Amanda is a mystery. Amanda is weird. Amanda is beautiful. Amanda is spiritual. Amanda is brave. Amanda is original. Amanda is a freak. Amanda is otherworldly. Amanda is daunting.
Amanda is a mystery. Amanda is weird. Amanda is beautiful. Amanda is spiritual. Amanda is brave. Amanda is original. Amanda is a freak. Amanda is otherworldly. Amanda is daunting. Amanda is strange. Amanda is a liar. Amanda is outgoing. Amanda is a project and Amanda is missing.
Amanda was the friend who made you feel like you were something special, made you feel special that she had chosen you to be her friend. She wasn't like most people. She was a different person everyday, believed in many different obscure things, and turned ordinary life into a work of art. When Callie, Hal, and Nia were called to the principal's office they couldn't believe that Amanda was friends with all of them, when she seemed to be only their own. When Amanda disappears mysteriously, her three closest friends, who are all from vastly different circles, reluctantly work together to search for her. Only, she told them all about a different life that she lead, and was lying. Now the three must use the little enigmatic clues, that seem to come from Amanda herself, to find her.
I really enjoyed reading "The Amanda Project." This first book was told in Callie's perspective and told Callie's story through her memories and thoughts. I liked how the book wasn't only about Amanda, it was also about Callie's messed up family, popular friend's and how Amanda had a little to do with all of it. This book made me want to keep reading more and more to see if Amanda would leave another clue or if the threesome could figure out something new on their own.
Callie, Hal, and Nia made a website to see if Amanda had friends in other places and left clues with them too. You can actually visit this website at www.theamandaproject.com. On this website, fans of the Amanda books can write their story about "knowing" Amanda, talk about the books, and more! Some writers on this website have even been published.
Through the 289 pages of The Amanda Project, I was intrigued. I think upper elementary, middle and high school students would also enjoy this book. Each book in this 8-book series was written by a different author, this first written by Melissa Kantor. The Amanda Project was published in 2009 by Harper Collins Publishers.For more information on The Amanda Project, visit www.theamandaproject.com.