by Kimberly McCreight
Published: 4/2/13 by Harper Collins
4 out of 5 stars
Amelia Baron is found dead after jumping off a building at her school.
But did she really jump? That question serves as the driving force in
Reconstructing Amelia. Through shifting points of view between Amelia
and her mother Kate, along with interspersed Facebook statuses and text
messages, the mystery of both Amelia's life and death is revealed.
have to begin by saying that I really regret reading a glowing review
in Entertainment Weekly about this book. That review raved about this
book and compared it to Gone Girl (a book that I loved). So I was
expecting something amazing when I started to read Reconstructing
Amelia, filled with mind blowing twists and turns.
My mind was
not blown, and for the most part, I felt like all the twists and turns
were fairly predictable. There was one point at the end where I thought I
was reading a soap opera, and a few things seemed implausible. Yet at
other times, it felt so real. Too real. Especially for me, a mother of
two daughters who will someday be two teenage daughters living in this
scary world. I don't know how much of the stuff that happens in this
book happens in real life, as I am no longer a teenager. And I don't
want to know!
I really did enjoy reading it. I think I would
have enjoyed it even more if I hadn't started the book with overly high
expectations. It is a great story and a page turner, and I stayed up
late reading to finish the story. While it is a story about teenagers,
I'm not sure that this is really a book for teenagers. I think it is
best for a mature teen audience, as there is some language and sexual
content that may not be appropriate for everyone.
The way this
story is told is excellent. I loved the shifting points of view between
Kate in the present and Amelia in the past, with pertinent Facebook and
text messages inserted at appropriate points in the story. It worked
beautifully to tell this story set in our modern world of social media.
also enjoyed seeing both sides of the mother/daughter relationship
between Kate and Amelia. Again, this hit home with me as I have girls
of my own. I loved being able to see Kate's point of view of a
conversation, and then later find out what Amelia thought about the same
To conclude, this is a highly readable book with
enough mystery in it to keep you turning pages, even if it is not as
surprising as it proclaims to be.