Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight)


A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter’s life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.

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.


I did the audio of this book and was strangely satisfied. The narrator did a great job at reading a decent story. She made it easy to get lost in the story that involves two separate POV’s. Amelia’s and her mother’s, Kate.

Mean Girls meets Lifetime Movie.
There. I summed Reconstructing Amelia up for you. That’s what it was about.


I wasn’t sold on the writing. I just didn’t find it eye catching and flowing. I think if I would have actually read the physical book it would have taken me much much longer.

And holy plot holes. So many plot holes I will never even know the answers to. Hello, what is the deal with Liv? Why are her and Amelia so close? What about Woodhouse? What about the Gracefully blog? What was even the point of it? Why was Liv on the phone on the rooftop? Seriously…thick plot holes: no answers. Which is why I three starred this book.


The story could have really went in a great direction. Especially because I had no idea how this was going to pan out until around 70%. I’ll give the author credit there. But there was so much potential.


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