Title: Amelia Unabridged
Author: Ashley Schumacher
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication date: February 16th, 2021
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.
Amelia Unabridged hits the ground running and doesn’t let up until the very last words. This book was a full on, emotional journey that I needed several days to recover from – and I mean that in the BEST POSSIBLE WAY. This novel is raw, magical, and explores so many themes.
Amelia and her best friend Jenna are waiting to meet N.E. Endsley, the author of their favorite series, at a convention. He ends up pulling out of the panel he would be a part of, but not before meeting Jenna – but not Amelia. A few weeks later, Jenna is killed in a car accident, and Amelia is adrift without her. She gets sent a rare copy of their favorite book, and does what she can to track down who sent it to her. Along the way, Amelia just might find everything she’s been looking for.
This book made me so emotional. I spent A LOT of it crying uncontrollably. Ashley Schumacher’s writing style is emotional, magical, and devastating. I was floundering from chapter three on. But outside of the emotional aspect, there was also so much character development, and so many amazing characters! The side characters were amazing, but Amelia and Nolan are masterpieces. Also, I want to live in the bookstore that a lot of the book take place in. That is all.
Don’t even get me started on the epilogue. Read this book and take the harrowing, emotional journey.
Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and for including me in this blog tour!
Happy reading, folks!