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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

REVIEW: Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda @crownpublishing @meganlmiranda

Fragments of the Lost
by Megan Miranda
Crown Publishing

🔥 Publishing 11/14/17 🔥

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere—in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket…the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?


Could you imagine being in high school, your boyfriend dies, people blame you for the accident and his mother asks you to clean out his room?  Then you feel guilty so you can't say no.  Each piece you pick up, put away or trash brings a memory and you begin to question this person who claimed to love you.  How well do we REALLY know the people in our lives?  We all have secrets, don't we?

The book is told strictly through Jessa's perspective.  We get flashbacks as she remembers things while going through his room.  Considering the subject matter, I knew this wasn't going to be a happy read.  To be honest, I struggled at the beginning.  It was so depressing and I thought if I have to go through this grieving process with her 'til the very end, I just might drive off a bridge myself.  Horrible, I know.  But this is Megan Miranda, folks.  You keep going and I'm SO happy that I did.  Everything at the beginning was just setting the rest of the book up.  What a doozy it became.  Phew!  I'm in a royal book hangover here ladies and gentlemen. 

Those who veer away from anything YA... this really doesn't read like one.  Sure the main characters are young, but the way Miranda brings them to life and how the story comes together doesn't focus on any instalove or mean girl issues like we tend to see in regular YA novels.  This reads more like a contemporary mystery where we are trying to figure out exactly what happened to Jessa's boyfriend, Caleb.

Highly recommend.  Put this on your reading list.  My favorite by her to date.


Thank you to Crown Publishing for this advanced copy in return for my honest review.

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