Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fragile Lines: Review + Giveaway

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.

Author Bio:
Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she's just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She writes young adult and new adult fiction. Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

First line:
"You don't remember?"
ARC from author
4 blackouts out of 5
Brooklyn does a stellar job with Fragile Line. Mental illness is one of the hardest topics to write about, especially from the point of view of the victim and Brooklyn does it stunningly. Her writing left me on the edge of my seat. I felt connected to every character: Ellie, Gwen, Shane, and Griffin. I understood each of their actions, sympathized with all of them, even when the sympathy for two characters seemed to conflict.

Ellie has always had blackouts, but they're getting worse. Her friends and family are starting to notice. But though she confides in Shane, her boyfriend, he seems skeptical of the whole thing. He thinks she's just making excuses. Then she meets this guy who knows her but she's never seen before. He knows stuff about her that nobody else knows. But he calls her Gwen. That name seems to haunt her. Ellie just wants to know who Gwen is and why her blackouts are occurring.

Hauntingly beautiful, Fragile Line is story of a girl searching for answers while everybody turns their back on her. I recommend this book to everyone. I hope to see more novels like this in the future from Brooklyn. I also want to see other authors capture the haunting reality of life with a mental illness.

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