Monday, August 11, 2014

Reconstructing Amelia: A Book Review

well here we are, back from another summer weekend, and onto another work week. my weekend was pretty low-key. i went to hot springs on saturday afternoon when i woke up with nothing to do. i was going to come back that evening but the bestie let me stay the night at her house, since my bro and his friends were using our lake house. that morning, i had planned to stay for the afternoon, but those plans didn't really work out. oh well, it was nice to get back to my lovely little home and spend some time with my kitty. i slept mostly, but i did a good bit of reading, too. 
today, i thought it would be cool to do my first book review. i've read several other book reviews on several other blogs, and i like getting a view from another reader about a book i might be thinking about reading.
i read this book in four days. it's a lot thicker than the last couple of books i have read so i was pretty proud of myself for reading it so quickly. i really couldn't help it, though. i loved the writing style, which made it an easy read. i started it tuesday evening, and finished it thursday morning at 3 a.m. 
i hadn't even heard of this book when i went to books-a-million last tuesday. i was walking down the fiction aisle after leaving the mysteries section, and its cover caught my eye. i read the back and flipped through the first chapter, and decided i needed this one along with the other two i had grabbed. 
[i didn't even see the part about it being similar to gone girl.]
 this book wasn't broken into chapters, but was broken down into the two main characters' point of view; just like gillian flynn's books. the mother in the story, kate, is trying to figure out what happened to her daughter, amelia, who was found dead at her high school, grace hall. we get to read how kate's store unfolds, as well as read amelia's story before she died. there were also "chapters" that were just emails, text messages, and blog entries; which i also liked about this book.

book's synopsis:
kate is in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career, when she gets a telephone call from her daughter's elite private school, grace hall. amelia has been suspended, effected immediately, and kate must come get her daughter. kate's stress over leaving work, quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. by then, it's already too late for amelia. and for kate. an academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. at least that's the story grace hall tells kate. and clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. until she gets an anonymous text: she didn't jump. 

doesn't it just sound gripping? like the whole time i just had to read more and more. i could not put this book down, and in my opinion it was even better than gone girl. 
there were twists and turns to this story in every part of the book. being able to read amelia's thoughts and learn her secrets as to why she "killed herself" was really what kept me reading. i needed to figure out more, as well as figure out why kate was keeping secrets of her own. there was also "ben," a mysterious guy who texts amelia throughout the novel. he's even the last one to text amelia before she dies. amelia has never met him, and doesn't even know what he looks like. so needless to say, i was pretty interested to find out about ben. well before ben was revealed, i had figured out who he was. it took me awhile, but by the end of the book all the secrets and lies started to fall into place. maybe that's why i liked this book so much. it didn't give the story away quickly, and it didn't draw it out and make it boring either. but i was able to solve it, which i thought was pretty cool, since i usually am reading the last chapter by the time i figure it all out. 
i was going to give some "spoilers" but i really want you guys to read this book because i really enjoyed it and don't want to ruin it for you. in the end, you'll figure it all out. i was surprised, but not so surprised in a way. it's obvious, that amelia didn't kill herself, or else there wouldn't have been a book to read. the last part of the book ends with kate's thoughts. the writing of her voice finishing the novel even made me tear up. yes, i would definitely recommend for YOU to read THIS book!

the book i am currently reading now is, hallowe'en party by agatha christie.
i haven't read any of agatha christie's books before, but i am really enjoying the book i am reading now. and i definitely plan on picking up more of christie's books. i was afraid the writing style would be too old for me. there are several terms that i've had to look up or haven't heard before, but it doesn't make the book difficult to read. book-a-million has dozens of agatha christie's books that look interesting.
have you read any agatha christie books?
well, that's my first book review! how'd i do? i looked at some book review questions to go off of, but so many of them would have required that i give more away than what i wanted to do. i just can't spoil the ending for you. i am going to try to do a full review with this agatha christie book, so be prepared for that.
so we have about 20 days till football season. can you believe that? this year is going by TOO fast. am i right? well, i am trying to get all my tailgate items on order so i'm not in the mist of the season trying to figure out if we need more lawn chairs or how many paper plates we have left. i can already tell i am more organized for it this year than i have been in the past. uh it only took me four years. 
tomorrow i have my dentist appointment at 12 to get my crown put on and on top of that they want to do a cleaning. i didn't even know about the cleaning until this morning when they called to confirm my appointment. luckily, my insurance will pay for the cleaning, but i have an idea that i'll be hanging out at the dentist for most of the day tomorrow. i'm glad i went ahead and asked for the day off. maybe they'll give me lots of gas. gosh i hate the dentist.
"you were born in mexico? ah, you must like nachos. my granddaughter, natalie, got me into them. i've never been to mexico, but i bet it's lovely. apart from the kidnappings."


  1. OMG are you kidding me?!?! I HAVE A DENTIST APPOINTMENT TOMORROW TOO!! Also - when do you find time to read? I really need to do that more.

  2. Ooh, I'm going to need to add that to my list, it sounds good! Thanks for sharing!