Title: Fragile Line
Publication Date: April 21st 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
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.
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!
Brooklyn Skye Bio
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.