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Reconstructing Amelia

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    TS Tucson, AZ, United States 09-13-13
    TS Tucson, AZ, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Predictable, juvenile and condescending"
    What disappointed you about Reconstructing Amelia?

    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.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-06-13
    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-06-13

    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.

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    "Interesting & Enjoyable"

    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.

    15 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 09-23-16
    Tamara 09-23-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much swearing"

    The storyline was good and keep me interested but so much unnecessary use of foul language. It's a bit mature for a YA novel. So many scenes surrounding Drugs Sex, hazing - am not naive to the reality of those situations occurring at 14-15 yrs of age but having raised 6 teenagers I can tell you it is not the norm for everyone. Nor do we want our teenagers to think it is the norm, or okay to be part of. Very disappointed with the author's judgement and portrayal of young people today. How much better if we faced the issue but gave more detail to the positive side of family, fidelity, maturity - even if it is a reality for some to face the opposite.

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    Deborah 09-20-16
    Deborah 09-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "To all parents"

    Be Aware of all that your children are doing; be there Patent in every way. Love them burgundies them to full fill there drams! This book was about adults not being aware and parents to vulnerable teenagers. Good read!

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    Robert T. Boyd 09-14-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Thrilling but sad – know what you're in for"

    Beautifully written and read. It's a wonderful story. There is no happy ending here, so be aware

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    Bethany Johnson 09-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    "great story."

    First time in a long time that I didn't guess the ending 1/2 of the way through. There were zero lame red herrings, all of the way through everything connected to the story and was important. Loved it!

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    Aubrey Byrne 09-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun and Easy"

    I enjoyed the book. A bit predictable. A bit sophomoric. But overall it was something interesting to listen to on my commute and it held my interest.

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    Yvonne Cherry 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amelia"

    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.

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    Kathy Schiavo 08-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "very teenager should read this book"

    McCreight depicts bullying so well. If it didn't have so many swear words in it, I'd strongly suggest that high schools read this book.

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    Marcia 10-21-13
    Marcia 10-21-13

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "Excellent book"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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