to escape the stigma of the trial, and Zoe is completely cut off from her group of friends. In her new life, Zoe is paralyzed by loneliness, guilt, and anger at everyone's suppression of the truth. As she writes in her journal, Zoe gradually lets readers into her world, a world where parents don't listen, therapists don't help, and best friends betray you. In the end Zoe realizes that she never could have saved Aimee, but she might be able to save herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756963033
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 02/01/2004
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 843,506
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mary Beth Miller has published two books: Aimee and On The Head of a Pin. She lives in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

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Aimee 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
joyfiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Growing up with depression myself and surrounded by people with various mental illnesses that can sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts/ideologies and actions I am always a bit skeptical when going into books that address such things- both mental illness AND suicide. This, however, was a pleasantly surprising tale of a girl dealing with the suicide of her friend. Focusing more on the grief and the aftermath than the suicide itself it¿s a well-crafted way to show how the people left behind are affected when someone takes their own life.
airdna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intense and affecting look at teenage alienation and depression. A teen girl deals with the aftermath of a friend's suicide. For older teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. It covers the very important subjects of suicide and depression with grace and respect.
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ACMart613 More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite book. Very well written and kept my attention the whole time. They need to make it available on the Nook!
ClassicMarineWife More than 1 year ago
I have looked everywhere for this book, i read it when i was in middle school. My friends and i, shared this story our whole middle school days. I have moved away since then, and have looked for this book in every book store and library since i was 15. I am 18 now, and very happy that i finally found the one book that helped me through my rough childhood. I even spent alittle extra on shipping cost because it really is that good. I recommend this book to any mother or father that has a akward teen. I just love this book ever since i was about 12, and i can't wait till i can read it again.
depressedreader More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books of all time!! It is thrilling and I couldn't put it down. Miller writes this book so wonderfully!! You have to keep reading to figure anything out...even the narraters first name!! Miller keeps you wondering and hoping and the ending is wonderful too! I REALLY, REALLY recommend Aimee by Mary Beth Miller!! :))
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GlamGator More than 1 year ago
I love to read but few books have touched me as this one, I read it as an assignment in college and have reread it many times since. It was an amazing story of how hard young people sometimes struggle for guidance and strength. I recomend it to anyone
A_Shirley More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book, I was blown away by Miller's exceptional writing skills and how she created this story. I have read it at least 10 times since I got this book about 4 years ago. My heart aches with Zoe's as she tells such an incredible story. In 2006, my brother took his own life and my world was shattered. A couple months after his death, I found this book amidst a pile of others and remembered it. I opened it up and started to read it again, this time, analyzing every situation presented. I was a lot like Zoe; I developed an eating problem, my home life was going down the drain, and I was a near mute at my new school. Grief had paralyzed every aspect of my life. This book put things in perspective for me. If Zoe can improve and discover her strength, so could I. It took a long time, but I have healed an incredible amount (not completely) from my brother's death. I never found solace in 'handbooks' about grieving after a suicide; instead, i took comfort in reading this compelling novel. Thank you, Mary Miller.
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Your best friend has just committed suicide, and you're accused of helping her. You're put on trial for murder, and all your once best friends have betrayed you. Your parents decide to move you to a new town, and you're sent to a counseler. Enter Zoey.
After her best friend, Aimee, commits suicide, she is accused of helping her, and tried for murder. After the trial, her parents move her to a new town where she doesn't know anyone, and doesn't care to try to make any new friends. She's sent to a therapist. The therapist gives her a journal. This is Zoey's story.
Slowly, you enter Zoey's world. A world where parents don't listen, or don't care to listen, and where betrayal is common. Zoey describes a world of hurt, and pain that no 17 year-old should ever have to experience. She tells stories of her, Aimme, Chard, Kates, and Jason. She tells everything up until and shortly after Aimee's death.

I would definitley reccomend this book. I couldn't put it down. It captures you from start to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your best friend told you they wanted to die? Aimee was your average teenage girl. She was the most popular girl in school everybody loved her. Aimee couldn¿t die alone, and so she asked her best friend to help her. Aimee¿s best friend was not at all fond of the idea at all. Before she knew it though, Aimee had killed herself, and her best friend was accused of murdering her because she was there during Aimee¿s death when really she had nothing to do with it. Find out what happens to Aimee¿s best friend as she tries to recover from the suicide and read this book. There was nothing not to like about the book it was suspenseful, entertaining, and some of the material I could relate with real well. At first, I thought the book was a total bore. As I kept reading though, it gained intensity and proved to be a wonderful book. I liked how the author wrote the book in the point of Aimee¿s best friend¿s view. It showed me what her thoughts on Aimee were, and how she dealt with the whole ordeal. Aimee¿s best friend would flash back to the times when Aimee was still around, and that helped me to get a better understanding of how Aimee lived. This book is not part of a series, but it reminded me a lot of some of the sappy, serious, suspenseful shows I¿ve seen on Lifetime. I recommend this book to both boys and girls especially teenagers. If you enjoy serious, mysterious books, look no farther, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wound up reading this book (by chance) at the same time we were learning about the depression/suicide unit in health. Both helped me better understand teen suicide and how horrible it is, truly. The book makes you feel things, and most of the feelings you get aren't good, however that is one of the best parts of this book: it doesn't sugar-coat anything. Even the main character, Zoe (whose name you don't find out until the very end), is not the type of person you'd want to hang out with, but a very good narrator. I'd recommend this book to just about anyone looking for a good book that has a ton of emotion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Aimee', by Mary Beth Miller, is about a girl who dies. This story is about a group of friends who are all 16. It is a mixture of both boys and girls. They do everything together. They have been friends for as long as they can remember. Stress evolves into so much that one of the friends develops a deep depression. The rest of the group is worried about Aimee so they take turns staying with her. Her best friend is falsely accused of murdering her. She now lives with the pressure of being a high school student, losing her best friend and now a murderer. The friend goes through therapy and high school as an accused murderer. She can only turn to one person who was close to both Aimee and her. In 'Aimee' the story line jumps around between situations and time frames. This could cause confusion for the reader. If you can keep track of the jumps then you would love this book like I did. I could not put it down. It takes awhile for me to find a book that I HAVE to finish, and this one did it for me! The story was relatable for me, because as a teen I also know how it feels to not being listened to or believed. Miller made the situation so real to life that I felt pulled in emotionally and I cared about the outcome of the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutly love this book. it is about a girl dealing with her best friend's death and the role that she played in it all. you uncover her history as the story takes you through all it's twists and turns. it is very creativley written and an amazing story. i never get tired of re-reading it and i would highly recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ever since i discovered this book by chance a few years ago my best friend and i have referred to it for many things in our lives and i believe it helped us both. this book is amazing and it is my all time favorite book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It shows just what can happen in real life and doesn't shy away from it. I literally cried when I read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story took a different approach to most stories that have death. It deeply explored the emotional impact of the narrator and the people around her of her friend's death. I felt for the character's pain and struggles to to regain sanity. The only problem with the book was the flashbacks at times didn't flow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book five times- no joke! It was the most beautiful story I have ever read. The story is told from a nameless teenager but the words and flashbacks were amazing. I recommend that every teen and adult read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. It makes you feel like you aren't the only one who has problems. She has a great group of friends and when she relates to how hard it is to not be able to talk to them, you feel as though they were your friends too. Mary Beth Miller did a great job capturing the essence of teen angst.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truely amazing. I relate to Aimee in many ways. I got this book from the library and thought 'eh, I will try it' and after the first two pages, I couldnt put it down. It took me 4 hours to read it non-stop. The only downside...this author hasnt written anymore books (atleast I havent seen any more) and I really cant wait to read another one from her. I recommend this book to everyone.