Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye
Let me say, I had no idea what the basis for this book was when I agreed to review it. I read the summary after I started the book because I was like “wait. Am I missing something important?” The summary didn’t really answer that, and that’s okay… because not knowing – then finding out what was happening, was one of the best things I’ve ever read.
The story telling in this book rivals that of some of my favorites. It’s absolutely stunning. Brooklyn Skye has a talent in world building and story telling and I’m telling you – you do not want to miss this book
The book follows Ellie (told in her point of view) who’s a pretty happy kid despite a rough start. She has a boyfriend. He’s awesome. She’s a runner. She’s pretty good at it. Her grades are good, she has a best friend. I mean… really? It’s hard to find a flaw in sweet Ellie’s life. I mean… there are the ones like, Lexi, who used to be friends with Ellie and her BFF, and who no longer is. She prefers being a total bitch in a basket towards anyone who tries to even remotely come close to her best friend, Shane….. who happens to be that boyfriend I told you about.
(A Collective “ahhhhhhh” goes through the room)
So, before you stop reading because you think this is some stupid high school love drama, let me stop you here, and make you hear me out. (YOU BETTER STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE UNTIL YOU HEAR ME OUT) okay. I think I got you.
This story is told in such a unique way, that even if you absolutely hated the subject manner, you would still finish the book like “holy crap. I totally didn’t see this coming.” When Ellie starts noticing she’s missing bits and pieces of time, things start to go wrong. She keeps it to herself. Things continue to go wrong. She’s in a sense, blacking out – but she’s not passing out. She just loses time. Wakes up in places she’s never been, not remembering how she got there, etc. Eventually, after not telling anyone, it all boils over to the surface and it’s impossible to just brush it under the rug any longer. Ellie needs help.
What you find out Ellie needs help for, will leave you stunned in ways you didn’t imagine. I just never saw it coming. I highly recommend this book. It is an amazing story, and not only that – it’s a very DIFFERENT story than we’ve been seeing in YA as of late. 5 stars, 100%. I Commend Brooklyn for choosing the “problem” Ellie has to talk about it. I’ve never, ever read a contemp book that pushed the boundaries so much, to shed light on something that happens more than people realize. So happy I picked up this ARC. You get em girl!
Fragile Line Synopsis:
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.
What reviewers are saying:
“Brooklyn Skye wrote a five star book. She filled it with five star characters that were both strong and sympathetic.” –New Adult Addiction review blog
“The need to know what's causing Ellie's blackouts and what's happening during them is fierce!” –Pretty Little Pages review blog
“…absolutely stunning. Brooklyn Skye has a talent in world building and storytelling and I’m telling you – you do not want to miss this book.” –Grownup Fangirl review blog
About Brooklyn Skye:
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.www.brooklyn-skye.com