Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

by Kimberly Mccreight

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | November 25, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is shocked when her daughter''s exclusive Brooklyn private school calls to tell her that Amelia-her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old-has been caught cheating. But when Kate arrives at Grace Hall, she''s blindsided by far more devastating news: Amelia is dead. Despondent, she''s jumped from the school''s roof. At least that''s what Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. It''s what she believes, too, until she gets the anonymous text: Amelia didn''t jump. Now, Kate is going to find the truth-no matter where it leads. Sifting through Amelia''s e-mails, text messages, and Facebook posts, Kate reconstructs the pieces of her daughter''s life and the people in it, uncovering why she was on Grace Hall''s roof that day-and how she died.

A superb blend of Tana French and Jodi Picoult, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, friends and bullies. It''s about how well any parent really knows their child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.92 in

Published: November 25, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062225448

ISBN - 13: 9780062225443

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Must Read Novel The story is fantastic, well paced, gripping and touches on some important issues teens face. Everyone, young and old, should read this story as a reminder of the relationships we sacrifice for, the ones we sacrifice, and how quickly one poor choice can spiral out of control. Incredible read with so many powerful moments!
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complex Story Kept Me Guessing Excellent book. The characters were (mostly) multi-layered and believable. I related to both the main characters. There were lots of surprises as the story unfolded and some of the background was made known. I enjoyed the technology aspect of the story, how so much interaction was via email and text and how that affects what we really know about other people. There were a few loose ends I would have preferred to see tied up a little tighter but it didn't really affect the overall rating. 5 of 5 - would buy another book by this author without hesitation.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I couldn't put the book down! It's a real page turner and keeps you in suspense until the very end. Can't wait for Kimberly McCreight's next book!  I'm a fan:)
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel! This is the first book I read in 2014 and I have to say that it was a quick read. I couldn't put this book down. It is told in two different perspectives: the mother Kate and the dead daughter Amelia. Amelia's portion of the story is from the past, before her "suicide" and Kate's story is told after Amelia's "suicide". McCreight also throws in a few Facebook status updates and blog entries. This book grips you from the very beginning. You can't help but want to know what is going on while reading this story. The circumstances behind Amelia's death are quite suspect but for some reason in the beginning Kate is getting some push back from the local police in charge of the investigation. As a result she decides to take matters into her own hands. We find out that Amelia may have gotten involved with a very volatile group of girls at her school. She begins to pull away from her best friend and becomes more involved in a secret club. She is also texting some mysterious boy. All of this is unknown to her mother. I think this book really explores the relationship between a mother and a daughter. I really liked their relationship but you can see that there is a lot that Amelia keeps from her mother. I think this is a part of being a teenager. Regardless of how close you are with your mother when you start to get older you try to figure out who you are. A part of that is experimentation and trying to fit in and I think that this is precisely what Amelia is doing. The writing in this novel is quite good. It is well done and as I said before I couldn't put this book down. She makes you feel for each of the characters in a very real day. The blurb compares this novel with Gone Girl in the sense that it is surprising but I would say that there were some things that I guessed along the way. The very ending though was something that I did not predict. I was shocked to find out what actually happened to Amelia. I think that you should go out and get this book as soon as you can. It is an adult novel but it does have some cross-over appeal for YA lovers.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tells it all.... What an eye opener! Gives real insight into the lives of our teenagers as they move along through social media and peer pressure. Their search for identity is frightening. Glad I as too old to have to face many of their choices and struggles.
Date published: 2014-01-08

– More About This Product –

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

by Kimberly Mccreight

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.92 in

Published: November 25, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062225448

ISBN - 13: 9780062225443

From the Publisher

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is shocked when her daughter''s exclusive Brooklyn private school calls to tell her that Amelia-her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old-has been caught cheating. But when Kate arrives at Grace Hall, she''s blindsided by far more devastating news: Amelia is dead. Despondent, she''s jumped from the school''s roof. At least that''s what Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. It''s what she believes, too, until she gets the anonymous text: Amelia didn''t jump. Now, Kate is going to find the truth-no matter where it leads. Sifting through Amelia''s e-mails, text messages, and Facebook posts, Kate reconstructs the pieces of her daughter''s life and the people in it, uncovering why she was on Grace Hall''s roof that day-and how she died.

A superb blend of Tana French and Jodi Picoult, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, friends and bullies. It''s about how well any parent really knows their child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not 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.

Editorial Reviews

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