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What I’ve Been Reading #103

Friday, December 4, 2015


Long on my list of books to read was Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. Since it was available at the library, I picked it up! It lived up to the hype I had heard, and I enjoyed the book a lot.

“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’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.”

There are a lot of layers to this story and I really enjoyed how they were all revealed via Kate in the present going through Amelia’s texts and emails from the past, as well as flashbacks describing what actually happened to Amelia. It was interesting to read about a high schooler as well as her mom and to see the things that happen in the story from both view points. I would definitely read more books by this author.

Have you read Reconstructing Amelia? What have you been reading lately?