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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Reconstructing Amelia | Kimberly McCreight

“Sometimes it's hard to tell how fast the current's moving until you're headed over a waterfall” 

Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 382
Perspective: Third Alternating
Location: New York City, New York

Reconstructing Amelia is the aftermath of a teenage girl’s death. It is written off by the police as a suicide, but Amelia’s mother, Kate, is determined to piece together what really happened. For a complete summary, you can go here.

If you’ve read any of my reviews before, then you know that I am a sucker for a good mystery book. I wouldn’t say that this really has a big twist, because the ending sort of unveils itself. But the book does leave you guessing for a while. 

I really love that this book makes its readers think about how their actions impact other people. Bullying (in real life and cyber) is a big theme throughout this novel. I think that a lot of people don’t see any consequences to their words and actions, especially high schoolers. The more books like this that come out, the better. It really challenges thinking. This book also talks about pressures of private schools and being in a secret society (imagine a sorority with tons of hazing and humiliating acts, but none of your friends or family can know that you’re even involved, so they just think you're being rude and crazy). 

The story was good, but the characters weren't very likable. And a lot of them did really bizarre things. I guess its because most of the characters were acting selfishly. Both the teenagers and adults in this story are very immature. But I think that was the point of the story. 


This is definitely a book worth reading. It starts off slow, but it really does get interesting if you stick with it. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it hereAfter you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil,” 

 4/5 Stars

*****

o Amber Gregg