RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight

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

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

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  • "RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA pulls you in from the first page and leaves you shaken with the tragedy of it all. This is a book that should be read by parents, teachers and students alike and needs to be in every high school and public library."

    "RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA pulls you in from the first page and leaves you shaken with the tragedy of it all. This is a book that should be read by parents, teachers and students alike and needs to be in every high school and public library."

  • Debut novelist Kimberly McCreight carefully strips away the facades of her characters as they try to hide and squirm from the truth. RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA pulls you in from the first page and leaves you shaken with the tragedy of it all. This is a book that should be read by parents, teachers and students alike and needs to be in every high school and public library.

    Debut novelist Kimberly McCreight carefully strips away the facades of her characters as they try to hide and squirm from the truth. RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA pulls you in from the first page and leaves you shaken with the tragedy of it all. This is a book that should be read by parents, teachers and students alike and needs to be in every high school and public library.

    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Reconstructing Amelia is a story of Kate, a successful lawyer and single mom, and her teenage daughter Amelia who is smart, creative and athletic. The two have a close relationship despite Kate’s profession and long hours. Then, Kate receives a call from Amelia’s school saying that Amelia has been suspended for cheating. When Kate arrives, she learns that Amelia has jumped from the roof of the school in an apparent suicide. But one day, Kate receives a text that says that Amelia didn’t jump. Kate then sets out to reconstruct her daughter’s life and find out the truth which plunges the reader into the world of teenagers – social media, friendships and bullying. She uncovers a side of her daughter that she didn’t know. She begins to question how much she really knew her daughter, what she could have done to prevent this, and why Amelia didn’t come talk to her.  I was drawn into the novel from the beginning and couldn't put it down. The book alternates between Kate's perspective and Amelia's and also uses a number of narrative devices such a blog posts, Facebook updates, tweets and emails to tell the story which I found gave the story more texture by reflecting how we communicate and find out information today. The story is heartbreaking and it addresses many important topics such as bullying, sexuality, role of technology and social media in teen culture. Ultimately, it's about the complex relationship between children and parents and how much we truly know about our children. This is an incredible debut novel for Kimberley McCreight. 

  • Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel
    Kimberly McCreight
    Limited preview - 2013

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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly ..

Told from Kate and Amelia’s alternating points of view, as well as Amelia’s e-mails, texts and Facebook posts, Reconstructing Amelia, tells the story of why Amelia was on Grace Hall’s roof that day. And how she ended up plunging to her death.