Friday, December 1, 2017

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda

Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Date of publication: November 2017

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?

I actually almost DNF'd this book in the beginning.  Fragments of the Lost is kind of slow to start.  I was afraid I was going to get a really depressingly sappy look back at love.  Instead I ended up with a pretty cool mystery.  Jessa's ex-boyfriend is presumed dead when he car is found having gone over a bridge during a flash flood.  His mother takes her with packing up his room.  As she goes through his room, she begins to realize that their relationship may not have been what she thought it was.

I ended up liking this book quite a bit.  Each chapter opens with an object that she finds in the room.  The object ends up connecting with a memory giving the reader insight into what happened.  I'm not going to go through the details of the mystery because I don't want to give anything away.  I did call on of the twists but not the other ones.  Jessa was a pretty strong character.  She was a little wish-washy in the beginning,, but she ends up having a good deal of growth by the end. 

I definitely recommend this one.  It was an entertaining and fast read.  Great for a rainy day with a cup of tea.

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