Friday, August 24, 2012

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
 Good Reads Summary
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by 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 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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is my kind of book, even if it really isn’t ever fast paced. It’s writing you either get or don’t; I certainly did since atmospheric and moody are but two of the things that come to mind.

Their two narratives were cleverly wove together. At first glance the leads feel different, with one whose a future that follows a certain path, a path she’s become familiar with AND another who leaves her own for something different. Yet, think on it more, and there's a symmetry to what’s going on with both. Plans are what they have in common; plans and intentions and paths that go certain ways. Besides that, theirs an uncertainty that they shared too. So, not worlds apart, after all.

With Rebecca’s life about to begin, it’s questions on Amelia’s that fills the former. Seeing the latter’s moments unfold became even more interesting because the more one read, the more clear it was that they’re similarly placed. Given all that, I’d have loved to learn more about both of them because as is there’s this feeling that one girl’s story almost mirrored the other.

The moody feel of it is only made greater by how Rebecca describes the town. This place that she’s so eager to escape is almost another character here. With the way everyone knows everyone else’s business, it felt stifling and closed off, with her talk on outsiders versus it providing a home to certain individuals. Then there’s the matter of one persons words leading to another and how the same leads the rest to behave. 

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1 comment:

  1. I have this book on my shelf right now, waiting to be read. I can't wait to get to it! Thanks for the review, it makes me want to read it even more.