Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing Amelia

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062225436
Branch Call Number: MCCREIGHT K
Characteristics: 382 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 20, 2020

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Reconstructing Amelia shows readers the life of a teenager in a intricately woven novel where the reader witnesses Kate’s present, Amelia’s past and many texts and other communications.

Mar 23, 2020

I could not get past the writing, and I returned this book after reading only a few pages.
This novel reads like a first draft and needs a lot more editing.

Sep 11, 2019

Recommended by Karen

Sep 11, 2019

Recommended by Karen

Jul 14, 2019

Oh, please.

In this dramatic mystery, a mother who recently lost her daughter gets sucked into the world of technology and high school peer pressure in order to find out the truth about what really happened to her daughter in an upscale private school in Brooklyn. (submitted by MD)

Oct 04, 2018

Just an okay read. I did finish, but this book could have been 100 pages shorter. I did enjoy the character development of the main character and her mother somewhat. I don't think I'd recommend this to my fellow book-loving friends.

Jul 27, 2017

Meh! This book had a lot of negativity.
Upon finding out she was pregnant, Amelia's mother, Kate, had doubts about birthing Amelia. It didn't help that Amelia's grandmother thought her pregnancy should be terminated due to how this would affect Kate's career.
Amelia was never told who her birth father was, nor did she have any interaction with any fatherly figures, and her mother seemed to be a workaholic.
Peer pressure got the best of Amelia and led to her demise. The peers she associated with were uncouth, ruthless and non-caring bullies.
Maybe it's me, but I viewed all of this as negative and just a downer of a book.

Jun 24, 2017

I liked this book. The story of Amelia who dies after falling from the roof of her prestigious school. Left behind is her devastated mother, Kate, who blames herself for her daughter's apparent suicide. Then comes the text message changing everything.

Oct 25, 2016

I read this book because it showed up on my pinterest as " a book you can't put down." I read the book in one sitting however, I was disappointed by the lack of closure for some of the characters in the end. I also found that Amelia never finding out who her dad is was a bit of a let down. Also jumping back and forth between two different POV's and two different time sequences made it a bit harder to stay connected. However I felt the plot of the story was very true to some of the things happening in today's society surronding schools. The twist at the end was exactly the kind that kept the story interesting. It was never what I expected.

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Oct 20, 2020

Violence: Suicidal content


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