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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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    This is the first suspense/mystery I've read in a long time, and it was such a pleasure read this page-turner. I often couldn't wait to get back to it to see what happened next. The author creatively and effectively bounced between the voice of Kate and Amelia, and even used texts and facebook status updates to tell the story. Not only was this an entertaining read, but made me more aware as the mother of a young daughter of the secret lives to teens... yikes.

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    Great story line. Love the fact the reader gets to read both sides of the story. Really think this is an excellent read, especially for parents who have teenagers, gives some good insight to what really goes on!

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    Reconstructing Amelia - A Novel

    I enjoyed it a lot. I know Secret Societies exist in Universities and many other types of Organizations. I can believe that the hazing that has been described in this book is probably quite tame compared to some extreme Society initiations such as The Skulls andor the Mason's. Why else would they go to such lengths to maintain their secrets!

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    I enjoyed the writing style and that it wasn't too far fetched but I could have used a but more character description.

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    I really enjoyed this book. I have two teenagers and see how easily it is to get pulled into something and have it spiral out of control. The book was written from the point of view of the mother and daughter. I was neat to see two different perspectives.

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