Published on April 21, 2014 Genres: Contemporary, Dark, New Adult, Psychological, Young Adult
It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.
Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.
Fragile Line was a really good book. I’ve seen this author’s books around but this is the first one I’ve picked up. First of all, some things I noticed in this PDF edition that I appreciate enough to point out in a review… I love that the PDF format was “book size” and I love that the description was in the front of the book so I knew what it was about when it came time to read it. Just little things I notice and make a difference to me personally.
I’ve read some of the reviews. I do that after I finish to see if I agree with what other people are saying and in this case, yeah, no. I don’t agree with most of them. This book was not billed as romance as far as I can tell. Which is just fine with me, that’s not why I decided to read it for this tour. But it bugs me that people were expecting something that was not promised and then they wonder why they are disappointed. I don’t know. I’m moody today so I’m gonna just say what I think. This book, as I read the description, was sort of a psychological journey. But the mystery was not what was happening to this seemingly normal girl. I mean, Ellie is having blackouts, what possible reason could there be? Not many. The plot of this book is the journey Ellie takes towards self-discovery. It’s not her specific mental condition. It seems some of the reviewers just… missed that whole freaking point.
OK, so this book has three parts. Two parts are Ellie and the last part is someone else. I liked all the characters in this book. I even had a soft spot for Gwen, and that’s saying something since she was not a very likable girl. But the book was very well-written. I was not confused by the ending and it made perfect sense to me. I did cringe at the drug use. God how I hate the drugs in the YA books. But it was OK because of the way it was set up.
I liked Griffin a lot. I felt very bad for him as the story progressed. He was supportive and genuine in his feelings and the way he treated Ellie. I liked Shane less than the other characters because he is the one who should’ve known her the best, not Griffin. And that made him the more selfish boyfriend, but at the end he really came through.
I can’t say too much about the plot without ruining the experience, but I was captivated the entire time. It never lost my attention and even though I had a bazillion things I had to do this past weekend, I picked this book up every chance I could, I was that invested in it.
Brooklyn Skye wrote a five star book. She filled it with five star characters that were both strong and sympathetic. And she took pretty much every bad characteristic in a heroine and put it into this girl, yet… it works. I liked Ellie throughout the whole story. The pacing was good, the ending was thought provoking and satisfying, and honestly, this was the best tour book I’ve read in a very long time.
OK, so one more strange thing, there’s a quote in part three from George Bernard Shaw and I can’t stand that guy. People quote him all the time because he was a playwright, but he was also a known socialist who advocated the mass extermination of “undesirable” people. So I read his quote – “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” It’s harmless enough. Still, I can’t get over him personally. But since the final third of the book actually was about getting rid of undesirable things in Ellie’s life (so to speak) it sorta makes complete sense. Maybe Brooklyn Skye is a genius and she planned it that way. Or maybe I’m just grasping for justification. I’m pretty sure no one cares, but it’s my blog, so eh.
(If I post this on Amazon, I promise to leave that stupid shit at the end out. 😉 )