Jul 25, 2012

Review | Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Title: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Series: N/A
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Publication: 07.05.2012 by Dutton Juvenile
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis: An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent

Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson's life are intercut with Becca's own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia's death.

Thoughts: I was overly enthusiastic to start this book. I was ecstatic when I got my hands on it and immediately started reading it. Of course, my expectations were too high and I was sad when it turned out to be different than what I had hoped for. While I really wanted to love this book, I didn't. But I also didn't hate it. Actually, I finished it and put it to side feeling "mehhh" about the whole thing.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is a well-written story told in alternating points of view. Rebecca just graduated from high school and is a bit terrified of moving away, especially since her boyfriend will be staying behind. On the night of her graduation, Amelia is killed on the side of the road. The author then interweaves both their stories as the mystery unfolds and we see how Amelia ended up in this small town and how she was killed.

I was definitely intrigued in finding out what would happen, and while the story was written in poetic way that captured my attention at first, it quickly became overwhelming. The prose was too much to make it enjoyable and the writing was overly poetic. It became the basis of how everything was described: characters, the town, settings, etc., making it both confusing and depressing.

While the story unfolded, I found it very slow paced. Nothing really happens and I wanted to skim through and only read Amelia's side of the story, since it was the most straightforward and interesting part in the book, and the only part that seemed to be moving along, but still stretched unnecessarily long.

The twist at the end wasn't as surprising as I had originally anticipated. There is a lot of suspense leading up to the final revelation, but by then, I had pretty much guessed where the author was taking it. There was a bit of overshadowing that pretty much gave the ending away, and while I felt it was executed well enough, it still didn't offer the shock that I was hoping for.

Overall: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone just didn't work for me. I thought that there were too many unnecessary details, followed by tangents that felt disconnected with the story. I had a hard time connecting with Rebecca, and while I did like Amelia's parts, we didn't learn enough about her to actually connect with her either. This book contains some sexual content, a little suspense and mystery to hold the readers attention, and definitely some gorgeous, but overwhelming poetic writing that might not be for everyone. If it sounds like something you enjoy, I say check it out. It was not for me, but I am one of the few that I have seen that did not like it as much as the rest.


  1. I try to always finish books I don't enjoy at first just because sometimes they might surprise me but there have been times where I just can't and don't!

  2. I've actually been dying to read this so it's a bummer it didn't work out for you! I almost always finish books too, even if I don't like them. It makes me feel guilty if I don't for some reason!

  3. I Am Dying To Read It And Im Sad You Didnt Like It But I Do Know How You Feel I Have Read I Few Books I Just Didnt Like I Got Threw It And Survived To Read Another Day.

  4. I always finish a book I start, even if I don't like it because I want to know what happens to characters.

    I don't review books, as I'm not a blogger, but I think if you're going to review it, you have to finish it. Otherwise how will you know?

    I've heard some bloggers loving this book, others not so much:)

  5. I don't force myself to finish books. If it's too boring/the characters are too annoying/etc I will give up on it. Too many good books out there to waste my time on something I don't like. I give everything a rating, even if I don't finish it (usually 1 or 2 stars in that case).

    I've heard really good things about this book and John Green recommended it, so I definitely want to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Maria (pronounced Mariah)Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:36:00 AM

    Even if I struggle with a book I always finish it. There is this cumpulsive nature about me that has to see it through to the end and know what happens.
    I am not a blogger and don't right up reviews but do rate them on goodreads/fictfact and must see all through to the bitter end.

  7. Since I started reviewing books, I've only had one DNF because I *make* myself finish them. I review every YA book I read, but the less I like a book, the shorter the review is.

  8. In general I give the book a second try if I do not like it as much in the beginning... on another day... and try to read at least 50 pages of it... but sometimes it does not really work and I give it up. I used to try to read all the books to the end, but there are so many good books out there that I think I can't afford to wast my time reading the ones I do not like. When they are books for review, I try to see if one of my collaborators on the side would like it - because sometimes the book is not ok to us, but for another person it is magic. And it happened to me very recently. One of the guys wo write for my site read a book that I had given up and loved it. :)

  9. sorry you didn't get fireworks. nice cover though.

  10. It's too bad you didn't end up liking this one. I on the other hand love unnecessary details and flowery writing ;) It is hard to read a book when your expectation are really high. Great review though!

  11. I try to finish the book even if I don't like but sometimes it's kinda hard to do.

  12. What I usually do is put it aside for awhile and start reading others and then go back to it, because I feel you should finish it.