Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.
Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson's life are intercut with Becca's own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia's death.
Now about Kat...
Here is her bio from her site:
Kat Rosenfield is a freelance writer and YA author. She lives in New England, but that might change.
goodreads.com had some more information:
Kat Rosenfield was born and raised in Coxsackie, New York, and worked as a production assistant, publicist and copywriter in New York City before finding her niche in writing for teenagers. Her first novel, AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE, was released by Dutton in July 2012.
When not writing fiction, she can be found contributing entertainment news and commentary to MTV's Hollywood Crush blog and lecturing on proper flirting techniques on Barnes & Noble's SparkLife.
The name of her hometown is not pronounced the way you think it is.
Here is a picture of her:
I hope you enjoyed my first Author bio!