I have had this book for quite a while now and I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten around to reading it until now. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.
This story is about Amelia, but it’s also about Kate, her mother. At the beginning of the novel, Amelia dies by falling from the roof of her posh Brooklyn private school. The rest of the novel is about Kate trying to put together the pieces of Amelia’s life to find out if she jumped, fell, or was pushed off that roof.
What I really like about this book is it is not what you expect. The characters are so well written. They aren’t typed or typical. They are real. To me, real characters win over plot almost every day.
But with Reconstructing Amelia, the plot is there too. It has twists and turns. It’s smart. Everything is there for you to figure out ahead of time, but you won’t figure it out. Most of the time if I don’t figure out a mystery novel, its because the author didn’t give me enough information to solve it on purpose. But Kimberly McCreight gives you everything you need. You just won’t solve the mystery.
But you will love Kate. You will cry with her and hope with her. You will love Amelia. You will wish, fervently, that her life had not ended so soon. And you will get a real, true look into bullying.
0 stars – terrible
1 star – not that great
2 stars – skip it
3 stars – enjoyable
4 stars – amazing
5 stars – life changing