When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter.
Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.
Despondent over having been caught cheating, Amelia has jumped from the school's roof in an act of impulsive suicide. At least that's the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. In a state of shock and overcome by grief, Kate tries to come to grips with this life-shattering news. Then she gets an anonymous text: Amelia didn't jump.
The moment she sees that message, Kate knows in her heart it's true. Clearly Amelia had secrets, and a life Kate knew nothing about. Wracked by guilt, Kate is determined to find out what those secrets were and who could have hated her daughter enough to kill. She searches through Amelia's emails, texts, and Facebook updates, piecing together the last troubled days of her daughter's life.
Reconstructing Amelia is a stunning debut pause-resistor that brilliantly explores the secret world of teenagers, their clandestine first loves, hidden friendships, and the dangerous cruelty that can spill over into acts of terrible betrayal.
©2013 Kimberly McCreight (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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.
Keep your perspective in check- the Mother is as much a victim as the Daughter- both are amazing Persons. Unbelievable what Social Media and bullying can do these days--,eEveryone is at risk.. Reader be ware!
Several moments. The Mother, the Daughter,the Friend, and all the other characters who may have been involved
The fanciest house with most of the answers-- who knew!?
Not My Daughter- Never
Kate is very vulnerable- but grows up instantly when she loses her only daughter- although she blames herself - no parent with good intentions is a bad parent. Ask questions and love your children and ask questions
The dark and disturbing experience of a young teen dealing with the pressures of adolescence, bullying, the social hierarchies of high school and the ache and need to belong, and to be loved. It broke my heart, but I couldn't stop reading. It was exquisite and unapologetic. Life can be very cruel.
Although portrayed graphically, this book contains a great story I couldn't wait to listen to once I started it, and is a disturbing, but accurate, look into the new face of bullying, and the horrors experienced by those being bullied. I think all parents should read this for the eye opener it is. But I can't deny that I loved it - it was truly gripping, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next, to whom, by whom. The 'villians' are not who you think, and of all the people I thought the road would end with, I did not see what happened coming. I sat in my car on my lunch yelling at the characters, and I was constantly surprised by the twists and turns. It is wildly entertaining, but the realization of this technological age is also sad and scary. I loved this book and cannot wait to listen to it again, but I almost feel badly for loving it - because I know this is the reality for so many out there. I apologize for the rambling, weird review, but that last sentence pretty much sums it up. I highly recommend this book, for so many reasons.
This book had a knot in my gut for the whole week or so that I could not bring myself to stop listening. This is a great mystery that had me guessing until the end. The characters, even the minor ones, were written so vividly. It is almost hard to grasp how the author gave such life to all of these characters in what is a fairly short book. Dare I even say that I think this book is better than the ones in the Robert Galibraith series!!!... Anyway, this book will stick with me for a while, I have already recommended it all over town... I will definitely check out more from Kimberly McCreight.
No. The plot could have been believable, but there were too many silly twists and turns, making the book complicated and way too long.
Less detailed reading of Facebook and texts, less gratuitous sex and melodrama with the teen relationships, less verbiage.
Umm. None, though the narration was very well done!
I wish I had known that most of the book was about teenagers, I wouldn't have read it. Maybe I'll stick with nonfiction.
BTY: I think the writing was very good, but I didn't like the story.
Los Angeles, CA
I loved the back and forth/varied story structure in this book. We get one character's POV in the present trying to solve the murder of her daughter, and the daughter's POV in the past telling the events leading up to the murder -- both coming together at the end of the book. The two characters were so well written and performed, so touching in their details and relations to one another (if you're a sucker for mother/daughter stories like I am -- this one will get you). The story constantly had me guessing and trying to put the pieces all together. For long sections I was convinced I had figured it out, but new information always had be scattering to figure it out again. While there were components of it I did take correct guesses at, I didn't figure out the end (at least not in its entirety).
Definitely worth the read if you love a good mystery! But don't mistake it for your typical detective-type mystery. It's much more about the victim and the personal story of her, her mother and the other people she left behind.
Just a Northern MN girl in love with books...so much that she shares her passion. Teaching is NOT just a career; it is a choice and calling
I have already. I can say that this book made me reflect as a mother of two teen girls and as a high school teacher. It is a fabulous life lesson. Throughout, I wanted the "end" to change, but had to keep reminding myself that Amelia had died.
I keep thinking of a Jodi Piccoult book like 19 seconds. Different perspectives all revolved around sadness.
I loved the raw honesty of Amelia...
Unique and great read!!!
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