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Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 2, 2013
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“Just finished a fantastic novelReconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. So. Well. Done. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love this too.” (Jodi Picoult)
“Clever and scary . . . McCreight has her finger on the private school zeitgeist. . .and this disturbing tale will make older readers fondly recall the days when kids got in trouble for passing (print) notes in class.” (USA Today)
“Did Amelia Baron really get caught cheating and then commit suicideor is the truth more sinister? A nail-biter for Gone Girl fans.” (People)
“Reconstructing Amelia will keep you hooked till the last page.” (BookPage)
“Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl.” (Entertainment Weekly, “Summer Must” List)
“Wow! I was pulled in after reading the first page.… It’s sort of a thriller/prep school teen drama that is full of secrets.” (People.com Staff Pick)
“[A] mystery with enough red herring to stock Lake Michigan…this is the novel most likely to be found in coming weeks not on the beach but on the F train. ” (New York Times)
“McCreight captures the complexities, cruelty and angst of teenage girls so well my stomach was in knots. What really happened to Amelia? You’ll find yourself staying up all night to find out.” (Jennifer McMahon, New York Times-bestselling author of The One I Left Behind)
“The real story of Amelia’s life and death emerges slowly, through a creative blend of Kate’s present, Amelia’s past, and such varied communication methods as texts, e-mails, blog entries, and Facebook status updates. . . . Fans of literary thrillers will enjoy the novel’s dark mood and clever form.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A multilayered legal thriller. . . . Comes to a seamless and unanticipated conclusion.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An elaborately plotted mystery. . . . A harrowing story. . . . McCreight does a fne job of building suspense and creating characters, notably Kate and Amelia, whom the target audienceboth adults and older teenswill care about and empathize with.” (Booklist)
“McCreight combines a poignant, pulled-from-the-headlines story with writing sanctified by Antietam Review and Oxford magazine.” (Library Journal)
“We love a powerful debut, and this is just that.… It’s Mean Girls meets The Secret History meets the cyberbullying case of Amanda Toddand it’s unputdownable.” (Daily Candy)
“Fast-paced and suspenseful…. a page-turning mystery and thriller will appeal to…fans of Jodi Picoult.” (School Library Journal)
“Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel shines a light on teen-girl culture.…I wanted to keep reading.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“A tale of elaborate mystery intertwined with the tenderness of a mother’s love, Reconstructing Amelia exudes suspense at every turn…. Gripping and tragic, [it] is a true page turner.” (Click)
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Particularly disturbing to me was the poor editing of this book, which is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. (I read the Kindle version, so I don't know if the same mistakes appear in the print edition.) The author's bio tells us that she attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.Read more ›
Reconstructing Amelia swings back and forth between alternating chapters; Kate in the present and Amelia approximately 1 month before her death to slowly reveal what happened on the roof. We quickly learn that both Kate and Amelia had secrets that are also revealed through snippets from Amelia's E-mail/face-book page and a scathing school gossip blog. Amelia had recently been pegged to join an elitist all girls club at school. As a pledging, Amanda becomes enamored with one if its founding members, Dylan, and makes an enemy of another vindictive club member, Zadie. Amelia's secretive/time consuming membership in this club called the Magpies also causes tension between her self-centered boy/crazy best friend Sylvia. "Reconstructing Amelia" is reminiscent of Donna Tartt's "The Secret History". It tackles very relevant subjects such as emotional bullying, teen-age isolation, autism, and sexuality. Amelia was a believable and likable teen-ager. Kate's guilt and regret were palpable as she slowly begins to uncover the many facets she did not know of her daughters life.
Reconstructing Amelia is a well written story about cruel teen-age behavior and a coming-of- age story.Read more ›
Seriously. This is a direct quote. I like to think I'm young enough to know how "the kids" are talking these days, and I don't know a single soul that talks like that. Not even 24 year old "stoner" IT Tech guys, like she is trying to portray this character. It's as though the author watched a bunch of terrible teen movies to get some lingo, took some of what she remembered from being a teenager herself, and then tried desperately to sound like she knows how kids/young adults talk today. All this in a book that's supposed to be for adults...? No thanks.
The beginning of the book was rough going, and every time we're in the vantage point of the teenagers, the writing is horrid like the above quote. After I read that line, I literally couldn't stomach anymore, so I have no idea how this book ends....
Pet Peeve: If I'm reading about a really smart character, I would not like to be told that they're smart (over and over)...show me how smart they are in their actions. I kept reading that Amelia and Kate were both very smart--a good student, a great lawyer--but I really can't see where either one of them showed me how clever or smart they were in their actions within the book.
Sadly, the hype of this book didn't match the content...it was not inspiring, but instead a disappointment.
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Seriously didn't see that coming! This is a great mystery that kept me guessing until the end.Published 3 days ago by Ree-Ka
Another one of Amazon presenting forced choice boxes and I guess one must check at least one to be able to get to the review box. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Fred Forbes
This book definitely had many twists and turns. I thought I knew the end outcome many times but turns out I was fooled. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Erika Colette