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The Lost Days (Emily the Strange #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,456 Ratings  ·  466 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
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by HarperCollins (first published November 21st 2002)
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I feel like I just read a tween's diary. An angst tween. Still not sure really what the hell I just read but it was kind of interesting.
Sep 01, 2010 Phillip rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 17, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
2.5 Felt an odd amount of nostalgia for a book I have never read before. I read this on my kindle and checked it out after confusing it with a popular graphic novel I see people talk about quite a bit here. What am I thinking of??? Its driving me nuts.

The writing felt a bit forced (like a middle aged man trying to sound like a 13 year old moody girl...which I suppose IS the case actually) but I did really fall for the story and especially the strange Little setting of BlackRock. I wont continue
Feb 25, 2015 Jacquelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
Emily is weird, and endearing, and freaking smart. Imagine if Neil Gaiman wrote about April Ludgate (from Parks & Recreation) losing her memory and waking up in Gravity Falls, where she writes in a Diary-of-a-Wimpy-Kid-type journal. Yeah, I think that basically says it all.
Holy Schnitzel
Mar 25, 2012 Holy Schnitzel rated it it was amazing
i made an account just to like this book. it is my favourite book because it is the only book i finished. :D
Oct 02, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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,
May 02, 2012 AennA rated it liked it
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
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance
Young Adult
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: Kinda
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 5
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: n/a
Ending: 6

Total: 7

In Dept
Best Part:
Worst Part: Unclear!
Thoughts Had: What?; Who is supposed to read this

Continuing the Series:
Recommending: maybe.

Short Review: eh, i'm not sure who is supposed to read this book. I kinda feel like it should be younger teens, but some of the wo
Nov 11, 2015 Cristi-Lael rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, own
Ok, so I picked up the fourth book in this series from Book Outlet for less than $2. I had no idea what the book was, but it was super cheap and the cover looked interesting. When the book came, I learned it was the fourth, so I proceeded to borrow the other three from the library.
And that brings us to today. I have just finished this first book in the series and totally loved it. Yes, it's a middle grade book, and yes, it's absurd at times, but it's fun and silly and really enjoyable. I loved t
Jessica Saylor
Aug 28, 2014 Jessica Saylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
13 Elements you'll find in the book

I've had this book for more than 5 years and I still re-read it from time to time!

Emily lost her memory and she finds her self sitting on a bench in a park (more of a patch of grass really) located in a beige coloured town. All she has with her is a journal, pencil and slingshot.


She sets out and "befriends" the waitress in the local shop (El Dungeon) named Raven who's beautiful but slow. She eventually builds a lean-to made comfy by 4 black cats. Emily documen
Feb 23, 2013 Jamila rated it really liked it
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
Alisha Marie
Sep 09, 2009 Alisha Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
El Templo
"¿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
May 20, 2010 mina rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2012 Lady Entropy rated it really liked it

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
Jul 05, 2009 Lindsey rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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,
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing


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
Jun 03, 2010 Jean rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 18, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
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Linda Vituma
Jul 16, 2015 Linda Vituma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patika, jo:
1. Dienasgrāmata
2. Tiešs izteiksmes veids
3. Daudz ierakastu saraksta formātā
4. Sen nebiju lasījusi neko tik "bezjēdzīgu" un šarmantu.

Sarunāšu ar savu 13-gadīgo meitu, lai atnes man no bibliotēkas nākamo grāmatu.

Tas ir izlemts!
Lesly Yohana Guerrero
Este libro me gusto MUCHO ! Me mantuvo muy entretenida con todo el misterio que tiene.
Sep 20, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-and-ya
O goodness gracious, I love this book. It puts me in mind of Ellen Raskin's classic YA mystery, "The Westing Game," but with fewer characters and a LOT more attitude. It puts me in mind of Francesca Lia Block's books, with a lot of glorious weirdness, but with much more interesting characters and plot than Block manages to pull off.

I became aware of Emily the Strange I-don't-know-how-long ago, and have always admired her Wednesday Addams aesthetic. I knew there were graphic novels, but I general
Romane Dela Gracia
Apr 30, 2015 Romane Dela Gracia rated it it was amazing
I have been very fond of Emily The Strange since before I reached adolescence. (I own a pair of Emily pajamas!) She is the epitome of cool, weird, unique, awesome, and radical. She's my spirit animal since then.

When I saw this book I just know that I have to read it. I couldn't resist — and I was not disappointed. This book is awesome and well written.

Of course, this book centered around Emily a.k.a. Earwig as she woke up with amnesia in a town called Blackrock. She seemed like a misguided ghos
Sevkat Vantas
Jan 14, 2015 Sevkat Vantas rated it really liked it
I have read the book Emily the Strange: Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner. We start out with our heroine Emily around a small town called Blackrock. I decided to read this book because my mother has told me to read it once before.
Earwig, as Emily decides to call herself, meets Raven, the girl at the coffee shop, Jakey, the nine year old psychic boy, the owners of a traveling medicine show, someone who is extremely alike to her, and four cats.
So the whole book is about this girl Emily t
Emma Valieu
D'Emily the Strange, je connaissais surtout la frimousse, le style Mercredi Addams assumé, le cynisme et le merchandising. J'avoue, j'avoue, j'ai des tas de tshirts à l'effigie de cette gamine que j'aurais voulue comme petite soeur mais je ne connaissais pas son histoire. Voilà maintenant lacunes comblées grâce au premier tome de sa série de romans.

Bon malheureusement, je n'ai pas été convaincue à 100%. J'ai bien aimé le livre-objet, les dessins sont vraiment sympas. Mais je trouve qu'on y décou
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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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