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
This book is for perhaps middle school children who blame their parents for their mistakes. It was a pretty bad read. The story line was extremely predictable. Anyone who is surprised by any of the “twists” in this book has probably not finished elementary school as of yet. For anyone who is of an age that has two numbers in it this was a total snooze fest. For any working mothers do not, I repeat, do NOT get this book. It will piss you off to no end. The only thing that I got out of this book is that Kimberly McCreight thinks that working mothers are the scum of the earth who don’t properly care for their children.
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.
This book was riveting, a real page turner. I was very interested in all the characters and learning how each mystery played out. But the end was unfulfilling. There were a lot of possible endings and the one the author chose just seemed flat and not worthy of the build up to it. The narrator of this is amazing and I really enjoyed listening.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight was excellent. The story grabbed me from the very beginning. Khristine Hvam did an outstanding job narrating the story and brought every character to life. I will be looking for other books by both the author and the narrator.
This story centers around the death of 15 year old Amelia and alters between the past and the present. That is all I am going to say. You will need to read or listen to the book.
I enjoyed this book tremendously and would highly recommend this to teens and adults alike.
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!
Reconstructing Amelia was billed somewhere as "this year's Gone Girl." Not even close. Gillian Flynn made Gone Girl's somewhat improbable plot seem plausible with a thorough and highly entertaining dissection of her two main characters, especially Amy. But author Kimberly McCreight lacks any subtlety as she puts human pinata Amelia through every possible kind of peer harassment and bullying ever imagined. It's difficult to believe that an entire student body knows what the kid is going through and not one adult (even those with some clue) intervenes.
Plausibility takes another dive after Amelia's death. What homicide detective investigating a possible murder would allow the victim's mother to participate in the interviews of witnesses and potential suspects?
A reader might sympathize with Amelia's pain and suffering and even buy into the reasons why she doesn't seek help. But that sympathy dissolves as clueless mom Kate learns more and more about what her daughter endured in her final months.Screaming and blaming everyone but herself, Kate just comes off an an annoying harpy.
The subject of school and cyber bullying could make for a good story by an author with a defter touch than McCreight.
At the beaches at last
I can't think of anyone who would like this book
From beginning to end
It's like listening to whining in the high school gym
Say something about yourself!
This book is to bullying what porn is to sexual activity, gross and extremely cruel. I don't know how anyone could find this book entertaining.
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