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Amandine is a dancer, an actor, an artist. She is confident and charming and eccentric. Delia is insecure, overweight, the new girl in school. She is grateful to have Amandine as a friend. But Amandine lives in a world of her own imagination--a world both fascinating and distrubing. Eventually, Delia discovers that Amandine is always role-playing and telling compelling sto ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Hyperion Books
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Kara
This is a quirky dark tale about a girl, Delia, who tries to adjust at a new school. Delia is overweight, shy and kind of weird, so she doesn't sail into popularity. She meets Amandine, another girl who clearly marches to her own drummer, but Amandine isn't as affected by what other kids think. Delia is drawn to Amandine as much out of curiosity as gratitude for not being left to fend for herself in the battlefield that is high school.

But Delia soon realizes that Amandine is...off...somehow. Eve
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Dayna Smith
This is a creepy book and the ending doesn't really satisfy, but then in real life not all the loose ends get tied up conveniently. One of the things I liked about this story is the fact that it was real, it didn't have a happily-ever-after ending. It leaves you with more questions than answers. Delia meets Amandine after she moves to a new town. It's obvious that Amandine is mentally unstable and why Delia allows herself to get sucked into the relationship is the most engaging part of this sad ...more
Rachel
I read this, and I liked reading it, and promptly forgot everything about the book.
Carolyn
Amandine is a troubled person who reeks havoc in the life of an already insecure young woman and her family. I suspect that Amandine seeks out such people so as to feel powerful. Fortunately, Delia does find a few other people--her age and key adults, who help her find her way. It is a nice discovery story, but one filled with pain because of the havoc Amandine causes. Even the adults, normally portrayed as absent or indifferent in young adult fiction, become targets and must deal with Amandine. ...more
Alice
Ordinary, overweight and lonely Delia meets Amandine on the last day of her first week at her new high school. Amandine is an artist, actress and ballerina — She’s exciting, extraordinary and bold. She’s nothing like anyone in their small town. But this innocent-seeming girl is also dark, controlling and dangerous. And she tells lies. Terrified of loneliness, 14-year-old Delia clings to Amandine. Before she knows it, Amandine has sucked her into a toxic friendship.

Adele Griffin is most definite
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Jillian
I'm genuinely surprised that this book had such low reviews. This was one of the more interesting, complicated and sophisticated young adult books that I've read. I like that things weren't over-explained and that the ending was somewhat ambiguous, because that's life. Delia was a disenchanted teen who fell under the spell of a (possibly) crazy girl who tested her boundaries. A chilling book that felt very real.
Nikki
My copy was provided to me by Netgalley.

Honestly, I didn't really like this book. Delia is a girl with no friends, no one she connects to. She's all alone in the world. Even her mother wishes she was someone else, someone who matters. But when Delia meets Amandine, she finds someone who cares. The problem is that Amandine cares too much. For once in her life, Delia has someone who cares what she thinks, someone who listens to her when she speaks. Amandine is the girl Delia has always wanted to b
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Natalie M.
I read this book because it was on the list of recommendations in my abnormal psychology class. It was on the list because the content was related to our unit on mental illnesses. The characters in this book, Delia and Amandine clearly suffer from issues such as kleptomania, multiple personalities, pathological lying, etc. I thought it sounded interesting. I didn't think the story was bad, but I didn't think it was good either. The book is almost too short, and the ending doesn't satisfy. Its al ...more
Cathe Olson
This premise for this book sounded intriguing, but as soon as I started reading I was reminded me of the old B-movie Poison Ivy. But way, way watered down. Yes, Delia is a manipulative and a liar but nothing she did was so terribly shocking or horrible that it would strike fear into anyone. So she draws nasty pictures and spreads rumors . . . who in their right mind would care that much about a drawing or believe her lies. She is obviously odd and disturbed and never causes any serious trouble r ...more
Nathaniel
Amandine was a very interesting book. It brought out the other side of a human, and showed how dark things could get if your with the wrong people. It was interesting to see how big of an issue could be created by to friends, that later became worst enemies. I liked how detailed the boom was, showing every little aspect of what was going on, and how things were happening. Depending on the person, yes, I would recommend this book, to anyone that likes taking their time and thinking about the sto ...more
Bekka
I was a huge fan of Adele Griffin’s Tighter and so when I saw a title of hers on NetGalley I knew I had to snatch it up. Adele’s writing is very dark, tackling heavy issues always, but without exploiting them, or turning them into some freak show. This can be said about Amandine but I did feel like it was lacking in a few areas.

On the surface, Amandine is one hell of a story. Delia, a loner who has moved quite a few times in her childhood, further and further from New York City each time, is jus
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Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
This was a unique read. It really took me back to a terrifying time in my life: being a teenager and the constant fight for acceptance. When you're in that situation, you think that you're looking for acceptance from your peers. But what the fight is really about is self-acceptance. And the journey to self-acceptance is what Amandine was about for me.

Delia is enthralled with her new friend Amandine, who is totally different from anyone else and does things no one else would do. At first, they h
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Adriana
Brilliant. Review to come...

She's Got Books on Her Mind

You know who's my new friend? Adele Griffin. After reading Amandine I am more than ready to read more. She crafts the tale of Delia, our main character, who just moved into town. Delia's a loner, overweight, and has a secret that can come and bite her back if she isn't too careful. The story is told in the past tense. Delia is trying to come to terms with how things turned out all messed up. She starts her story off with her meeting a strang
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Bella D
In the book Amandine by Adele Griffen, a girl named Deliah is starting high school and wants to meet new friends but a girl named Amandine has her locked into her friendship so Deliah becomes friends with a girl named Mary who is also friends with Amandine. Deliah starts realizing that Amandine is a bad influence and has a wild, mean imagination. Everyday Amandine wants to do mean skits making fun of people with Deliah, but they start getting nasty and hurtful to people. After a long time being ...more
Jennifer
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Lisa is Busy Nerding
in a sentence: Lonely Delia moves with her loving parents to a new town, again, and on her desperate search for a friend is picked up by the dramatic Amandine whose friendship goes from weird, to worse.

This novel is slathered with anxiety and the overwhelming feeling of discomfort through and through. Delia is awkward, overweight, and self-conscious. She is noticed by the overly confident, underweight, and bizarre Amandine. Perhaps it's her desperation to find a friend, or that Delia is just int
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Amy Hassig
It's a quick read, but you need to take some time to experience the beauty in Griffin's prose.

Take for instance..."She was all I saw; it was as if everything else in the hall had sunk underwater. Shimmering walls and floors, the noises and faces of other kids were remote and blurred into the kind of incomprehensible motion that happens in dreams. She shown like a bleak sun through my murky vision. She was dressed in innocence, all wispy whites and pinks."

" She's the most charming thing, that Am
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Shanda
Really creepy dark story. Quick read. Brought me straight back to those gut-wrenching days in High school/Jr. high when you just want a friend to rely on. I kind of wanted a more dramatic ending but this one probably makes more sense. Amandine is a well thought out character who seems capable of a whole lot of evil manipulation.
Veronica
May 30, 2009 Veronica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls or anyone who ever was one.
Recommended to Veronica by: curiousity
Shelves: 2009, ya-books
This is a short book about the perils of destructive friendships and the agony of adolescence. The protaginist, Delia, is a young and awkward girl freshly introduced to a new school in a new town. She quickly meets a quirky and slightly off kilter new friend by the name of Amandine Elroy-Bell. At first Delia is overjoyed at the thought of a new friendship in the wake of her newfound loneliness, but she quickly realizes that idealizing a friendship doesn't guarantee a happy result. Under Amandine ...more
Bill
Have you ever had a friend who turned out to be to totally destructive; who began telling everyone your innermost secrets, secrets you'd trusted them with?

That's Amandine, and when new to the school, Delia thinks she has found a friend in Amandine, she begins to realize just how vicious, how
disparaging, her `friend' can be.

And when Celia, realizing she has to be friends with others and leave Amandine behind, Amandine tries to destroy Celia's family.

This is an honest novel, one that would be a te
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Tarah McCue
This was a very short, easy read. It pretty much went how I expected it to. Nothing too fantastic but an interesting read. I think we all knew someone like this. Someone who is so desperate for attention and will lie and make up stories to get it. This takes it a little farther than anyone that I have ever personally known. Such a sad way to be.
Nicole West
a novel that truly highligjts the evil and waste in som epeople. i finished the book quite sayisfied that i never put that big of a wall up around myself
Christina
Delia Blaine is a new girl in town..In old school, and in new school, Delia has doesn't have many friends. She is overweight, and shy. Delia meets Amandine, who is very spontaneous..and Amandine lives in a world of make believe, skits and games..Delia starts to mistrust and fear Amandine, and finds the strength to break away from Amandine. After Delia is away from Amandine, she realizes how much control Amandine had over her.

The book gives girls the confidence, strength and courage to break away
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Suebee
Delia Blaine is an overweight freshman who just moved with her parents to a small town in Massachusetts. She befriends Amandine Elroy-Bell, a girl who Delia's parents love. Amandine dresses eccentrically, is a ballerina and artist, and lives with her "artist" parents and her mother's live-in boyfriend. Delia eventually ends the friendship after Amandine is cruel to classmate Mary. Amandine lies about Delia's father, saying he attempted to kiss her, and the town turns against Delia's family. The ...more
Danielle
What a dud. Guess I can see why it hasn't been checked out. Boring plot, ho-hum characters. Yawns-ville. The only redeeming quality of the book was that it had a nice message about being yourself and looked at character and what it means to have some courage. 2.5 stars.-----------I don't know a single thing about this book; got it awhile back and haven't seen it moving off my shelves. Hoping to read it and be able to recommend it (or get rid of it if it's a dud).
Julie
I received this novel from NetGalley.

This novel was alarmingly underwhelming, the characters were both annoying and snarky, whiney and jealous and these combinations created an uncomfortable medium within the novel. Although that may have been done to add to the creepiness of amandine and if so then well done.
The language and diction is clever along with the plot. However the ending is unsatisfying and feels rushed.

easy to read yet very strange novel
Catherine
Really easy to read, it only took me one day to finish it. Only gave it 3 stars 'cause (1. too depressing (although the ending is okay I guess) and (2. it feels like you're about to reach a dramatic climax, but nothing really happens. Actually, overall in this book, not much anything exciting happens, but you don't really notice because of the way it's written. It tends to make you think something bad couuld happen at any moment, although it never really does.
Monica Williams
Creepy yet charismatic girl named Amandine decides to "adopt" lonely overweight Delia. At first Amandine and her antics are all in good fun and Delia is glad to have a friend, but then of course things go wrong. For teens with a short attention span this book does move quickly if predictably and it has the benefit of being smaller in size with smaller pages. Teen girls will relate to the story, but an adult audience will see right through the premise.
Debbie
We know from the beginning that something will go terribly wrong between Amandine and Delia. Amandine, a talented dancer, actress, and artist, is strangely magnetic and Delia is quickly entangled in her web, even though she feels that there is something wrong with Amandine.

When Delia decides that she would rather not be friends with Amandine anymore, Amandine takes revenge with a lie that affects Delia's whole family.

A psychological thriller.
Theresa Leone Davidson
This is a YA novel, one in which I certainly liked the first three quarters, about a new girl in town, in high school, who meets the decidedly odd girl, Amandine, who is not only odd but vicious to those she feels have crossed her. I'm not going to do the whole spoiler alert thing but I'll just say it was the rather uneven ending that was a tad disappointing. I've read very good things about Griffin's other novels and will read her again.
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