Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Vassar and U Penn law school graduate, Kimberly McCreight can WRITE. Wow, this book is just mind-blowing. If you loved Gone Girl, by Gillian Anderson, you will also love Reconstructing Amelia. The premise (and I'm not giving anything away - it's on the book flap) focuses on Kate, a big-time corporate litigator, single mother of fifteen-year old beautiful, brilliant Amelia. Kate receives a phone call during an important legal meeting, that Amelia has been caught cheating on an English paper and needs to be picked up from school due to her suspension. By the time Kate arrives, Amelia has leapt to her death from her very posh Brooklyn school. The next 380 pages takes the reader on a roller coaster ride, as Kate tries to ascertain whether Amelia really committed suicide. We enter the world of teenagers, through Amelia's Facbook posts, Twitter feeds, text messages and email. We also see Kate fifteen years previously, dealing with an unplanned pregancy and the effects of the people she met then as everyone becomes involved in her search for the truth. McCreight nails the voices for both Kate and her daughter, and takes us into the inside world of vicious teenagers, manipulative parents, and corporate law. I read this book in 24 hours, finding minutes every where I could; it was gripping, addictive, and completely satisfying. I will most definitely be in line to purchase McCreight's next novel.