Release Date: April 21, 2014
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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 concept of the book really drew me in: a girl who slowly loses more and more of her memories and one day she wakes up next to a complete stranger and she has no recollection of how she got there. I couldn't possibly say no! However, Fragile Line isn't the easiest book to wrap your head around, and at one point I was even thinking, "SHE'S AN ALIEN THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT A CONTEMPORARY! HER BODY IS BEING TAKEN OVER BY ALIENS THAT IS THE ONLY POSSIBLE ANSWER."
The book begins following Ellie through school and interacting with her boyfriend, Shane. It's a great opening to draw you into the concept and storyline. But then the hardcore shizz begins to appear as we realise that Ellie has blackouts and can't remember events or what she's done during that time. According to everyone else, she's gone missing for days and she's cheating on her boyfriend, but how? *Not aliens, I'm sorry*
Ellie is not a strong or particularly captivating character to read about and most of the time I found it hard to like her. However, you come to realise that this is part of the plot; she is meant to be weak, and through the second half of the book our questions are answered and it really feels like the story is moving at a faster pace. It honestly felt really mental (all the events in the book), but it does happen in reality and I'm glad that the author explored different issues such as adoption, drugs, etc.
Fragile Line is a book that may not be for everyone, but it will hold your attention once you really get into the plot. I felt like there was a lot more it could of given and the pace at the beginning could of been a bit fast. It's a very unique contemporary and the concept is like nothing I've ever come across before; therefore, it may be worth you picking up if you also feel the same way. But overall, it's a fast and short read that has a lot of potential.
A review copy was provided by the publisher