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Who Weekly (National Magazine UK) Five Star Review - April 22,
"...And off we go into this year's Gone Girl -Gililan Flynn's 2012
nail -biter -set in a posh high school in Brooklyn, New York. Like
Gone Girl this seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship
drama, as Amelia and Kate take turns narrating chapters that reveal
the truth behind ostensibly perfect lives. And like Gone Girl, it
should be hailed as one of the best books of the year. In her
riveting debut McCreight somehow delivers thoughtful commentary on
mother guilt, bullying, police corruption and Gossip Girl. Every
twist is clever and rightfully earned. Virginia Woolf once said,
"Fiction is like a spider's web," and McCreight is a masterful
USA Today - April 17, 2013
"It's a clever, scary conceit... ...this disturbing tale will make
older readers fondly recall the days when kids got in trouble for
passing (print) notes in class."
Entertainment Weekly – March 27, 2013 - Graded A
Amelia Baron has thrown herself from her high school's roof after
she was caught plagiarizing a paper on Virginia Woolf...or so it
seems. The problem is that Amelia is obsessed with Woolf in a way
that only a hyperintelligent 15-year-old girl can be. And her
workaholic single mom, Kate — a brilliant attorney — has received an
anonymous text that reads: ''Amelia didn't jump.''
And off we go into this year's Gone Girl — you remember Gillian
Flynn's best-selling nail-biter of 2012 — which is set against the
backdrop of Grace Hall, a prep school in the tony Brooklyn
neighborhood of Park Slope. Like Gone Girl, Reconstructing Amelia
seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship drama. And like
Gone Girl, it should be hailed as one of the best books of the year.
Amelia and Kate take turns narrating chapters that reveal the truth
behind their ostensible Gilmore Girls life. Amelia is tapped for one
of Grace Hall's secret societies, falls in love for the first time,
and has a Manti Te'o-type correspondence with a gay boy named Ben.
None of which she tells her mom. Meanwhile, Kate, who has deep guilt
over Amelia's paternity, copes with her daughter's ''suicide'' by
going all CSI on Amelia's texts and emails, as well as a hateful
school blog called gRaCeFULLY.
To reveal more would require a spoiler alert the size of a Jumbotron.
But in her debut novel, Kimberly McCreight spins a riveting
narrative that somehow delivers thoughtful commentary on working-mom
guilt, bullying, police corruption, and Gossip Girl. Every single
twist in Reconstructing Amelia is clever, and rightfully earned. As
that righteous babe Virginia Woolf once said, ''Fiction is like a
spider's web.'' McCreight is a masterful weaver.
-- Reviewed by Henry Goldblatt
-- Library Journal - April 1, 2013
"...a compulsively readable novel that will appeal to Jodi Picoult
Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars) - February 25, 2013
“McCreight’ s haunting debut will stay with you long after you are
done reading. The main characters feel relatable and it is easy to
feel sympathy for their situation. Even though the ending is known
right away, you’ll hope against hope for a happily ever after for
the characters that you’ve become so invested in. This fantastic
book whets your appetite for more from McCreight.”
Booklist - February 1, 2013
Kate believes her daughter, 15-year-old Amelia, has committed
suicide, jumping from the roof of her private school—until she
receives an anonymous text saying simply, “Amelia didn’t jump.”
Could she have been murdered? Kate, a successful attorney, is
determined to find out even as she is haunted by the fear she has
failed her daughter, too often putting her career ahead of her
responsibilities as a mother. McCreight has written an elaborately
plotted mystery that not only tells Kate’s story but also includes
Amelia’s own first-person narrative along with her e-mails, texts,
and Facebook posts, all of which tell a harrowing story while
keeping the reader one step ahead of Kate and the police. This first
novel occasionally requires a willing suspension of disbelief and
comes dangerously close to melodrama near the end, but 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.
-- Michael Cart
Publishers Weekly – January 28, 2013
“… McCreight portrays the darkness of adolescence, complete with
doomed love, bullies, poisonous friendship, and insecurity. Fans of
literary thrillers will enjoy the novel’s dark mood and clever
Entertainment Weekly - January 5, 2013
With the commercial appeal of Jodi Picoult and a splash of Tana
French, Kimberly McCreight is an exquisite storyteller offering
suspense, empathy, beautifully crafted characters, and compelling
plots. A fantastic new voice in fiction, she has been named one of
Entertainment Weekly’s 13 to Watch in 2013.