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Reconstructing Amelia Audiobook

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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    Andrea Z Parkland, FL, US 02-08-17
    Andrea Z Parkland, FL, US 02-08-17
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    "contrite"

    it was written well but includes a disturbing group of characters. there is no hero, except, maybe, the police officer, maybe

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    kris 01-25-17
    kris 01-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "bullies"

    great story ,loved the way it was written and the focus the author made about bullying on schools was very up-to-date and modern.

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    izzo 01-13-17
    izzo 01-13-17
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    "Great story, until the end"

    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.

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    Molly2031 11-24-16
    Molly2031 11-24-16
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    "slow"

    this could have been half the length. hard to keep reading/ keep my interest. The characters were likable.

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    Jane C. 11-07-16
    Jane C. 11-07-16 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Sad story"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Pixie lewes DE 10-10-16
    Pixie lewes DE 10-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "struggled to finish, not interesting to me."

    No just no, maybe I'll like it more after book club discussion. Did not care about most of the characters, bored rich high school kids. Not great writing style. Liked the Virginia Woolf references, & the fact Amelia's character was supposed to be exceptionally smart even though her behavior was opposite.

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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 2017
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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

    Susanna

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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 Eggleston 09-07-16 Member Since 2017

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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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