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Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel (vuoden 2013 painos)

Tekijä: Kimberly McCreight (Tekijä)

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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.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:TanyaShute-Davis
Teoksen nimi:Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Kimberly McCreight (Tekijä)
Info:Harper Perennial (2013), 400 pages
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Reconstructing Amelia (tekijä: Kimberly McCreight)

  1. 10
    Gossip girl : eliittinuoret (tekijä: Cecily von Ziegesar) (4leschats)
    4leschats: Similar tone/use of gossip blog to convey plot actions.
  2. 10
    Paha paikka (tekijä: Gillian Flynn) (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These intricately plotted, fast paced and suspenseful murder mysteries feature young women struggling with dark family secrets and intense drama. Both expertly switch between past and present to slowly reveal disturbing truths.
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    The Secret Place (tekijä: Tana French) (sarahx2012)
    sarahx2012: Similar elements of mystery, plus a focus on what teenage girls are capable of.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 139) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I found this book incredibly annoying. The story of an overly perfect child mixed up with overly dramatic mean girls and a guilty mother with an overly complicated backstory.

There could have been something good here with the story of bullying getting out of hand and leading to tragedy but the way it all happened was ridiculous and so many of the characters were more like caricatures to me.

Once again, I think I am too old to be reading this book. When will I learn my lesson and stay away from YA? (I'm reading now that maybe this isn't a YA title? If that's the case I find it all even more ridiculous!) ( )
1 ääni hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Really enjoyed this book ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
Kate, a single mom, is called at work and told to come pick up her daughter because she's been caught plagiarizing an English paper. She is completely stunned because Amelia is an aspiring writer and has never been in trouble before. By the time she makes it down to the school, she finds it sealed off by police officers. She is then told that her daughter jumped from the roof of the school, committing suicide.

Kate retreats in a world of grief and half-heartedly accepts that maybe her daughter did commit suicide... after all that's what the police and the school are in a hurry for her to believe. Then she gets an anonymous text telling her: She didn't jump. Something Kate has known all along.

With a new investigation opened, Kate begins finding out more and more about Amelia that she never knew. Secret clubs, secret friends, things about her sexuality, and darker things than she ever would have guessed. Through all the texts, emails, and facebook posts, she's trying to decipher the tangled web that led to Amelia's death. And even the identity of Amelia's father may have played a role.


My Thoughts:
This is one of those rare books that while I was reading it, I didn't ever want it to end. I just loved the mystery and all the different twists, that I wanted it to go on and on. And now that it's over, I miss it!! I miss running to my bed and grabbing this book and reading about Amelia and how her life got complicated in a hurry. I just LOVED this book!

I think technically that this book is classified as Adult, but it could easily be put under YA too. It's about teenagers and 1/2 the time it is narrated by a teenager. It is also about the mother, but it's more about her coming to terms with the secret life that Amelia had going on the last month of her life.

This book is told in alternating views from Kate during the investigation and Amelia in the days leading up to her death. It's also told in text messages, emails, journal entries, and blog and facebook posts, which really added to the book and made me feel almost involved in the investigation. The mystery in this story took so many twists and turns and had so many reveals, that it just entertained the shit out of me. I loved reading about Amelia's involvement in a secret society-type club, all the drama with her best friend, and her falling in love for the first time. It was like ANYONE could have been involved in her death. There were SO many people involved in so many areas of her life, that I was dying to know, but since I didn't want the book to end, I also didn't want to know. If that makes any sense. I also really got to like Amelia, which since I knew she had died, I found myself wanting to save her somehow. Even though I knew that was sort of pointless.

This is not a simple book. It's complicated and definitely had to take an amazing writing process to tie everything together the way it was. It's definitely one of the most in-depth books I've read in a while. There's so many themes going on, so many lessons to be learned. Oh and there's mean girls!!! I love mean girls!!

The one thing that I didn't really LOVE love was that there seemed to be a blaming of Kate throughout the book for her being a single working mom. That somehow she would have known more about her daughter if she wasn't a partner in a law firm. To me she was trying the best she could. She made a point to make the most out of the time she did have with her daughter and tried on multiple occasions to get Amelia to confide in her, but the reality is: teenagers don't tell their parents stuff. They just don't. Especially if it's about their love life (because that's awkward) or things they think their parents will disapprove of. All teenagers (okay maybe not all, but most) not just the ones of single working moms. Bottom line: Kate was doing her best, and I didn't like the bias coming at her from all angles for having a successful career. Oh and Sylvia (The BFF) definitely got on my nerves... but I still liked having her in the book. At first I wanted Amelia to punch her in the face, and then I just ended up feeling bad for her. Her bitchiness was really a result of her insecurity, so I ended up just pitying her. But that's how this book was!! It made me feel so many different things about all the characters!

OVERALL: I freaking LOVED this book!! It's Adult, it's YA, it has epistolary elements... it's just awesome. I found it Unputdownable and the mystery was complicated and will keep you guessing. I can't recommend this one enough!! I'm actually sad that it's over :(

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  Michelle_PPDB | Mar 18, 2023 |
I'd go 3.5 for this one. I enjoyed the beginning and progressively liked it less as it went. There we're a lot of far-fetched connections that pushed the limit of my ability to suspend disbelief.

The best part of the book for me was Amelia's POV. That kept me hanging on through all the stuff I didn't care for.

I still recommend it if you know you're going to spend some time eye rolling and sighing. I'm still happy I read it.

OH! I highly recommend going either ebook or print for this one. The audio left a lot to be desired. The narrator nearly killed it for me the longer I had to listen to her voices for most of the characters. ( )
  amcheri | Jan 5, 2023 |
“Sometimes its hard to tell how fast the current's moving until you're headed over a waterfall”

Kimberly McCreight-Reconstructing Amelia

Haha. I looked at some of my Goodreads friends reviews and most rated this book highly. I myself was crazy about it . And why not? This is a GREAT READ!

When I first read this I wrote I think this maybe the best book on bullying I have ever read. I still think it is up there, along with Weightless and Love Heather. The author really gets inside the head of high school kids. I was blown away.

Reading books on bullying can be tragic because many of them do not end well and this book is as tragic as any book you will read on the subject.

It is also a mystery and jumps back and forth in time. The actual bullying itself is not light reading and maybe triggering to those that have a difficult time with the subject matter.

For me, the only book on bullying I have read that is at this level is "Love, Heather". Weightless is a great read as well. I read "Weightless" after I read Reconstructing Amelia and though I rated both a five and think both are exceptional, I liked this book a bit better. It reached my inner core and touched me to the point I was in tears and when a book can do that..it gets a five.

Amelia narrates for some of the book and it is so heartbreaking because the reader forms an attachment to her. Amelia is someone anybody on GR would want to know. She is smart and curious and just a wonderful character. But it is heartbreaking because you are reading about this beautiful and bright girl with so much potential but you already know how it is going to end. So it's visceral and tragic.

I have discussed this book at length with many people I know and have not yet one person who did not like it. I do not know if this is a film or not but it should be. I had heard whispers that it was being made into a movie but do not know if that ever happened.

And with all the real life cases of bullying going on maybe this should be required reading in school.I have no idea if it would change anything but books like this..they teach some important life lessons.

Highly recommended. Excellent. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 4, 2022 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 139) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The author tells the story in flashbacks, alternating between Kate's and Amelia's point of view, leading up to the day Amelia died. Although the expensive and exclusive school comes across as a cauldron out of hell and a bit over-the-top, the book never bogs down and comes to a seamless and unanticipated conclusion... Readers will need to swallow the premise that a police homicide investigator would allow the mother of a victim to tag along on the investigation and question witnesses, but otherwise, this is a solid debut novel.
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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.

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