Author: Kimberly McCreight
Narrated By: Khristine Hvam
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Duration: 12 hrs 15 minutes
My Rating: 7/10
Overview: Gossip Girl meets Mean Girls in this tragic thriller involving the death of a teenage girl, who allegedly committed suicide by leaping off the roof of her NYC private school. Grieving for her daughter, Amelia's mother, Kate, begins to piece together texts, emails and witness statements to find out what truly happened to her daughter on that roof. Did Amelia willingly jump or was foul play involved?
McCreight has an excellent voice and accurately captures the feelings of grief, deceit, innocence, love, teen angst and so much more. She is a talented writer and this story is very powerful.
I could absolutely relate to Amelia and the depression and frustration which accompanies being bulled by your peers, especially other females. McCreight's portrayal of mean girls in school is spot on.
Reconstructing Amelia is quite addicting and I had trouble closing my Audible app which may be why I finished this book in only a few short days.
What I didn't: As original as this storyline is, I did think some parts were a little too farfetched. I believe some of the twists and turns were unnecessary and complicated the story more than it needed to be. At times, I felt lost in a labyrinth of plot twists.
Also, some of the girls' dialogue seemed a little unbelievable. I have definitely witnessed the cruelty of other girls, but I don't think I've ever heard another girl, young or old, talk the way the private school girls speak. They are portrayed as being shallow and vapid, however, the word choice for their vocabulary seemed off.
What I loved about listening: The narrator, Khristine Hvam, did a great job sounding like a bratty teenager. I almost believed a teenager was narrating at first! Her voice is is also comforting and easy to listen to.
What I didn't love about listening: Although Khristine's teen voice was scary good, her male tone was scary bad. She could have gone a little deeper for the male characters, because they sounded like tough women, not men.