Title: Reconstructing Amelia
Author: Kimberly McCreight
Published on: April 2nd 2013
Mystery | Fiction
Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.
Kate can’t believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who’s never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate’s faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead.
Seemingly unable to cope with what she’d done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school’s roof in an act of “spontaneous” suicide. At least that’s the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text:
She didn’t jump.
Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall’s roof that day-and why she died.
Told in alternating voices, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious bullies. It’s about how well a parent ever really knows a child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.
I liked this book but it was not really mind blowing amazing.
This book tackles some dark subjects. I am fine with that as long as the author know how to handle it and Kimberly handled it pretty well.
Reconstructing Amelia is told in alternating chapters; Present (from Kate’s perspective) and Past (from Amelia’s perspective) there are also a few extra chapters that include facebook statuses, blog posts before Amelia died. I find the chapters fascinating. I got a glimpse what kind of person Amelia is and those blog posts were crazy as shits. No spoiler. I promise.
I liked the relationship between Kate and Amelia. They truly care about each other. Amelia’s so called friends are really bitchy, but I wish that I got to know them more.
Reconstructing Amelia is full of crazy secrets. That’s what started it all. Some of the bombs were really predictable, others were not. My only problem was the ending. Like, seriously, that was all that? I mean, the author could have done a lot better than THAT.
All in all it was a good read but not that great, mind-blowing read. It wasn’t boring, I mean, I kept on turning pages and I read this for only 5 hours. I just felt like it was forgettable.
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