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The Lost Days (Emily the Strange #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  3,468 ratings  ·  399 reviews
13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel:

1. Mystery
2. A beautiful golem
3. Souped-up slingshots
4. Four black cats
5. Amnesia
6. Calamity Poker
7. Angry ponies
8. A shady truant officer
9. Top-13 lists
10. A sandstorm generator
11. DoppelgAngers
12. A secret mission
13. Earwigs

Emily the Strange: 13 years old. Able to leap tall buildings, probably, if she felt l...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by HarperCollins (first published November 21st 2002)
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This is my third effort at writing a review of the book. Obviously, it resists reviewing (at least by a 44 y.o. like myself).

I found this book, and the whole Emily the Strange phenomenon, by accident, while browsing in a used bookstore. I picked up a copy they had out on the shelf and started thumbing through it and was immediately hooked. The conceit of the book caught my attention, and three days later, I'd finished it (the book, not the conceit).

I found the book to be extremely enjoyable and...more
Circus Princess
I've been a huge fan of Emily the Strange since I was little. Really little. (Like, 3.) And no, it's not only because I had the same haircut, name, and love of kitties. I just liked how spunky she was in general.

So, of course, when this book came out, I was rolling around in my happiness.

Basically, it follows 13 year old Emily as she recovers her memory in a ghost town called Blackrock. There are plenty of twists and turns (robot golems, psychic children, black cat possies), as well as Emily's s...more
Emily the Strange is a strange little girl, and Emily the Strange: The Lost Days is a strange little novel. It is the first in a series about Emily, her four cats and the many other weird and wonderful people she encounters in her adventures.

Thirteen things I have to say about Emily the Strange: The Lost Days:

1. Apart from seeing her a handful of times on t-shirts and the like, this was my first real encounter with Emily the Strange. So I went into this blind, not knowing anything more than “sh...more
13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel:
1. Mystery
2. A beautiful golem
3. Souped-up slingshots
4. Four black cats
5. Amnesia
6. Calamity Poker
7. Angry ponies
8. A shady truant officer
9. Top-13 lists
10. A sandstorm generator
11. Doppelgängers
12. A secret mission
13. Earwigs
Emily the Strange: 13 years old. Able to leap tall buildings, probably, if she felt like it. More likely to be napping with her four black cats; or cobbling together a particle accelerator out of lint, lentils,...more
The first of the four released books under Emily the Strange series, The Lost Days, tells us the story of Emily Strange finding herself in a place she doesn't know, and remembering nothing about herself. All she have are her pen and notebook, which remained her buddy pieces.

She eventually learned she's in a town called Blackrock, as she saw in a newspaper, and tried to find the truth on what happened to her. Still remembering nothing about her past, or her present she roamed around Blackrock an...more
Jessica Saylor
Okay, this book was adorable. I'll admit, at first it was a little difficult for me to get into. In fact, I almost put it down. But once I got into the story and the writing style became familiar I fell in love! There are a lot of lists and some very short and choppy sentences. But it is supposed to be following the thought processes of a young strange girl. And while she is VERY strange, its a strange I can definitely relate to. It is also incredibly diary style with awesome drawings.

But apart...more
Emily doesn't know she's called Emily. She doesn't know anyone else's name. She doesn't know why she can't remember these things, or why eleven pages were torn out of her notebook. But she knows that she must figure out who she is, and why this happened to her.

This is the first book in the series, and it begins well enough to keep you turning the pages for most of it; from the moment you start reading, you join Emily; you want to know how she got to where she is - in life, and on the bench where...more
Alisha Marie
My first foray into Emily Strange happened when I saw a drawing of her on the computer once. So, I got the inspiration to write a short story based on this character (based solely on her looks and name, didn't know any of her history) for an English assignment. It all worked out, got an A+ on the assignment and have been an Emily Strange fan ever since. Even owning an Emily Strange graphic tee and wallet.

That's why I wanted to like this book so much. I took the book out of the library instead of...more
Merve  Özcan
Bir Dexter vakası ile karşı karşıyayız.
Çok eğlenceli, sürükleyici ve şaşırtıcı....Bayıldım.
Kitabın içinde resimler de var.Sanırım grafik roman deniliyor. :D
Kitapta 13 rakamı, hafıza kaybı, zihin okuma çok önemli yer kaplıyor. Biz uğursuzluk olarak algılasakta o kendisine şans getirdiğine inanıyor.
En baştan başlayayım :D
Kitap hafızasını kaybetmiş bir kızın Blackrock*1 adlı bir kasaba da kendi kimliğini bulma çabaları ile başlıyor. El Dungeon adlı bir yerde...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"¿Quién es Emily? Ante esta pregunta, inmediatamente se nos viene a la cabeza la imagen de una niña pálida, vestida de negro, de pelo largo y con cara de mala uva. Emily es rara, es siniestra y tiene un puntillo gótico. Su imagen comenzó a popularizarse en una serie de pegatinas, después saltó a la ropa y los complementos, más tarde a los comics y hoy, por fin, tiene una novela propia. Pero, pese a que todo el mundo sabe quién es Emily, ella parece haberlo olvidado. Sentada en un banco del único...more
It is a book written by an amnesiac girl (whom we already knew as Emily, since it was written in big red colour on the cover, duh!). She found herself sitting on a super-mini-park bench, totally in amnesia, equipped only with a slingshot, a pen, and a blank black book. She didn't know her own name, didn't know the name of the town she was in, didn't know what she did there. But it seemed that she knew many unusual things, such as repair anything broken (including golems), how to throw stones acc...more
Lady Entropy

Hoje, andava meio em baixo, por isso agarrei no primeiro livro que me veio à mão, e zás de ler sem parar.

Este livro é baseado na Emily the Strange, que é uma personagem estilo Pucca ou Hello Kitty, mas versão gótica - é usada para vender roupas, merchandise etc.
No entanto, e para minha surpresa, o livro é MUITO bom. Claro que está escrito para um livro de young adults, mas trata-os como pessoas inteligentes, não como miúdos estúpidos. E isso vê-se no plot, que me colou no livro até ao final, a v...more
I had only heard of Emily The Strange in passing, and didn’t really know much about the books, comics, or product line. However, I’m already in love with the character and the way the stories are told. It reminds me of a very intelligent version of Greg Heffley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, except that instead of it being almost entirely graphic novel, it's part novel, part graphics, and part a whole bunch of other interesting stuff. In a way, it’s similar to the process through which th...more
I've always wanted to read this ever since I got a charm bracelet of it, and it was my luck that my college friend had it.

I gave this 5 stars, because I read it in one sitting. I couldn't stop reading it, because of the constant mystery, randomness, and awesomeness the author had written. Not to mention, the illustration was very interesting also.

The story is about a girl who woke up with nothing but a few items in hand, and no memory at all. There were also cats, golems, and LISTS. With those,...more
Reading Vacation


Emily does strange, but she does strange funny. She is sarcastic and smart – she asks quirky questions and has crazy conversations. She doodles and draws – she is random and resourceful. What makes all of this extra STRANGE though, is that Emily does not even know who she is for most of the book.

Presented in a diary format, The Lost Days truly gets into Emily’s mind. The pages are filled with drawings, 13-item lists, snippets of conversations, and Emily’s hilarious personality. She’s stran...more
I admit it - I'm old and was never hip so a lot of pop culture stuff passes me by without even stopping to say hello. I didn't know who or what Emily the Strange was, but in this book, neither does she. It turns out Emily started as a sort of anitdote to Hello Kitty - appealing to those goth and wannabe goth teens who are too cool for that perky white cat.
So then Emily started appearing not only on tee shirts, but in some graphic novel/comic books, too. And now she is the star of a series of no...more
Miss Bookiverse
Wenn ich Emily the Strange nicht so sehr lieben würde und das Buch nicht so toll gestaltet wäre (jede Seite ist illustriert, von Fotos bis zu Briefen über Randgekritzel), gäbe es hierfür wohl eher keine 4 Sterne, 3 schon. Dafür war mir die Story dann doch zu... unspektakulär? Und der Schreibstil nicht außergewöhnlich genug. Wenn man das aber außer Acht lässt hat man eine angenehm seltsame Geschichte vor sich, die nicht zu geradlinig verläuft, die einen miträtseln (wenn auch nicht unbedingt fiebe...more
I have been a looong-time fan of the Emily character, so I was beside myself when I came across this full-length novel! I didn't buy the book expecting the story to be all that great - I just bought it because I'm a fan! However, I've been pleasantly surprised by Emily's amnesiatic adventures in the mysterious town of Blackrock. Love, love, LOVE it!!! Recommended for teens and all fans of Emily!
This book was so funny! I was laughing out loud through a lot of it! Its kind of in a journal format about a 13 year old genius that's kinda weird--she has amnesia and is in a town called Blackrock, where there seem to be a lot of oddities and mysteries! Really enjoyed this, can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Katy Larserfam
You will find in this novel: mystery, a beautiful golem, a shooter, four black cats, amnesia, Calamity Poker, angry ponies, many fines, lists thirteen things, a generator of sandstorms, a double, a secret mission, earwigs.
Hmmm ja, ein STRANGES Buch auf jeden Fall...

Ein Mädchen leidet anscheinend an Amnesie und wacht auf einer Parkbank in Blackrock auf. Es hat einen Bleistift, ein Tagebuch und eien Steinschleuder bei sich. Nun macht sie sich auf den Weg herauszufinden, wer sie eigentlich ist. Viele merkwürdige Begegnungen, mit seltsamen Ravenmädchen, Mondkindern, schwarzen Katzen und co., bringen sie langsam auf die richtige Spur.
Einige Personen halten sie für Molly, ein Ausreißermädchen... aber tatsächlich hat es...more
Holy Schnitzel
i made an account just to like this book. it is my favourite book because it is the only book i finished. :D
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
I thought the story was quite boring. Meh.
And I'm not too compelled to write a proper review.
IF only this novel was shorter like 150/180 pages then I'd definitely give it 5 stars ...

The Lost Days tells a story about a girl who doesn't remember anything related to her identity or herself in general but she has a notebook and a pen which she uses to write everything to remember when needed. She goes in a whole journey into discovering what truly happened to her that caused her amnesia.
See? it's a lovely plot but the only problem is that it's longer than it needs.

Although I praise the wr...more
Pikachu †FearStreetZombie†
I have to admit, I have read this books many many many times.
It never gets old. I love it. It's one of those kinds of books where if I'm reading, you better not bug me unless the dang house is on fire or something. Haha.

I think it is a good thing to have someone so young be different from all the clones and such that teenagers have to go through. Emily is very different and she doesn't care. I think that is amazing. Just like these Monster High dolls they have nowa days.

I wish they had this s...more
I found this book a surprisingly enjoyable read. This is not a book where you would find the main character relatable. The point is that she is not relatable and that what drives this book. It is told completely from main characters point of view. This book uses diary format which is a unique authors choice. This book gets it’s appeal from main character’s personality and voice as she writes her diary.The main character is a strange person and the way the book began was interesting...
To read th...more
Jan 20, 2014 Anita added it
(Sorry for my English:))
Sometimes I start to read English books when I cant wait for the hungarian edition. This is the story how I met Emily's book. The story is full of black humor and irony. If I read in English I'm very slow, that's my fault.
At times I must get out my dictionary for idiot sentences for example: "BRITTLING FAVVWARX” meg „BLOGYAM!!!” What?! That's the way how to replace round oaths in young adult - most of them mean NOTHING... (or I don't want to know because what I figured ou...more
K.A. Okagaki
Emily the Strange will always be, for me, a clothing and accessories line found in fine airport gift shops everywhere. Since I am happy to say that I no longer spend all my major and minor holidays in airports, I am finally able to understand the concept of Emily the Strange as a YA book character. She's compelling. She's strange. Her appearance is very reminiscent of Nate the Great's friend Rosamond, but I've read that all parties have settled their differences and there is no dispute about the...more
This was another sold-by-the-cover purchase for me. And I am glad I picked it up. I will look to pick up the second one some time next week.

The story here is that a young girl wakes up one morning with amnesia. She's in a town that is strange - in more then one way - and she's trying to find out who she is. There is a strange cast of characters here which keep things moving. The "13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel" on the jacket summarizes nicely the wonderful things...more
I think there is only one word that could sum up this book: Strange. The first time that I heard of Emily The Strange was during my sophomore year of High School. I noticed a couple of people at my school with stickers of Emily on their notebooks and binders. I thought she was a cool character. I then learned she was the logo of a clothing brand of the same name. Last year I found out that there were books about Emily! Of course I added them to my to-read list, hoping to stumble upon them some t...more
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Reger's friend Nathan Carrico designed Emily in 1991 for a skateboard company in Santa Cruz, where Cosmic Debris was born. In his Santa Cruz garage (and later an artist warehouse in San Francisco) Reger created the designs, and with Matt Reed brought them into the fashion world by creating t-shirt designs that captured the essence of this mysterious young girl with 4 black cats. Since then, Cosmic...more
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