There is many good reasons why this book is so highly wishlisted here on PBS. I am so glad I put this book on the top of my TBR list. This was a great book. It kept me guessing about who BEN was, and who might have been involved in Amelia's death. I found the book to be unique, in its story line about a 15 year old girl and all her secrets, and life at high school. I found the drama to be realistic and plausible. This really could happen to a school and a group of kids.
From the blurbs I thought this might be a good tale of love and loss, but what I found was merely dark and depressing. The plot was haphazard, riddled with coincidences and tortuous manipulations, kind of a soap opera with literary aspirations. The people are what one would expect in such a story; the adults, especially, were clueless and self-centered, and not at all believable. It all led to a predictable, unsatisfying conclusion.
15 year old Amelia kills herself by leaping off the roof of her school, shortly after her mother is called to pick her up because she has been suspended for plagiarism. Her mother, an attorney, knows both of these acts are not like Amelia, and sets out to find the real reason that Amelia jumped...or was she really pushed? I liked this book and found it unpredictable. The one nuisance that I noticed was the large amount of misspelled words in the book that distracted me from the story...at first I just let it go, but after the 20th or 30th misspelled word I was really questioning the talent of the proofreader. Aside from that, it's a great read.