Publication date: April 21, 2014
Entangled Teen, Kindle ARC, 222 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
The synopsis for this book was so compelling, I knew when I first read it that I had to read this book as soon as possible. (Thank you, Entangled Teen, for the early look.) It sounded unique and intriguing… a hint of romance, a hint of mystery. Now that I’ve finished it, I can honestly say I was right on all counts – and then some. Fragile Line took me completely by surprise and I think it will be quite awhile before I stop thinking about this book and these characters.
Fragile Line is Ellie’s story. On the outside, she’s a normal teenager. What no one knows is that she’s suffering from blackouts that last for days at times and she has no ideas what happens to her during these times. More than that, she’s getting flashes of her childhood that lead her to believe terrible things happened to her. A guy she doesn’t know keeps calling her cell phone and asking for Gwen and, after one of her episodes, she comes back to find her boyfriend Shane has broken up with her and wants nothing to do with her. Something’s definitely happening but she has no idea what it is. She’s scared and confused, but afraid her friends and family will think she’s going insane, so she’s scared to ask for help.
While it took me a few chapters to get into this story, once I did I was hopelessly hooked. I’m glad I didn’t have anywhere to be because I couldn’t wait to finish this book and find out what was happening to Ellie. There were twists and turns, suspenseful moments and sweet ones. I felt so bad for Ellie. She was a strong character, but what she was going through had to be terrifying. I was completely emotionally-invested in her story. Fragile Line tackled a mental health issue that I wasn’t all that familiar with up until I read it and did it in a way that was easily understood and really made the reader think about all the pieces involved.
This book is broken up into three parts and an epilogue. Part three was mind-blowingly good. It added a layer of complexity to the story that left me confused about what I wanted to happen in the end. It was powerful and thought-provoking. This story doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but I really hope Brooklyn will consider writing a second book with these characters. Fragile Line was so good and I would love to see where ALL of these characters are now.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.