A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons. But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Emma Wunsch has written movie reviews for The Washington Free Press, worked in a used bookstore, taught college-level writing, and published short fiction and journalism in a variety of publications including The Best of Bellevue Literary Review. She lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with her husband and two daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of those rare books that breaks your heart but then hands it back to you all mended. I particularly enjoyed the way the siblings communicate via movie quotes - a preferred method of communication around my house as well. This story takes an important look at what's going on with the rest of the family, when the focus is/needs to be on one member in particular. The author really nailed the angsty aura of early high school kids, when we are egocentric (because we are figuring out who the hell we are) but also finding out how to love and support others.
With that cover, title, and synopsis, I went into this book thinking it was going to be some fluff and minor teenage angst that was probably blown way out of proportion. I was not expecting mental illness. I didn't click with Amelia. Her inner monologue is much younger than her 17 years. She's quite awkward and whiny and a little selfish. Most of that can be attributed to teenage stuff, but it got repetitive hearing her struggle with how Toby's illness was going to make her look. And I absolutely loathed the way she treated her friends and Epstein. The plot could be realistic. I liked the family scenes, how hard her parents tried, and the support meetings. I really liked the movie quotes. The sex scenes were honestly the weirdest thing I've ever read in my life and I cringed every time. Overall, I think if I would have known what I was reading before hand, I might have enjoyed it more. Sadly, it was not as all what I was expecting. **Huge thanks to Amulet and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**