I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
Reconstructing Amelia was an enjoyable book with some a very interesting premise. The chapters go back and forth between the mother's point of view, and the daughter's narration from before her death. We as the readers do finally know the whole truth, but true to life, the mother can only hope to put together enough information to get the basic outline of what happened to her daughter.
I did read a review that compared this book to "Gone Girl", acting like this was the next big thing. While I did find it interesting and enjoyable, I personally would not compare it to Gone Girl. The stories are required to have very different tones since this is a mother/daughter that were close, and it lacks the dark wit and hard edges that made Gone Girl such a great summer read.
There are some issues with the recording towards the beginning; nothing that hinders your ability to hear any words spoken, just a jump in sound quality a few times from an almost echo-y sound to a more dull and muted tone; it made me wonder if anyone listened to the recording before releasing it. It was like bad splicing. Still, this was only a few times towards the beginning; and while it caused some irritation and concern, it did not continue through the book, so don't worry if you notice it towards the beginning.
Speaking as someone who gobbles up a book about every other day, I enjoyed reading this and it was a good selection for me. If that is you also, and you need to find a high volume of selections, I do recommend this. I liked it. If, however, you have less time for your audiobooks and can therefore be super selective in your purchases, then perhaps there are enough books that are even better than this one to read.
Overall, I liked the story. It got a bit far fetched towards the end, but I still enjoyed it overall.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
I took a chance on this unknown (to me) author and was very pleased with all aspects of this book. The narration and story were excellent. It really kept me listening.
Chicagoan. Natural redhead. Happy mama of a corgi and a blue crown conure.
Soooo good! Didn't ever want to put this one down. I've heard this compared to Gossip Girl and Gone Girl, and I totally agree. There is definitely a Gossip Girl vibe because the novel takes place in a posh high school, but it's not as teeny-bop as Gossip Girl. It's more like Gossip Girl meets Body of Proof. And the Gone Girl comparisons are due to the story telling style. There are two timelines: one of the mother moving forward and finding out what happened to her daughter; and another reverse timeline from her daughter's point of view which is delivered to the reader through the daughter's texts, emails, and even her own story. I love that the author kept things moving around like that. It seemed to keep the story fast-paced and keep me on my toes. The story is so juicy I found myself wanting to gossip with my friends about things that happened in the novel. Full of secrets and totally delish!
Love the book. Wonderful narration performance by Khristine Hvam. I find myself constantly looking for new well written book similar to Gone Girl, the Silent Wife, the Secret History and this book definitely hit the spot. I couldn't stop listening to it and devoured it in a day.
This book drove me crazy! So many parts of the dialogue, & scenes would just never happen in real life.. Detectives do not take grieving mothers on possible homicide investigations with them! I listened to the whole thing, but couldn't wait for it to be over, so I could start something else.. It dragged on forever & was just strange! It's not that it was about high-school drama & seemed immature, it was just not believable.
It would depend on the friend, but I think this book could have a great appeal for teen girls and their moms. I have read a great number of reviews that compare this to Gossip Girl. I will admit I had the same thought while listening, I think the story is worth reading. The last book my teenage daughter was interested in was Twilight, and that is not exactly a piece of literary excellence. The themes in this story are relevant, it touches on many issues that should be discussed with teen children, and a story like this goes a long way toward opening that conversation. The characters are diverse, the plot line is not the most original, but it held my interest, and I was really invested in a few of them. Many other reviews indicated that there were loose ends left open, I didn't find that at all. If I am really looking I could come up with a few, but nothing the reader will really care about as they are not central to the story. In this day and age, and all of the things our children face in society, give me a story that my teen and I can talk about, a story that touches on suicide, homosexuality, bullying, deception, peer pressure, internet and texting dangers, navigating politics in relation to schools and policies surrounding student safety, single parenthood, grief, the list goes on and on...give me this story if I am going to read something my daughter can relate to, those vampires aren't going anywhere.
I preferred the other novel available on Audible, " Where They Found Her ".....
definitely a recurring theme though, the plot of that book also was very carefully woven between adults and teens. It was a bit more subtle in how subject matter was addressed, but I am an official fan of Kimberly McCreight. I see on her website she has a YA series coming out, I will read that also. With the insight I found in these two stories, I am excited to see what she does when she focuses on a younger reading audience.
Sylvia was my favorite. She has a little of all us in her. She is a walking testament to the notion of every girl having insecurities, and how sometimes actions and impulses can drastically change our lives. I do wish they had developed Dylan's character a bit more, they touch on her social disorder, and I think that could have been another relevant topic to weave within this story. I decided what she had was similar to Asperger's, but who knows what other readers imagined it to be.
Lou! Who doesn't love a good solid cop? I will do you one better, who doesn't love a well written good solid cop, paired with an awesome narrator that can actually pull of a NY accent!
Read it, and if you you have a high school aged daughter, buy two copies, or download two... and then use the opportunity to talk about it. : )
This book was like the car wreck on the side of the road that you can't help but look. I couldn't wait to turn the page and see what was going to happen next. Every mom should read this book. They need to be aware that so much can be happening in their children's lives, that they are not aware of. Heck, I think this would be a great book for teenagers, too!
I'm pretty bummed out about this. There is SO much useless dialogue. Most importantly, it seems totally catered to high school girls.
Every person is attractive, the protagonist is the *perfect* specimen, the mom-daughter relationship and dialogue is like something out of a tampon commercial . I found the situations completely unrealistic and totally stereotypical.
If you're looking for a quality story (i.e., "the Babysitters Club" doesn't rank a cool #10 on the 1-10 quality scale), don't waste your credit or $ on this nonsense.