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Author: Kimberly McCreight Narrator: Khristine Hvam Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9780062237590
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Every teenager has a secret life that is kept away from their parents and very teenage girl lives a part of their lives as a complete mystery to her mother. These are truths which Kate Baron has just come to grips with, and in a most horrifying way.

In the midst of an important meeting, Kate receives a call from Grace Hall, the exclusive private school her daughter Amelia attends. The school informs Kate that she must come to the school immediately; Amelia has been suspended, having been caught cheating. As Kate tries to fathom how her well-behaved daughter could have done such a thing, the news goes from bad to worse. She arrives at Grace Hall to see police cars and ambulances and to hear the dreadful news: Amelia has jumped from the school's roof, committing suicide.

Grace Hall tells her that this is a tragic case of "an academic overachiever distraught about getting caught cheating jumped to her death." But as she tries to sort this information out, she receives an anonymous text claiming that her daughter didn't jump to her death. Somehow, through motherly instinct, Kate knows that this is the truth and that she now must delve into the secret life of her daughter, to reconstruct the truth and to vindicate the memory of the girl she couldn't save.

Reconstructing Amelia is Kimberly McCreight's debut novel. McCreight, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's law school, spent several years as a litigation associate at some of New York's largest law firms before she left to write full-time. Because of the powerful writing and subject of her debut novel, Entertainment Weekly calls McCreight one of "13 to Watch in 2013." She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and two daughters.

When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter.

Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension.

Her daughter Amelia is dead.

Despondent over having been caught cheating, Amelia has jumped from the school's roof in an act of impulsive suicide. At least that's the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. In a state of shock and overcome by grief, Kate tries to come to grips with this life-shattering news. Then she gets an anonymous text:

Amelia didn't jump.

The moment she sees that message, Kate knows in her heart it's true. Clearly Amelia had secrets, and a life Kate knew nothing about. Wracked by guilt, Kate is determined to find out what those secrets were and who could have hated her daughter enough to kill. She searches through Amelia's e-mails, texts, and Facebook updates, piecing together the last troubled days of her daughter's life.

Reconstructing Amelia is a stunning debut page-turner that brilliantly explores the secret world of teenagers, their clandestine first loves, hidden friendships, and the dangerous cruelty that can spill over into acts of terrible betrayal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fantastic…So. Well. Done.”

    Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “McCreight captures the complexities, cruelty, and angst of teenage girls so well my stomach was in knots.”

    Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of Island of Lost Girls

  • “Wow! I was pulled in after reading the first page.”


  • “Clever and scary…McCreight has her finger on the private school zeitgeist…and this disturbing tale will make older readers fondly recall the days when kids got in trouble for passing (print) notes in class.”

    USA Today

  • Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] mystery with enough red herring to stock Lake Michigan…This is the novel most likely to be found in coming weeks not on the beach but on the F train. ”

    New York Times

  • “Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel shines a light on teen-girl culture…I wanted to keep reading.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “[A] stunning debut novel… it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.”, 1 of 9 Books That Are So Much More Than the Next Gone Girl

  • “Fans of literary thrillers will enjoy the novel’s dark mood and clever form.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An elaborately plotted mystery…McCreight does a fine job of building suspense and creating characters, notably Kate and Amelia, whom the target audience—both adults and older teens—will care about and empathize with.”


  • “A solid debut novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Reconstructing Amelia will keep you hooked till the last page.”


  • Selected for the April 2013 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Young Adult Books
  • A 2013 School Library Journal Best Book for Teens
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice for Mystery & Thriller
  • A 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

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About the Author

Kimberly McCreight is the author of the New York Times bestseller Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel as well as an Alex Award, was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Favorite Books of the Year, was one of CNN’s Reader Favorites for 2013, placed as a finalist for Goodreads Best Mystery of the Year, and was chosen a Book Club pick for Target, Books-a-Million, and Indigo. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, worked for several years as a litigation associate in New York City, and left the practice of law to write full-time. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, and Babble.

About the Narrator

Khristine Hvam has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie Award for Best Narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.