Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Book Review! Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfeild

Book: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 279 Pages
Format: Library hardcover

A few things made me want to pick this book up from my local library. One was the fact that I saw Kristy from The Story Siren review this a while ago, and it looked good, but also because of the beautiful cover. I'm glad I read it.

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.

This book is told in a very interesting format. You get two points of views; Becca's POV, where she wakes up one morning and there's a dead girl on the road, and her life from that point on. There's also Amelia Anne's POV, where she is the dead girl on the road and her life leading up to that. I really enjoyed reading all about how it happened and the reprocussions it had on the town and also how it affected everyones lives. It was a really cool way to tell the story and it pulled me in from page one.

The writing was also quite beautiful. I am a huge fan of poetry and novels written in a poetic style. She writes in such a way that you are pulled out of reality and dropped into this small town, where wild roses run free. It is such a beautiful book. My favourite part was the always-there wild roses, and how they were always appearing in places that seemed random, but as soon as the last page is turned, you would understand everything.

I really did enjoy this book, but I have nothing else to say. It was a beautiful novel, filled with mystery, romance, and the idea that while some are leaving their small towns, others are stuck right within the county lines.

4.5 out of 5 stars.


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