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BOOK REVIEW: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight


Where peer pressure, secret clubs and cyberbullying end in tragedy

Our first book club book of the year was Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. This book was recommended to me by a close friend because it takes place in the neighborhood where I was born and raised. Although the prep school Amelia (the main character) attends is fictional, I can’t help but feel the author was heavily inspired by the all girls high school I attended.

This book was a great read. It started off a little slow but after a chapter or two I couldn’t put it down. There were quite a few surprises and the ending wrapped things up nicely.

As a mother of a teenager the scenario in the book was frightening to think about. I’d like to believe I know my teenager, and I guess that’s the scariest part. As mothers, we all think we do. You hope your child feels safe enough to come to you with their thoughts and fears, especially when dealing with bullying. But the truth is a lot of the time they don’t.

My son isn’t much of a reader but I’m hoping he’ll consider reading this book. At the very least it will be a conversation piece to make sure he and I always keep the lines of communication open.

Haven’t read it yet? You can pick up Reconstructing Amelia on Amazon.

Already read the book? Watch the book club discussion here.

Lastly, be sure to check out our interview with Kimberly McCreight.

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About Desirai Labrada

Graphic & Web Designer, Gamer, Technology Enthusiast, educator, Bride from the 2009 Halo themed wedding, and also mommy to a smart ass teenage boy.