Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Title: Reconstructing Amelia
Author: Kimberly McCreight
Pages: 380
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Harper Perennial (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: April 2, 2013 (hardcover); December 3, 2013 (paperback)

I'm sad that I didn't write a review for this one as soon as I read it because, unfortunately, I'm forgetting a lot of the details and reasons I loved it. That being said, I did love it! Reconstructing Amelia got a lot of comparisons to Gone Girl, and I disagree. However, it still has it's own craziness and twists and as I stated in my Best of 2013 post, by the end I felt like I'd been punched in the gut! It is one of those books that is a whirlwind as you come up on the end.

For a quick recap, the book starts out with the reader knowing that Amelia, the daughter of attorney, Kate Baron, has committed suicide by jumping off the roof of her school. It's especially sudden for Kate, as she had been on the way to the school after being told her daughter had been caught cheating. This was totally out of character for Amelia who was a great student and a really good kid. Kate grieves as normal, but then she receives an anonymous text saying "Amelia didn't jump." This validates what Kate was thinking anyway, so she starts a mission to investigate and figure out what really happened.

The book is narrated partly by Kate but also partly by Amelia, so we, readers, get insight into what was actually going on her life before Kate does. We get access to some Facebook posts, text messages, and e-mails which was a fun way to get to know her on top of her narration. There are also random scandalous blog posts from a anonymous writer. We see how Amelia gets caught up with some of the wrong "popular" crowd and watch as the drama gets out of control. Honestly, for the first 100 pages or so I thought it was just good and didn't think it was worth all the hype... BUT, then after that it started to move really fast and there were so many little mysteries and characters to figure out. Everyone seems to be involved in one way or another. If you have a teenaged daughter I could see where this book could be a little scary, and it is telling what adolescent girls today are dealing with as we see the unraveling that Amelia goes through.

I wish I could remember more specifically what I liked about this one, but I did list it at one of my best of 2013, and it was a great book to finish 2013 with. I highly recommend it!!  READ IT!!


Sandy Nawrot said...

I got this book at SIBA a year and a half ago, and still haven't read it! And I really DO want to read it. I just get distracted when other books come along. I definitely will someday.

Cleo Rogers said...

This is perhaps the best novel I've read about the suffocating effects of social media on teenage culture and the theme is elevated by the fact that the author doesn't rely on stereotypes to propel her novel but rather compelling, fully realized characters. Highly recommended.
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