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Reconstructing Amelia tells the story of Kate, a successful Manhattan Lawyer and single parent to teenager Amelia. Kate, whilst at work is contacted by Amelia's school to say that her daughter has been suspended for reasons that wouldn't be discussed in a telephone conversation. Kate leaves work to make her way to her daughter's school and when she arrives there to find out that her daughter is dead. She took her own life by jumping from the roof of the school building. She had been accused of cheating on a paper and we are lead to believe that this is the reason why she chose to end her own life. Her death is ruled a suicide but Kate cannot believe her daughter would so such a thing and so she starts to delve into Amelia's diary, her phone, emails and social media for clues. He daughter had a life that she had no idea existed, a life of secret societies, gossip, intrigue which are conveyed in the book by way of various flashbacks and facebook entries etc. I enjoyed this book. It did get going pretty quickly but I did feel that there were a few loose ends that could have been tied up like the outcome for some of the other characters for example. It's horrible to believe that the theme running through this novel is a huge factor of life in almost every school in the world. I did find it emotional in parts especially knowing of Amelia's fate. I would recommend this book. I do believe they are going to be making it into a movie (like all books nowadays it seems).
I read this book after reading a review about it on a book blog. And oh my god am I pleased I did. This book follows the story of Amelia and her mother Kate in the lead up and aftermath of Amelia's apparent suicide. The story deals with the issues of social networking and the impact of groups and bullying at school and a mothers fight to find out the truth.
I loved how this book flitted between Amelia and Kate's own story, giving the reader the opportunity to discover and see the story unfold from both points of view. I was hooked from the beginning and could not put the book down, it was so well written and the plot so well thought out and written. The characters were believable and I found myself being able to relate to them easily.
An unexpected ending to the story but absolutely fitting and the perfect way to finish. I look forward to reading further books by this author
The story starts with the moment Kate learns of her daughter Amelia's suicide and then works back through the days and weeks (and even years) leading up to it. The chapters move neatly between the mother and daughter's point of view and explore both the impact of teenage bullying and the secrets kept that undermine the relationships between trusted friends as well as those between mothers and daughters. The ending is handled well but there wasn't anything that elevated this story beyond being a good (vs great) read so it's 3 stars from me.
Reconstructing Amelia centres around the relationship between a mother and daughter. Kate is a single mother working as a lawyer, her 15 year old daughter is seemingly a hard working young girl with the whole world at her feet. But then Amelia jumps off the school building and the rest of the story is a quest to find out why she would do such a thing. Lots of twists and turns kept this story gripping although some parts were a bit rushed I felt, and it may be more suitable for a younger audience.
Good writing spoiled by a weak plot the size of a Black Hole - the whole premise of this book is that Amelia commits suicide when she is accused of assignment cheating, a fact that could have been cleared up in two minutes - TWICE. 1. Teacher: Amelia, you've been accused of plagiarism. Amelia: No, that's not what I submitted.Look. Check out my sent box. 2. Headmaster:I know that awful gang is trying to hurt you, Amelia. Now, lets' think, who collects the assignments?
As stories/books go, this was an easy read. The story flipping between the point of view of a 15 year old struggling with 'adolescence', a singe career minded working mum and the narrator - should have contributed nicely to make it an interesting read. However, the plot was pretty far fetched and totally unbelievable and unrelatable (for me at least). This was yet another book (of the last few) where I completely didn't warm to the characters! Kate annoyed me and I thought her justification for keeping her only daughter alone at home till 8, not cooking (ever) and not making time for her in general was pathetic, cruel and just didn't stack up (but perhaps that's the working mum in me). Either way, she lost me. Amelia , herself was messed up, and for a character that was portrayed as both mature and 'with it', she disappointed on so many levels. Her so called closest friendship was quite shallow and weak and for someone who reads a lot, acts pretty dumb! The one thing I actually did like was the intermittent blog posts dished out by somebody annonymous at school - I lapped these up (very unhealthy, i know). I looked forward to reading them in every chapter but there wasn't much of it. Sadly. Would I recommend the book? Not really, but I am contented to have read it. There was a lot of hype around it.
I would recommend this book if you want a quick read that grips you fairly early on. I was stuck in a book rut! I kept ready similar fiction books and needed a change. This book is easy to read, nothing difficult about it but it is a good representation of how quickly modern day forms of communication can descend into bullying as well as the traditional face to face form of bullying. A good (if not concerning) read for any parent of teenagers to make them aware of the dangers of social media sites - it is a way of life these days but I think this makes many people oblivious to its negative side. Would recommend but a little expensive on Kindle.
I finished this book but I found it very put-down-able. There wasn't a lot of depth or believability to the characters and as such I didn't really care their fate. In particular the mum and daughter relationship, only child and single mother, yet the daughter dies and there is very little coverage of the grief that would have been involved in favour of turning it into a case solving mystery with the mum helping the police. I missed the suspense element entirely and didn't particularly care who did it.
I really enjoyed the majority of this book until the end. There seemed to be so much detail of what was going on & each person until the end & then only 1 person was really mentioned which was disappointing. It felt like once we found out what supposedly happened it was The End, no need to follow up on the whole story!
This book was just okay.I expected such a lot more from it.The story had no depth to it.I did not feel it was a page Turner.I would go as far as to say I am glad to have finished it.I feel bad for giving it a low score but every other book I have read I have thought about the story and felt a bit sorry that I have finished .This story just felt very bland and never engaged me.Sorry about the negativity but it's not worth doing if it's not truthful..