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Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  1,789 ratings  ·  454 reviews
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 inw...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Dutton Juvenile
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Wendy Darling
Jul 23, 2012 Wendy Darling rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Imaginary Girls, The Miseducation of Cameron Post
This has been amazing year for young adult literature for mature audiences. From The Miseducation of Cameron Post to the upcoming Monstrous Beauty, it's been incredibly exciting to find books that aren't afraid to push boundaries, ask questions, and immerse their readers in unusual literary styles. Is this in recognition that more and more adults are reading YA? Perhaps. I just hope the trend continues.

One of my favorite books this year is definitely Kat Rosenfeld's Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone....more
May 18, 2012 Tatiana marked it as abandoned Recommends it for: fans of Kirsten Hubbard
Shelves: ya
Objectively speaking, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is well written. (Hence, no rating from me, even though I didn't finish it.) Kat Rosenfield is (mostly) in control of her very evocative, atmospheric prose:

"Murder in a small town is always more than a paragraph in the local paper. In a place so insulated, where lives are so small and gone about so quietly, violent death hangs in the air - tinting everything crimson, weaving itself into a shimmering heat that rises off the winding asphalt roads...more
2.5 stars

Things I didn't like:
- Purple prose.
- Lengthy, repetitive descriptions.
- Weird tangents that I couldn't connect with the main story. I dunno, what was the main story? Everything was so convoluted and patchy.
- Every character except James.
- Alll the dramatic fight scenes.
- The pointless red herring.
- The lack of a substantial plot.
- Switching from first to third person - so jarring.
- The unbelievable, unsatisfying ending.

Things I liked:
- James.
- The vivid imagery.
- The parallel charact...more
Donna  Happy Booker
Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone Amelia Anne is dead and gone but she apparently left behind her thesaurus because her story was quite adjective-alicious. But, once I waded through the overabundance of metaphors and descriptive prose, it was a fairly ok read....until the last 30 or so pages. That ending was bullshit. I was so angry about the fact that I had been drawn in to the suspense of this murder/mystery only to be rewarded with some half ass muddle-muck of an ending. Not to mention that it jus...more
Lush, lush writing and a twist I did not see coming. I mean, I sort of thought it could go down as it did, but I didn't think it'd ACTUALLY happen.

This was a dark, twisted, and complex story. I think the flap copy does it little justice, actually. It's a story about being trapped and becoming free, and it's a metaphor played out via not only murder and destruction, but sex and dreams and reaching for the future while feeling completely stuck in the past.

Reminded me so much style-wise of Nova Re...more
Steph Su
Aug 23, 2012 Steph Su rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Anna Jarzab, Nova Ren Suma, Kirsten Hubbard
Shelves: debs12
AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE is not really a book that wants you to like it. From the uncomfortable opening sex scene to the way Becca’s plotline ends up intersecting with that of Amelia Anne’s death, it’s like you’re forcibly pressed close to the story and its ugliness, so that every blemish is magnified. If you’re the kind of reader who likes this no-gloss dissection of flawed characters and setting, then great! It wasn’t my type of read, but I can see why other will find this winning.

Say good...more
Katy Upperman
Amelia Anne had me at hello. The beautiful cover, mesmerizing synopsis, and steady stream of rave reviews were initially intriguing. But then there was the first line:

The night before Amelia Anne Richardson bled her life away on a parched dirt road outside of town, I bled out my dignity in the back of a pickup truck under a star-pricked sky.

Amazing, right? I’m happy to report that each line that follows the first is equally stunning. So are the characters, the setting, and the desperate, raw ton...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oh, that awkward moment where you read a book that's come highly recommended to you from just about everyone you know and then you don't like the book. There seem to be a lot of times where I'm that guy: the one who goes against the grain of popular opinion. I could list a number of books my friends all loved that I didn't like much at all, as well as ones pretty much no one else cared for that I thought were fabulous. Honestly, it's frustrating this divide that leaves me agreeing with others no...more
As evidenced by the fact that I read the first eight (EIGHT, HOW EMBARRASSING) installments in the Pretty Little Liars series, I eat teen mysteries up like they are the most delicious candy. That combination of high school level prose and sneeringly evil kids usually does it for me. When I saw that this book was being loved up all over Goodreads, it was a natural pick.

I'm not even (that) ashamed to admit that I liked the snarky, silly Pretty Little Liars way more than the very earnest effort of...more

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 symmet...more
I've read books I've enjoyed and books I've hated. I've read books that made me happy and books that made me sad. Very occasionally, I've read a book that leaves me enraged.

"Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone" is such a book. Two hundred plus pages of an eighteen year old girl whining finally cummulating in the most ridiculous ending of all time.

This is not a mystery, Rosenfield gives you very few clues to work with. This is not a coming of age story. The main character, Rebecca, is a recent high sch...more
Sara Grochowski
I really haven't a clue where to begin with this review... I suppose I could start by saying that I love this book with surprising depth. For years I've named Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road as my favorite novel because no other book has ever garnered near the emotional connection or caused me to sob near as hard... until Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.

The novel is told in alternating points-of-view between Becca, a small town girl who's about to leave home for university, and Amelia Anne, the g...more
Mindy Hardwick
I wanted to like this one more. The writing is breathtakingly beautiful and had me wanting to linger over each word and sentence.

But I had a few issues with the story which caused my low review. First off, the sex is more graphic than needs to be. If it's classified as New Adult, that's fine. But I wouldn't purchase this one or recommend it to teens in a school setting without worry about getting more than a few parents upset.

Second, the murder is predictable. It didn't have to be. If we had no...more
Apr 03, 2012 tonya. rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those who liked Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
I was three pages into Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone when I looked up from the page and said to myself--out loud, mind you, because that's the kind of person I am (crazy)--"holy moly, I'm going to love this book."

And I was right.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone starts off with a sex scene--you know, like you do in YA. Except, rather than being written in the hushed and titillating tones of most stories, when sex is the climax rather than the opener, it is written in a way that is raw and gritty and a...more
On a night where everything started to change for Becca, a dead body changed her town. The unknown corpse of a girl on the side of the road, left her small town fumbling. The cops weren't sure what to do with a murder case, and no one knew how this could have happened in this town. Everyone knew one thing though: the person who did this couldn't have been from around here. Becca wants to escape this town at the end of the summer, but the murder has left her rattled. Her plans seem less sure and...more
This is one of those book that is gathering a lot of love and I felt rather "meh" about. Why? In part it's the slightly florrid writing ("Stan's gesturing hand passed over the woman - the life wrung out in bruises beneath her eyes, soaking and blooming and drying the dirt, as he waved his palm over her breasts and the curve of her hip and her delicate, motionless face."). Whew! It felt like very other sentence was like that, which is a little tiring.

The other problem I had was with Becca. She's...more
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This is a really frustrating book to rate (although it’s very easy to review since I have many things to say about it).

A large part of me wants to just give this 4.5 stars, and maybe even a 5 star rating if I’m feeling particularly generous, despite the glaring flaws in this (there’s only two, but they’re biggies in my opinion), so a 4 isn’t the most exact rating. Maybe a 4.25? However since I personally don’t give out those rating...more
Sara (sarabara081)
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Intense and captivating, Kat Rosenfield’s Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone left me breathless. This tells the story of a girl named Rebecca who just graduated from High School and has plans to high-tail it out of her small town and move forward with her life without looking back. On the night of graduation, her boyfriend suddenly dumps her in a cruel manner and the body of a dead girl is found on the road in her town. No one knows who this girl is o...more
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Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone has a raw, unrelenting prose that I found refreshing; it truly captures the teen voice and makes Becca & Amelia very relatable characters.

Becca's life is pretty much perfect - she just graduated high school, has a great boyfriend and is about to leave her small town life style behind and head off to college. On the night of her graduation everything changes; two things happen that night that makes Becca question herself and everyone around her - Becca's boyfriend...more
If I were the type of person who gave out half stars *cough* this book would be a 3.5 star book.

Why? I didn't enjoy it on a four star level BUT it is most certainly not three star caliber.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is beautifully written. The two interwoven stories of Amelia Anne and Becca come together so nicely to paint a portrait of what it means to leave certain things behind. Kat Rosenfield uses these two ladies to expertly comment on heartbreak, second chances, new beginnings, small to...more
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This wasn't a bad book, really. The writing had a tendency to get repetitive, with lists of sentences saying the same thing in slightly different ways. That sort of thing can work for dramatic effect/to drive a point home sometimes, but not once per (short) chapter - it felt like a TV show that always ends with a "poignant" voice over on what it is to live in a small town. The dark side of small towns isn't exactly new material, and the author didn't really succeed in adding much. Occasionally,...more
I feel really bad about my rating for this book, because I recognize that it was very well written, and featured a story arc that many readers would probably find fascinating, and had a hot sort-of-asshole boyfriend, and also there was a murder.

These are all great! And I want you to understand, friends, that you may very well think this book is phenomenal, and should not base your decision to read it on my opinion here.

But I… I was just completely unable to get into it.

Certain aspects definitel...more
Kat Rosenfield's debut novel AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE is lyrical and haunting. Small-town girl Rebecca has plans for her last summer before leaving for college, but on graduation night her boyfriend cruelly dumps her and Amelia Anne dies anonymously on the side of the road. The two events happen less than a mile and an hour apart, although neither girl was aware of the other.

Rosenfield does an excellent job of evoking the small-town atmosphere. In Bridgeton, everybody knows everybody and any...more
Afton Nelson
I would say this story is dark, but that would negate the strong imagery of orange lights throughout the narrative. The mention of orange lighting was so plentiful--sometimes twice on one page--I started to wonder if I was missing something important. Still, the story was dark. And orange. And like Becca, I too felt like I went through a hot New England summer in a drunken stupor as I read--not quite sure I was picking up on the nuance, not completely sure of what was going on, or whether I was...more
At the same time that Amelia Anne Richardson was dying on a lonely dirt road, Becca was having her heart broken in the back of her boyfriend’s truck.

While Becca gets ready to blow out of her small Southern town and mend the heart that James broke, news of the dead girl travels fast and persistently. And in the wake of her murder, when suspicions turn inwards, James looks to reconnect with Becca over the summer before she leaves for college . . . but with her father as the local judge, Becca fin...more
To say this was elequently written, would be the least I could possibly tell anyone who might think of not reading this amazing book. I just fell in love with everything that lay within the covers of this book.
Like nestling down in my bed with a fuzzy cat at my head,
and another purring at my feet, it was both comfy and a little dangerous, if I moved too quickly one cat could attack.
" ....gossip skipped up and down the asile and murmered in the spaces between the worn wood pews, until the blac...more
2.5/5 stars.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone was a book that I was very much looking forward to reading. In fact, my anticipation was so great that I actually requested that my library purchase the book, instead of waiting for them to come across the title themselves, which can sometimes take ages. When the book was first released, I heard nothing but praise for it. The reviews promised atmospheric prose, gorgeous descriptions, and a slower-paced but still gripping plot. So it was with glee that I d...more
“Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone” by Kat Rosenfield is not for the faint of heart. Young adult fiction is said to be marketed to readers 12-18, but this one is definitely for the higher end of the spectrum and those much older than 18. Now that I’m so interested in being an editor, I have been paying a lot more attention to the editors of novels and their role in the writing process. This novel in particular proves just how talented Julie Strauss-Gabel is because it shows that she can edit everythi...more
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Mock Printz 2015: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield 1 36 Aug 01, 2012 09:32AM  
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Kat Rosenfield was born and raised in Coxsackie, New York, graduated from New Jersey's Drew University, and worked as a production assistant, publicist and copywriter in New York City before finding her niche in writing for teenagers. Her first novel, AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE, was published by Dutton in July 2012. Her second novel, INLAND, will be published in Spring/Summer 2014.

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