Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Published: April 2, 2013
Format: ARC E-Copy via Edelweiss
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 5/5

Summary via Goodreads
Stressed single mother and law partner Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call to say that her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from her exclusive Brooklyn prep school for cheating on an exam. Torn between her head and her heart, she eventually arrives at St Grace's over an hour late, to be greeted by sirens wailing and ambulance lights blazing. Her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame of being caught. A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself: it was just the two of them and Amelia would never leave her alone like this. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl.

Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: AMELIA DIDN'T JUMP. Is someone playing with her or has she been right all along?

My Thoughts

That’s all I can say about Reconstructing Amelia. It’s fast pace, twisting and turning at every angle. It’s a book that will have you guessing and trust me just when you think you know something…BOOM… you’re wrong.

It’s takes you into the world of upper class New York prep schools, secret societies and bullying. I love how we get a true sense of how Amelia’s life was through her emails and texts even after she’s gone.

I felt for Kate her mom as she is determined to find out exactly how Amelia died. Never believing what was told to her, she wouldn’t settle for anything less than the truth. Even if that meant relieving her past and her own troubling mistakes. But one thing is for sure is Kate’s undying love for her daughter and her willingness to bring Amelia’s death to justice.

It’s a story of love, justice, and just plain cruel some people can be. With so many suspects you can’t help but want to finish it in one sitting.

Simply put… in my opinion… do yourself a favor and GET THIS NOW!! You won’t regret it.


  1. This book sounds like a lifetime movie to me and I love those movies. I didn't knew about Reconstructing Amelia but I think I'll enjoy it. It may be a little sad, but I want justice done to Amelia. Great review and thanks for bringing this book to my radar =)

    1. I would love a movie of this! It is sad but heart warming look at a moms love also. I'm glad I could bring this to your attention.