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Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing Amelia [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly McCreight
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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'This year's Gone Girl.... Like Gone Girl, Reconstructing Amelia seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship drama. And like Gone Girl, it should be hailed as one of the best books of the her debut novel, Kimberly McCreight spins a riveting narrative that somehow delivers thoughtful commentary on working-mom guilt, bullying, police corruption, and Gossip Girl. Every single twist in Reconstructing Amelia is clever, and rightfully earned. As that righteous babe Virginia Woolf once said, ''Fiction is like a spider's web.'' McCreight is a masterful weaver.' Entertainment Weeklybr >
'A fantastic novel. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll love this too.'
Jodi Picoultbr >
'[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 Timesbr >
'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 Todaybr >
'Reconstructing Amelia will keep you hooked till the last page.'BookPagebr >
'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 Behindbr >
'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 Weeklybr >
'A multilayered legal thriller. . . . Comes to a seamless and unanticipated conclusion.'Kirkus Reviewsbr >
'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 audience both adults and older teens will care about and empathize with.'Booklistbr >
'McCreight combines a poignant, pulled-from-the-headlines story with writing sanctified by Antietam Review and Oxford magazine.' Library Journalbr >
'We love a powerful debut, and this is just that.... It's Mean Girls meets The Secret History meets the cyberbullying case of Amanda Todd and it's unputdownable.'Daily Candybr >
'Fast-paced and suspenseful.... a page-turning mystery and thriller will appeal of Jodi Picoult.' School Library Journal --School Library Journal

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Stressed single mother and law partner Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call to say that her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from her exclusive Brooklyn prep school for cheating on an exam. Torn between her head and her heart, she eventually arrives at St Grace's over an hour late, to be greeted by sirens wailing and ambulance lights blazing. Her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame of being caught.
A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself: it was just the two of them and Amelia would never leave her alone like this. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl.
Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: AMELIA DIDN'T JUMP. Is someone playing with her or has she been right all along?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 563 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006222543X
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (20 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J40I4M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CARDBOARD 30 May 2014
This was a great disappointment. The title is good and so is the concept. However, the first chapter is ruined by info dump and the main character somehow escapes the reader's empathy. There is a woodenness about all the characters. Despite the strong drama of the plot, it is difficult to give a damn.

The introduction of email and other social contact means should enliven the narrative. The layout has not been kind. It does not represent the appearance of FB, phone or internet pages. This was an error of the publishing team because replicating this n the page would have done much to bring the story home. As it is, Amelia never comes alive

It is the fault of the fashion circle. We had Gone Girl, and greatly better, The Silent Wife. The genre of relationship cum psychological thrill becomes the latest thing. However, if the relationship fails to come alive on the page, and the psychology is weak, the novel fails. And I'm afraid this did, for me. Moreover, I'm not motivated to read anything else by this author.

I am surprised that a reputable publisher did not have an editor to thrash out the structure and re-edit the info dump. Cardboard, would be my lasting impression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding first book. 5 Jun 2014
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An excellent book that was engaging from the moment I started to read. The story was beautifully written and the characters were
well developed. The plot was interesting and shows how teenagers can become embroiled in situations at school through curiosity and peer pressure.

I am reading this book as I am part of a bookclub with five other ladies. We are meeting up this Friday evening to discuss and I am
sure like the comments will be very positive. I look forward to many more books by this new writer. Well done Kimberly McCreight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 5 May 2014
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Read this in one sitting - any mother of a teenage girl must read this, heartbreaking, intense and awfully truthful
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read with a twist 11 Oct 2013
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Not hard going, but not trashy. Never really sure what happened until the very end, so you want to keep reading and reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a page turner 26 July 2013
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The description for this story is more exciting then the actual book itself. Found the writing very childish and dull. And no spoilers, but it all seems a bit unbelievable. I only ordered this as I know they're making a film of it....lets hope the film is better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked every step of the way 9 July 2014
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Just a beautifully well thought out story, brilliantly written. The author knows the intricacies of human behaviour so well and brings this to life in the characters who constantly drive the plot forward. There is no let up until the epilogue. A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 1 July 2014
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I enjoyed this book, it kept me gripped as I wanted to find out what had happened to Amelia. However, I was disappointed by the spelling mistakes in it; 'you're' was mixed up with 'your' on a couple of occasions (e.g. 'you're daughter', loc 5220), which made the book seem less professional. A good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable easy read 24 May 2014
By Hayley
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Great to pick up and put down the pace is well done and you warm easily to the characters. Predictable in places but you're never really certain until the end.
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