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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not bad for first book.

Narrator was really good. I thought the book ran a little too long, but I was still intrigued until the end. Recommend this book for younger adults as the story is voiced from many high school students with the use of social media. Yes, there is a concerned mother, but the book is driven by the updated high school culture and relationships.

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