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Monday, April 22, 2013

TLC Book Tours: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Title: Reconstructing Amelia
Author: Kimberly McCreight
Format: ARC
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: April 2, 2013
Source: TLC Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You like a good mystery.
  • You like family stories.
  • You have enough time to read this book in one sitting.
What's the Story?:

From "Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter's exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.

Kate can't believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who's never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate's faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead.

Seemingly unable to cope with what she'd done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school's roof in an act of "spontaneous" suicide. At least that's the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text:

She didn't jump.

Sifting through Amelia's emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall's roof that day-and why she died.

Told in alternating voices, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious bullies. It's about how well a parent ever really knows a child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save."

My Two Cents:

"Reconstructing Amelia" is the kind of book that you cut out a wide swath of time for because you aren't going to be able to put it down. You want to put all of the pieces together along with Kate, the main character, about what happened to Amelia, her beloved daughter. As the synopsis says, Kate receives a text very soon after Amelia dies saying that Amelia didn't jump, which sets the whole story in motion. I was definitely happy that I had enough time to read this book almost in one setting.

Overall, I really liked this book. It's fast paced and I like that we get to see the story from prior to what happened to Amelia as well as after. I also liked that we get to see the story from both Amelia and Kate's perspective. We get to know what was going on with Amelia before her death and get clues as to what was going on.

The book started out very fast paced for me. I wanted to see what happened. There seemed to be a lot going on that wasn't related to Amelia's death (such as the mystery of who Amelia's father was) and I thought some of the other mysteries could have been scaled down so there was more of a focus on the mystery of Amelia's death. There were also a lot of loose ends at the end of the book that I wanted to know more about. I wanted to know more about a lot of the major players' motives (I don't want to give away anything so I won't get into the specifics). I think had there been more of a focus on the mystery of Amelia's death that there would have been a lot fewer loose ends.

This is Ms. McCreight's debut book and although I had some issues with the carrying out of the story, there is so much good about this story. If you are looking for a good book that will keep you entertained, this would be a great pick.

Follow the Rest of the Tour:

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Thursday, April 4th: Twisting the Lens
Monday, April 8th: Luxury Reading
Tuesday, April 9th: Book Hooked Blog
Wednesday, April 10th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Monday, April 15th: A Book Geek
Wednesday, April 17th: Peppermint Phd
Thursday, April 18th: nomadreader
Monday, April 22nd: A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, April 23rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, April 24th: Speaking of Books
Thursday, April 25th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, April 30th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, May 1st: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Thursday, May 2nd: Short and Sweet Reviews
TBD: In the Next Room



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  2. I've got this on audio and am really looking forward to it. I hope it's got a good narrator because it sounds great!

  3. I just received it this week and I can't wait to read it. It sounds intriguing, and the way you described it (as "the kind of book that you cut out a wide swath of time for because you aren't going to be able to put it down"), makes it sound even more exciting for me!

  4. Sounds like a heartbreaking story to be sure!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  5. I wish Amelia had more page-time in this novel, because she was by far the most interesting character to me.
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