Year 7, Book 47

47. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
After a recent spate of reading excellent YA novels, I hit a snag with Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. It wasn’t a horrible book, but it wasn’t anything special in my opinion either. It definitely felt like more of a teen drama to me than other YA books I’ve read, though I would definitely caution readers that it is for older young adults as there is some pretty graphic sex and violence in it.

On the day Becca graduates from high school determined to get out of the small town in which she is from, an unidentified girl is found dead on the side of the road. Becca spends her summer trying to balance her feelings about leaving her town and her boyfriend while worrying about who murdered the dead girl. Her story is intercut with Amelia Anne’s story, who the reader knows is the dead girl even though the other characters in the book do not. Eventually the stories meet and you find out how Amelia Anne wound up dead in this small town.

I found the ending to be kind of ridiculous leaving me more dissatisfied with the book than I might otherwise have been. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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