Amelia Unabridged

Ashley Schumacher

fiction contemporary young adult
emotional hopeful mysterious slow-paced

missing page info | first published 2021

Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith

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.

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emotional 90%
hopeful 65%
sad 56%
reflective 50%
inspiring 43%
adventurous 25%
mysterious 15%
funny 12%
dark 9%
challenging 6%
relaxing 3%
tense 3%


medium 37%
slow 31%
fast 31%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 87% | A mix: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | No: 10% | It's complicated: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 82% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 3% | Yes: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 3%

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