Kate is a 38-year-old single mother of 15-year-old Amelia. They live in NYC, and Amelia attends a prestigious private school. Kate is a lawyer and works long hours, but tries to make time to stay with Amelia as often as she can. She’s noticed that her daughter’s behavior has become a bit erratic, but nothing too alarming. So, when she’s told by the school that Amelia cheated in English class and is being suspended, she’s shocked. She’s even more shocked when, by the time she arrives at the school to get her daughter, Amelia has thrown herself off the school roof and is now dead.
This is one of those books that I knew, from the beginning, I really ought to just return to the library, but I kept going anyway. I’m not sure why. It wasn’t written in a way I particularly liked – the little interludes of text messages and blog entries and facebook updates were especially grating for me. I should have sympathized with Kate, but felt no connection with her at all. I felt more connection with Amelia, who sounded far older than her fifteen years. Then there were the Maggies, who just felt…silly, and turned the book into a Cruel Intentions kind of boarding school psychotic story. Meh.
Honestly, the only reason I kept reading is because I wanted to know the full story. I should have flipped through to get the answers, the same way I did with the last book I abandoned halfway through (Pawn**). This one just didn’t do anything for me. I finished this five days ago, and I had to look up Kate’s name. Just didn’t remember. I don’t remember anyone else’s either, except Amelia and her fake-text-friend Ben. I doubt I’ll remember anyone’s name but Amelia’s (and hers only because it was in the title) by the end of the year.
Only interesting thing to come out of this book was I learned about Waardenburg Syndrome, which with my sister’s eyes and my cousin’s skin, I believe must run in our family.
Still, the book wasn’t terrible. Just not particularly great for me, either. Others seem to like it a lot.
**Note from September 2014: I have no idea what book I was talking about here…