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Posted April 21, 2014
Don't start this before bed...you'll stay up all night! It was unlike any YA book I've read. And even though I kind of thought I knew what was happening with Ellie, the author's beautiful prose and unique story telling drew me in from page one and I couldn't stop reading. And that ending...I will be thinking about this book for a long time.
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Posted May 19, 2014
Two girls are the heart of Fragile Line, girls who seem to have absolutely nothing in common. Ellie is a “good” girl, one who does little to disappoint her parents and teachers. Ellie’s friends enjoy her company and know just how she fits into their lives and her boyfriend, Shane, is as devoted to her as she is to him. Gwen, on the other hand, is a child lost to a darker world, one who is dependent on very shady characters for sustenance of a troubling sort. Gwen’s surroundings would bring discomfort to most of us and the people she hangs out with are not the sort we’d want around our teens. A possible exception is a young man named Griffin but even he is questionable…or is it just that he’s the stereotypical bad boy?
These four characters are really the only ones who truly came to life for me but they’re enough. I liked them all to varying degrees but it was Gwen who really pulled at me. My attention was riveted on her because, in her own very damaged way, she’s the one who has the most to lose in this puzzling and frightening world that is consuming both Gwen and Ellie.
What’s really going on with Ellie is the mystery at the core of this story but it was apparent to me very early on, probably because I’ve had a years-long interest in the subject. My enjoyment of the story was not diminished in any way because I was really more drawn in by Ellie’s and Gwen’s experiences living with such an emotionally painful condition.
The premise behind Fragile Line is a familiar one but one of the hallmarks of a good writer lies in what that writer does with an oft-used theme and Ms. Skye shows herself to be more than competent. Her prose flows easily and it’s clear that care has been taken with editing while the plot itself is crafted nicely with only an occasional hiccup, usually having to do with my inability to believe in certain behavior. That could be due to my own knowledge of the subject rather than to any failing of the author. Ms. Skye tells a very good tale and I’ll be looking for more of her work.
Posted May 14, 2014
I have very intensely mixed feelings about this book. I was given a free copy of it by the publisher in exchange for an honest review and I really wanted to love it. While I don’t hate it, it’s not a favorite.
This book is about Ellie, a girl who’s had blackouts all of her life, but the blackouts are becoming more frequent. Sometimes they only last a few minutes while others last days. Her last one of the book lasts a little over a week. Come to find out, because of traumatic events, Ellie has split personalities. When she has her blackouts, it’s actually her other personality, Gwen, coming out.
The basis and plot of this book are really unique. The writing is incredible and very memorable. But for me to love a book, I have to feel like I can connect with the main character in some way. For some reason, I found it very hard to connect with Ellie and by the end of the book, I still couldn’t do it. Now, this could just be me. I’ve seen several reviews by readers saying they connected with and loved Ellie very much. Although I felt sorry for Ellie, I just couldn’t connect.
Ellie is also adopted (was adopted at 6) and she has several scars all over her body, yet she never once asks her adoptive parents about it (Ellie can’t remember anything about her life before the adoption). This to me was kind of weird because if I had been adopted and had no memory of my first family but had several scars, I would want to know what the heck had happened to me.
Secondary characters like Shane and Lexi were pretty well-fleshed out but you don’t get to see much of them over the last eighty or so pages. Shane was definitely my favorite part of the book. As Ellie’s boyfriend, he was a little bit of a screw up sometimes but he had such a good heart underneath it all and I ended up really loving him. I loved how he was always looking to protect her, even when he was angry with her.
In all, while this book is not on my recommendation list, I also wouldn’t dismiss it. The writing is very powerful and the book is unlike a lot of others I’ve read.
Posted May 13, 2014
I thought this was amazing, loved it, very suspensful and gripping read. ellie keeps loosing time and having blackouts you just have to read it but it is very good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2014
Fragile Line is a captivating and harsh book to read, it is filled with all the classic angst of a teenage girl making her way through life, dealing with the complexes of boyfriends, friends and ex friends plus the anxiety of blackouts and mental illness. Elle is light as Gwen is dark but they each have their required placement in the story buildup. I did skip abit of Gwen's section towards the end as I felt it had been developed as much as needed to move onto the end of Elle's healing. Overall the book depicted each layer of what a person going through phases of mental illness must have to endure at least as much as a sane person can understand they are going through. Impressive read. A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 9, 2014
One of the things I loved most about this book was that it was nothing like I expected. Ellie is losing time and we are along for the ride as she tries to figure out what is happening. Brooklyn Skye did an amazing job of getting inside a mental illness...I'm serious. This book is GOOD! I loved all of the characters and the struggles every one of them has to go through as Ellie keeps "forgetting" conversations or events in her life.
What would you do if you ran into the person you loved in the streets and they had no idea who you are? If a family remember insisted they were having "blackouts" would your first assumption be that they are lying to cover up something? Ellie is lost, alone, and scared of events beyond her control. Waking up in the apartment of a strange guy and finding out when she got home that she had been gone three days is the least of her problems.
Fragile Lines is a non-stop read. I seriously did not put this book down until I was done. I easily give this book 5 stars! I can't wait to see what Brooklyn does next!!!
Posted May 9, 2014
With Ellie and Gwen, there was always something going on. It didn't lose my attention for a second. Fragile Line is a perfect name to describe this story. It was a fast paced read that offers a little something different than many Young Adult books out there right now.
Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Posted May 7, 2014
When I picked up this book I didn't know what to expect other than a good mystery. In fact I was expecting it to have some sort of fantasy or paranormal element to it. I was intrigued to find that it was purely Contemporary fiction. The first two sections of this book earned five stars from me. They were compelling, and I couldn't get the story out of my head. I didn't like Gwen's section at the end at all. She was too dark. I understand that it was necessary and I feel that the author did a good job making Gwen rough and callused, but I wished she hadn't made it quite so detailed. I felt like her section went on and on. There was way too much swearing, drugs, and sex for my taste. I didn't really see the purpose to it. I would have liked to see more of Ellie and her road to healing, and I only saw a small glimpse of that at the end. Gwen's entire section seemed like a waste of time and it left a bad taste in my mouth, so bad that I almost put the book down several times. It was like the book ended with the end of Ellie's section, right when it was coming to the most interesting part. I eagerly turn to the next chapter and it's back to Gwen who I hate and her section is like a downward spiral, ruining this girl's body. What the heck was the point of that? How was that propelling the story forward? When it finally got back to Ellie there was barely any mention of her healing process and the story was left hanging a bit with lose ends dangling everywhere and it left me wondering if there's a sequel coming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2014
I wanted to read Fragile Line because I was intrigued by Ellie and if her blackouts were something mental or if there was something else going on. I usually enjoy books about mental illnesses as well as memory loss.
I felt for Ellie, and even though I knew that she was somewhat of an unreliable narrator, she seemed so normal during the day. We find out that she is adopted and has no memories of her childhood but things start coming back to her after her blackouts, where she loses chunks of time and walks off in the woods, argues with her parents and ends up with a tattoo. Her life is starting to fall apart though, because she's gotten up to leave or disappeared on him time after time, and its hard to believe that a person does these things and then can't remember, it seems like an awfully convenient excuse.
I wondered if she had split personality or some form of bipolar, because she does things while blacked out that she wouldn't do while awake. Talking to guys she doesn't recognize, go to eat, and her wild side goes to get the tattoo. It was a surprise when I found out the cause, but I think that it makes total sense.
While I can understand to an extent why Ellie kept the blackouts and time missing a secret for so long, but I was getting a little pushy for a bit before she finally opened up about it and truly began to want answers and seek and accept help. I can't even imagine what I would think about myself if I had time missing and things happen to me that I couldn't remember and especially as a teen I very well could have kept it to myself for as long as she did because I would almost fear the answers more than the solution.
It was neat how the author changed things up at about 75% and we got a different view point as well as some more answers about her past that Ellie can't remember. We get the other side of the story and the emotions that are attached there and even though I knew what was best, it was still hard to see the pain and uncertainty of the future.
It was a pretty quick read and well paced. The world building was completely contemporary but at first I kept thinking that there might be a supernatural element even though thats not in the description or tagged on goodreads. The ending was okay for me, but I think that it could have been a bit better, or things could have been a little more resolved with Ellie and accepting her diagnosis and what exactly that looks like day to day. We get the glimpse of hope that its starting, but really not a clue what daily life will be like and how she will handle.
Bottom Line: Fast read with an unreliable narrator that had me wondering what was going on.
Posted April 30, 2014
When I began reading Fragile Line, I had forgotten what the synopsis said and think my enjoyment of the story was enhanced from not remembering. All I knew was that after how much I adored Stripped, I'll read anything, and I mean anything, by Brooklyn Skye. I'd read her grocery list if she let me.
In Fragile Line we meet Ellie Cox who's beginning to lose more and more time with no memory of where it goes. I couldn't imagine how frustrating that would be. At first it's little things - she forgets to wait for her friend after school, for example - but it ends up becoming larger chunks of time, sometimes hours, even days. Instead of explaining to her family and friends what's happening to her, she makes up excuses about being tired and stressed from school.
This story astounded me with how well written it is and how real Ellie's struggle felt. It felt so real to me. My heart broke for Ellie and everyone who cares about her. Brooklyn Skye is an incredibly talented writer and pulls you into Ellie's nightmare to where you can't stop reading. For anything. I read this book in one sitting and got zero sleep, but it was so worth it. There was no place I could stop because everything in me resisted the very idea.
Seriously, if you haven't read Fragile Line, I advise you to grab a copy and start reading without taking a look at the synopsis. Just jump in with an open mind and don't look back until you've finished. This is an unforgettable novel of discovering who you are and reconciling your past with your present. My love for Fragile Line knows no bounds.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted April 30, 2014
Ellie Cox has been losing time for years. Not losing time - in a wasting time doing something meaningless - way. No,that would have been expected by a teenager. But Ellie isn't your average high school student.
Ellie doesn't really remember anything from her childhood. At the age of six, a fatal fire killed her parents but she survived. After that, she was given up for adoption, a closed one, which happens in two cases. The first one is when the parents give up their child but they're alive and they don't want the child to find out anything about them or even look for them in the future. And the second one is when the director of the Adoption Agency due to specific circumstances regarding the child and its family environment and background decides to make it a closed adoption. At first she thinks it's because of the fire but then she finds out it's because of her scars. Apart from finding out more about her past and how to deal with the blackouts she's been experiencing, she has Shane, her boyfriend who believes the blackouts are some lame excuses she uses so that she can avoid him..
Gwen is Ellie's other half,alter ego...you name it. Because of her traumatic and abusive childhood, Ellie created another version of her, a tougher one who could deal with her abusive father and the psychological consequences of his actions. The thing is Gwen has become an essential part of Ellie and as Ellie grew up, Gwen took more control of her body and mind. There were days where Ellie was missing for three and eight days and nobody including Ellie knew where she was. You see, Gwen had a completely different life. She also had a boyfriend named Griffin, smoked sometimes, loved tattoos and actually got one herself but she also hung out with the wrong people, people who would kill her if she didn't pay them back.
Shane, Ellie's boyfriend, is one of the best things that happened to her. He's everything her father never was. Caring, sweet, protective, honest and he would do anything for her. But he doesn't believe Ellie when she mentions the blackouts, something that makes him spend more time with his best friend Lexi, who used to be best friends with Ellie. She's afraid of Lexi taking Shane away from her but in the end Lexi turns out to be as broken in the inside as Ellie is.
On the other hand we have Griffin,Gwen's boyfriend,who I can describe with the same words I used for Shane. He went through a rough time just as Gwen did. Their relationship was the only honest thing in their lives and it was enough for both of them.
The time has come for Ellie to face her past because that's the only way she can let Gwen go. Gwen isn't going down without a fight and it might be a deadly one for both.
Brooklyn Skye did it again! A well-written story about mental illness, not having control of your body, learning who you are and facing your demons. It's not your usual Young Adult book, but that makes it even better!
Posted April 29, 2014
This was a compelling story that the main character Ellie deals with blackout where she does not remember chunks for time that last from minutes to days. These blackouts cause many problems in her life. Throughout the book she learns somethings about her childhood realizing why she has a mental illness. This is a difficult subject but the book was well written. Towards the end when Ellie was officially diagnosed I felt the book was not quite as detailed as before and skimmed over time. SLIGHT SPOILER: The last part of the book was from Ellie alter ego point of view. At first this was weird to me but as I read I understood the difference and similarity between Ellie and Gwen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2014
I was up until 2 a.m with this book! I LOVED it! It's my favorite book by Brooklyn Skye thus far. I really hope that there is going to be a sequal. I don't think I can handle not knowing more of the story because there has to be more. Brooklyn tells this heartbreaking story in such a way you won't want to put this book down until you finish it. I'm a Gwen fan all the way! Good jobWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2014
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.
Posted April 27, 2014
Wow, what can I say about this book, but WOW! The synopsis gave very vague information which was terrific because it really allowed your mind to wander while you were reading this fantastic story. Unlike Mara Dyer which was a poorly done psychological thriller, Fragile Line was wonderfully executed and more along the lines of Shutter Island.
Feeling what Ellie was feeling, feeling crazy and out of control only heightened my senses throughout the story. Trying to solve the mystery of what is happening to her and how to not loose herself forever was both mentally and emotionall exhausting, in a good way, like after a really fantastic morning run.
The love story was done remarkably well for being a YA book. It felt real,it felt teenage, but it felt like teenage first love on the brink of being so much more. Each character had their own demons to deal with and those all unraveled and concluded beautifully. I have to say I really feel satisfied after finishing Fragile Line.
Once Ellie finds out what is happening to her all hell breaks lose, literally! Of course like most things, when it rains it pours, and boy o' boy did it pour on Ellie, trying not to loose everything she has, including herself, while trying to guard secrets she didn't know she had.
I would recommend this to anyone who loved Mara Dyer or to anyone who was like me and loved the Mara Dyer concept, but wished the book was better written. If you loved Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio, prepare yourself because Fragile Line will keep you on the edge of your seat just like it did!
I didn't want Ellie's story to end and I feel sad that I have to leave her, but glad that she stayed long enough to let me get to know her.
Posted April 27, 2014
What a whirlwind of emotions!! Brooklyn has captivated me...which isn't always an easy task. I love this book. I love this book because every time you think you know what is going to happen...she changes the game a little. Ellie is like so many other young adults, and what she suffers from is something that affects so many young adults. I like how Brooklyn has incorporated a serious topic into an easy-to-read...for hours, book. I would highly recommend this book. AND I am hoping that there is more to this story later on...4.5 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2014
Posted April 25, 2014
I received this book directly from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Brooklyn Skype has made an everlasting, huge impression on me. She's good... she has taken a delicate, awkward teme such as a teenager mental illness and develop with it a beautiful plot with such grace... it's astounding. I hope the general public will not shy away from such beauty only because the romance in it isn't... well, normal.
I really wish to read a sequel, because the end was so open and... unfinished. And I like so much Griffin...
Vote: 4.5 stars
Posted April 25, 2014
When I read the blurb of this book, I knew it would be something for me. I'm a sucker for books with a mysterious hint and this was one of them. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, otherwise the mystery would be gone ;)
The book is written in a style that is very easy to read. The mystery was kept for quite a while, so you don't really know what is wrong with Ellie until the last part of the book. Because of this, I constantly felt the urge to read the book and finished it in two nights. I didn't really love Ellie's boyfriend and their relationship, but I could appreciate Ellie herself.
The reason I'm not giving 5 stars, is because it felt to me like something was missing, though I don't know exactly what it is. Part of the reason could be that it kind of annoyed me that she kept the black-outs hidden from everyone for quite a while. That didn't seem too realistic to me.
I know some people hate it when you're kept in the dark about the main part of the book for so long, so I wouldn't recommend this book to those people. If you do like mystery then I would definitely advise you to read this book. It's written beautifully and I'm sure more people will appreciate it
Posted April 24, 2014
Compelling and Well-Written
I must say that there are a LOT of heavy reads that I simply can’t stand, but Fragile Line was not one of them. I was totally wary of reading this book that I’m not even sure why I requested for it, but I’m so glad that I did. This was so much better than I expected it to be. I was pretty much hooked from chapter one, and I had to keep reading. Everything about it was so compelling that I finished this book in a few hours. I’m just a little sad that I can’t bookmark or highlight the PDF, but I’ll make sure to get my own copy of this soon. This review might be very vague because I think that people should read this for themselves. It’s that good.
Ellie Cox lives the life that I’m afraid to live – losing a part of one’s self without even knowing it. I’ve seen people with mental disorders, and I fear of ever having one. I’m afraid of losing control of myself and my mind, and that is exactly what happened to Ellie. She suddenly finds herself in certain situations without even remembering what happened. When things started to get worse for Ellie, I just wanted her to tell someone already to the point of frustration, but I also understand her fear of doing so. I was happy when she finally started telling people because I think it’s important that people ask for help when they can’t handle something. I really loved Ellie, and I just wanted to hug her or hold her and make her feel okay.
Also, I really love Ellie’s boyfriend, Shane – sweet, caring, and loving Shane. He’s definitely not perfect and he has his own share of mistakes, but there is something about him. #nospoilers :P Let’s just say I wish there were more guys like him.
OVERALL, Fragile Line is a very compelling and well-written book that vividly tells the story of a girl inflicted with a mental disorder. It is heartbreaking, but hopeful. This book caught me by surprise, and I instantly fell in love. It deals with a lot of heavy stuff that made me feel for all the characters involved, and I personally like how Brooklyn Skye handled the different issues, the revelation of secrets and dark pasts, and the personalities of all the characters. I recommend this to anyone who wants a good contemporary read, and I will surely be one of the people to buy a copy.