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Reconstructing Amelia

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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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    Amazon Customer APO, AE United States 10-10-17
    Amazon Customer APO, AE United States 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story.. excellent narrator"

    Great story. Pulls on your heartstrings and shows that a mother’s love has no boundaries. It had me yearning for answers with Kate and had me despising all the Maggies. I found nd myself crying at the end! Narrator was excellent at telling the story.

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    "Excellent Read!!"

    This book is very well-written and impossible to put down. It had many unexpected twists and turns. I hope she comes out with a new novel soon!

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    Cathy Braxton 09-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very engaging. great book"

    great narrator, interesting story that captured me and I could not put it down. characters were easy to track and follow, the narrater did a good job of differentiating voices to help listener.

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    alexandra 08-18-17
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    "Gripping but Thin"

    The plot was gripping so I had to know what was going to happen. However, the characters had no depth and the mother was unbelievable and I found myself angry with her because she just didn't make sense. The idea of the story was really good but it just touched the surface and the writing is mediocre. I will say I was entertained so it's enjoyable but not impressive.

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    marie-eve 08-07-17
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    "For teenagers"

    The book is "ok" it felt more of a teenagers type of book. I would describe it as a mix of "Mean girls" & " 13 Reasons Why"

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    "Amazing!!!"

    This book is one of the best I have listened to. I couldn't stop listening to it. I loved how the storyline was set up. Some parts gave me chills. Showed the reality of bullying and the difficulties of dealing with tough issues as a young adolescent.
    I would recommend this book for sure !

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    James 01-19-15
    James 01-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Repetitive and poorly written"

    Very repetitive.
    Had all the literary hallmarks of a soap opera.
    Went on forever and then wrapped up in a silly but tidy ending.

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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.


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    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 09-09-13
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Delish! Like Gossip Girl meets Body of Proof"

    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!

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    Carla 06-01-13
    Carla 06-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Where's the Subtlety?"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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