Reconstructing Amelia - Kimberly McCreight

Kate Baron is a single mother to fifteen-year-old Amelia. As a litigation lawyer Kate works long hours and doesn't have as much time to spend with her daughter as she would like. When a phone call from her daughter's private school disrupts the meeting Kate is in with the news that Amelia has been caught cheating, Kate can't believe it. Amelia has been suspended and Kate has to leave work to pick her up. Her daughter is an intelligent, ambitious teenager who has never been in trouble a day in her life. But Kate will never get the chance to ask her daughter what's going on because by the time she arrives at the school Amelia is dead. The police and the school tell Kate that Amelia jumped in an act of spontaneous suicide, unable to cope with what she'd done. Kate accepts what they're telling her but doesn't truly believe that's what happened. When Kate receives an anonymous text saying that Amelia didn't jump, she is forced to sift through Amelia's texts, emails and facebook page to piece together the final days of her daughter's life in an effort to reveal the truth of what happened on the rooftop that day.


The book is told from Amelia's point of view and Kate's point of view as well as texts, facebook posts and a blog run by someone in the school who doesn't mind spreading vicious rumours. High school life is tough but add in secret clubs with members who want to ruin your life, unrequited love and no one to really talk to you have Amelia's story. I felt so bad for both Amelia and Kate. They did the best they thought they could do. Some things did seem a little convenient at times, but overall the book was good. I didn't believe Amelia jumped but as I read on I went back and forth between maybe she did, maybe she didn't. So I definitely couldn't wait to find out what happened and I wasn't disappointed.