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Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future. 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 oppor Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future. 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.


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Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future. 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 oppor Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future. 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.

30 review for Amelia Unabridged

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    wow. i must have been on one when i first read this because i was waxing all kinds of poetic. but i still feel the same after a reread, so i will allow it. lol. _____________________________ every once in a while, there are books where it feels as if your hands are simply not strong enough to hold the immense weight of it on their own. and so your heart steps in and with every beat, every pulse, you begin to feel that pressure. because its the kind of weight that stays with you for a long time, a wow. i must have been on one when i first read this because i was waxing all kinds of poetic. but i still feel the same after a reread, so i will allow it. lol. _____________________________ every once in a while, there are books where it feels as if your hands are simply not strong enough to hold the immense weight of it on their own. and so your heart steps in and with every beat, every pulse, you begin to feel that pressure. because its the kind of weight that stays with you for a long time, a particular kind of density that makes a home inside your chest. i can feel how my heart now carries the heaviness of this book. and oh, what a privilege that is. because this book is a beautiful reminder that sometimes the best story is the story of your life, the best characters are the people you love, and the best writing are the words that come from your heart. this confirms that not all endings have to be filled with grief, and sometimes there doesnt have to be an ending at all. this shows how courage often just means turning one page, making it through just one more day. this promises that life is worth more than an abridgement. this is a book i will recommend until the end of my days with the hope that maybe, just maybe, others can carry this story in their hearts, as well. my eternal gratitude to st. martins press/wednesday books for the ARC. ↠ 5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Smiling from ear to ear, feeling the warmness in my heart, I could truly say: this is fascinating! The author’s way of telling how great novels can be life anchors to save us from great tragedies of life and how fill our hearts with true happiness. And the magically beautiful romance in this book, the innocence, genuineness of pure hearts of the characters widened my big smile. I’m absolutely happy to say this book is secret gem and I’m giving my five gazillion magical orman(forest)stars without Smiling from ear to ear, feeling the warmness in my heart, I could truly say: this is fascinating! The author’s way of telling how great novels can be life anchors to save us from great tragedies of life and how fill our hearts with true happiness. And the magically beautiful romance in this book, the innocence, genuineness of pure hearts of the characters widened my big smile. I’m absolutely happy to say this book is secret gem and I’m giving my five gazillion magical orman(forest)stars without thinking. I loved it so much! Let me give you a short summary to inform you what’s happening in this promising, feel-good, heart warming, lovely story: Amelia Griffin’s life has changed the day her father left the house for living with his young girlfriend and her mother cut her bonds with real life and turned into couch potato, giving full attention on TV reality shows instead of caring her daughter’s well being. The same day she befriends Jenna and slowly she becomes the fourth member of her caring, protective family. The girls form intimate and special bound and Amelia is saved by Orman Chronicles, getting lost in magical world of two sisters who are competing with each other winning the right to wear the crown. Jenna also shared her love of the series and both of them start finding similarities between them and those little sisters. After their graduation, Jenna makes a big surprise to Amelia with book festival tickets where N.E.Endsley, young author (only 19) of Orman Chronicles will be attending as speaker of one of the panels. But the panel results in big disappointment for Amelia because her favorite author cancel his participation and during their travel to airport she finds out Jenna met with him and helped him relax throughout his panic attack process which pisses Amelia off. She feels like she’s been betrayed by her best friend. They had a big fight and as Jenna and she say goodbyes for Jenna’s Irish trip, they both feel sorry and startled. And yes, Jenna dies in a car accident in Ireland which completely breaks Amelia’s heart. She stop reading because she feels like if she opens a book she may betray the memory of her best friend. She tries to heal her wounds till one day she gets a fateful post: a special addition of Orman Chronicles sent to her name. She thinks Jenna is involved with this surprise and she traces the bookstore where the book has been sent which takes her life changing journey and helps her meet with her favorite author. This special trip will help her discover herself, learn to deal with grief and find her soulmate but she needs to decide between realizing the wishes of death friend and taking risk and listening to her heart for seeing flying dolphins moving around the forest. Overall: Well developed characters, fantasy and fairy tales vibes merging with emotional grief and second chances story stole my heart. I smiled and I cried at the same time. No more words: genuinely loved it! I love Nolan as a broken and poignant hero and I love loyalty and pure heart of Amelia! I loved their bookish, nerdish souls! Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this fantastic ARC with me in exchange my honest opinions. blog instagram facebook twitter

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    What..... Chapter Three..... you broke my heart..... This effing book chewed me up and spit me out. The book was perfect for me; but wasn’t. I fell in love, I cried, I empathized. Another debut novel that blew me away in its own special way. I love, love, love these characters. Amelia, Jenna, Nolan, Alex, Val, Wally, Jenna’s parents and all of the minor characters. Amelia is devastated when her best friend Jenna is killed. They had their whole lives planned out. But things change, they always chan What..... Chapter Three..... you broke my heart..... This effing book chewed me up and spit me out. The book was perfect for me; but wasn’t. I fell in love, I cried, I empathized. Another debut novel that blew me away in its own special way. I love, love, love these characters. Amelia, Jenna, Nolan, Alex, Val, Wally, Jenna’s parents and all of the minor characters. Amelia is devastated when her best friend Jenna is killed. They had their whole lives planned out. But things change, they always change. Amelia receives a special edition book in the mail of her favorite authors first book. Why? Who? What? In going on a search of where the book came from, Amelia finds herself and all the things she never knew she needed. This book is definitely going to have a home on my bookshelf. Happy Reading My Lovelies. 😘 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 *Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a digital copy of this book. BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ~ Bantering Books (On Reviewing Hiatus)

    Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews. Maybe it’s middle-aged grumpiness. Maybe it’s cynicism and jadedness. Maybe it’s the book. But Amelia Unabridged left me cross. Annoyed. And while I wish I had only wonderful things to say about Ashley Schumacher’s debut Young Adult contemporary novel, I just don’t. Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is infatuated with N. E. Endsley’s best-selling novels, The Orman Chronicles. They have been her lifeline, her anchor, ever since she first Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews. Maybe it’s middle-aged grumpiness. Maybe it’s cynicism and jadedness. Maybe it’s the book. But Amelia Unabridged left me cross. Annoyed. And while I wish I had only wonderful things to say about Ashley Schumacher’s debut Young Adult contemporary novel, I just don’t. Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is infatuated with N. E. Endsley’s best-selling novels, The Orman Chronicles. They have been her lifeline, her anchor, ever since she first discovered them years ago, on the same day she met her best friend, Jenna. As a high school graduation gift from Jenna’s parents, the girls attend a book festival with Endsley as the headliner. But when Jenna meets the author without Amelia, the two friends have a horrible fight. And then shortly thereafter, Jenna is killed in a tragic car accident, without Amelia ever having an opportunity to patch their relationship. Lost and drowning in grief, Amelia begins to doubt her future plans – the future that Jenna so perfectly mapped out for her. But then a rare edition of The Orman Chronicles mysteriously arrives for Amelia. With no sender listed, she is convinced it somehow came from Jenna. After tracking the book to a small bookstore in Michigan, she hops on a plane, determined to learn exactly how the rare edition came to be in her possession. Inside the bookstore, however, Amelia finds much more than she expected – none other than Endsley himself. And she instantly knows that he is the keeper of all the answers for which she has been searching. So that I may first give credit where it is due, allow me to set aside my annoyance with Amelia Unabridged for a minute. Because the novel is certainly not horrible. It’s far from it. At times, it is a beautiful story of grief, guilt, and regret. The first few chapters are especially sharp and poignant, as we are given great insight into the sisterly nature of Amelia and Jenna’s friendship. Jenna’s death hits hard. It’s a gut punch. And for the most part, the novel is also an effective and empowering coming-of-age tale. Amelia has spent most of her teenage years allowing others to set her path. To control her course. And Amelia now knows she must stand up and decide, for herself, the direction of her life. But then Amelia meets Endsley. And quite abruptly, Amelia Unabridged loses sight of its own beauty and becomes nothing more than an insta-love romance. The googly eyes, the tender face caresses, the sunshine smiles – I couldn’t buy into any of it. It is at this point, too, that Schumacher’s writing takes a disappointing turn. Suddenly, her previously spare and lovely prose feels weighted down with overdone, sometimes nonsensical metaphors. Clever winds blow, invisible threads pull, and whales swim in the air – constantly. It’s as if the same awful joke is being repeated, time and time again. Of particular irritation were the whales. I never got the point of them, no matter how many times I reread the passages in which they appeared. And Schumacher’s brief explanation of their meaning at novel’s end did nothing to soothe my exasperation. Sigh. I was so over the whales. Even more irritating than the insta love and whales, though, is the slightly off-kilter message that the ending of Amelia Unabridged sends. From a feministic perspective, it is not as progressive as I had hoped it would be, and I’m unsure as to whether Amelia truly accomplishes what she originally sets out to do. Instead of totally breaking free from the influence of others, it seems to me she simply trades control and manipulation for more control and manipulation, only wrapped in a prettier bow. But again, this is my annoyed, middle-aged, grumpy opinion. Take it for what little it is likely worth. If you’re a fan of YA contemporaries, by all means, still give Amelia Unabridged a go. My crankiness with the novel makes me a lonely outlier. And just because I found fault with it doesn’t mean you will. My sincerest appreciation to Ashley Schumacher, Wednesday Books, and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy. All opinions included herein are my own. Bantering Books Instagram Twitter Facebook

  5. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    DNF @ 60% Its not the book it's me. DNF @ 60% Its not the book it's me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "What will we do?" Emmeline asked, watching as the storm clouds gathered into menacing darkness. "We'll do the only thing we can," Ainsley answered. "Endure." WAHHHH. This book was the most beautifully tragic thing I have ever read. It was heartbreaking, yet hopeful; relatable, yet maintained a fairytale quality about it. The exposition on regret, grief, and regaining control of your life when you feel it is spiraling into the abyss was so well done; it was powerful, yet didn't feel overdone or fo "What will we do?" Emmeline asked, watching as the storm clouds gathered into menacing darkness. "We'll do the only thing we can," Ainsley answered. "Endure." WAHHHH. This book was the most beautifully tragic thing I have ever read. It was heartbreaking, yet hopeful; relatable, yet maintained a fairytale quality about it. The exposition on regret, grief, and regaining control of your life when you feel it is spiraling into the abyss was so well done; it was powerful, yet didn't feel overdone or for show. I don't really want to touch on the plot at all, because you know all that you need to from the synopsis, but if you enjoy books that make you feel and convince you to think about things you'd rather not, but should, then this is the book for you. Highly, HIGHLY recommended. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    "There's nothing in the world a good book can't cure." First off, how about that cover!?! A book about a girl with the love of books. A girl whose life changed when her father. A girl who was saved by books, and a girl who was lost when her best friend, Jenna died. Amelia is obsessed with the Orman Chronicles written by N.E. Endsley. Amelia and Jenna attend a book festival where Endsley will be present, things go wrong when Jenna gets to meet the author and Amelia does not. The two friends fi "There's nothing in the world a good book can't cure." First off, how about that cover!?! A book about a girl with the love of books. A girl whose life changed when her father. A girl who was saved by books, and a girl who was lost when her best friend, Jenna died. Amelia is obsessed with the Orman Chronicles written by N.E. Endsley. Amelia and Jenna attend a book festival where Endsley will be present, things go wrong when Jenna gets to meet the author and Amelia does not. The two friends fight and never get the opportunity to make things right between them. "I've lived in books. I've eaten and breathed books for so long that I took it for granted. I assumed that, if they saved me once, they would always be there to pick me up, even if Jenna wasn't." When Amelia receives a rare edition of the Orman Chronicles she believes her deceased friend is behind it. A gift arranged before Jenna died. The book is sent from an obscure bookstore in Michigan. Amelia decides to go to Michigan and visit the bookstore. She has questions and is looking for answers but what she finds is N. E. Endsley. I was not exactly sure what I thought of this book when I first started it. I loved the lyrical and beautiful writing. There are many beautiful passages. Once I got a little more into the book it won me over. The beautiful writing helped as it often does. This book is about love in many forms: love of books, love of a friend, love for a child. It is also about grief and how one processes grief. It is about regret, quilt and sorrow. It is about how your plans for the future can change on a dime. It is about being found when you did not know you were lost. It is about taking chances and starting over. It is about hope and a book about growth. I used to read a lot of YA and for no particular reason stopped for some time. I am glad the beautiful cover and description grabbed my attention. This was a solid debut novel for an author who shows promise. Her writing is beautiful and poignant at the same time. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. See more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)

    This is the kind of book that sneaks up on your heart when you’re least expecting it. Full RTC within a month of publication, ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    Blog: https://www.booktasticallymazing.com/ Actual Rating: 4.1 ~Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AMELIA UNABRIDGED by Ashley Schumacher in exchange for my honest review.~ First thoughts when receiving the ARC: *silence* MOTHER OF HOLY WATER DROPS, I CANNOT BREATHE, I CANNOT. MY LUNGS. MAMAAAAA, I HAVE AN ARC. I GOT IT. I GOT IT. NOW HOW THE HECK DO YOU OPEN THI- First thoughts when opening the book: *joker like smile* I am going to enjoy this so MUCH. First thoughts when a Blog: https://www.booktasticallymazing.com/ Actual Rating: 4.1 ~Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AMELIA UNABRIDGED by Ashley Schumacher in exchange for my honest review.~ First thoughts when receiving the ARC: *silence* MOTHER OF HOLY WATER DROPS, I CANNOT BREATHE, I CANNOT. MY LUNGS. MAMAAAAA, I HAVE AN ARC. I GOT IT. I GOT IT. NOW HOW THE HECK DO YOU OPEN THI- First thoughts when opening the book: *joker like smile* I am going to enjoy this so MUCH. First thoughts when a certain character died: What--How did that--Oh my goat. I cannot feel my face. I cannot feel my heart. First thoughts when meeting the love interest: ... Okay. *nodding* Alright, I can deal. First thoughts when I finished the book: Um, why do I feel a bit broken inside. *swallows waterfalls* I- *a week later, because yes, I needed time.* Okay...this was slightly disappointing. One sentence. Well, two (because I need the rest for the full review that will approximately obliterate kindly ask for a vital part of me). 1.) Less than a week 2.) A connecting rope between characters (I think I just threw up a little) Will not spoil, so if you know what I mean. Then you know what I mean. ALSO, THE LOVE INTEREST WAS ANO--as I was saying, no spoilers present, and I hope that if you have requested this ARC, that you shall receive it. BECAUSE I NEED TO SAY SOME STUFF THAT MAY OR MAY NOT, EXPRESS MY ANGER TOWARDS THE-- *goes into hermit mode for the time being* I'M BACK. Alright, being completely honest here, I have never reviewed an ARC (if it's not already completely obvious) therefore, this might be a complete mess. But really, when isn't it a complete mess? Don't answer that. Even though my bookish soul is craving to throw spoilers and rant against some well deserved stuff, I will be slightly unable to do so (ugh). Here it is, my friends. A completely glossed over ~spoiler free~ review of Amelia Unabridged. (bear in mind I had to redo it at least 3 times, since yes, spoilers were included.) Well, you see, let's start with the charact-*realizes she cannot do so, because that would be considered spoilerific* YOU KNOW WHAT? FINE. I'LL STOOP TO THIS LEVEL. The writing in this lushly imaginative novel, truly inspired my tear ducts to go for a run, amidst the pandemic. Since we all know who dies (considering the SYNOPSIS, publishers please don't come after me) I can truly say...that I felt something. Maybe not as much as I could've, SINCE said character was in the story for less time than one of my pimples (those things are basically people, I've even named some of those. Example: YOU BLOODY DISGUSTING FAT NUISANCE. Or my personal favorite: WHY IN THE PECKING WORLD DO YOU EXIST). As I was saying, the writing was so heart-wrenching and outstandingly painful to read, and that truly added a lot more to the story than some might think. (A second try) The characters. Some made me conflicted, some annoyed me to the end of my patience limit, and some used the word 'please' definitely too much. Like, too much. Apart from that, I absolutely adored the dynamic and friendship (FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN A FEMALE AND A MALE, WHO WOULD'VE ThOUght?!). The utterly magnanimous foundation that was constructed between each one of them. And I cannot express how thankful I am, that said characters actually had LIVES, apart from being the main character's friends, family, etc. The romance~ ... I actually, well. Um...it wasn't as good as it could've been. (reference to the two sentences written at the beginning, but shhhh, don't tell) Also, seriously? The overall cryability (yes, that's a thing) of this story: A solid 7 and a half. I wish I would've felt it more, alas, I'm a heartless witch. Thank you, brain, for commanding such grandiousness to spew from my vocal facility. Now, my loves, my ducklings, my CoNeCTioN (uh-huh, you KNOW), this shall be the end of this horrifically spoiler free ✨masterpiece✨. Also, I want to forget the dang epilogue. I NEED to forget it. Like, it is for my well-being. Can you tell I have to do a million things but instead I am laying in bed, writing this review and watching You of the Tube? P.S: I am TOTALLY doing something productive, right? Also, yes, I would totally recommend this book to people in search for a story that will be as cute as it is pungent in its very core. Want romance? It has it. Want drama? Oh yes, it has a LOT.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    I am livid. The suspension of disbelief this book asks from me is just monumental, and the way it treats (insta-) love as a magical cure for trauma, anxiety and grief - all in the span of a week - makes my skin crawl. As someone who lived through all three, it feels wrong and harmful and I'm so pissed right now. Having the characters acknowledge how unbelievable it all feels doesn't make it right, because it's still there, and it's not cute. Unpopular opinion for sure, but I can't get behind thi I am livid. The suspension of disbelief this book asks from me is just monumental, and the way it treats (insta-) love as a magical cure for trauma, anxiety and grief - all in the span of a week - makes my skin crawl. As someone who lived through all three, it feels wrong and harmful and I'm so pissed right now. Having the characters acknowledge how unbelievable it all feels doesn't make it right, because it's still there, and it's not cute. Unpopular opinion for sure, but I can't get behind this kind : "He squeezes my hand. "I'll always be okay when I'm with you, Amelia." ... of manufactured bullshit. I just can't. And I know most people won't get it. I know, and it's okay. They'll talk about how we can enjoy things and that it doesn't matter if it's not believable, that love does conquer all after all. But what happens when love isn't enough? Do you understand how utterly bleak and unlovable we feel when whole swathes of popular culture repeatedly shove down our throats that real love should "cure" us when we know it will never be that simple? When we know we're in love, but that doesn't mean that we're magically transformed into some neurotypical perfect fantasy? That's why I can't ever enjoy this kind of novels, and I won't apologize for that. For more of my reviews, please visit:

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    4.5 stars Amelia Unabridged is a remarkable story and one that has the potential to hit on a deep level. If you consider yourself a booklover, have experienced loss, and/or are a fan of YA fiction, don't hesitate to pick this book up. Amelia's father ran off with another woman and her mother barely pays attention to her. A chance encounter at a local bookstore marks the start of Amelia's friendship with Jenna. Soon they are inseparable and Amelia essentially becomes a second daughter to Jenna's p 4.5 stars Amelia Unabridged is a remarkable story and one that has the potential to hit on a deep level. If you consider yourself a booklover, have experienced loss, and/or are a fan of YA fiction, don't hesitate to pick this book up. Amelia's father ran off with another woman and her mother barely pays attention to her. A chance encounter at a local bookstore marks the start of Amelia's friendship with Jenna. Soon they are inseparable and Amelia essentially becomes a second daughter to Jenna's parents. Both Jenna and Amelia are avid readers and after graduating high school they attend a book convention. The author of The Orman Chronicles, N. E. Endsley will be there, and to say Amelia is super excited to meet him seems like an understatement. This is a story of love, loss, and finding direction just to name a few things. I really don't want to discuss much of the plot because I think the reading journey will be better without many preconceived notions. I will say I absolutely loved how much books and reading played such a crucial role in this story. And of course the topic of grief is something that has been covered extensively in fiction, but the way it was handled in this book felt unique. It's a touching story and is a good example of how the YA fiction genre is capable of providing meaningful reading experiences. Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an advance copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    Part budding YA Romance and part touching coming-of-age story, this was a solid debut for author Ashley Schumacher. Amelia Unabridged wears its heart on its sleeve, and though I breezed through it I can see why so many people have fallen head over heels for Amelia and co. For me the first quarter or so is the strongest portion of the novel. That initial gut-punch was extremely well done, which is why I don’t understand why the publisher decided to include it as a spoiler in the synopsis, of all p Part budding YA Romance and part touching coming-of-age story, this was a solid debut for author Ashley Schumacher. Amelia Unabridged wears its heart on its sleeve, and though I breezed through it I can see why so many people have fallen head over heels for Amelia and co. For me the first quarter or so is the strongest portion of the novel. That initial gut-punch was extremely well done, which is why I don’t understand why the publisher decided to include it as a spoiler in the synopsis, of all places. If you haven’t read that yet and don’t know what I’m talking about, then I’d recommend not looking it up! The back half of the book is focused on a quirky romance between two people in their late teens. They bond over shared traumas and a love of storytelling, which as a theme is practically catnip to YA Contemporary readers who’d normally be drawn to a story like this. The romance is sweet, if a little corny and predictable, but I say that about a lot of books in this genre, so if you’re typically a fan don’t take my word for it! I found the premise of how Amelia actually *goes* to Michigan (where the majority of the story is set) to be a stretch. She is handed money, freedom and almost a suspicious amount of random kindness from total strangers to chase down something that is pretty far-fetched, if I’m being honest. That transition from where she begins in Texas and where the author wants the story to end up needed some more consideration. A lot of Amelia Unabridged feels like it’s trying to be a Bridge to Terabithia type of fantastical without actually making the jump into full-on fantasy, and putting further thought into that early plot development would have given the story more credibility to build upon. Schumacher’s writing, though, is really good. There’s plenty of memorable lines and even the sad bits have the potential to uplift and buoy you. The characters’ thoughts and musings take on a lyrical quality, which isn’t surprising since they are all big readers and writers. I liked this book well enough, even though it wasn’t as affecting for me in the way a lot of other reviews have described. Still I’m impressed with the author, and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future! *Thank you to Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for an advance copy!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eArc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars ⭐ Everything is a story, not just writing. You need to find the story that means something to you, a story you like telling. Me alone in my bedroom crying my eyes out in the middle of the night on Valentine's day. That's what this book did to me. And damn it, did I love it. ✦ ✧ ✦ ✧ Amelia Griffin is an eighteen-year-old girl who, along with her best friend Jenna, is obsessed with a bo Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eArc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars ⭐ Everything is a story, not just writing. You need to find the story that means something to you, a story you like telling. Me alone in my bedroom crying my eyes out in the middle of the night on Valentine's day. That's what this book did to me. And damn it, did I love it. ✦ ✧ ✦ ✧ Amelia Griffin is an eighteen-year-old girl who, along with her best friend Jenna, is obsessed with a book series named the Orman Chronicles. When they get the opportunity to meet N. E. Endsley, the author of these fantastical tales, Amelia is elated. However, things don't go as planned. Only Jenna is able to have this once in a lifetime experience, which results in their first real fight. But then her friend dies in a freaky car accident, and Amelia is left with a mysterious copy of a special edition of the Orman Chronicles. Convinced that it is somehow Jenna's doing, Amelia tracks down its origin and finds herself face to face with N. E. Endsley himself in a dream-like bookstore. Coping with her grief and grappling with her uncertainty for the future, she finds more there than she could have ever imagined. ✦ ✧ ✦ ✧ The characters couldn't have been better. I loved everyone from the protagonist Amelia to Wally, the dog. I really resonated with the main character and her experience with grief, especially when she stated how her vision of death in books shifted after Jenna's passing. She talks about how it used to be something so abstract but now it's the complete opposite since she has been forced to confront it first hand. Amelia sees the world in such an interesting way, I especially liked how she imagines whales and uses them to describe how she feels. To one’s surprise, I fell absolutely in love with Nolan. He is the sweetest cinnamon roll, I just wanted to hug him and tell him everything would be alright. I loved Orman and the story behind its origin and I wish that it was a real series because after reading this book, I desperately want to immerse myself in that world. I adored Alex, Nolan’s best friend, too. I have come to realise that one of my favourite tropes is the funny side character, usually a close friend of the protagonist or love interest, that simply brings joy to the story, including when it’s needed in the darker moments. Alex is sarcastic, witty as well as hard-working and caring, which is shown by how much he is afraid of Nolan getting hurt. I know for a fact that many people who read this novel will critique it for Nolan and Amelia’s relationship. They will say it’s unrealistic, that it doesn’t make any sense, because how could two people who have only known each other for a bit more than a couple of days, have already formed such a strong bond? Especially if you take into account that Amelia is supposedly a huge fan of Nolan’s work. And you know what, usually I would see eye to eye with these people, but this story is one of those very rare exceptions where I really did not give a damn about the insta-love. That’s because it’s more than just Amelia and Nolan romantically loving each other. In fact, I would argue that’s not the point of their connection at all. It’s about finding someone who sees you for who you are, who understands your pain like no one else has ever been able to. It’s about finding a connecting with someone who just gets you, who won’t judge you despite your flaws, who won’t compare you to who you used to be because they don’t know who that person was. That’s what Amelia and Nolan are to each other and to me that’s something so precious and beautiful to see that I couldn’t care less that it isn’t necessarily true to real life. In addition, I really enjoyed the setting as I found it perfectly fit into the story. This novel is a love letter to all book lovers and the town it takes place in definitely highlights that, especially Val's bookstore which I believe is every bookworm’s dream. On a similar note, the writing is spectacular which enriches the already enchanting story. I really had no clue what I was getting myself into when I started this book, but that just made my reading experience even better. Amelia Unabridged is a poignant and powerful story which I would particularly recommend to those who know all too well the pain of losing someone you love and who are, therefore, in dire need of solace.

  14. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    Amelia Unabridged is a heartwarming and emotional story of the power of books, friendship and love. It follows Amelia, who is obsessed with a book series called the 'Orman Chronicles'. After a tragic event (which the synopsis spoils, but I would suggest going in blind), Amelia goes on an adventure to an obscure bookshop in Michigan. There, she meets the author of the series, and in the process finds herself along the way. On paper, this sounds like a perfect book. A quiet contemporary about book Amelia Unabridged is a heartwarming and emotional story of the power of books, friendship and love. It follows Amelia, who is obsessed with a book series called the 'Orman Chronicles'. After a tragic event (which the synopsis spoils, but I would suggest going in blind), Amelia goes on an adventure to an obscure bookshop in Michigan. There, she meets the author of the series, and in the process finds herself along the way. On paper, this sounds like a perfect book. A quiet contemporary about books, love and grief with some beautiful prose to go along with it. Unfortunately the execution was a little lacking for me and it ended up being pretty forgettable. Just a warning, my opinion is definitely not that of the majority. In fact, considering all of the five star reviews I think I can put myself clearly in the outlier category. Usually with books like that I can understand why people love them so much, but with this I honestly can't. Its almost like I read a different book to everyone else, or missed something- which is entirely possible considering I started skimming the book toward the middle/end. The thing is, I thought this book was objectively good- but just nothing special. The characters were fine but they didn't stand out for me. The romance was ok but definitely a case of insta love and didn't feel very believable to me. The dialogue was pretty ordinary for me. The writing was standard to me, not the beautiful lyrical prose I was promised. But that is all my person opinion- if you loved this I am truly so happy for you! A small thing that rubbed me the wrong way is something that I have come across in older YA books quite a bit, but not so much recently. It is when one of the main characters has a mental illness or phobia- but gets magically healed by their love interest. I personally find that plot point cheap and possibly even harmful. Along a similar vein, I found the instant idolisation and adoration from both people to be unrealistic and inauthentic. It meant that I never really ended up believing the romance. I think this book would be perfect for readers on the younger side of YA, or who enjoy those style stories. I would also recommend checking out some other reviews to get a better idea about what others loved about the story- and if you might too! Thank you to St Martin's Press for this ARC Release Date: 16 February 2021

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    I've been wanting to use the words "richly imagined" in one of my reviews, and now I finally have my chance to do it for Ashley Schumacher's Amelia Unabridged. Flying whales, a personal storm cloud that rains on Amelia invisibly during her darkest moments, spirit -infested winds that (usually) push her in the right direction, and the enchanted forest of Ormon - Amelia's world is no ordinary place. Amelia's best friend, Jenna Williams, is the star in her universe - the undeniable force of Nature I've been wanting to use the words "richly imagined" in one of my reviews, and now I finally have my chance to do it for Ashley Schumacher's Amelia Unabridged. Flying whales, a personal storm cloud that rains on Amelia invisibly during her darkest moments, spirit -infested winds that (usually) push her in the right direction, and the enchanted forest of Ormon - Amelia's world is no ordinary place. Amelia's best friend, Jenna Williams, is the star in her universe - the undeniable force of Nature that makes all things possible.. As Amelia so aptly puts it: "If (Jenna) was a star in the galaxy, I was one of those astronauts that gets disconnected from their ship and floats through space until they run out of oxygen." Jenna brings magic and possibility into Amelia's dreary, difficult life. Amelia's father has left,and her mother has retreated into herself. Jenna's irrepressible zest for life (and her parents' money) brighten Amelia's world when she is unofficially adopted into the Williams family as Jenna's Bestie and Soul Sister. When tragedy strikes and Jenna is killed in a car accident, Amelia is bereft, unable to move on with her own life. Jenna had so many plans for them both - she'd mapped it all out on a chart. How could she leave for college and fulfill Jenna's plans for them without her? One day, shortly after Jenna's funeral, Amelia receives a rare edition of a book from her favourite author, N.E. Endsley. Her decision to travel to Michigan and seek out the identity of the person who mailed her the book is one of many decisions that eventually lead Amelia on the path to autonomy and self-fulfillment. (Note: Jenna had plotted out an academic career for Amelia, totally disregarding Amelia's gift as a photographer.) I enjoyed this vividly written story: I was always eager to get back to it. The Epilogue was sadly sweet, as summing ups will sometimes be. I highly recommend this superbly written Young/New Adult novel to everyone. A solid 5 out of 5! My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mash

    February 16th update: Happy publishing day to this beautiful work of art! 💕💕 4.5 stars What do I even say? Okay, first off, let me just say this. If you have ever seen the kind of books I read (Which I assume you have not, because let's be honest, who even has the time?) then you know that I basically only read Fantasy and Sci-Fi, with the occasional Murder/Mystery. This is practically the first book I have read that qualifies as “Contemporary” and I think I need to start reading more books in th February 16th update: Happy publishing day to this beautiful work of art! 💕💕 4.5 stars What do I even say? Okay, first off, let me just say this. If you have ever seen the kind of books I read (Which I assume you have not, because let's be honest, who even has the time?) then you know that I basically only read Fantasy and Sci-Fi, with the occasional Murder/Mystery. This is practically the first book I have read that qualifies as “Contemporary” and I think I need to start reading more books in the genre. I'm gonna be honest, when I scrolled through Goodreads, I was attracted to the cover of this book. I knowww, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but when the book looks like THAT, how am I supposed to help myself? I can’t, it's not possible. Anyway, I read the synopsis, found it on NetGalley and low and behold, I read it. Oh and I read it, in like 2 hours (oops). Because I read an unpublished copy, I cannot share quotes, but I am telling you, the writing in this book is so very beautiful. it made me feel all gooey and warm at times, and it made me wanna cry at times. I also wanted to throw it somewhere when I read those last few chapters, but this was an Ebook and unfortunately (or should I say fortunately?), I cannot afford to throw my phone out the window. The writing is very atmospheric but it is not overdone. Sometimes, I feel that authors try too hard to be “poetic” when writing from a teenager's perspective and it ends up feeling fake and unrealistic. This book however, felt so real and powerful, I really connected with the characters. Speaking of characters, I absolutely adored Amelia. She was a really strong, passionate character that had a very interesting way to look at things. I think it was great that the author wrote about events before Jenna's death and after it. It really showed the effect death of a loved one can have on an individual. Amelia drowns in her grief after her best friend died. I long to have the kind of friend Amelia had in Jenna, it was such a wholesome, honest relationship, which made the moment it ended much more painful. The actual plot of the story wasn’t bad, it just felt a little slow for me and I just wanted more to happen. But maybe that's normal in contemporary novels, I wouldn't know. There were a couple of things I found a tad bit cringey in the novel, including the “connection” or “thread” between two characters, it was just a little odd. Regardless, I recommend this book to people who want to read a book regarding books (that’s a mouthful but anyway) and like reading contemporary novels that deal with shared connections through grief and loss of a loved one. This deals with some pretty heavy topics and does it exceptionally well. I will definitely look into this genre now because of this book. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for this eARC, I'm incredibly grateful that I was able to read this gem. Trigger warnings Implied depression, grief, loss of a loved one **Disclaimer** This is all personal opinion and is in no way intended to harass or offend anyone, if I do, I sincerely apologize (also let me know so I can fix the offensive content, thank you) Blog Pinterest

  17. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    WOW what a book! A true gem! This book absolutely exceeded my expectations. I’m not certain what I was anticipating but I wasn’t expecting such a beautiful story that pulled on my heartstrings. Amelia and Jenna are BFFs who bonded over their love of books. For their graduation trip the friends go to a book festival with the hopes of meeting the author of their favorite fantasy series. When Jenna happens to meet the enigmatic Author and Amelia doesn’t it causes a rift in the friendship. Jenna is WOW what a book! A true gem! This book absolutely exceeded my expectations. I’m not certain what I was anticipating but I wasn’t expecting such a beautiful story that pulled on my heartstrings. Amelia and Jenna are BFFs who bonded over their love of books. For their graduation trip the friends go to a book festival with the hopes of meeting the author of their favorite fantasy series. When Jenna happens to meet the enigmatic Author and Amelia doesn’t it causes a rift in the friendship. Jenna is killed in a car accident while visiting Ireland and Amelia is heartbroken that they never really set their friendship right. When Amelia received a mysterious book in the mail from their favorite author she goes on a quest to Michigan to find out how Jenna sent her this book. And more importantly what is the message behind this unexpected gift. Such a gorgeously told story filled with grief, hope, resilience, and love. Amelia was such a wonderful character I was completely captivated by her story. The bookshop that she travels to in Michigan was serious book heaven. I just loved all the vivid descriptions of the shop I felt like I was right there alongside Amelia. The Romance in the Story was so touching it hit me right in the feels. The connection between Amelia and Nolan was emotional and real. I could go on and on but I will spare you all. If you are looking for a stunning story that will make you smile, swoon, sigh and cry, then this is the book for you! This book in emojis 📚🐶 🐋 🌊 📸 *** Big thank you to Wednesday Books and Macmillan Audio for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  18. 4 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    CW: (view spoiler)[loss of loved one in car accident. loss of loved ones by drowning, thoughts of dying after guilt over death of loved ones, emotionally absent parent, father leaves wife and daughter (hide spoiler)] Well I loved it. Everything worked for me. The characters were real, and their raw and painful moments had me tight chested and teary eyed. I also luxuriated in the many warm moments that made this book a joyful reading experience. I don't know what else to write. The writing was incr CW: (view spoiler)[loss of loved one in car accident. loss of loved ones by drowning, thoughts of dying after guilt over death of loved ones, emotionally absent parent, father leaves wife and daughter (hide spoiler)] Well I loved it. Everything worked for me. The characters were real, and their raw and painful moments had me tight chested and teary eyed. I also luxuriated in the many warm moments that made this book a joyful reading experience. I don't know what else to write. The writing was incredible and the story mesmerising. Simply wonderful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    4 Stars TW for grief and loss of a loved one. “Amelia Unabridged” is a raw, beautifully tragic story. I really don’t want to say too much for fear of giving the story away. I actually think the synopsis gives too much away, so I don’t recommend reading that. Amelia is feeling lost after a tragic loss when she receives a mysterious package. She wants to learn more about this mysterious gift and the sender so she looks up the return address. When she’s unable to gleam any information that way her ne 4 Stars TW for grief and loss of a loved one. “Amelia Unabridged” is a raw, beautifully tragic story. I really don’t want to say too much for fear of giving the story away. I actually think the synopsis gives too much away, so I don’t recommend reading that. Amelia is feeling lost after a tragic loss when she receives a mysterious package. She wants to learn more about this mysterious gift and the sender so she looks up the return address. When she’s unable to gleam any information that way her next course of action is to head there herself and find it that way. What she finds is more than she bargained for, in a good way. The main characters, Amelia and Nolan, are broken and consumed with grief and guilt. They learn to heal together; they give each other hope and the strength to move on. This has a fantasy/fairytale feel to it although it isn’t either one. I didn’t really like “connected thread” aspect the two share, so that made their supposed connection unbelievable to me. The majority of the book takes place over a week so although the romance didn’t really feel insta-love to me, I wasn’t sure I fully believed in it either. However, my main takeaway from this isn’t the romance so it didn’t bother me too much in the end. I cried early on and all throughout the rest of the book. This is a heartbreaking story; it isn’t a feel-good at all but I was left feeling hopeful. It’s beautifully written and although it’s sad and melancholy for most of the book, I would recommend it. It’s a gorgeous tale of grief and moving on and finding happiness and allowing yourself these things. I received an ARC from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lord

    For someone who writes for a living, I am almost at a loss for words for how much I love this book? This review is overdue — I had the privilege of reading it two months ago — but it is seared into my heart so permanently that I think about it every day, so to me it feels like no time has passed at all. I don't want to spoil anybody, so I will be vague (SORRY), but this just read like a warm, satisfying hug from start to finish. What a joy to live inside Amelia's head and follow her complicated, For someone who writes for a living, I am almost at a loss for words for how much I love this book? This review is overdue — I had the privilege of reading it two months ago — but it is seared into my heart so permanently that I think about it every day, so to me it feels like no time has passed at all. I don't want to spoil anybody, so I will be vague (SORRY), but this just read like a warm, satisfying hug from start to finish. What a joy to live inside Amelia's head and follow her complicated, personal, romantic, deeply empathetic journey, and fall in love with all the side characters along the way. The grief was so beautifully written it brought me to tears, the romance so perfect that I found myself SQUEALING in a park full of strangers, the ending so satisfying that I will hold it as a measuring stick for books for years to come. I am not one to save quotes from books, but there were so many in this that I screenshotted and saved for myself to reread on a rainy day; that said, I'll likely just reread the whole book instead <3. If you have a best friend, if you have a passion for a fandom that has changed your life, if you have a beating human heart ... do yourself a favor and read this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 ⭐️ This was a book about friendships, love and loss. It was really good and I loved it. Ive often imagined meeting my favorite author and thinking I’d literally die of shock if it actually happened! Can you imagine? Well it happens in this story and so much more. This is definitely for book nerds. I loved the romance and chemistry between these two. It’s sort of hard to explain this story but it full of interesting people and I highly recommend it. You won’t be sorry. Thank you Wednesday Book 4.5 ⭐️ This was a book about friendships, love and loss. It was really good and I loved it. Ive often imagined meeting my favorite author and thinking I’d literally die of shock if it actually happened! Can you imagine? Well it happens in this story and so much more. This is definitely for book nerds. I loved the romance and chemistry between these two. It’s sort of hard to explain this story but it full of interesting people and I highly recommend it. You won’t be sorry. Thank you Wednesday Books and St. Martin Press via Netgalley for this ebook in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    The day Amelia meets Jenna at a bookstore, her life changes for the better as the two girls grow as close as sisters. Amelia's home-life is chaotic so she welcomes frequent invitations to stay at Jenna's house. Jenna recommends a book, the Orman Chronicles to Amelia - the story of two sisters competing in a magical world. Amelia reads it and becomes obsessed with both the story and the author - recluse prodigy N.E. Endsley. Upon graduation, Jenna's parents gift both young ladies tickets to a boo The day Amelia meets Jenna at a bookstore, her life changes for the better as the two girls grow as close as sisters. Amelia's home-life is chaotic so she welcomes frequent invitations to stay at Jenna's house. Jenna recommends a book, the Orman Chronicles to Amelia - the story of two sisters competing in a magical world. Amelia reads it and becomes obsessed with both the story and the author - recluse prodigy N.E. Endsley. Upon graduation, Jenna's parents gift both young ladies tickets to a book festival where Endsley will be a guest speaker. Amelia is over-the-moon excited. However, things fail to go as planned and only Jenna meets the author. Heartbroken, Amelia lashes out in anger and jealousy and Jenna leaves for Ireland with a rift between them. When the unthinkable happens and Jenna is lost to Amelia forever, she drowns in her grief and pain and guilt. The rosy and bright future the girls had planned together is gone. And then, a special rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives by mail for Amelia. Someway, somehow, Amelia knows this is heaven-sent - a gift from Jenna, and she sets out on a journey to discover the bookstore it was mailed from and the identity of the sender. Her trip eventually leads to a mystical bookstore in Michigan where Amelia meets a strange young man named Nolan. The relationship that develops is pure and innocent and soothing to both damaged souls, but it's partially based on secrets. When those secrets are revealed, Amelia's world is thrown off-kilter once again. Amelia Unabridged is a sweet, touching, heart-felt story of a young woman thrown off her life orbit by profound loss, grief, and guilt. It's the story of a shy young man struggling to survive in a modern public world. It's the story of two bleeding hearts daring to reach out and accept hope, forgiveness, and eventually the essence of true self, strength and purpose. Amelia Unabridged is a beautiful love story that I highly recommend to fans of young adult. It almost felt like a fantasy to me. It is, without a doubt, a beautiful fairy tale. *Thank you Wednesday Books for an arc of this book. **Review posted at: Cross My Heart Reviews

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    A beautiful story of friendship, losing a friend, and starting over. I liked this very much. Amelia and Jenna bonded over the Orman Chronicles series as girls, and they consider themselves superfans. As a high school graduation gift, Jenna's parents send the girls off to a book signing by the author, N. E. Endsley. The event is a bust when the notoriously introverted writer suddenly leaves the bookstore - but not before Jenna spoke to him while Amelia was using the bathroom (wouldn't you know it? A beautiful story of friendship, losing a friend, and starting over. I liked this very much. Amelia and Jenna bonded over the Orman Chronicles series as girls, and they consider themselves superfans. As a high school graduation gift, Jenna's parents send the girls off to a book signing by the author, N. E. Endsley. The event is a bust when the notoriously introverted writer suddenly leaves the bookstore - but not before Jenna spoke to him while Amelia was using the bathroom (wouldn't you know it?!) The near miss causes a huge rift between the best friends. Before that happened, Jenna pretty much had their future mapped out - both of them attending the same university, even setting up Amelia with her major. Amelia never had to give much thought to what she wanted. After their big argument, Amelia takes a road trip for a much-needed getaway. The town where she stops happens to have a book lover's book store, the kind we all fantasize about in our most audacious daydreams: huge, multi-leveled, with lots of reading nooks tucked in where you have to find them. The owners, Valerie and her son Alex, live upstairs along with Alex's very introverted best friend Nolan... A bittersweet story about broken hearts and serendipity. Just lovely.

  24. 5 out of 5

    human

    will sell soul (ha ha) for arc

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    This novel was lovely, lyrical and tinged with melancholy and whimsy. It feels like one of those books that is meant to be found at the right time for the reader, and I certainly felt like it was the right moment for me to pick it up when I did. It’s definitely a YA book, but I appreciate it so much more as an adult read and I think a lot of that has to do with how much of the story and my resonance with what the character goes through. Lovely debut, and I look forward to reading more from this This novel was lovely, lyrical and tinged with melancholy and whimsy. It feels like one of those books that is meant to be found at the right time for the reader, and I certainly felt like it was the right moment for me to pick it up when I did. It’s definitely a YA book, but I appreciate it so much more as an adult read and I think a lot of that has to do with how much of the story and my resonance with what the character goes through. Lovely debut, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AMELIA UNABRIDGED by Ashley Schumacher in exchange for my honest review.*** Amelia and her best friend Jenna bond over a book series written by reclusive teen N E Endsley. After a rare argument, Jenna dies leaving Amelia lost and alone. Amelia travels to a small bookstore in Michigan on a quest to find more about a mysterious picture, never expecting to encounter the elusive Nolan Endsley. AMELIA UNABRIDGED is a story about friendship ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AMELIA UNABRIDGED by Ashley Schumacher in exchange for my honest review.*** Amelia and her best friend Jenna bond over a book series written by reclusive teen N E Endsley. After a rare argument, Jenna dies leaving Amelia lost and alone. Amelia travels to a small bookstore in Michigan on a quest to find more about a mysterious picture, never expecting to encounter the elusive Nolan Endsley. AMELIA UNABRIDGED is a story about friendship, family, love, grief and living life for yourself. Ashley Schumacher’s gorgeous writing dances off the pages, with poetic word building that made me smile. In the friendship, Amelia follows Jenna’s lead. Jenna’s enthusiasm and drive is matched by her parents’ financial generosity, taking Amelia along as part of the family. Caught up in the enthusiasm, Amelia barely considers her own preferences. After Jenna’s death, I cringed at her parents financial control, under the umbrella of love and subtle manipulation, borne of grief not malice. Nolan is both enigmatic and infuriating, using his an anxiety as an excuse for rudeness. Beneath his frustrating exterior, a story he eventually shares. I didn’t plan to read AMELIA UNABRIDGED in one sitting, but couldn’t help myself. AMELIA UNABRIDGED is a must read for bibliophiles of all genres.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erica (sand_between_pages)

    Wow! What a gem of a book! Thank you so much to St. Martin's Publishing Group and Macmillan Audio for the ARC and ALC of this sweet novel! . I cried during this read. And I cried a lot. Amelia Unabridged is a beautiful, engrossing story of tragedy, creativity, and first love. This book was recommended to me by two friends and I was told I'd love it because it has the same vibe as Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, and that was entirely accurate! While there are a lot of places to shed tears, ther Wow! What a gem of a book! Thank you so much to St. Martin's Publishing Group and Macmillan Audio for the ARC and ALC of this sweet novel! . I cried during this read. And I cried a lot. Amelia Unabridged is a beautiful, engrossing story of tragedy, creativity, and first love. This book was recommended to me by two friends and I was told I'd love it because it has the same vibe as Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, and that was entirely accurate! While there are a lot of places to shed tears, there are also several moments to smile, laugh, and simply appreciate the beauty of living and learning. I like books that provoke thought and stay with me and Amelia's story definitely stayed with me beyond the pages. I wish, post-read, that someone would provide me updates on her life and how it's going so I could keep my eye on her :) <3! . This is a YA novel, but it reads very maturely. I would recommend to: - Any and all that appreciate the art of story-telling - Fans of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley or Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren - Those that enjoy emotionally charged, fast-paced stories

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruei (Ruei's Reading Corner)

    Full Review & Blog Tour: https://rueisreadingcorner.blogspot.c... Amelia and Jenna have been best friends since the day Amelia's dad left her and her mom. Her mom is like a ghost, always lodged in front of the TV not doing much, so Jenna's family takes her in as their second daughter. This was also the day that Amelia discovered her love for the Orman Chronicles. Amelia and Jenna soon go to meet N.E. Endsley, the author of the Orman Chronicles, at a rare event. After an unpredictable accident tak Full Review & Blog Tour: https://rueisreadingcorner.blogspot.c... Amelia and Jenna have been best friends since the day Amelia's dad left her and her mom. Her mom is like a ghost, always lodged in front of the TV not doing much, so Jenna's family takes her in as their second daughter. This was also the day that Amelia discovered her love for the Orman Chronicles. Amelia and Jenna soon go to meet N.E. Endsley, the author of the Orman Chronicles, at a rare event. After an unpredictable accident takes Jenna away from Amelia, Amelia is left heartbroken and confused. On top of that, she's also debating between going with the college plans that Jenna set for her or following what her heart wants. Then, an unexpected package arrives leading to a bookstore in Michigan state and also N.E. Endsley. N.E. Endsley is not what you would expect from a typical author. He is isolated from everyone else but beneath all of that, he has his own struggles that are carried into his writing. When Nolan meets Amelia, the pain in their hearts has finally found comfort. It's a gorgeous debut ♡ The book felt so real and down to earth with all that Amelia was experiencing. Her parents are divorced just like many people's parents in the world. The grief that she experiences from Jenna's death and how it affected her emotionally is something that many have to deal with especially now with COVID-19. The description and details were amazing and I felt as if I was standing on the side watching everything happen. Val's bookstore seemed totally enchanting and I hope to visit one just like that in my life. My top favorite things to do include reading and playing the piano so it was absolute perfection for me. This book truly blew me away and is definitely one of my top reads of all time. The writing style of the author is absolutely beautiful and I loved everything about this book. It left me in tears throughout but also got me to laugh in other parts. Amelia Unabridged was beyond my expectations and you need to read this touching book. **Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for sending me an Advanced Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour!**

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. One of the most anticipated YA books of 2021, Amelia Unabridged is about friendship, finding your own way, and dealing with loss. Admittedly this was a slow one for me and I felt the romance was a bit forced in the middle(it won me over by the end). On the other hand, I am not the target audience but was invested enough in the "mystery " to keep on turning the pages. Publication Date 16/02/21 Goodreads r Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. One of the most anticipated YA books of 2021, Amelia Unabridged is about friendship, finding your own way, and dealing with loss. Admittedly this was a slow one for me and I felt the romance was a bit forced in the middle(it won me over by the end). On the other hand, I am not the target audience but was invested enough in the "mystery " to keep on turning the pages. Publication Date 16/02/21 Goodreads review published 28/03/21

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