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The psychological labyrinth of a young woman's insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of "Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone."
Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother--a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery--and the escape of denial--in arid, landlocked air.
But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie's symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean's edge offers more than healing air ... it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 382 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 43mm | 499g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0525426485
  • 9780525426486
  • 691,954

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"Rosenfield's paragraphs are so suffused with the pull of the tide that it becomes a full-body throb, drawing Callie down, down, down to exactly where you think she's heading: the deep. The delicious confusion between fantasy and madnessfinds perfect expression in Rosenfield's hypnotic prose and upside-down chapter construction." --"Booklist," starred review
"At its best in the sensory details that create its vaguely sinister atmosphere."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"This often eerie novel that toes the line of fantasy is a delight. Readers won't be sure just what it is that has consumed Callie--her own madness, or perhaps, something altogether inhuman--but they'll keep turning pages in hopes of finding out. For fans of E. Lockhart's We Were Liars." --"School Library Journal" Accolades for "Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone"
Edgar Award Finalist for Best Young Adult Mystery
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
PW Best New Book for the Week
"Lush, mysterious, utterly compelling." --Ellen Hopkins, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Crank trilogy
"Becca's first-person narration is occasionally interspersed with third-person flashbacks of Amelia's last days, and while her end is never in doubt, watching the events that lead up to it will mesmerize readers. . . . Her language is precise and vivid. . . . A perceptive, contrapuntal character study with a light thriller flavor--utterly compelling." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
"This layered and exquisitely written story explores the fallout from the murder as well as the dark side of love. Actions have real consequences in Rosenfield's novel, and her suffocating small town setting is powerfully and chillingly evoked." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"This is author Kat Rosenfield's first novel, and she's to be commended for taking risks with Amelia Anne that aren't common in young adult fiction. . . . Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone blends elegant writing and brutal behavior into a sharp and haunting novel." --"Bookpage," Top Pick
"A dark, moody murder mystery that I predict you're going to love." --HelloGiggles
"If you love Pretty Little Liars, you'll love Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone."
"This is sophisticated writing replete with lyricism, layers and language." --Daily Kos
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About Kat Rosenfield

Kat Rosenfield is a writer, illustrator, advice columnist, entertainment journalist, zombie enthusiast, and author of the novel Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone.
When not writing fiction, she can be found shamelessly gossiping about movies and celebrities as a contributor for MTV News, and doles out relationship and life advice as the resident agony aunt on Barnes & Noble's SparkLife. You can visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @katrosenfield.
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829 ratings
3.3 out of 5 stars
5 17% (145)
4 27% (221)
3 31% (256)
2 18% (150)
1 7% (57)
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