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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.
Authors: McCreight, Kimberly
Title: Reconstructing Amelia
a novel
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperCollins, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 382 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kimberly McCreight
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780062225436
006222543X
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCREIGHT 2013
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Report This 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!

Report This Feb 20, 2014
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing novel about a subject that is very "in the news" right now, bullying and its effect on teens. Kate is a lawyer and single mother. Her daughter Amelia is 15 and goes to a private school with a good reputation. The two have a pretty good relationship despite Kate's long hours and the time they spend together is very much quality time. But one day Kate gets a call from the school that Amelia is suspended and she rushes to the school. But by the time she gets there, Amelia is dead, seemingly having jumped from the school's roof. Following her initial grief, Kate struggles for answers and despite the police's initial investigation, doesn't believe Amelia killed herself. It is an anonymous text message that says simply "Amelia didn't jump" that triggers her to step back from her grief and look for what was going on in Amelia's life. Tracking her email, text messages, Facebook interactions and other clues, Kate finds that she missed a lot of what was going on in Amelia's life recently. This book really shows how the online world and the anonymity that it can create allows bullying in a different form than what existed when I was young. This book is sad and shocking, but reads like something that actually happened. By the end, I was weeping.

Report This Feb 05, 2014
  • ammoco rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

By the end of the book when all is revealed, I found myself saying "give me a break" over and over again.

"When her high-achieving 15-year-old daughter Amelia supposedly commits suicide after she is caught cheating, litigation lawyer and single mother Kate Baron, levelled by grief, must reconstruct the pieces of Amelia's life to find the truth and vindicate the memory of the daughter whose life she could not save." May 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635711

CAUTION: THERE IS A SPOILER IN HERE, SO WATCH OUT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!!!! really good...super sad...but awesome...one of best books I've read so far...I want another book like this...actually thought someone else like Zadie or something was gonna come and push her off, even at like the third last page...never thought it could be Sylvia's fault!!! I wish it could've ended happier though... when did it come out?

Report This Jan 17, 2014
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was great! I was really concerned it was going to follow the regular sappy mystery plot line... but it didn't. It was interesting, and I honestly didn't know 'whodunnit' until maybe the last 10 pages. I can't wait for her next.

Report This Dec 05, 2013
  • sunshinegirl844 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A realistic plot with the mother trying to reconstruct Amelia's past before her death. Loved the book and how it changes from different point of views, also recommended it to my friends.

Report This Dec 05, 2013
  • soozietrav rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

One of the worst books I've read this year--far-fethed weak and contrived plot, bad writing, unconvincing cliche characters, ridiculous wrap-ups of storylines ( yes they all conveniently confess in the end), plot lines that are intended to be well-crafted and smart just fall flat. This is a most glaring rip-off of "Gone Girl"; you can almost hear the agent sayting to the author "Literary thrillers are all the rage so dash one off and include the hot-button topic of bullying so people will thik it's good." I will grant that it is suspenseful and a page-turner but I think that's just because you just breathlessly waiting for the HUGE mind-blowing ending which never happens. Laughable. Don't waste your time.

Report This Nov 05, 2013
  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked it. It was so dark and felt like gossip-girl on steroids (all the elitist NYC private school stuff, secret clubs, etc.). Also, it is rare that the ending to a mystery/thriller satisfies me, but this one did.

Report This Nov 03, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A page-turner of a mystery about a mother who tries to find out what led to her daughter Amelia's untimely death by delving into her past social media correspondence and emails. The story is told from the perspectives of Kate in the present as she searches for the truth about her daughter and Amelia approximately one month previous. Wonderfully complicated characters and great ending made for a compelling read.

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

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