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Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee
Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson
Print and e-book, 304 pages
Published: October 11th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
A bittersweet homecoming holds dark secrets in this heart-wrenching story of loss, love, and survival for readers of Room.
When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can’t tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s become of Dee. She has to stay silent because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost.
Amy tries to readjust to life at “home,” but nothing she does feels right. She’s a stranger in her own family, and the guilt that she’s the one who returned is insurmountable. Amy soon realizes that keeping secrets won’t change what’s happened, and they may end up hurting those she loves the most. She has to go back in order to move forward, risking everything along the way. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee is a riveting, affecting story of loss and hope.
My thoughts about Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee ~~
(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)
First line—'I am the last one off the bus. It was only half full to begin with, of shaggy-looking men and older ladies and one mother with two rowdy kids.'
What an amazing story! The reader gets an inside look into the life of a victim of a kidnapping as she tries to fit back into her old life after six years of being gone. Taken along with her best friend when she is only ten years, she has to grow up fast and has to witness things no ten year old should have to witness. When she escapes and makes it back home, it is not easy to slip into the life of a sixteen year old. So many questions that she can't answer, so many things she can't talk about.
This story was riveting and intense. The cover really captured my attention and the story of Amy's survival is one I will not forget. This was a wonderful read!
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