Book Review: Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

Amelia Unbridged by Ashley Schumacher

Posted February 2, 2021 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Amelia Unabridged

Amelia Unabridged

by Ashley Schumacher

Publisher: Wednesday Books on February 16, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Representation: Mental Health Conditions
Content Warnings: Car Accident, Death, Grief, Panic Attacks

Rating: ★★★★

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Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

There are some books that have certain kind magic to them, a buzz that lures you in unawares.  Inkheart is one of those books for me, as well as The Magicians.  There’s wizardry and extraordinary things afoot!  And while Amelia Unabridged is not a portal world fantasy, it captures that feeling.  The feeling that all the mundane and ordinary is about to fade away as the protagonist and the reader enter a more astounding, more interesting, more tolerable world.

That feeling of “there’s magic in these pages” is one of my absolute favorite things about reading, and it’s my absolute favorite thing about this book.

Amelia Unabridged comes in a few different pieces.  It’s a book about grief, specifically grief about lives lost too soon.  It’s about honesty and vulnerability and carving your own path.  It’s also a bit of a love story to readers.  If you’re a bookish soul and you have That Book or That Series that wraps you in a cocoon of warmth and joy, you will relate to Amelia’s love of Orman.  I really liked Amelia and her development, and how undeniably chill she was about Endsley because I have no chill about anything and I would have made it weird.  I liked that Amelia didn’t always make the choices the reader wanted her to make.  She was dynamic and layered, and a good, quiet protagonist.

like quiet protagonists.  There aren’t nearly enough of them.

The plot here is a quiet one, too.  Not underdeveloped, please don’t misinterpret that, it’s just… it’s an internal struggle as Amelia contends with her own happiness and honoring her best friend.  There’s a lot about personal growth and the struggle between being genuine and being grateful and finding a way to be both.  There’s no battle of good vs. evil in Amelia Unabridged.  It’s just Amelia vs. Amelia.  And there’s a little bit of a cute romance and two people finding one another and helping each other through their grief.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was quick-paced and light enough to be an easy read, but it was also meaningful and wasn’t afraid to take on some difficult topics.  I also really enjoy books about photographers and about writers, and Amelia Unabridged had both.  I was drawn into this story every time I sat down to read it, and I’ve pre-ordered the book already because I know I want to read it again. It’s a good book.  Really!  I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who loves books, lost a friend, or just enjoys a little cute, impossible romance in a YA novel.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Writing: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★

4 Star Rating

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In Amelia Unabridged, the Orman series means EVERYTHING to Amelia – has a book or series ever meant everything to you?  Do you love it that much to this day?  Have you had the opportunity to meet the author?  Tell me about your heart-books in the comments!

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