Book Club Selection #3

Likes to Smile Book Club is BACK!!!! Book book hooray!

I loooooove (so much emphasis on love) this book club because it combines two of my favorite things: reading and chatting with all of you! The first time I announced book club, I wasn’t sure how it would go and was hoping just 1 person would play along. Imagine my excitment when 14 people commented that they would like to participate! Woo to the hoo!! I was in Stacey heaven!

Since we discussed Revenge Wears Prada (book club selection #1) and Someday, Someday, Maybe (book club selection #2); a couple of you have even asked when I will announce our next book. Be still my beating heart!!

Our third book will be Reconstructing Amelia (recommended by Grace). After reading the description, I quickly downloaded the “look inside” to my Kindle. By the time I read the first half of the first chapter, I knew this was a book I would want to discuss with others.

Discussing Reconstructing Amelia on September 9th // Likes to Smile Book Club

Reconstructing Amelia is a “how did she die?” thriller where a mother must uncover what really happened to her teenage daughter. The description is as follows:

In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate’s in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But 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.

Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.

Here’s the plan. We all read Reconstructing Amelia and meet back here on Monday, September 9th. I’ll structure it much like last time: I’ll pose a handful of discussion questions, I’ll answer them in the blog post, you can answer in the comments and we will keep discussing further and further.

What do you say? Are you reading Reconstructing Amelia along with me?

Until next time!



  1. Obviously I still have to read Someday Someday Maybe, but this book sounds so intriguing that I might end up reading it first!

    • Hi hi!

      Read in any order you like! I’d love to hear your thoughts on either one!


  2. Oh…this has been on my to-read list! Count me in :)

  3. So excited! I love book club!

    And who can resist a good mystery/thriller?!

    I’ve really been savouring “the happiness project” but I will speed it up so I have time for book club!

    Can’t wait! Woo to the hoo exactly describes how I feel!

  4. Oh how fun! I might have to join your girls!

  5. Count me in! This sounds fascinating.

  6. Wooooohooo I’m in! But I still have to download it :-) Have you already started??

    • Hi Claudia!!

      I’m SO SO SO excited that you are reading along! Your comments are amazing and you bring so much to the discussion!! YAY! I have already started, I’m loving it. But it’s not until September 9th, so you have time!



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