Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review - Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne is Dead and GoneAmelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Amelia Anne is dead and gone but she apparently left behind her thesaurus because her story was quite adjective-alicious. But, once I waded through the overabundance of metaphors and descriptive prose, it was a fairly ok read....until the last 30 or so pages. That ending was bullshit. I was so angry about the fact that I had been drawn in to the suspense of this murder/mystery only to be rewarded with some half ass muddle-muck of an ending. Not to mention that it just WOULD NOT, COULD NOT logically have happened that way.

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This less than perfect ending, the overly descriptive writing, and the fact that I found the main character, Becca, to be utterly unlikable, left me a rather grumpy reader after finishing this book. I guess one could look at it as Becca was a "flawed" main character, but I just thought she was nothing but angst and asshattery. This is an example of some of her "personality"

"Rebecca Williams?"
"That's me," I said, hoisting my backpack. The fat girl-whose named turned out to be, hilariously, Bonnie Biggs-smiled and waved at me.

Ugh. Needless to say, I did not enjoy Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone and certainly don't recommend it. However, there are other people who thought that this was a wonderful story and if you're at all curious about this book, take a look at Wendy's review here for another perspective.

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Wendy Darling said...

Oh my, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one, Donna! I didn't love this one as much as I originally thought I would (and I agree with you about the ending). Still, I found the overall story and writing compelling enough that I rated it highly, though.

Hope your next read is better...and thanks for linking to my review, too.

Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

Lectus said...

Maybe 200 years ago killing someone who was dying anyways, to put them out of their misery was okay. Today, we are not allowed to do that not even with a stray dog!

And this guy does it because...? Logic would say "call 911" or get out of there. And don't you want to tell who did that to you before dying so the bastard can pay? hmmm....

This Rebecca Becca was too annoying for my taste. The author has a way with words, that's for sure! But when you over do it it kills the intended effect. What is wrong with writing something simple that ESL students can understand?

Lectus said...

Oh! very cool "hide/show" spoiler thing!!!!
I will try to do the same for my blog when I have a free month to dedicate to fix my blog around.

Donna @ The Happy Booker said...

Exactly. Ugh, this book had me so annoyed!

Donna @ The Happy Booker said...

I think I googled the HTML to make that happen, I don't remember how I did it though and would have to google it again.

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