Book Review

Book Review: Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Audience: YA Contemporary + Romance
Length: 304 pages
Author: Ashley Schumacher
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: February 16th, 2021
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BOOK SUMMARY:

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.

THIS WAS BEAUTIFUL.

I’m talkin’ made me tear up multiple times. Wanting to hug this book and give every ounce of love to these characters. Intensely poignant, yet hopeful and kind. Wow this is a read that I will be recommending to everyone!

The writing is what made me really love it. It was enchanting. Somehow taking the worst parts of someone’s life and combining them with the hopeful new beginnings of young love and starting over. The discussion of the healing powers of books/reading made me remember all too well how true that statement is for me.

I loved seeing Amelia grow through her trials and finding her footing in a new [to her] world. There’s many explorations of grief, loss, depression and more. I appreciated how these topics were discussed and how I was still able to love these characters and the story and not feel dragged down by the weight. Sometimes these types of reads can be too much for me, but this hit perfectly in many aspects.

This whole cast was top notch. Every character brought something to the story. Every character helped Amelia learn more about herself and her place in life. The romance was insta, but he way Schumacher portrayed it was everything I needed to enjoy such a quick intimate relationship. It was two people brought together through grief and the bond between them was tightly woven.

Read this book. I loved it all.

Overall audience notes:

  • Young adult contemporary + romance
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: kisses
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: depictions of grief and depression after loss, losing a best friend, losing siblings, parental neglect, anxiety and panic attacks, drowning, car accident

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Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: May 2021

Yay for May! An even 30 books and caught up or finished a few series! I also had my first 1 star book in a very long time.

Favorites: Raybearer, That Fine Line, Falling for Your Fake Fiancé, The Prison Healer, A Proper Scandal, Sunkissed, The War That Saved My Life, Isn’t it Bromantic?, Wait for It, Meet Me in Paradise, Amelia Unabridged

Least Favorites: The HOOK and Kingdom of Souls

  • Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Falling for Your Boss (Love Clichés #2) by Emma St. Clair – (☆☆☆☆)
  • [ARC] The Dragon and the Queen (The Raven and the Dove #3) by Kaitlyn Davis – (☆☆☆☆)
  • The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson – (☆☆☆☆)
  • That Fine Line by Cindy Steel – (☆☆☆☆ 1/2)
  • Falling for Your Fake Fiancé (Love Clichés #3) by Emma St. Clair – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – (☆☆☆)
  • The Prison Healer (The Prison Healer #1) by Lynette Noni – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • A Proper Scandal (Proper Scandals #1) by Esther Hatch – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Sunkissed by Kasie West – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • The War That Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life #1) by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • [ARC] Isn’t it Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Bridge of Souls (Cassidy Blake #3) by Victoria Schwab – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith #1) by Tricia Levenseller – (☆☆☆☆)
  • A Proper Charade (Proper Scandals #2) by Esther Hatch – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Love Unexpected (Some Kind of Love #2) by Jenny Proctor – (☆☆☆)
  • Wait for It by Mariana Zapata – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Falling for Your Best Friend (Love Clichés #4) by Emma St. Clair – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Divine Blood (Guardians of the Maiden #1) by Beck Michaels – (☆☆☆☆)
  • [ARC] Curses by Lish McBride – (☆☆☆)
  • The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren – (☆☆☆☆)
  • A Pho Love Story by Loan Le – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Shortcake by Lucy Watson – (☆☆☆)
  • The Dating Plan (Marriage Game #2) by Sara Desai – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • The HOOK (The PAN Trilogy #2) by Jenny Hickman – (☆)
  • Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #1) by Rena Barron – (☆☆)
  • A Proper Scoundrel (Proper Scandals #3) by Esther Hatch – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Finlay Donovan is Killing It (Finlay Donovan #1) by Elle Cosimano – (☆☆☆☆)

How was your reading month? Lets talk in the comments!

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