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The Lost Days

(Emily the Strange #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  5,901 ratings  ·  572 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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Sep 01, 2010 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
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. ...more
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.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
Just like the title, this book is strange. The book starts with the main character having amnesia and not knowing where she is, who she is, or what's going on. She decides to call herself Earwig. Why?! So weird. And that pretty much sets the tone for the book. Crazy things happen, nothing really makes sense, even when you find out what's going on. The story is told through the main character's journal entries and she makes tons of lists which are kind of funny. The narrator was enthusiastic and ...more
What an odd book!
*goes off to read the next one*
Feb 22, 2010 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,
The Captain
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there mateys! I absolutely loved this audiobook! It was narrated by Angela Goethals. This book is about Emily the Strange who wakes up one day in a tiny town with no memories. Emily is totally a kindred spirit for me and I am so glad I found her. I wish I would have found her sooner. This book is so funny and awesome. I knew it was for me just based on the cover. I can’t really summarize the zany plot in any articulate fashion. I cannot do this justice. I must read the rest of the series. A ...more
Holy Schnitzel
Mar 25, 2012 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
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2018, scifi, done
Good four-book series about the strange adventures of Emily the Strange, as told by Emily in her journal.
Jan 08, 2012 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
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(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
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
Mar 13, 2015 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??? It´s 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 won´t continu
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Emily the Strange: The Lost Days” by Rob Reger is a fantasy book about a "miserable" girl named Emily who has amnesia and is lost in a small town by the name of “Black Rock.” She is on a journey to try to find out her biological family and remember her OWN name. I recommend this book to kids who like dark and weird stuff because Emily is (obviously) strange and she talks about negative stuff about people and the world. She also likes talking about black magic or ritual stuff. I really liked thi ...more
I'm still not quite sure what I think of this book. It was very weird, though I guess the clue is in the title! All the lists get a bit tiring and I couldn't tell if it was actually magical or you're just supposed to suspend your disbelief while reading. It definitely kept me enthralled and wanting to find out who Earwig really was.
Kill me. I can't believe I made it through that shit.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never logged this book in my goodreads for some reason? but just finished another re-read and still loved it !! :)
Bookkitten (collector of nice things)
This one was an easy listening and well read audio book. I´ve enjoyed it very much.
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
Jul 05, 2009 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
Feb 23, 2013 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
May 20, 2010 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
Alisha Marie
Sep 09, 2009 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
Jun 03, 2010 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
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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 23, 2014 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
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 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
Miss Ryoko
I had such mixed feelings about this book while I was reading it. I've had two of these books for a while now and have been wanting to read them for so long. I really enjoyed the pictures in the book, but as I was reading, I was starting to wonder if I was supposed to know more about Emily as a character before reading these. I think there are also Emily the Strange graphic novels that came out before the regular novels. I knew that before I started reading the novels and figured it wouldn't mat ...more
Dec 27, 2012 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,
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Ugh this was supposed to be a good book! But of course I’m asking for too much.

I admit that I got this only because I’m in love with Emily and I felt ashamed for never actually reading one of her books. Plus our Goodreads group’s main image is of Emily. I like to have some insight on the stuff I use, you know.

So, what did I like? Emily’s sarcasm, the writing style, the book’s layout and all the cool images scattered all around.

What I didn’t like and what actually made me give it up? Boredom.Too
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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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