Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

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Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

by Kimberly Mccreight

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 22, 2014 | Hardcover

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.

During the most important meeting of her career, single mother Kate Baron is summoned to pick up her daughter from the exclusive Park Slope private school she attends. Fifteen-year-old Amelia has been suspended, but when Kate arrives at St. Grace, she finds a scene far worse than she could have ever imagined. Despondent over having been accused of cheating, Amelia has jumped to her death from the school''s roof. At least that''s the story St. Grace tells Kate. And it is the one Kate believes. That is until she gets an anonymous text:

She didn''t jump.

Told from Kate and Amelia''s alternating points of view, as well as Amelia''s e-mails, texts and Facebook posts, Reconstructing Amelia tells the story of why Amelia was on St. Grace''s roof that day. And how she ended up plunging to her death.

This is a story of secret first loves, old friendships and an all-girls club steeped in mean girl tradition. It''s about having the strength to accept your own truth, even when the people you trust betray you. But most of all, Reconstructing Amelia is the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn''t save.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.29 in

Published: September 22, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006222543X

ISBN - 13: 9780062225436

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I read this book in two days - I could not put it down. A realistic and heartbreaking glimpse into the world of cyber-bullying, and the impacts that it can have on even the most real-rounded and seemingly strong and independent individual. Very well-written and poignant from both the perspective of the mother, which is heart-breaking and self-reflective, and the daughter, which is innocent, inquisitive and misguided. A highly recommended book.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mean girls This is a tragic story about bullies and bullying. While the story is set in a private high school in Brooklyn, the bullying transcends the high school and applies to the adults and teenagers alike. Other reviewers have compared this book to "Gossip Girl" and I can definitely see the similarities in respect of a blog and blasts that know and share the character's deepest secrets. Hazing rituals. The popular and the privileged. This story is told in alternating voices - between the lonely, accomplished and seemingly well-adjusted teenager; and her single, accomplished and seemingly well-adjusted mother. The story might have been more convincing had the author played up the "Gilmour Girls" angle of the mother/daughter relationship. There were definitely some twists and turns I didn't see coming, but the ending for me was anti-climactic. An important read for parents of teenagers, but otherwise just ok.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good little book! This book was definitely a quick read but also great. It takes on a serious topic of teenage bullying and definitely shows that sometimes adults are just as bad.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great novel, well written This story follows a mother who is attempting to follow her daughters last steps before she committed suicide. It is a great story of love, social cliques, perception and teen pressures to belong somewhere. It was very well written, fast paced and a quick read.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frighteningly real.... Reconstructing Amelia is Kimberly McCreight's debut novel. Kate Baron is a single mother to Amelia and a partner in a law firm. Her job keeps her incredibly busy, but when she receives a telephone call from her daughter's exclusive private school, she has to cut her day short. Amelia has been suspended - for cheating. This is completely out of character for her daughter - Kate is annoyed at the faculty and the fact that she has to leave a meeting with an important client. But what she finds when she arrives at Grace Hall is beyond comprehension - Amelia is dead. Suicide the cops say. Kate is on autopilot, dealing with the funeral and trying to come to terms with the fact that Amelia is gone when she receives an anonymous text - "Amelia didn't jump." Kate never believed her daughter would kill herself and now she sets out to prove it. She 'reconstructs' Amelia's life from journals, text messages, Facebook entries, emails and the school's gossip blog. McCreight unravels Amelia's life in alternate chapters from Kate's viewpoint and that of Amelia herself. Reconstructing Amelia is frightening in that it echos many of today's headlines - bullying deaths to be specific. This isn't an easy read/listen - my heart broke for Kate and I just wanted to grab Amelia and protect her. And it made me very afraid for anyone with a teenage daughter. McCreight's plotting keeps us guessing with many red herrings and twists along the way. I did choose to listen to this book - Kristine Hvam was the reader and she was excellent. She has a very versatile voice - easily portraying teenage tones and switching to the adult characters effortlessly. The teen voices were particularly effective. Listen to an excerpt of Reconstructing Amelia. Although not listed as YA fiction, I can see Reconstructing Amelia as a crossover title. And it would spark much discussion between mothers and daughters or in book clubs. A reading guide is available. Nicole Kidman has signed on to produce and star in an HBO film of Reconstructing Amelia.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unputdownable Is The Only Way To Describe It! It was over far too quickly. Reconstructing Amelia, Kim McCreight's debut novel reads as if written by an author who has been putting out books for decades. This is anything but a novice storytelling. The story of Kate, a single mom left to put the pieces together after her only daughter's apparent suicide, is expertly crafted and beautifully written. Kate, a lawyer, knows her daughter. And she knows that there is no way that Amelia would have committed suicide. But her grief has diminished her capacity to fight for her daughter's memory until she receives a mysterious text message telling her that "Amelia didn't jump". The text message sends Kate on a journey to find out exactly what happened to her daughter and in the process she also finds out that she may not have known Amelia as well as she thought. Kim McCreight is a skilled writer and her ability to write what is essentially two stories running concurrently is amazing and a joy to read. Told from Kate and Amelia's points of view McCreight weaves a story that successfully keeps the reader wondering how it will all end right up until it's poignant conclusion. The two points of view are so complementary and intricately woven that the story is seamless. Sometimes writers can lose the reader with too much back and forth but McCreight handles this beautifully. I loved this book! I read the large print version and at 574 pages, it was over far too soon. It was an absolute page-turner and I highly recommend it! Unputdownable!!!
Date published: 2013-10-28

– More About This Product –

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

by Kimberly Mccreight

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.29 in

Published: September 22, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006222543X

ISBN - 13: 9780062225436

From the Publisher

During the most important meeting of her career, single mother Kate Baron is summoned to pick up her daughter from the exclusive Park Slope private school she attends. Fifteen-year-old Amelia has been suspended, but when Kate arrives at St. Grace, she finds a scene far worse than she could have ever imagined. Despondent over having been accused of cheating, Amelia has jumped to her death from the school''s roof. At least that''s the story St. Grace tells Kate. And it is the one Kate believes. That is until she gets an anonymous text:

She didn''t jump.

Told from Kate and Amelia''s alternating points of view, as well as Amelia''s e-mails, texts and Facebook posts, Reconstructing Amelia tells the story of why Amelia was on St. Grace''s roof that day. And how she ended up plunging to her death.

This is a story of secret first loves, old friendships and an all-girls club steeped in mean girl tradition. It''s about having the strength to accept your own truth, even when the people you trust betray you. But most of all, Reconstructing Amelia is the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn''t save.

About the Author

Kimberly McCreight attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Reconstructing Amelia is her first novel. Her work has appeared in several publications including Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, Babble, The Times (London), and New York Magazine online.

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?Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl.? (Entertainment Weekly, ?Summer Must? List)
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