Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreightReconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

byKimberly McCreight

Paperback | December 3, 2013

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In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.

An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.

Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.

Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will find Reconstructing Amelia just as gripping and surprising.

Kimberly McCreight is the author ofReconstructing Amelia. ANew York Timesbestseller,Reconstructing Ameliawas nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, and an Alex Award and has been acquired in seventeen countries. McCreight attended Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School from which she graduated cum laude. ...
Title:Reconstructing Amelia: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062225448

ISBN - 13:9780062225443


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Perspective This novel is about the power of Social Media, girl gangs and bullying. It is also about the pressure to conform rather than standing in your own powerful presence. That being said, it also recognizes how easily we can allow someone or something to undermine our personal power. While it has been compared to Gone Girl, I would not agree with that.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good This book was nothing like I thought, it was better. It shows a mothers love for her teenage daughter and how she will fight to find out the truth.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read I found this book interesting and the authors style of writing lead me to read her other work after this. It was an interesting story and what I enjoyed about it is that it wasn't predictable. I feel like the more I read, the more interesting it became, and you felt the emotions and pain of the characters. It was a nice find. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts Slow but Builds to an Exciting Fast Paced Mystery The premise seemed like it would be hard to read, a daughter lost to suicide. I found the beginning a bit hard to get into, teenage drama and all. But it picks up and you are right there with the mother trying to find out what happened to Amelia. By the end I could hardly put it down, so many twists.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read First book I read by this author. I really enjoyed it, and will definitely read more books by her.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average I found this novel hard to get into. It dries up midway and I just lost interest in it. I don't think to recommend this novel to anyone else.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this Good book! Enjoyed the process of trying to figure out what happened to Amelia during the last little bit of her life. Lots of unexpected things occur.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia A beautifully written book that peeks your interest from the beginning and keeps it throughout.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia Very realistic, very captivating.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modern and Realistic Another book I bought to read on the plane and finished it in a few days. Well written, easy read. Accurate take on today's modern world of technology, social media, social pressures and how powerfully they effect teens particularly in this story. I like that the author laid out the text messages back and forth between characters since this seems to be the primary form of communication for so many today.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional This book is definitely emotional, especially when you find out what was happening in Amelia's life! Fairly simple story and book, but I enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This was an interesting book for sure, and one that you just want to keep reading. The writing was fairly simple, making it an easy read. Between texting, blogs, and short-lived relationships, there is a lot of high school drama in this book (granted, that's kind of the point), but it is an interesting and terrifying look at the modern teenage experience. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Shows how little you could know about a person you believed you knew really well.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This book is a bit emotional if you are a parent. It was a good page turner.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book. As a mother this book touched on a lot of fears but it made it relatable and enjoyable to read. My only thing was it felt a little slow at times.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book very compelling and interesting read. highly recommend
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Read This novel was packed full with excitement and anticipation. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the mystery within.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Teens & Parents Solving the mystery of why one young girl would take her own life is a delicate topic. McCreight handles this with compassion and details the story of how one girl felt her life was unraveling. Thought provoking, sad and at times terrifying, this is a well written, well developed story that youth and parents will be happy to read.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was so enjoyable! Great easy read, difficult to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The moment i opened the book and started reading I was hooked. It was so compelling and interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! Defiantly recommend this novel! Teens and adult's both would enjoy :)
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging storyline. Quick read. My first impression of Reconstructing Amelia was that it reminded me of Gossip Girl, because of the anonymously authored blog and the private school, set in New York. It also reminded me of Law and Order: SVU. Although the changes in the timeline threw me off initially I did adjust to it. The formatting with the blog posts, text messages, emails and Facebook statuses helped to keep the story current. I think this will be appealing to many readers. It also helps to move along the story, making for a quick read.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Well written, and kept me guessing til the end! Felt like I got to know the characters.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Kimberly McCreight will grab you and not let go. Did not want to put the book down, even at the end. Vivid characters and a gripping way to unravel the tangled web. Splendid writing and anxiously awaiting another from McCreight!!!
Date published: 2015-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An engaging read. The mystery of the story line holds you to the end. The characters were believable. Be prepared to read texting. Most I knew some I didn't but it did not effect the reading of the plot line.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia I really enjoyed the book I found it twisted which I liked at the end who I thought it was it wasn't that person I got a shock of my life when I found out who did it...
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT FIRST BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR Kate Baron is a successful professional and a single mom. During a meeting she is interrupted by a telephone call that will change her life forever. Her daughter has been caught cheating on a paper and Kate needs to come to the school right away. When Kate arrives at the school, late and angry at herself and Amelia she is given the worst news a mother could get -- her daughter has committed suicide. Shutting herself off from everyone and everything while she grieves her daughter Kate receives an anonymous text message saying that her daughter did not kill herself. Going through old emails and text messages on her daughter’s cell phone Kate begins to understand that she did not really know as much about Amelia as she always thought she did. But did she or didn’t she jump off that roof? This book flips back and forth in time – as Kate begins to reconstruct Amelia’s life through electronic trails every time she comes across a new tidbit the narrative voice changes to that of Amelia telling the actual events of that very scenario in her life. Events and conversations that Kate could have no way of knowing first hand. At first it was a little confusing, but the rhythm of the story soon smoothed out. Lots of twists and turns and surprises made this a very interesting book to read. Although I knew it was building to some kind of crescendo, when the actual facts about Amelia’s death is revealed I was surprised. Always the mark of a good book. I particularly enjoyed the believable mother/daughter relationship between Kate and Amelia, complete with the ups and downs that come with raising a teenager. This is an excellent first novel by Ms. McCreight.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Similar to gone girl In that both have endings that make me go is that it? That's all? But I will give it 5 for an interesting ride
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surpised One of the best books I've read in a long time. The issues raised are a sad part of our children's reality. Still, the way McCreight built her story around bullying is going to haunt me for a very long time! I'll miss Amelia although I realize she was just a fictional character! McCreight obviously did her job well to get that kind of reaction by the end of the story.
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Twist Lets just say I did not see that coming...not sure if I'm disappointed or if I like it....
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reconstructing review I enjoyed the writing style and that it wasn't too far fetched but I could have used a but more character description.
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia We should all be reminded to be frank.... secrets and lies could lead to..... death
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia - A Novel I enjoyed it a lot. I know Secret Societies exist in Universities and many other types of Organizations. I can believe that the hazing that has been described in this book is probably quite tame compared to some extreme Society initiations such as The Skulls andor the Mason's. Why else would they go to such lengths to maintain their secrets!
Date published: 2014-07-21
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 Amazing This book gripped me from the start. I never wanted to put it down! Such a fascinating story.
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Had me guessing and on the edge of my seat until the very end.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What we think we know.... This book is an amazing journey into the life of a teenager who, on the surface, appears to be healthy, happy and well adjusted. Under the surface lurks all the deepest, darkest secrets of adolescence. Wanting to belong, the journey of discovering sexuality, peer pressure, bullying and the power of social media in a teenager's life. What we think we know about our children isn't who they really are. It's a real head's up about just how sophisticated and complicated the life and times of a teenager in this era really is.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia Not really sure what to say. There were definite highs but I never felt connected to the storyline. I do think the way the author chose to illustrate the teen dialogue was a current and correct choice.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia What an amazing read! Just when you think you have it all figured out, there would be another set of twists and turns that would keeping you guessing.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia Fantastic, some of the famous writers could take a lesson from Kimberly, using fillers to write their stories, this author knows how to hold your attention, hope she has other books out ,going now to search.
Date published: 2014-04-09
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 4 out of 5 by from Reconstructing Amelia Very good reading
Date published: 2014-04-07
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 4 out of 5 by from Good book! I liked the writing in this book, the way the story was laid out offering clues throughout the whole story. I especially liked the various narratives from Facebook, the blog and text messages. The story was great, took off quickly and kept me reading....and guessing.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book was an excellent heart wrenching read. It's a little strange to follow sometimes but that adds to the suspense.
Date published: 2014-02-11
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

Editorial Reviews

"A tale of elaborate mystery intertwined with the tenderness of a mother's love, Reconstructing Amelia exudes suspense at every turn.. Gripping and tragic, [it] is a true page turner."