Reconstructing Amelia

A Novel

McCreight, Kimberly

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Reconstructing Amelia
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Kate is 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 is 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. The novel 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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperCollins, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062225436
006222543X
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCREIGHT 2013
Characteristics: 382 pages ;,24 cm

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Kate's daughter, Amelia, an academic overachiever, despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that's the story. Until Kate gets an anonymous text: she didn't jump. The novel is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. B... Read More »

This book has a clever and compelling premise. Kate is a fiercely independent single mother to 15-year-old Amelia. When her daughter is found dead, having supposedly jumped from the roof of her private school, Kate learns that there's a lot she didn't know about her daughter in the last months of... Read More »


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Mar 08, 2015
  • BrittieAnn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So sad, but great!

Sep 21, 2014

This book was worth reading. I found it portrayed the life and choices of a teen realistically. As well as the struggles a single mom faces. Scary to see what some young people have to deal with today.

Aug 07, 2014

Reconstructing Amelia-Kimberly McCreight
Single mom, sorority- exclusive, rich kids schools,cyber bullying, social media and texting generation;
I find this story, sad but its real and its happening right now . I was a single mom and I could relate to some of her troubles and woes raising a teenager alone. It was a very tragic story and made me shed a few tears. Im glad to read the book before Hollywood get its turn and have its version.

Jul 24, 2014
  • CSil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Always love to find a good debut novel. Fast moving, current topics, good character development. Highly recommend it.

Jul 08, 2014
  • jparker18 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved Loved Loved this book! Having a hard time finding another one after this... same problem I had after finishing Gillian Flynn 's series.

Jul 08, 2014
  • kerrysoby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderfully written. An inventive way to tell a story. A must read for all teens and parents. A true insight into the world of bullying in this day and age.

Jul 07, 2014
  • debwalker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Powerful story about the death of a child and the vicious world of high school cliques and sociopathic bullies equipped with texting and IM. A sobering glimpse of high schools filled with youth with no moral or ethical anchors. How does any decent kid get out alive?

May 26, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Really good mystery.

May 20, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable mystery. The author uses text messages, blog posts, and Facebook statuses as part of the story which made it feel more realistic to me.

Feb 22, 2014
  • GinaMWright rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a page turner! This book explores bullying, hazing, and all the angst that teens and pretense face today in this age of wireless communication! This author is on-the-ball and very, very good. I highly recommend this book to every parent!

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