Reconstructing Amelia Analysis

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"Because there’d been this other person, a person who would have never joined a club or chased a girl who didn’t want to get caught. Who never would have let herself get made a fool of.” (McCreight, 318). This excerpt captures the feelings of Amelia, the protagonist, as she struggles to find her identity after it had been stolen by her socially elite club, the Magpies. ☺ After her mysterious and premature demise, her mother dives headfirst into the case; determined to prove to everyone that the death was not a suicide but in fact a tragic murder. I will be questioning the loose ends that the author did not specifically resolve, such as the aftermath of the climactic finale. I will be clarifying how technology played a crucial role in her life…show more content…
☺ What ever happens to Sylvia after the conclusion of the book? Amelia’s mother, Kate, finally makes peace with her daughter’s death, even though her murderer, Sylvia, is walking free. The book gives an intimation of Kate recovering by saying; “Still, inch by slow inch, the darkness of her grief had begun to lift or perhaps shift, leaving behind only her longing for Amelia.” (McCreight 377) but never mentions Sylvia’s fate. I guess Kimberly McCreight has a knack for leaving readers hungry for a sequel that will never come. Furthermore, how does Kate’s relationship with Jeremy stand? Kate and Jeremy conquer tough times throughout the book. However, near the end, it is revealed that Jeremy has done something completely out of line. The repercussions of this action were literally deadly, but the author never bothers to mention if justice is…show more content…
This can be connected to Sartell High School’s system as well. Though Sartell does not have such a drastic case, there is no denying that the school has both popular kids and wallflowers. The athletes are typically the respected kids at Sartell but the club members are the respected ones at Grace Hall. Acceptance into clubs in “Reconstructing Amelia” can easily be compared to Sartell’s royalty tradition. In order to get into a club at Grace Hall, one needs to be selected by his or her peers. At Sartell, homecoming and prom royalty is decided through a voting process. Inevitably, the kids at Grace Hall with a lot of connections will be ‘tapped’ by the clubs. The kids with a lot of connections and friends at Sartell will be voted into royalty. I would also compare Amelia’s identity crisis to students at Sartell. By joining the Magpies, Amelia ends up succumbing to peer pressure and carries out actions she would normally avoid completely. This is seen every day at Sartell High School. Students put on a mask while around their friends and beg for their approval. A blogger in the book even says “Since there are 176 definitions of the word loser on urbandictionary.com. Don’t Be a Statistic” (McCreight 1). This post just proves that peers push others to not be themselves a.k.a. losers. ☺ At school, a

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