Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight A Propensity to Discuss Post

A story of love and loss, on so many levels.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight is a truly heart-wrenching story of love and loss, and on so many levels.

It is the love of a mother for her daughter. It is the loss of that daughter.

It is the love of a daughter for her mother. And the loss of a relationship.

It is the love of a teenager. And the heartbreak of loss.

It is the love of being in love. And loss. Pure, unadulterated loss.

It is the love of a girl. And the loss of independence.

It is the misguided love of a woman. And the loss of sensibility.

It is the love of a tortured soul. And the loss of what never will be.

When Kate Barron is called to her daughter’s school, Grace Hall, she is certain of one thing. There is some sort of mix up. Her daughter would not do anything to get suspended. The Dean of Students had the wrong girl. Not Kate’s daughter. Not the daughter she knows.

The truth is, the daughter she knew, never did anything to get into trouble. But the daughter she knew slowly began to lose herself at the start of the new school year. Over the past two months, the daughter she knew no longer really existed.

When Kate reaches the school, it is too late to defend her daughter’s honor. It is too late for everything. Amelia Barron is dead. Her death is ruled a suicide. Kate never truly accepts that ruling; she knew her daughter too well. Or did she? She is questioning that now. So when she receives a text that puts everything into question, Kate knows she must find the truth.

What she finds out rocks her to her core. On many levels and at pretty much every turn. She knew her daughter so well. Until two months ago, that is. It is only after she reconstruct’s Amelia’s last weeks that she will really know what happened to Amelia. And whether or not anyone else is to blame.

Told from Kate’s present and past perspectives and Amelia’s perspective, the last two months of Amelia’s life are slowly, painfully pieced together. The results will shock and scare you. They will make you angry and happy. They will make you fall in love. In love with Amelia. In love with Kate. You will love them to the core and you will suffer the loss of Amelia in a way that you probably didn’t realize you could suffer the loss of a literary character.

McCreight does a phenomenal job of bringing you slowly into Amelia’s and Kate’s stories and then planting you firmly in the middle of their lives so that you feel what they feel. You will know these two so well at the end of the book that you will truly miss them when you turn the final page.

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For Kate, it is the love of a mother for her daughter. It is the loss of that daughter.
~~~~~It is the loss of that daughter first physically and then the slow realization that there was a loss there emotionally. Kate will have to heal from the emotional loss in order to come to terms with the physical loss.

For Amelia, it is the love of a daughter for her mother. And the loss of a relationship.
~~~~~Amelia loved her mother. She trusted her. She believed in her. If only the timing had been a little different. If only Amelia had spoken up. Just once.

For Amelia, it is the love of a teenager. And the heartbreak of loss.
~~~~~Her love for Dylan. Her love for Sylvia. Her love for her mom. The loss of Dylan, her loss of focus where Sylvia was concerned, and the loss of the relationship she had always shared with her mom.

For Sylvia, it is the love of being in love. And loss. Pure, unadulterated loss.
~~~~~Sylvia’s need to be in love and to be loved stemmed from a home-life that was certainly

For Dylan, It is the love of a girl. And the loss of independence.
~~~~~The love Dylan had for Amelia was taken away because of a “condition” that she truly wanted to escape. Her mother never wanted her to be labeled by her condition. This insane fear of not being labeled was so ingrained in her by her mother, and yet, it was her mother who allowed her condition to actually be an excuse to protect her from another label her mother deemed worse. “Lesbian.”

For Adele, it is the misguided love of a woman. And the loss of sensibility.
~~~~~While she believed in love, the love she believed in was one-sided and unhealthy. She lost all sensibility where Jeremy was concerned, thus losing her daughter and most importantly, herself.

For Jeremy, it is the love of a tortured soul. And the loss of what never will be.
~~~~~ He knew. He had always known. His indiscretions had lasting results. Results that would one day lead to Amelia’s untimely death.  In a twisted turn of fate, Jeremy‘s actions ultimately cost Amelia her life. He wanted to be a part of her life. Instead, he was a part of her death.

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