Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

by Kimberly McCreight

HarperCollins | April 2, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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

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 Amelia 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 e-mails, texts, and Facebook updates, piecing together the last troubled days of her daughter's life.

Reconstructing Amelia is a stunning debut page-turner 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.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062225456

ISBN - 13: 9780062225450

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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: 2014-05-28
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: 2013-09-04
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: 2013-07-30
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: 2013-07-19
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: 2013-05-19
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: 2013-04-22

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Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

by Kimberly McCreight

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062225456

ISBN - 13: 9780062225450

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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 Amelia 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 e-mails, texts, and Facebook updates, piecing together the last troubled days of her daughter's life.

Reconstructing Amelia is a stunning debut page-turner 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.