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Wonder When You'll Miss Me (Alex Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – Mar 2003


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1 edition (Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688167810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688167813
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,434,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "maaike36" on 6 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Amanda Davis' 'Wonder When You'll Miss Me' is one of those novels that is hard to put down, that you would love to continue for another 200 plus pages, that you can't stop thinking about. Faith is a girl you will love for her bravery, endurance, and vigor. The story told is not a happy one and still, how Davis tells this sad story is of such great mastery that it will enthrall you nonetheless. The way emotions and events are captured is so to the point that the whole book feels natural, as if it has always been there. I sure wish Davis could have been alive for another sixty years to fill more and more pages with her great prose and dazzling writing. We will have to do with rereading this book ever after... Which is a pleasure all the same.
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Format: Paperback
This is a strange but addictive book by Amanda Davis. It's very dark; about an overweight fifteen year old girl called who drops all the weight after being assaulted by a group of boys. She begins seeing seeing a strange version of herself she calls only 'the fat girl' who follows her around and is constantly stuffing her face with food. She ends up attempting suicide and being commited to an asylum for some months. Now, I love dark books- I gobble them up... but I ended up feeling this one was perhaps a little too much for me. I was actually quite depressed by the end of it, and I don't usually get that way even with the darkest of books. I think it was the hopelessness that pervaded the book that got to me- something I can't quite explain- perhaps the idea that we only live because we're afraid of death.

After the main character Faith gets out of the asylum she takes revenge on the boy who humiliated her and flees to the circus to find a friend. Though the book starts slowly, I found this part fascinating. I loved the harsh honest depictions of the circus people, and how Faith slowly starts creating a new life, a new person (she even changes her name to 'Annabel'). Even though the book depressed me, I did enjoy it... in a kind of self-destructive kind of way. I might not read it again for a while. The only things I didn't think worked was two wannabe-swingers who tried to follow Faith with a peculiar intensity- and I think the 'fat girl' was perhaps overdone. She constantly stuffing herself with food everytime she appears- it gets repetitive. Also, it felt to me as though the book was being a bit too overbearing with the, "hey look, I'm an allegory!" kind of styling.

I do recommend this one however.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Tragic Lose - She's A Wonderful Writer 7 April 2003
By Caroline P. Hampton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved "Wonder When You'll Miss Me" by Amanda Davis. I was heading to Amazon.com to write a rave review of this debut novel from a wonderfully clever and talented author who has a great career ahead of her. I was going to say how I was looking forward to next book. Sadly, there won't be another book. I was shocked and saddened to read that Ms. Davis was tragically killed (along with her parents) in a plane crash in March 2003.
Luckily, we all had the opportunity to read this amazing book before her untimely death. Her characters are well rounded, deep and fully engaged. Her plot and story is well crafted and really interesting. I found her work really interesting and couldn't put it down. I loved it.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Don't Miss "Wonder When You'll Miss Me" 11 Mar 2003
By Lauren Baratz-Logsted - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this brave and honest novel, Amanda Davis exposes the underbelly of the all-American obsession with popularity. Faith Buckle, overweight and lacking in high-school popularity, pays a horrible price for that crime; this will eventually land her in the circus. In less sure hands, this material could devolve into the land of 'just another American girl interrupted story.' But that's not what happens here. Ms. Davis's work is so consistently sensitive, funny, sad and occasionally horrifying - always nailing the appropriate emotional mark - that readers will read this book rooting for its unusual heroine, while at the same time rooting for the author to write more books.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
From Bookreporter.com 3 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Davis has created a lucid, compelling page-turner that defies categorization.
This is a stunning novel and Faith's story is uncomfortably tragic, brutally
honest and beautifully rendered. It is about pain and rebirth and the reality
behind all illusions. WONDER WHEN YOU'LL MISS ME is, quite simply, a great
novel."
--- Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite books EVER 25 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am astonished at the quality of Amanda Davis's prose. I'm overwhelmed by the at once harrowing and compelling story. I'm so excited that I found this young writer at the beginning of what is destined to be a remarkable career.
You can read the PW excerpt for the plot summary. What I want to tell you is that you must buy this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
poignant and thrilling modern girl odyssey 22 Feb 2003
By Otto Zappatore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
once you meet faith duckle and they ghost of her formerly fat self, you won't want to stop reading this book.
funny, thrilling, poignant, this rags-to-riches of the psyche tale takes the reader on an intimate tour of depression, survival, suburban angst and circus antics. faith duckle is a haunted girl physically abused by cruel high schoolers and psychically scarred by parents who don't care, depression and a stint in a loony bin. faith is accompanied and goaded by her alter-ego "fat girl" as she takes revenge, then hits the road in search of love, identity and the highwire.
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