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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Part ghost story, part epic roadtrip, and part reluctant love story, DAMAGED offers readers another piercing, poignant story full of emotional truth from author Amy Reed.

After Kinsey’s best friend Camille dies in a car accident during which Kinsey was driving, Kinsey shuts down, deciding that numbness is far better than mourning. All she wants during the last few weeks of
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published 2014 by Simon Pulse
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I need to learn more about these new adult kind of romances where the protagonists are both messed up for some reason and fall into passionate, intense relationships. This one was entertaining for a while because of the female lead's extremely hard-ass personality. But then they went to a library and a 'mean librarian shushed them' and I was like whatevvvveerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
I am finally done with this book. This book has token me forever to read and get through because I just haven't had time to actually read it. It has been on my want to read list for a really long time now and I just haven't gotten to it but I finally did. I loves everything about this book. I would read this book again. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a good book.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
**3.5 stars**

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I knew I had to get my hands on this one after reading Amy Reed’s fantastic novel Clean. The cover on the ARC I received was different – it featured a guy, and so I was a little sad that it got replaced with the image of the girl because not too many guys are the main subject of the cover when it comes to YA fiction. Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. Amy Reed’s writing is compelling and while harsh, it’s got a lyrical
Rebecca McNutt
Unfortunately almost everyone knows of someone close to them who has died, and everyone deals with grief in their own ways. For the main character of Damaged, she decides that denial is better than facing what happened on the night that her best friend was taken from her. But this well-written novel doesn't focus solely on death, but rather the paranormal, an adventure to find out more, and possibly meeting someone who'll understand.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is October 14th and it should be released by the time this post goes live.

This book advertises itself as gritty and it is true to form in it's description. Although this is technically considered in the YA genre it is not the bubble gum teen angst that one can expect from this genre.
Kinsey was driving the car when her best friend Camille was killed in a crash. Two months after the accident and school is just about done, senior year almost behind her, but all of the things Kinsey had so rigidly planned -- rooming at the University with Camille then moving with her out to San Francisco after they finished college -- were out the window. She's glad she's no longer the people looked away from when she walked into a room, but she never should have been either. She never really ...more
Debbie Narh

Ghost stories are pretty cool. They usually have nightmares, suspense, and lots of emotion. I've never been one to read them since they aren't that well done (or so I'm told). It seems that Damaged is no different. Really, I wanted to like this one more than I actually did because I've enjoyed novels by Reed in the past.

There's so much info-dumping and since most of it is during the beginning, I couldn't make sense of it all. With talks of random events and stuff, I just felt left in the dark.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites by this author, this book explores grief and identity and includes a fabulous ghost story.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book certainly took its time more than Reed's other titles, but proved to be just as twisted as her other titles regardless.
Amy Reed is one of my favorite authors. Roadtrips are one of my least favorite plot devices. So I guess in the end things kind of balance out and we’re left with a book that’s pretty okay, but nothing more. I think I enjoyed most of Damaged, but I definitely had some fairly hefty issues when all was said and done.

This is a book about grief, this is a book about a roadtrip. This is a book about seeing ghosts and allowing them to manipulate you. Reed has the talent to pull this off, but I’m not
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
3.5=liked it a lot
I wanted to read Damaged because I have devoured her other novels. This one skirts into the paranormal side with the ghost aspect, which is good to see her branch out some, but still give flawed and hurting characters and getting to see them on their journey to healing and growth as a person.

I immediately connected with Kinsey. She handles her grief over losing her best friend and the fact that she was driving when she died. But she puts on a strong front and doesn't cry or
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Damaged

Author: Amy Reed

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Series: N/A

Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

"'...Maybe that's how people get stuck in lives they don't want--assuming that their decisions must be permanent, that there are no do-overs. But what if life is really a series of lives, a series of reinventions? What if the best paths are made up of detours?'"

Kinsey Cole has just lost her best friend, Camille, in a violent, frightening car accident. It doesn't matter
Kenzie Vanvactor
Have you ever thought about what it would be like traveling across the world with someone you barely know. Well in the book “Damaged” by Amy Reed, Kinsey travels across the world with someone she barely knew. This book was so addicting to read, I ended up reading it everytime I laid eyes on it. Kinsey learned that you have to give people a chance before you have a final say about how you feel about them. Which an important life lesson is don’t judge a book by its cover and that’s what this book ...more
Brooke Barone
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book just ripped me open and sewed me up and then ripped opened my heart again. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because the ending left a lot to be desired. If a book puts me through the wringer of emotions like this one did and it just ends without knowing one way or another what became of them, it makes me not commit to loving the book as much as I should.

Other than that I am completly in love with this book. The writing got me, the explanations got me, the ghost she thought was
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book scared me to death. Never read it at midnight, before bed!
Abigail Katz
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book at all. I really tried to like it, and it was okay at first. However, as the story progressed, it became less and less realistic and focused more on the paranormal aspect. I usually like horror stories, but I felt that this took away from the plot of Kensley coping with Camille's death. The whole paranormal concept was totally unnecessary to the point where I almost stopped reading the book because it became so stupid.

If the author wanted this to be a tear-jerking book,
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nicole Houser
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Wasn't a bad read, but I think there should have been more consistency.

"Page 100- " I clean up the dishes and put the leftovers in the fridge. I hum loudly and out of tune to fill up the silence, in case she cries."

Page 201-"I realize I'm humming. I am not the kind of person who usually hums. I don't think I've ever hummed in my life"

am I the only one who is bothered by this type of thing?"
Sydney Shafer
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't read this book if you aren't in the mood to be depressed and/or learn an excellent life lesson. It is an amazing look inside the mind of a grieving girl who refuses to stop chasing her demons. And her ghosts. And Hunter. She has to chase Hunter a lot too.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book over the summer and I absolutely love it!
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's just so good! I loved reading about these two broken characters and how they both cope very differently with Camille's death. I love it!!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book although, I desperately want a sequel!
**I received my copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

**2 Stars**

I've read a few of Amy Reed's books before - and I really liked all of them. I would describe her style as similar to Ellen Hopkins, that really personal look at "tough issues" in teens' lives such as pregnancy, rape, drugs, etc. So I knew that I wanted to request an ARC of Damaged. But when I was reading it, I realized that this is quite the departure for her usual style.

For one, the writing approached the
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prof
Kinsey Cole knows people can only bear to hear so much bad fortune. That's why everyone in the small town of Wellspring, Michigan knows that Kinsey's best friend Camille died in a car accident when Kinsey was driving. It's easier for people to see the straight A student with a full athletic scholarship.

Kinsey is struggling to stick to her own plan for the future now that Camille is dead. She is going to go to college and get away from her small town and her mentally unstable mother once and for
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No ghosts, no monsters. Just memory.
Just feelings that cannot be seen or measured.
Just love and loss that is infinite.

"I'm eighteen years old. I've barely eveb liced yet. How could I possibly know what I'm going to do with the rest of my life? How could I possibly know who I'm going to be in five, ten, fifty years? Maybe that's how people get sticked in lives they don't want--assuming that their decisions must be permanent, that there are no do-overs. But what if life is really a series of
Gerard Villegas
I seriously need to stop reading YA's that have beautiful cover models because I'm really not loving the story inside. In this latest Amy Reed teen book, our main character Kinsey is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after her best friend, Camille, dies in a tragic car accident. Add to it a potential romance with Camille's boyfriend Hunter (already the name alone is starting to sound cliché) and a confusing ghost story element and you have a complicated love story.

I really tried to like
Angelina Quiroz
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Right away, as I started reading this book I was already very interested about what more was to come. I felt like I knew so much about Kinsey although we have like nothing in common. She doesn't like to cry, she always manages to come up with a way to prevent herself from crying. She never allowed herself to grieve after losing her bestfriend. That's something I never understood about her. I loved when I would feel so engaged in the story, like I was apart of it, getting mad about why certain ...more
Jamie Gregory
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just a weird plot and characters. Kensley is driving the car that causes the wreck that kills her best friend, Camille. Who was the popular one. The one people will miss. Kensley, whose home life is a wreck anyway, starts to have nightmares about Camille. Dangerous ones. As the summer after her high school graduation begins, Kensley starts off on her own, with the only person who can possibly understand her pain, and who was in the car the night of the accident: Camille's boyfriend, Hunter. Are ...more
Meagan Molitor
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book Damaged by Amy Reed, is a captivating story about a young high school girl named Kinsey,who was driving a car involved in a tragic accident. Only she and her best friend's boyfriend, Hunter, survived this accident. Camille's spirit starts haunting Kinsey's dreams. Hunter and Kinsey run away to San Francisco so they could escape their fear and pain. Along the way, Hunter is driven by sadness and starts to drink and has self-pity on himself. Kinsey tries to stay strong, but the pain, ...more
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Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually ...more
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