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Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,044 ratings  ·  202 reviews
A bittersweet homecoming holds dark secrets in this heart-wrenching story of loss, love, and survival for readers of Room
When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can't tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s b
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Cristina Monica
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family
Six years ago, Amy and Dee were both kidnapped.

Now, Amy has returned home, safe and sound.

But where is Dee? What happened to her? And how did Amy escape, after all this time? Is there something darker she’s holding from everyone?

This book is definitely not for the whole population of readers. I’d say it has the type of dept I enjoy in my reads, but honestly (and surprisingly), it was trying too hard to become a mystery novel.

Let me tell you that, although Amy withholds information for 90% of the
That’s how I knew she was Stacie, and I was Chelsea, and it was forever.

Amy and her cousin Dee were kidnapped six years ago. Now sixteen, Amy has returned home without Dee and isn’t giving any answers. Where was Amy all this time? Why is she alone? What happened to her cousin? Who took them to begin with? How did she get away? And why is she remaining quiet about everything?

A lot of questions, very little answers coming from the protagonist. It works by way of giving us an unreliable narrato
Wendy Darling
Started off pretty well, but eventually it became apparent that the characterizations would stay flat and the plot would stay underdeveloped. This book just seemed sillier and sillier and less sincere as it went along, which are the last things I'd want to think of a story about child kidnapping, rape, and imprisonment. I've read plenty on such scenarios, both fictional and real, and ranging from serious explorations to pulpy airport paperbacks, and this one scales low whether you're judging on ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

“Never get in the car. That’s what they tell you. Once you get in the car, you’re dead. They used to teach us that at school. How you shouldn’t talk to strangers. How if a car drives up alongside you, you turn and walk in the other direction. But whoever taught us that never had someone threatening their best friend with a knife.”

I requested Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee during Banned Books Week and ended up reading it in early O
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Great book!! It was a quick, enjoyable read.
Amy and Dee are abducted when they were 10 and 12 by a man named Kyle who had a thing about dolls. Six years later, Amy returns home without Dee and won't tell anyone what happens. But slowly the story comes out. This book is told from the view of Amy, or Chelsea as Kyle calls her. Mary does a great job of showing what can happen to the mind when one is kept in captivity by an abductor who is slightly off mentally and is violent. I really felt for Amy and her family and there were several times ...more
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Cousins, Amy MacArthur and Dee Springfield, were abducted whilst playing by a river near their home. Six years later, one of them has returned. But the girl who has returned isn't the same as the girl who went away.

The eerie and atmospheric qualities of this thriller made this a one-sitting book. There were too many turns to the narrative and too many clues to decipher for this not to have dominated my day! Hunting for the truth became the reader's main objective, whilst
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Thanks to First to Read for allowing me to preview AMY CHELSEA STACIE DEE in exchange for my honest review.

After six years, Amy has escaped from her captor, Kyle. Called Chelsea by her kidnapper, she returns without her cousin Dee, who was renamed Stacie. Amy won't talk about Dee, or the little girls she mothered. Not to her therapist, nor the police. Not even to her aunt, desperate to find her daughter.

AMY CHELSEA STACIE DEE was on my preorder list, before I had the opportunity to r
Martina Boone
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful, haunting, and beautifully written in a no-word-wasted way that highlights the harsh realities and difficult emotional journey of a survivor wracked by guilt so deep she doesn't have mental clarity. I have such awe for the author's choices in this story, she definitely chose the more difficult path in how she set up Amy's ordeal, which paves the way for a twist that gave me chills. Bravo.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Living Dead Girl
Well-written. Emotionally compelling. Made me cry. Hated reading it. Subject matter not for me.
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Ok, so this book, it's messed up. But I also couldn't put it down. I started it at 10 pm, and told myself at 12, I was going to bed. It got to 12 and I just couldn't stop. I had to know what was going to happen, and I couldn't go to bed without knowing the ending

This story follows 16 year old Amy, who has just made it back home after being kidnapped, and held captive
Ms. Yingling
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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**Warning** This is NOT a creepy haunted doll book.

After having been kidnapped six years earlier and held captive by the disturbed Kyle, Amy returns home without any explanation. Her family reacts in many different ways, but is glad to have her home. Her brother has felt guilty, her parents have divorced, and her aunt really wants to know what happened to Amy's cousin Dee. Amy is unable to tell the police what happened, but as the story unfolds we learn th
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Where do I even start with this book? I literally started and finished this book in basically one sitting because I could just not put it down. I was completely hooked from the beginning and I had to know what was going to happen next and everything that had happened to the girls – no matter how horrifying it was!

The book starts off with Amy returning home – however, the way in which it is written and the way that Amy looks at things has the readers questioning things already. I was already hook
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It is okay to survive."

This is a book filled with horrors. Things no mother wants to think about. Things no 11 year old wants to even know about. But they are real horrors and it makes the story so much more awful to know that it happens.

This is the difficult story of Amy (Chelsea) and Dee (Stacie). How they are abducted one afternoon when they are 11. And how Amy one day, 6 hard years later, came stumbling back to her front door and hugged her mom. How she cried and got silent but how she woul
• Lindsey Dahling •
Eh, it was fine. It reminded me a lot of watching 90s Lifetime movies. The characters were generic, the dialogue is a bit cringey, the fashion choices are highly questionable, but the content is disturbing and dramatic enough that I am absolutely going to watch it until the end.

Spoiler Alert: Melissa Gilbert does not make an appearance in mom jeans and announce that she had a cousin who was basically her identical twin and that same cousin had a daughter who is coincidentally also somehow a carb
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-library
Not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand I loved it. On the other it annoyed me or at least one aspect of it.
Prince William Public Libraries
Six years ago Amy and her cousin Dee were playing by the creek discussing getting their first period. As they’re leaving the woods a car pulls up and a man steps out, grabs Dee and pulls her inside the car. Acting completely on instinct Amy gets in the car with Dee to make sure she’s safe and the car drives away. Six years later, Amy returns to her own doorstep with nothing but a drawstring bag containing a doll and some purple clothes, but without her cousin, Dee. From here the mystery of their ...more
This is one of those YA books that transcends the YA genre. While the protagonist and main characters happen to be teenagers, the subject matter is not for teenagers. Also this is not a creepy doll story...well, kind of.

Amy and Dee who are cousins and best friends get kidnapped when they are ages 10 and 12. Six years later, Amy returns and Dee does not. Amy comes back as "Chelsea" and Dee remains "Stacie" in her mind. Hopefully that clears up the list of names as the title. As Amy is being welco
Tom Leveen
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee may appear at first glance to be a YA thriller along the lines of my own novel, Shackled. That's certainly what I thought I was getting into when I picked the book up in preparation for the World Fantasy Convention where I was going to meet the author, Mary G. Thompson. Mary is a brilliant woman who holds about eighteen different degrees including a J.D. and an MFA. While I'm sure some of that education played a role in the crafting of Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee, there are som ...more
Nina O'Daniels
I love saying to students, “You’ll love this book! It’s about this girl who gets kidnapped.” And, then we both look at each other, feeling awkward about getting book nerd excited about someone who was kidnapped. But they truly make for some tension-filled and compelling stories that they love. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee gives you that plus some added creepy factor.

The story begins with Amy showing up at her childhood home after being kidnapped six years ago. She’s not sure this is the right thing t
Siobhan Mackie
When they were only 10 and 12, Amy and Dee were kidnapped. The police, as well as their friends and families, went searching for the pair, but they couldn't be found anywhere. Six years later, and without any explanation, Amy comes back. Responding to the name of Chelsea, wearing only purple, and holding a doll wearing all pink, she definitely isn't the same girl that left. And then there's the question on everyone's lips... Where is Dee? And how did Amy get away from their kidnapper? The police ...more
Claire Hennessy
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(originally published in The Irish Times, 18 March 2017)
"Six years ago two girls disappeared from a small Oregon town. On the day Mary G Thompson’s Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee (Chicken House, £7.99) begins, one of them returns home. Amy arrives on her mother’s doorstep at the age of 16 unable to even identify herself. “I choke on the name. It won’t come out.” For years she has been Chelsea, a toy to be played with, held captive by a man with an unsettling obsession with dolls.
Her cousin and best frie
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
This book gave me stress sweats it was so good! You definitely need to have a strong gut to get through this read. There are many triggering moments, however, I believe it is important for people who do not understand abuse to read this book. As someone who grew up in a loving home, I could not even begin to imagine what life would be like in this kind of situation. I believe this book is educational and in my experience helps with coping.
There are many times in this book where the main charact
Sarah Adekunle
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book last night and it was really good.
It's about these two girls who get kidnapped by a man called Kyle and Kyle changes their names.
Kyle has this thing about dolls and treated the girls as of they were dolls.
One of the girls returned but she wouldn't tell anyone what happened.
I can't go into detail because my phone is on 3% but I cried so much at the ends of the book.
And all those things the girls went through feels so real as if you can feel their pain.
What a heartbreaking story about two little girls (12 and 10) who get kidnapped and the story of their capture and the atrocities they went through for six years. Amy comes home to her family after six years but she is close mouthed about her cousin Dee and what they experienced with their kidnapper. She has secrets to keep to herself for fear of what might happen if she tells anybody.

Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a sad story, i actually found myself crying reading this story. My heart went out to Amy and Dee but mostly for Dee as she was the one who suffered the most and it was just so heartbreaking! I don't really like how Amy was, I know she went through an ordeal to but it just was so much worse for Dee. Just a really sad story.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases
I really wanted to love this, but ultimately i didn't feel as much for the characters as I could have. There was something off with the execution, and though parts of it were written well, I was never that invested.
J. Taylor
got to page 96, gave up and just skipped right to the end to find out how it ended. I was bored, it held my interest not at all and although it's short I rather not push myself to finish it.
Kelly Poe
An easy read; a well written enough thriller with an ending I didn’t find entirely believable. Fast paced. But like, mega disturbing at times. All the trigger warnings for this book.
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Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than 7 years, including almost 5 years in the U.S. Navy. She graduated from The New School's Writing for Children program in 2012 and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. Find her on the web at ...more

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