Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Although written with an adult audience in mind, I am sure teens will be as captured by this story as I was. At its heart, this is a murder mystery with some updated twists. Attorney Kate Brown is devastated when her fifteen year old daughter Amelia mysteriously jumps off a school building to kill herself. Almost immediately, however, she begins receiving ominous texts hinting that her daughter was actually murdered. She joins forces with an NYPD detective to try to figure out what really happened. Essentially, they are “reconstructing” Amelia using her online history, interviews with her classmates, friends and families and her teachers at her exclusive Brooklyn prep school. As Kate and the detective comb through Amelia’s recent past using blog posts, emails, texts and Facebook updates, a more complete picture of the girl begins to emerge.
I was completely unable to put this book down. Because much of the story is told in the first person through Amelia’s flashbacks, I was immediately engulfed in Kate’s grief and Amelia’s school life rife with crushes, mean girls and bullies, I found myself immersed in the world of New York City prep schools, secret relationships and a suicide that looks more and more like a murder. I can highly recommend this title to mystery fans and readers who like reading prep school stories.