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Amandine Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 7793 KB
- Publication date : February 12, 2013
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 224 pages
- Publisher : Open Road Media Teen & Tween (February 12, 2013)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00B4V7N0E
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,668,402 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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It could have been a really great story but instead it turned out to be just average. Adele Griffin never really explains why Delia and Amandine are so messed up. And there didn't seem to be any climax or resolution, just straight through. On the whole it was good but it could have been a lot better.
Delia is enthralled with her new friend Amandine, who is totally different from anyone else and does things no one else would do. At first, they have a lot of fun together; but then, Amandine's games and lies become cruel. Delia has to decide what to do: stop being friends with Amandine and suffer the consequences, or continue the friendship at the cost of her morals and beliefs.
I've read Adele Griffin before, and enjoy her work. I like her writing style and characterization. I also like how her books have a subtle message. While I felt like Amandine was a little young for me, it was still a great read and I would definitely recommend it for the younger YA audience.
I loved the way the story was told in past tense. Delia has one of those wise, I've-seen-everything type of voices. It was easy to slip into her world because of that. I don't know how but Delia just got to me right away. I cared about her and could never think of seeing her as someone in the wrong. She may have played games with Amandine but she never meant anything to go to far. Amandine had a way of making her feel like she was in the wrong by putting others against her. And everyone just adored Amandine because she was so casually... her. She just does everything so overdramtically. She's one person and then she's another. Nice, sweet, the perfect daughter that her parents could hope for. But, she was so... pushy and mean. The lives of others were just a game to her. I couldn't help be fascinated just like Delia was by how she interacted with people and swayed them onto her side.
"I did not think she could tell I was staring at her, but she knew. It was something I learned about her, later. That Amandine was always aware of her audience."
Delia's secret was an interesting one. I think by Amandine trying to hold it over her head she made the situation worse for herself. Sometimes enough is enough but then Amandine of course had another trump card. The story was basically showing how things can spiral out of control. How if you don't take a hold of what makes you you there just may be a chance that someone will come up and give you a new identity, a new way of being. It shows you how easily the world can change you and one person can mess up what you percieved the world and people to be. It also about learning from your mistakes. Really what I thought about the message of the story was to choose your friends wisely and make sure they aren't crazy people... But, no really is was a great story with great messages. It was haunting and it was beautiful.
"Ah, nobody learns anything from being happy."
Overall: Absolutely loved this book. It made me think. It's characters were fascinating. I loved this story so so much. I loved everything about it and more. And of course I loved it because how can I not be a fan of someone who's a fan of another great author - my favorite author - Robert Cormier - the genius.