ARC Review – Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

Fragile Line is a brilliantly told and as an adult I can appreciate the complexity of it despite the distressing and heartbreaking nature of this story. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

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.


Review copy provided for an honest review


*Reviewer’s note: This book is classified as a young adult story. I will be completely honest with atruegemawardyou and say that I’m not sure I would have let my child read this book during his high school years. Yes the characters are that age, but this book recounts some pretty mature subjects including sexual abuse, mental illness, illegal drug use, and sex. As an adult I appreciated this book and the story it told, but I’ve got a lot of years of experience in which to handle everything that takes place in this book.

Ellie Cox seems like a typical 16 year old; in high school, on the track team, friends and family, and a boyfriend who is crazy about her. However, Ellie is anything buy typical. Adopted at age 6, Ellie has no memory of her early years but lately she’s had dreams; snippets of memories that are dark and scary. Ellie is also having what she assumes are blackouts, moments of time where she doesn’t remember where she’s been or what has happened. From the beginning of this story it is apparent there is something going on with Ellie. It is hard not to feel her confusion, her frustration, and her fear. When her memory lapses start to affect her relationship with her boyfriend, Shane the stress seems to get the best of her and she begins acting out causing her parents and friends to wonder if she’s on drugs or what else might be going on with her. When she begins to get calls for someone looking for Gwen and when she meets a young man named Griffin who calls her Gwen she really begins to struggle.

The writing in this story is so solid and the in-depth look at Ellie’s life is amazingly detailed. At times this was not an easy book to read as it depicts a young girl trying to figure out why strange things keep happening to her and afraid to share this information with anyone. It was hard to not feel every emotion right alongside Ellie. There were scenes that were hard to read and scenes that made me cry, but there were also some moments of great courage and an overwhelming sense of hope.

Fragile Line is a brilliantly told and as an adult I can appreciate the complexity of it despite the distressing and heartbreaking nature of this story. That being said, while I highly recommend this book for adult readers, I don’t think I can recommend it for its intended young adult audience.


4.5 Stars

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