by Ashley Schumacher
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.
RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.1
NO SPOILERS HERE, GUYS. FEEL FREE TO CONTINUE WITHOUT FEAR!
~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
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 heartwrenching and outstandinly 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 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.