A series of realistic fiction books written by Marissa Moss and published by Simon and Schuster.The series follows the everyday events in the life of Amelia, an ordinary girl living in the Pacific northwest. The series opened with Amelia learning how to adjust to moving to a new state. Later books center around other problems that most girls eventually have to deal with, such as crushes, making the jump to middle school, gossip, and babysitting.Every book is told in an undated diary format, with just as many doodles in the margins and photographs and random objects taped inside as one would expect from a preteen girl. American Girl magazine also ran a column for her, but it was discontinued after nearly a decade.Not to be confused with Amelia Bedelia.
Black Best Friend: Averted in Carly's case. While Amelia considers Carly cooler and prettier, Carly can also be hot-tempered and aloof, and has her own personality and motivations outside of being Amelia's friend.
Chekhov's Gunman: Kayla in Amelia's Itchy-Twitchy, Lovey-Dovey Summer at Camp Mosquito. At the beginning, she's only mentioned as one of the girls in Amelia's cabin and the homesick, constantly crying kid. After that, she makes just a brief appearance and a mention later on, but at the end, she turns out to be the girl Luke chooses over Amelia and Carly at the camp dance.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Several girls are introduced as Amelia's cabin-mates in Amelia's Itchy-Twitchy, Lovey-Dovey Summer at Camp Mosquito at the start of the book, but only one of them ever shows up again later on.
Demoted to Extra: Leah. She's introduced as the first friend Amelia makes after moving away in the first notebook, but makes sporadic appearances after that when Carly becomes Amelia's best friend.
Disappeared Dad: Played straight at first, Amelia's dad never being even mentioned. Amelia then writes him a letter in Luv Amelia Luv Nadia, and they finally meet in Amelia's Family Ties. Now he's mentioned pretty frequently.
Running Gag: Amelia often needs multiple tries to remember the spelling of "weird" (which doesn't follow the "I before E except after C" rule).
Sadist Teacher: Mr. Lambaste, Amelia's sixth-grade homeroom, English, and history teacher. When Cleo had him, she dumped salt in his coffee, and he mistakenly thought that Amelia was going to be just like her. Too bad it takes place in a world where There Are No School Counselors Or Therapists.
Satellite Character: Nadia is mostly defined by having been Amelia's best friend before Amelia moved away.
The Unfavorite: Cleo in the Amelia-Mom-Cleo family, as Amelia drives Mom less crazy. However, the tables are turned in the Clara-Dad-Amelia-Cleo-George family, where Amelia, while certainly loved by her father, goes unnoticed.
Unreliable Narrator: There is some evidence that suggests that Amelia is not above exaggerating things, given that we only see her life through her notebooks. One such example is whenever Cleo's bedroom cleanliness or her table manners are brought up. It is honestly difficult to believe that Cleo would have boyfriends or even friends with table manners that bad. They can't be that bad in real life.
Visit by Divorced Dad: Inverted, because it's Amelia who comes to visit rather than her dad. An entire book, Amelia's Family Ties, centers around Amelia getting a letter from her dad, who offers to let her come visit him in Chicago for a few days so they can catch up. There's apparently still some tension between her parents, since her mom wasn't all that thrilled when the letter came in the mail.