Monday, April 28, 2014

Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye Blog Tour + Review

Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Page Count: 222
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 21, 2014

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.

Review: I was not sure how I was going to feel about this book, if I'm being honest. Not because the synopsis did not seem intriguing because it definitely did, but I feel like I have read quite a few dark/deep YA books lately, and I was worried I might be a bit tired of them. Has that ever happened to you? Somehow, without even knowing it, you grew a bit tired of whatever genre of book you continued to read over and over again? I have actually recently read another book that had a character with the same personality disorder, in fact. Still, I knew that I wanted to give it a shot, and I was thrilled when I quickly fell into this story. It was hard not to like the characters, and to want to know what was going on with Ellie. 

I feel that Ellie was a wonderful lead character, especially in the fact that she had no idea what was happening to her, either. It was nice seeing that confusion and worry through her eyes, and I found myself worrying for her as well. It must be horrible, blacking out and not knowing why it was happening. It did take awhile for her to come clean about what was happening, and I think that is understandable. Not only had she done some things her parents would not approve of, and the blackouts tended to happen at those times, but she had to explain to people that something was happening when she blacked out, that she was doing things that she was not aware of at all. 

I love how realistic this book was, too. While she was dealing with a lot, Ellie was still in high school, and your average high school things were going on. Her boyfriend had a female best friend, one Ellie was pretty jealous of, and eventually caused her to do some stupid things and watch her boyfriend slip away, especially when he thought she was changing and lying to him about things. No one could blame him for any of it, of course, but it was also heartbreaking to see Ellie deal with the pain when most of what happened she could not control herself. 

I don't want to share too much because I do not want to ruin the book for anyone who wants to read it, but it becomes obvious after awhile that Ellie is dealing with a multiple personality, and that is what is happening when she has a blackout and cannot remember getting a tattoo or other things that she would never do. It also explains why a guy names Griffin is suddenly everywhere, including texting her, and believes her to be someone names Gwen. Brooklyn Skye did a wonderful job of pulling everything together very well so that it was believable, but also made sense. 

Despite all of the awesome things in this book, Shane ends up being one of my favorite people in the entire novel. While I really do like Ellie, there is just something so amazing about Shane. Sure, he goes through the parts where he is hurt and doesn't believe Ellie, but he has a reason for it. In the end, it is obvious that he truly does love her (perhaps I'm just a sap for this as I married my high school sweetheart). Still, there is still something to say about a teen boy who will stick with his girlfriend, even when she is going through something so drastic. This is a book I would recommend to any contemporary fan.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

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. You can follow her on Twitter as @brooklyn__skye or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more.

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