Review: Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher
“Everything is a story, not just writing. You need to find the story that means something to you, a story you like telling."
Title: Amelia Unabridged
Author: Ashley Schumacher
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Amelia Unabridged is a very "YA" book, a genre that lately I haven't been falling in love with, hence although the story might be brilliant for me it fell a little flat in comparison to my expectations. Amelia and Jenna are best friends, I loved their meeting story and felt it resonated throughout the whole story. However, I didn't really feel the connection between them, apart from that first scene that stuck in my mind all the other scenes between them felt really inconsequential. Jenna's death, which is not a spoiler but the force that drives the whole story, felt very rapid and I never really felt sadness because I didn't connect with them or at least her relationship with Amelia.
The story quickly turns into a coming of age story. After Jenna's death, Amelia has to figure out how to live without her friend and how to live in reality not in her daydreams or books. This turns out to be hard as she receives a book from her favorite author, a one of a kind edition that she knows was sent by Jenna. Before embarking into the journey to college she knows she has to figure out why Jenna sent her the book this way, if it even was Jenna. She travels alone to this strange library where she meets her favorite author who happens to also be going through the motions of grief and has not been able to finish the glorious books Amelia holds so close to her heart.
The story is one that comes alive, and the writing speaks by itself. However, I was never able to connect with the characters which made it really hard to be amazed or proud or every happy for them. The romance was super cute but very PG. I think my biggest issue was that at times I felt I was reading about Middle Schoolers, not almost college students. Amelia sounded very immature and distant. Overall the story is not forgettable due to the great writing, but the characters definitely are.
The feelings that the story evokes are marvelous and I feel the book would be great for another audience that is not me. Thus I still recommend it 100% if you're looking for a one of a kind YA story, but not if you like things to be darker and steamier like I have been recently in the mood for.
--- 2.5 stars ---