You know those books that everyone loves? That was me and Amelia Unabridged. When I was able to snag an early copy, I knew I had to start immediately. And I fell in love with Amelia Unabridged so quickly and whole heartedly. Keep reading this book review to see my complete thoughts!
Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.
In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.
When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
I finished Amelia Unabridged in one day I am that obsessed. A stunning debut, this book is for all the book worms out there. It’s also an emotional story about grief, about not letting the ghosts of our loved ones control us, about finding our own path amidst the noise of expectations. I fell heads over heels in love with Amelia instantly. The way she loves fiercely and with her entire heart. Amelia Unabridged is a captivating story about when we have people in our lives, like guiding stars, and what do we do without them?
On the brink between college and high school, Amelia Unabridged tackles grief and the mystery of people united by one person, by books, and by a love of reading. Celebrating the joy of bookstores, of books as lifelines, and reading as a force of nature, Amelia Unabridged will entrance you. What does our trauma, our loss, change in us? What could it produce or obscure? Full of memories of Amelia’s friendship with Jenna, Amelia Unabridged examines grief and moving forwards. Of not letting our past stop us from choosing our future.
I could relate to Amelia’s journey to figure out what to do. Sometimes it feels like everyone knows what the future holds, like they all have their own parts and lines memorized and you never got the script. We can become so deeply entrenched in what we should do that we lose sight of ourselves. Amelia Unabridged is a charming story about the power of reading, choosing our futures, and being brave. It’s a story that celebrates friendship, support that makes you stronger, and confronting our fears.