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
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.
The concept of the story was interesting, but a bit more melodramatic than I expected. As a former school teacher the setting in a school and the sic and reactions of the characters was interesting.
The dialogue was interesting enough to keep me from stopping the story.
Not read another by the same author and to look reviews to see why I ever ordered this story.
Sad, funny, insightful. Exploring the world of teen bullying and te affects on even the most grounded of kids. Growing up in a modern world is very different. Brilliantly narrated. Unforgettable.
Read the reviews and thought I was going to find myself inside a fantastic thriller...nope. It was basically hours of listening to some girl's diary that was super boring. And the story is very predictable and fairly ridiculous. That whole story was just juvenile. I will say that the narration was wonderful!
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.
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