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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 p. ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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: 006222543X
9780062225436
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mcc
Statement of Responsibility: Kimberly McCreight
Subject Headings: Guilt Fiction Suicide Fiction Cheating (Education) Fiction Private schools Fiction Mothers and daughters Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Guilt
Suicide
Cheating (Education)
Private schools
Mothers and daughters
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Jul 24, 2014
  • CSil rated this: 4 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!

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.

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

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Feb 22, 2014
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