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Wonder When You'll Miss Me

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,204 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
At fifteen, Faith Duckle was lured under the bleachers by a bunch of boys and brutally attacked. Now, almost a year later, a newly thin Faith is haunted by her past and by the flippant, cruel ghost of her formerly fat self who is bent on revenge.

Faith eventually turns to violence for retribution, forcing her to flee home in search of the only friend she has -- a troubled b
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 16th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Lesley Yes. A teenage girl gets assaulted by a group of guys and alludes to it several times throughout the book, so yes.
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Feb 17, 2009 Molly rated it it was ok
I have got to stop only reading books I get off the free table in my apartment building.
April Helms
Jan 04, 2008 April Helms rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: fiction
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Aug 15, 2011 David rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I liked this well enough, but was not wowed by it. It definitely transcends its plot outline: fat teen Faith is sexually assaulted by a group of high school boys, spends time in the psych ward, loses weight, returns to high school, seeks revenge, runs away from home, joins the circus. Along the way the author sprinkles in a number of other overused tropes - the emotionally distant mother, suicidal roommate, and most irritatingly, the personification of Faith's unresolved issues as an alter ego f ...more
Jennifer Donahue
Mar 04, 2009 Jennifer Donahue rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Amanda Davis' first and only novel. It was published in 2003, so I am late to this wonderful work. Better late than never though and I urge everyone who loves language and a good story to read this book.

Wonder When You'll Miss Me is a heartfelt coming of age story full of brutal honesty and beautiful, lyrical prose. Sixteen year old Faith Duckle has just returned from a stint in a mental hospital after a failed suicide attempt. Her classmates, including the group of boys
Cushmant Cushman
Oct 02, 2012 Cushmant Cushman rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. sad main character but ends well. wish it didn't end.
Mar 02, 2012 Dacia rated it it was amazing
This is easily in my top 5 favorite books ever. It has probably been said a million times that it's a shame that Amanda Davis died before getting to publish more. But I seriously feel that now. You know when you find a good writer and you want to devour everything they've written? With Davis, we just have the 2. But damn. Girl did not waste any time bringing the goods. I'm admittedly a sucker for a coming of age story, and this book is definitely that. And the coming of age process is so subtle ...more
Mar 15, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite books. The novel centers itself around Faith, an adolescent girl who has returned to her high school after a suicide attempt. She had previously been very overweight and was tormented for it; while she is now a thinner version of herself, her alter-ego fat girl self follows her around, taunting her.

I found this one of the best descriptions of the loneliness of adolescence, especially because of the externalized self-critical voice that serves both as a source of comfort
Charlie A
May 18, 2014 Charlie A rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure how to begin with this review. I found the book to be alright. The structure of the writing was very clear and fluent. I think that's one of the main reasons why I finished it. The storyline of the book seemed to be very slow. I did enjoy the different topics it touched on: circus life, psychological trauma, acceptance of self, etc. However, I found it a bit slow.
Aug 04, 2010 Betsy rated it it was ok
This tale of a troubled runaway teen has some promising features - the experience of struggling with mental illness is depicted in an intriguing way, the settings of small Southern towns and eventually a traveling circus provide colorful scenery. Unfortunately, this book still fell flat for me. The characters still seemed broadly drawn, the action was sometimes slow and motivations were hard to decipher. I was particularly surprised to learn that this was a book targeted at young adults. I would ...more
May 16, 2015 Melliott rated it it was amazing
This was such an insidiously engaging read. I picked it up because it popped up in the library catalog when I did a subject search for "circus," and I am a sucker for a circus book; but this is so much more. It's a coming of age book, it's a triumph over adversity book, it's a story in which a seriously damaged and divided protagonist gets the chance to work through it all and pull herself together, with a backdrop of circus life that jumps off the page. The writing is beautiful, the characters ...more
Recommend. Though I felt that the end was quite unresolved, and was also confused at first by whether or not the fat girl was a real person, overall it was interesting. I probably would have liked to see more about her stay in the mental hospital though.
Mar 11, 2015 Lesley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: south
It's taken me a while to come up with a way to articulate why I enjoyed this book. I still don't have a definitive reason, but I think a large factor was the multidimensional lead character. This sort of theme, of a somehow damaged narrator, is pretty common (just look through my recent reads and you'll notice that as a recurring theme), but this one did possibly the best job of inserting the reader into her perspective. I wasn't expecting to enjoy the circus plot as much as I did, either. Defin ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Pat rated it liked it
This book begins with the revelation of a horrible event in a young woman's life. The details unfold as the novel progresses, and the reader is able to feel the pain and to understand the fragmentation of her personality to include "the fat girl." Joining the circus is an effort to belong somewhere after committing an act of violence against herself. This book has several levels, but it does come together at the end when the adolescent "coming of age" evolves and the dual personality is merged. ...more
Brandi Rose
Suckage. Too bad the chick that wrote it died.
Sep 05, 2014 Wysteria rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012, own
I first read this book a few years ago. A friend recommended it and I immediately went to the public library and found it! It was very exciting. And very good. The fact that the public library actually had a book I wanted to read, I mean. The book itself, not so exciting, but very good, yes.
This is the story of Faith Duckle, who through a string of incidents, finds herself attached to a traveling carnival. Now, this doesn't exactly happen until about halfway through the novel, but it is importa
Mar 14, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
While Davis is clearly a talented writer, I'm not sure the subject matter of this troubled-teen novel elevates it much above the less literary examples of the genre I couldn't stop reading during my adolescence. Perhaps if I hadn't overindulged in such trash then, I would be better able to overlook the commonalities between it and Davis' book, and focus on the book's merits alone. There are many. Davis not only has a keen eye for detail, but she narrates a teenage voice in a way that is both bel ...more
Alisha Marie
Wonder When You'll Miss Me has to be one of the most heartbreaking books I've ever read. Not only because of the plot itself, but because the author of this marvelous book passed away in a plane crash while promoting it, not long after it was published. This book (and Davis' collection of short stories) remains all that is left of Amanda Davis for us readers.

Wonder When You'll Miss me is an engaging read. It's sort of a trainwreck read where you know something bad is going to happen, yet you can
Oct 01, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
I liked this book more than I want to admit, so I wonder if my rating is too conservative. Meaning, though I finished it probably a month ago, and just haven't had the space or time to log on here, Faith, the main character, has popped in to my head on a number of occasions. Still, the book has its faults, the biggest one being that it follows a set of tropes which have been done a million times over. Is this really a fault? I don't know. But if you want to read about a teenage girl going off th ...more
Apr 26, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
First off, thank goodness they changed the cover. No teenager would pick up the book with the circus themed cover on it. At least now the book has a chance of being read. Well, it has a chance of being started. I'm not too sure if they will actually finish...I almost didn't and If I'm being truthful...I did skim a lot of the story. I just couldn't seem to get involved with the whole "I'm learning about myself while in the circus." Storyline.

The beginning of the story was very well done. I think
Jan 29, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting. It took me a while to get through, which isn't normal for me, because normally I pick up a book and read it in about a day. However, with this one, I found myself putting down the book, because it is not something you can read in one sitting. Non-the-less, "Wonder When You'll Miss Me," is an extremely emotional read that will have you thinking long after the book is over.

"Wonder When You'll Miss Me" follows a former fat girl as she runs away from home and joins th
Perez Malone
May 19, 2013 Perez Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
When I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Then I got to the middle and it sorta meandered about for a bit. I guess I just didn't care enough about the circus stuff. This circus related book was much better than Water for Elephants though. I felt myself caring about the main character and her plight. I did feel a little bit too removed from any of the other characters though. Also, the bit with the fat girl felt odd at times. I don't know for a fact as I didn't pay that much atten ...more
Jul 22, 2007 Flannery rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Amanda Davis and her tragic death when I was obsessively reading [] and found their online memorial ([]). Her career, cut so tragically short, piqued my interest and I sought out the two books she had written: Wonder When You'll Miss Me: A Novel and Circling the Drain: Stories. I began reading the novel but got distracted and it was shoved on my bookshelf to wait until I thought of it again.

Friday night, that time c
Jul 28, 2007 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
When I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Then I got to the middle and it sorta meandered about for a bit. I guess I just didn't care enough about the circus stuff. This circus related book was much better than Water for Elephants though. I felt myself caring about the main character and her plight. I did feel a little bit too removed from any of the other characters though. Also, the bit with the fat girl felt odd at times. I don't know for a fact as I didn't pay that much atten ...more
Sep 01, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young adults/mature readers who enjoy a coming of age story
My local library lists this as both adult fiction and young adult fiction, so I wasn't sure what to expect from it. Young adult novels have come a long way since the days of Sweet Valley High, but I still wanted something that would hold my attention without coming across as juvenile.

"Wonder When You'll Miss Me" was excellent, a great book for adults and, even though several parts hover near the edges of mature reading, I think a great story of young adults too, especially young women with imag
Nov 07, 2008 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fat girls or former fat girls, girls who feel stuck and silenced
Recommended to Tracy by: Caitlin, I think
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May 27, 2008 Anastasia rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2008
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Mar 10, 2014 Kdunbier rated it really liked it
Lovely fast read. I found myself really identifying with Faith/Annabelle, like almost viscerally, when I was worried when she woke up somewhere and I was like "what if no one makes coffee??" It caught me off guard, so that's some obviously impressive writing there. I thought I was just caught up in the plot and the various mysteries to untangle (which are also compelling). I thought the relationship between Annabelle and Wilma was particularly poignant and true to life. Really enjoyable.
Feb 27, 2011 Clumsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
30 pagine all'inizio e tutto sappiamo di quello che è successo a Faith: una cicciona sedicenne che subisce violenza di gruppo da alcuni suoi compagni di scuola, tenta il suicidio e viene mandata in una clinica per le malattie mentali dove resta un anno. ora è tornata in classe e anche se è dimagrita di 26 chili, la cicciona continua a farle visita e comunque niente è a posto.
è una formazione lunga 340 pagine che inizia per Faith, alla ricerca della vera amicizia, di una vera famiglia e di quell
Feb 05, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda Davis was born in 1970 and was a writer. She released one collection, Circling the Drain, and one novel, Wonder When You'll Miss Me. Davis died at the age of 32 in a plane crash on March 14, 2003. The plane was piloted by her father and crashed in McDowell County, N
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