Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing AmeliaGenre:Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate’s 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’s 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.

Reconstructing Amelia 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.

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

This book is amazing and like nothing else I have ever read. Our story starts with a young girl who is expelled from school and then jumps off the roof…or did she? Weeks after her death her mother gets a text telling her that Amelia didn’t jump. From this we delve into the life of the innocent young girl who we find out wasn’t actually so innocent, we find out all the secrets that she was keeping from her mother, secrets that could have gotten her killed.

The book contains texts and facebook posts from Amelia which I think makes this story much more believable. With the secrets, the texting and the “mean girls” this kind of reminded me of Gossip girl meets mean girls – perfect for any teenager – it was such a thrilling read but led to the question – how much do you tell your parents? Amelia’s mum thought she knew everything about her daughter however we find out through the book that her mother didn’t really know her at all.

It was a very enjoyable book and I think fans of the tv show Gossip girl will love it as it has the same kind of themes running through it – mean girls, texting, popularity. However while it may be about the things that naturally happen in a high school it also is still an adult read and the mystery is one that I think all ages will enjoy. The main question of this book is did Amelia jump or was she pushed? You will spend the entire book trying to guess what happened and if you’re anything like me (I thought I was pretty good at guessing what normally happens) you will have no idea what really happened even though you probably think you have all the answers figured out.

Either way it is an amazing book that will definitely question how much your mum knows about you and what secrets you are keeping from her. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries or if you liked Gone girl, mean girls or Gossip Girl then I think you will love this book!

Rating: 4/5

Summing up: Gripping mystery that will question how much you tell your mother

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