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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Six years ago, Anna Williams-straight-A student, cheerleader, and all-around golden child-vanished.

Ever since, her younger sister, Katie, has drifted through life, wracked with guilt, grief, and anger over Anna's unsolved disappearance. But when her own future reaches a breaking point, Katie takes the investigation into her own hands. She searches for answers in her siste
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Published November 17th 2020 by AmyLea Murphy
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Lauren Lanz
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, young-adult
"We act like everything is fine because it is expected, it is preferable, and it is easier. For everyone."

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

Six years ago, Katie's older sister disappeared without a trace. Katie can't fathom why Anna would have a reason to run, and hates the thought of something horrible having happened to her.
It feels like forever since that day, and the mystery of Anna's disappearance was never solved.
Katie wants the truth, and decides the best way to find it will be lookin
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
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Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
↠ 2.5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review. A contemporary mystery that ended up being entirely not so. After the unsolved disappearance of her sister Anna six years ago, Katie Williams reopens the investigation herself and attempts to solve the mystery of her disappearance once and for all. What results is a deep dive into her sisters innermost thoughts, police interviews, and her missing persons file, as she grapples with what tr
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it
When Katie was young her older sister disappeared and now that she’s 18 she connects with the investigating officer to read the police file. I can totally believe at 12 she wouldn’t have known what questions to ask or even to understand everything going on. I really liked the unique format of telling the story of Anna’s disappearance through police interviews, emails, texts, diary entries etc. I just wanted some more depth than the cliches all the characters appeared to be. I also felt let down ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Katie sister Anna Williams vanished six years ago. All the families life has never been the same. Katie has just drifted through life. Katie decides to look into the disappearance of her sister herself.

The story is mainly told through Anna's diary entries, the police reports, the police interviews and text messages.

I did find it believeable Katie was only approaching looking into to her sister's disapperance now as she was only young when it happened and people react and grieve differently to
Nov 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fine tells the story about a girl named Katie whose sister dissapears under strange circunstances after a normal school day. After six years, Katie and her family still struggle with this traumatic event in their life and in order to leave it all behind and find some peace, Katie decides to go to the police station and read the whole Anna's file to find out the truth about her.

This so
2.5 stars
This had a great, interesting premise but I found it to be a bit lacking in terms of the mystery and plot. It was still a solid and fast-paced read regardless.

Fine was more of a character study of Anna rather than the actual solving of her disappearance. I wanted more of the mystery aspect to it. The plot also felt a bit forced and initially, I did not understand why Katie decided to look into Anna’s case 6 years after her disappearance. That happened out of the blue.

I liked the mixed-m
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and the publishers, Black Château, for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"She is a good girl. The thing is, it takes a lot of work to be a good girl. You have to harness all the crazy inside your head and make sure no one sees anything they don't like. That takes serious effort." -Fine, Amylea Murphy.

Fine follows Katie, an eighteen-year-old girl living with the consequences of the disappearance of her older sister, Anna, from six years
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was actually pretty enjoyable. It wasn't a genre I normally read, it bordered mystery, which I normally avoid. I'm not sure why, because I still really enjoyed this, and will probably go back and reread it.

Six years ago, Anna Williams—straight-A student and all-around golden child—vanished.

Ever since, her sister Katie has drifted through life, wracked with grief and anger. But when her own future reaches a breaking point, Katie takes the disappearance into her own hands.

I thi
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 5-and-6
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Fine in exchange for an honest review.

Fine was fine conceptually, in practice it just wasn't enough. Following our personalityless protagonist Katie as she looks back on the disappearance of her sister Anna 6 years prior, Fine is a mixed medium 'mystery' that turns out to be a lot less mystery, a lot more character study. This book doesn't have much in the way of plot which is fine because I'm pretty sure its supposed to serve mostly as a study of
Riya Reads
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
It was my first YA novel that I would have given all the 5 stars to but there were so many pertinent incomplete bits that made it fall short of a great read. It breaks my heart to say I give it just 3 stars, it had the potential to be a knock your socks of kind of a book.

If you liked 13 Reasons Why, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and the trope of a missing sister and all the proceedings that happen to decrypt the how and why and what in the disappearance and the fragile mindset of adolescents an
Manon (bookswithonno)
This book gave me mixed feelings. I really enjoyed the read and absolutely loved the format of the book (which included interviews, police files and diary entries), but I was a bit disappointed by the mystery. The story follows Katie, an 18-year-old who is trying to find answers about her sister's disappearance which happened six years ago. I thought the character development in the book was well done. Katie definitely learned a lot about, not only her sister, but her self too. I really liked di ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
First let me thank Net Galley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I rated this book a 4 star because I loved the characters in the book. The story in itself is a sad story a girl loses her sister with no answers as to why, so she searches for answers through the Police file that has been there since her sisters disappearance.

The only thing that bothered me was the Author didn't allow a sertan climax, the book was bland at times and could have used some more suprises.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I felt a bit mislead by the ending, but I guess that was to be expected for how the story needed to play out. I enjoyed how the texts and format of the files were included as it made it feel more authentic. While I'm not the target demographic for this novel, I felt that the author did a good job of voicing the emotions that come with being a teenager.

Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was quite disappointed in this title. The way the summary was written, I was given the impression that this book would be more of a mystery/thriller where Katie seeks out answers about what happened to her sister, Anna, years after her disappearance. However, that was not the case. This book didn't provide any answers. There was nothing exciting or interesting about this read. I can tell AmyLea Murphy really wanted to draw attention to issues with mental health, but I feel this book has been m ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
updated rating from 3 stars to 2 stars.

Thank you Black Château for sending me this eArc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an enjoyable read and super fast-paced. I liked the inclusion of the missing person file documents within the book. The format of the book included interviews, text, journal entries, emails, flyers, and police memos regarding the missing person file of Anna. From the first chapter, I was pulled into the story especially Katie as the main character. She
Liz Melton
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t expect to put this down

“Fine” by Amy Lea Murphy has been the best book I have read in a very long time! Fine is a phrase I would guess at least 95%of the American public says at least once a day. I would almost bet just like the author so pointedly demonstrated in this young adult mystery style novel, it’s a phrase some say out of habit, or because it’s what people want to “hear” when they ask you “how are you?” . In reality when most people ask that question if they don’t receive the stan
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Trigger warnings: Eating disorders, drug use, mental health struggles.


Six years ago, Katie's sister Anna disappeared. Katie was 12 at the time, and Anna was 18. Because Katie was so young when Anna disappeared, there was a lot that she didn't understand. Katie has never truly gotten over the disappearance of Anna, and now that Katie is 18, she feels like she's been in the dark about the details about her sister's case
I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, with thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.

This book begins with Katie getting fired from her job at a smoothie bar on what would have been her sister's birthday. Anna, her sister, went missing 6 years ago and Katie just hasn't been the same since, not only did she lose her best friend, she lost her motivation and fell off the wagon and had a dysfunctional relationship with her family. Katie's parents act
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Story about When a Person Disappears and the Ripple Effect

Eighteen year old Katie Williams has reached an epiphany moment in her life.

Having lost her job, she has never gotten over the sudden disappearance of her older sister Anna from the Macklemore High School car park back in in 2012.
Wearing her anger like a shield, she drifts through her life turning to her constant supply of her Mother’s Xanax to numb the pain.

While sitting in her car, outside her old home,the home that held her go
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Netgalley Arc.

This book was recommended for fans of Sadie by Courtney Summers and was the whole reason I picked up this book; I adored Sadie, the narrative and the split format of podcast and Sadie's perspective, and I understand why Fine is likened to Sadie due to there being excerpt from a case file throughout the story.

This whole narrative hinges on Katie whose sister, Anna, disappeared six years earlier. and her case was never sold. We follow Katie as she begins 'investigating' her sisters
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I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

Fine by Amylea Murphy is the story of a sudden unexplained disappearance of 17-year-old Anna. She was a straight-A student, a cheerleader, and an all-rounder who had no reason to run away or disappear. The story is set from the perspective of Katie, her sister, who was 12-years-old when Anna went missing. She is now 17-years-old and attempts to find out more about her sister a
Shoane Clark
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow what a interesting book this was ,from the beginning to the end, I was grabbed into this story and couldn't stop reading it until the very end. The author has a great way of detailing this story with there words and it all me all in the way into this book. Six years ago, Anna Williams- straight A student, cheerleader, and all around golden children vanished. This book had parts in it that was sad to me, simply because Anna vanished out of nowhere. Her younger sister Katie has dri
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thank Netgalley and the author for providing me a digital ARC of this novel.

Trigger warnings: drug and alcohol abuse, body dysmorphia, family problems, possible/mention of suicide.

Actual rate: 3.50 stars
I don't really have much to say about this novel. I think it hit the mark that the premise hinted to, and the message it wanted to send reached me.
I think that this is one of those "it's not you, it's me" cases: my only issue with this novel is that when I read it I couldn't help but notice it
Adam E.
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fine is a modern story about a missing High School student named Anna Williams whose case has gone cold for more than six years.  It is told from the perspective of Katie Williams who is Anna's younger sister.  Katie was only twelve years old when Anna disappeared.  Now, at the age of eighteen, Katie has been troubled by the absence of Anna in her life because she was her best friend.
     On what would have been Anna's twenty-fourth birthday, Katie reunites with Jack Nelson who lived next door t
Caroline Brooks
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020
I really wanted to love this book. I was very interested in the premise, and in the comparison to Sarah Dessen, because I've been a huge fan of her work for more than a decade. Fine, though, is just that--fine. I think this had the potential to be a really great story and unfortunately, it just fell flat for me. The narrative writing was interspersed with journal entries, interviews, and police documents, and the writing did not match at all. The dialogue in the interviews was stilted, and the j ...more
Erica Lindsay
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm fine. Everything is fine. You're fine!

I can not think of a more fitting title for a Young Adult novel.

Katie lost her older sister Anna 5 years ago. She vanished out of thin air after school one Friday afternoon. In this true-crime meets YA drama, Katie searches for the truth about her sister's disappearance. The past unfolds through Katie's sudden urge to go through the missing person files from 2012. The ones that were not available to her when she was 12. Through Anna's diary, interviews w
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just Wow. That pretty much sums up my opinion of the story “Fine” by AmyLea Murphy. Before you read this, be prepared for hints to the ending, though I will not give it away. This is one story that really hits home to how fragile our world is during the tumultuous time of being a teen. It unfortunately shows the bleakest side, the side that we as parents, family, friends and neighbors need to pay attention to. As the mother of 4, I am forever thankful that we made it through those really rough y ...more
Jessica Bone
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is Life

Life is not a ticking time bomb you have to figure out how to dismantle before it blows up”. Jack leans forward, and i feel his eyes disarming me. “It’s just life”.

Katy has graduated from high school and the one thing one her mind is the anniversary of her sister's birthday. Six years prior she had disappeared and Katy has never understood any of it because her family does not discuss it. Until this year when an old friend and neighbor convinces her to talk to the police, look at the
Mirella Günther
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
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