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.
"In a small town, unexplained tragedy can only go so long before it grows teeth, sprouts sharp claws, and turns, snarling, on its own self." On the night of Becca's high school graduation, her boyfriend, James, has sex with her in the back of his truck, then dumps her. The next day, the body of an unknown girl is found on the side of the road. The brunt of Rosen-field's debut novel focuses on Becca, both in the present and in flashbacks that take readers through her romance with James, interrupted with occasional chapters that reveal Amelia's last night alive. Becca, who has always longed to leave town, feels stagnant and wounded as she and James reconcile. Before Amelia died, she had just graduated college and was driving to Cape Cod with her boyfriend, the world opening before her. This layered and exquisitely written story explores the fallout from the murder as well as the dark side of love. Actions have real consequences in Rosenfield's novel, and her suffocating smalltown setting is powerfully and chillingly evoked. Ages 14 up.
A Dead Amelia Anne Is Dead And Gone
It is summer in New England and nobody mentions the Red Sox. That is the problem with Kat’s story of New England teenagers, Amelia Anne Is Dead And Gone. With the exception of dead Amelia Anne, and she is a little older, nobody has any passion. They aren’t excited about music, sports, vehicles, or anything else. They don’t even argue about which kind of beer is best! The young characters seem more like the way they perceive their grandparents.
There seems to be a big interest in stories about boring people and dysfunctional families and that is Amelia Anne. If you want characters with passion go elsewhere.