Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday #Review - Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda #YALit #Mystery

Series: Standalone
Format: Hardcover, 373 pages
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult / Mysteries 

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.

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?

Megan Miranda's Fragments of the Lost was the third novel by the author that I read during 2017 campaign to reach 300 books. The others being All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger. This story is one in which each individual chapter is a puzzle piece, or a fragment. Fragments that protagonist Jessamyn Whitworth will need to piece together in order to find out what really happened to her ex-boyfriend Caleb just days after the couple broke up. 

Fragments of the Lost is a story that is told in various flashbacks and timelines. It starts the day that Caleb's mother Eve asks Jessa to pack up Caleb's room. Jessa is truly down on life itself, consumed by grief, and memories of the time they spent together. There's the Dragonfly Necklace that was last seen after Jessa gave it to Caleb to hold for her before her cross country track meet. Signs for the Bunker, pictures of Caleb and Jessa together. One could be asking themselves lots of questions at this point.

Why would Eve ask Jessa to pack up Caleb's room and most importantly, if you were being blamed by Eve for Caleb's disappearance, would you have the fortitude or strength to be in a place where so many good and bad memories remain behind? I always say to my fellow readers don't give up on a story before it really gets interesting. Well folks, the interesting parts and the most mysterious parts are the final chapters when things really come together for not only Jessa, but an awake reader as well.

If you sleep through key chapters, fragments of Caleb's life that he left behind, then you will miss out on important bread crumbs. If you miss out on the relationship between Jessa and Caleb's best friend Max, you will miss out on things that may have lead to discovering the truth about Caleb. Things can get rather unsettling if you are Jessa. You can be your own worst enemy at times when you allow your imagination to run wild without sitting down and asking yourself if you really knew the boy named Caleb or his family. 

Miranda's books are a curiosity in the way she puts them together. The protagonist may or may not be someone you have issues with trusting since they may have done things that you wouldn't have done. But, don't shove Jessa off a cliff just yet. She isn't perfect, but she does have the capability of putting one and one together to find out the truth about things that were happening right in front of her eyes the entire time. One could say that Max is a character who took up way too much of Jessa's time, or one could say that he was the right person for Jessa when Caleb was becoming someone else entirely. Readers will get a story that is wrapped up in ways that make sense once you have all the pieces at your disposal. Do yourselves a favor. Have patience. Allow the author to lead you by the hand until you understand how utterly diabolical she can be.

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