Title: Amelia Unabridged
Author: Ashley Schumacher
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: February 16, 2021
My Rating: ★★★★★
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.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review!
This was my last read of 2020 and I couldn’t have ended the year on a better note. I absolutely loved this book. It was so beautifully written and I am honestly blown away by it! This story was sad but also full of hope. Amelia Unabridged is about friendship, grief, love and the power of stories.
The author does a flawless job discussing grief and how it is different for everyone. Amelia & Nolan’s stories are tragic. I definitely got teary eyed while reading. The heartbreak that both characters have is unimaginable, but together they learn that healing is possible.
The romance was oh so sweet. I was rooting for the couple the entire time. There was something about them that just worked. They were truly meant for each other…call it fate!
I adore that this book was all about books. The bookstore setting was dreamy. Like I honestly need a Val’s bookstore in my life. Amelia’s favorite book series is the Orman Chronicles and it sounds magical. The author put excerpts from the fictional books within this story and I found that so fun! I would 100% read the Orman books if they were real. My favorite part about Amelia Unabridged was that it shows just how important stories & books can be for someone. Not only can they be an escape, but they can also make people feel alive.
The friendships were incredible. Though we didn’t get to see Jenna for very long, her presence was felt throughout the entire book. I loved the parallels between Amelia & Jenna’s friendship and Alex & Nolan’s.
This book was everything I could have wanted, plus more! I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy. I need to have this on my bookshelf as soon as possible!