Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing Amelia

A Novel

eBook - 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: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062225450
0062225456
Characteristics: 1 online resource (382 p.)
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.

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Yoo_hoo5
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.

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Sansha
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.

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sanchezchelsea0709
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.

Kaya_D Jul 20, 2016

Reconstructing Amelia did keep me guessing, but I didn't really care about any of the characters.
This book is forgettable but I finished it (once it was the only thing left to read..)

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LucasHill
May 23, 2016

Not the best, but I did finish it. That says something.

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Pisinga
Apr 08, 2016

I could not read more than half of the book. In general, you don't have to read every page in this book, because you won't lose anything important. And the vocabulary of teenagers! Despite the fact that it had to be inserted in the course of events, but not so often - it turns dull and without value. The only thing that I liked - a description of the pain of a mother, who lost her child: it touches the strings of the reader's soul.

loonylovesgood Oct 21, 2015

A gripping read. I couldn't put it down near the end. I wish some of the characters had gotten more closure, particularly Dylan.

Catmamakim Jul 24, 2015

A sad portrayal of school cliques and bullying. The anonymity of online bullying is a recurring theme. Recommended for all parents and teens.

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wilqser
Jun 19, 2015

Mystery thriller about a young girl struggling with peer pressure from a girls club she joins at school and her strained relationship with her mother. Tragedy ensues. The story is told as a narrative in flashback in which mother, who inwardly blames herself for her predicament, and her daughter who at that her age is trying to find her place in life , tell how they got to that crisis point. It ultimately turns into a whodunit in which mother uses electronic data and personal interviews to piece together the events that lead to the tragedy. I was a little disappointed at the ending; thought it could have had a more sinister motive. Overall very well written and engrossing!

samdog123 May 03, 2015

Kate, corporate lawyer and single Mother of a 15 year old daughter, gets the call no parent wants ever to get. Her daughter, Amelia, has committed suicide, falling from the roof of the prestigious private school she attended. When Kate gets an anonymous text that Amelia didn't kill herself, she pushes to re-open the case. A gripping thriller that I really enjoyed.

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