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 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.
I'd heard great things about this book and it didn't disappoint. Though what I enjoyed most was the narration. She nailed so many character's voices and also managed to read text conversations and blog posts. If they gave awards for audio book narration, I would definitely nominate Khristine Hvam
Khristine Hvam did a killer job with this. The story really had me until 3/4 way. I was engrossed. Then it just kind of fell flat. It was a whole bunch of little things having nothing to do with anything really. Some character development issues and random things that didn't make sense.
After reading some reviews I thought that I would be less than surprised at the ending. The author threw in some unexpected twists at the end that definitely made it worth the listen. Even if the story is predictable to some, I liked the way that the story was told and how the event were reconstructed. I would highly recommend this book to any listener who loves "Gone Girl" and other such books.
There is an aspect of whodunnit underlying the well-portrayed other stories of peer pressure, teen angst, love, betrayal. My guess of who did it ran through most of the characters and I still wasnt sure until the very end.
Very few mysteries keep me guessing, but this one did. I had several aspects figured out early on, but I am a voracious reader, so that's not unusual. What is unusual is that there were still twists and surprises for me at.the end -- HOORAY! This is the second book that I have read by this author and I haven't been disappointed in either one. Very much worth the credits!
In the top five. The story was well constructed and kept me guessing until the end.
Two things in particular. Firstly the characters. I don't really like books about teens. Theh make me feel old ! But the characters were so well constructed that I could relate despite the age difference. The young characters were portrayed realistically and in a way that wasn't off putting. And the older characters were also well developed. I like the way the story is told in two time frames back and forth it made a great whole picture for the reader and gave greater insight having the mothers perspective as well as the young girl. The second thing I loved was the ending. No spoilers but it was well done. I rarely say that. I am constantly let down by disappointing or predictable endings. There were hints through the book where it was going and plenty of options for an ending. I felt this was perfect for the story. Really left me feeling like the book had concluded. Not an anti climax at all it was perfect and not over the top.
Kate. Perhaps as she is closer to my age etc. however all the characters well well performed and written. I think Kate is the central character of the book even more than Amelia. Seeing it through her eyes made such a complete picture.
Yes and no. Yes because it was captivating. No because I needed space and quiet to enjoy where I'm not distracted. I also wanted the experience to last so I like to set aside quiet time each evening to unwind and listen to the book. But if you mean did the book keep me engaged and make me want to keep reading then yes
Really well written and performed. I was surprised how much this book got to me. Very real and well conveyed it touched my heart.
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