Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing AmeliaIn 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 This Fucking Book You see all those other reviews talking about how it was unputdownable, and how they never believed something so cliche before this book You know how you re rolling your eyes right now at those comments Stop it They are all true This book handily usurped Gone Girl as the best book I have read in the past year Make no mistake, however, this book is absolutely heartwrenching in so many ways I cannot describe absent spoilers.This book is many things, which makes it incredibly difficult to genre classify It is a poignant story about a single mother and successful career woman Kate doing the best she can to raise daughter, but following Amelia s death, she cannot escape her own regrets and guilt over what happened, feeling like had she been a better parent, she could have prevented it.It is also a beautiful coming of age tale for 15 year old Amelia, as well as several of the tertiary teenage characters, and explores first love and heartbreak, and the bonds of friendship anbd loyalty, in a delicate and beautiful, yet highly realistic, way Perhaps most important, this is a book about secrets Secrets abound in this book Everyone has a secret, and by the end, you will know their secrets too Portions of the book have a very Gossip Girl feel, and I mean that in the best way possible The reader is provided juicy tidbits of gossip as the
Here are my pervasive thoughts as I read this book 1 Gillian Flynn, you should be offended within every inch of your life.2 I can see how a puppet show could be entertaining, but not when all you see is the marionette pulling the strings and3 I am coining a new term Offensive Apologetics to encapsulate much but by no means all of what is wrong with this book.To address 1 Ms Flynn penned a successful hit entitled Gone Girl which, while gimmicky and over the top, was engaging and well crafted For reasons that I cannot begin to fathom, Reconstructing Amelia or deconstructing, or at least, that is what I will be doing has been compared with that book and I am personally horrified, considering how much work clearly went into Gone Girl, and, well.2 and also 3 because they go very much hand in hand, to be touched upon as I outline the staggeringly and embarrassingly unlikely plot When I first opened this book, having not read the binding, but ordered it from the library because, stupid me, it was rated highly on GR you people have GOT to stop letting me down , I
The eyes of others our prisons their thoughts our cages Virginia WoolfThis book made me cry And I really wasn t expecting that.I think the comparisons between Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl have done this book a disservice I know that every mystery thriller with some unconventional female antics is now compared to Gone Girl inevitable, really, in a world so focused on the marketing and selling aspect But Gone Girl and the books that deserve to be grouped with it left me shocked and intrigued at the dark psychological exploration of what people are capable of I finish them thinking they are clever, twisted and totally disturbing They do not make me cry They do not break my heart like this book did.I can see why the marketing department at HarperCollins read Reconstructing Amelia and saw an opportunity to market it as the dark, twisty thriller of the Gone Girl variety It is about the secrets we all keep and hide from those closest to us It s about discovering that the people we love most aren t all we believed them to be And it looks closely at some of the most evil, depressed and fucked up creatures in the world teenage girls.BUT There is one reason this book is so good and it s not some huge, mind boggling, never saw that coming twist it s the relationship between Kate and Amelia Kate is a lawyer from a serious family that never
I wanted to like this, but the writing is really bad Really bad Really, really, really bad Plus, some of the plot points simply made no sense There are certain things you can suspend your disbelief to and that s fine and normal when it comes to any form of fiction, as long as it makes sense in their world the author created, but there is a limit There s no way a detective would bring the mother of a victim along with him to interview witnesses and get statements It No, just no.Unless, he wasn t really a detective and was only hired to act like one so Kate could find the truth If this was the case, then I m fine with it However, that doesn t happen He s just a cop who is investigating the suspicious death of a girl and decides that it would be fun to let the dead girl s mom take lead in the investigation.Yeathat would never happen Never.Also, the adults sounded and acted like teenagers Once you get to the end, you ll understand what I mean The whole thing was just ridiculous.Great potential here, but it s wasted by bad writing, a plot that falls short, and characters that are just too stupid and not believable.I m seriously disappointed, because I really wanted to like this book and it just fell flat I could probably write about how the relationship between Kate and Amelia was mostly showing not tell
In a nutshell this book is what I said it would be a Lifetime movie meets Gossip Girl mixed with The Skulls a dash of LawOrder SVU for, an attempt at, good measure If that is your sort of thing then enjoy but if you are looking for imagination, colorful writing, complex characters a story that doesn t have plot holes then I suggest you pass on this book EW review gave this an A
A glowing review in Entertainment Weekly suggested this book is the must read thriller of 2013, the next Gone Girl Based on that review, and bored by the last book I finished, I was eager to read this one But the glowing review left me disappointed Don t get me wrong this is a fun, engaging thriller that kept me reading I finished it in about a day and a half But I would hardly rave about it Kate, a single mother in her late 30s, is a junior partner in a large NY law firm, logging in the hours and missing her teenaged daughter, Amelia Her world is shattered when Amelia throws herself off the roof of her school after Amelia is caught plagiarizing a paper Or did Amelia kill herself Kate has her doubts, which multiply after she receives a mysterious, anonymous text Told in the present from Kate s perspective interspersed with the past from Amelia s perspective in the weeks leading up to her death, as we
Good lord this book is awful It reads like a novelization of a particularly insipid Lifetime movie I can t even fathom how this dreck got published This book is a disaster in all respects The characters are paper thin and uniformly obnoxious They are each imbued with exactly one personality trait that is hammered into the ground mom works Daughter reads boy crazy best friend The characters have no interior lives None of these characters feel like people They are some of the most underdeveloped characters I have ever read to call them cardboard would be an insult to cardboard This author s prose is also terrible She has no flare with language at all She eschews descriptive language of any kind, and her writing style sentence structure and vocabulary are grossly simplistic A brain damaged seven year old could turn a better phrase than this author
3.5 Stars Gripping and mysterious build up Intriguing plot Wonderfully composed characters Decent conclusion, but wasn t as blown away as I d hoped Would recommend O M G I m so glad that I was a teenage girl way before the arrival of the internet These girlies take bullying to a whole new level 3.5 stars Recommend fast, easy read enjoyed the characters and the story suspected what actually happened to Amelia and a few other mysteries was happy with the ending no real wow factor for me but all in all it was a very good read

[Reading] ➶ Reconstructing Amelia Author Kimberly McCreight –
  • Paperback
  • 592 pages
  • Reconstructing Amelia
  • Kimberly McCreight
  • English
  • 01 April 2017
  • 9780062231390