Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight

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reconstructing ameliaGrace Hall is not your typical high school. Very expensive and elite, the kids who graduate from this prep school go on to get Ivy League educations and work for Fortune 500 companies. Amelia has always been a hardworking and intelligent student who chose to stick with her quirky best friend instead of seeking popularity. But when Amelia is singled out to join the Maggies, a secret sorority, and her BFF isn’t, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Can she tell her mother, Kate, about the escalating hazing she must endure or about how she might just be in love? Kate is high-power attorney for an aggressive law firm in Manhattan. She doesn’t have a lot of free time but does her best to schedule weekly activities with Amelia. Kate is not proud of her past and has tried very hard since Amelia’s birth to overcome an overwhelming mistake. Things are going well for their little family; Amelia is excelling in school and Kate just landed a big case. But then, in the blink of an eye, Amelia is dead. Ruled a suicide, Kate must reconstruct her daughter’s life through e-mails, texts, and sordid websites to figure out just what exactly happened to her perfect daughter.

I really enjoyed this title because it rode the line between YA and adult mystery. It has these awesome little excerpts from an online gossip newsletter called gRaCeFULLY that are just hilarious. It confronts school bullying without being too preachy and has plenty of drama for young and old alike. Genuinely compelling and reminiscent of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, I recommend this title to those that love a little twist in their stories.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Reconstructing Amelia.

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