Author: Ashley Schumacher
Release date: February 16, 2021
Book details: Standalone
Rating: FOUR STARS
Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith
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.
Ashley Schumacher’s devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.
I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. Thank you!
Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher is a lovely debut and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read this ARC. Ashley Schumacher wrote about the magic of books and the magic of reading. It’s was wonderful to read about the love for books.
“There’s nothing in the world a good book can’t cure.”
Amelia and Jenna become friends through their love for the series Orman Chronicles by the young and the mysterious N. E. Endsley. Amelia and Jenna were friends their whole life and they inseparable. Amelia becomes part of Jenna’s family and they made plans for the future. The girls had the opportunity to meet the mysterious N. E. Endsley and they were happy but just one girl had the chance to meet him and to talk to him. They had a huge fight and they didn’t have the chance to mend the things between them because Jenna died.
After the death of Jenna, Amelia was lost and didn’t know what to do with her life. She receives a mysterious package with a special edition of book one of the Orman Chronicles and she felt that is Jenna’s last gift for her. She decided that she wants answers about the special edition and she goes to find them.
“Friends don’t touch other friends’ faces and stare into their eyes like the sun is shining out of their every pore”.
In her journey, to find who sent the book, she finally meets the mysterious N. E. Endsley and they form a special connection and friendship. They talk and found that they had things in common and they help each other to find peace and to heal.
“I hate endings,” he says. “Hate them. If the story is good, it’s never going to be long enough”.
Amelia Unabridged is a story with well-developed characters and a realistic story. This story is about grief, second chances, and love. It’s about healing and finding happiness after loss. I love Nolan and Amelia and I recommend to everyone to read their story.
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About the author
Ashley Schumacher is a young adult author with a degree in creative writing from the University of North Texas. She lives in a small town with her antisocial but lovable husband and more books than is strictly necessary. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her belting Disney or Broadway songs, protecting her snacks from her greedy golden retriever, hand embroidering, or playing Mario Kart. Amelia Unabridged is her first novel. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
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