Review: Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

Expected publication: February 16th 2021 by Wednesday Books

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.

Ashley Schumacher’s devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it. 

My Thoughts

“What will we do?” Emmeline asked, watching as the storm clouds gathered into menacing darkness.

“We’ll do the only thing we can,” Ainsley answered. “Endure.”

First off, I must comment on the cover of this book! It is so beautiful and colorful. I adore it! The story within it’s pages was equally beautiful and I loved every minute of it.

Amelia’s life was better before her father took off for a younger version of her Mom and before her Mom couldn’t handle life anymore and decided to become a marathon TV show watcher. When she meets Jenna, they become inseparable and form a very strong bond over their favorite book series, The Ormand Chronicles.

This book was pure magic. It had everything a good book should have. Unique characters, a great plot, romance and interesting scenery. This book is about grief, starting over, finding your way, standing on your own two feet, getting over the past and love. There was so much to love about this story and so much that I could relate to. From meeting your new best friend, to taking chances, to falling in love, to being absolutely heartbroken. I loved it all.

This story is for every reader that has become obsessed with their favorite author and series, for any reader whom has shared their obsession over a book with their best friend and for every reader whom has dreamed of meeting their favorite author.

I cannot express how so very much I loved this book and I encourage everyone to read it! Thank you so much to Netgalley and the author for the book for this review.

This book was amazing for me, what book have you found that you loved this much?

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