Title: Fragile Line
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Entangled Teen Book Page
From the publisher—
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.
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.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, April 2014.
About the Author
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
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