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Fracture [Kindle Edition]

Megan Miranda
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Book Description

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?




Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?




For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.


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Seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell has the chance for a do-over. She survived the seemingly unsurvivable—11 minutes beneath water, before being pulled out. But her survival has come with a price: she now has the ability to sense when another person is near death. She is drawn to Troy Varga, another accident survivor, who has her same ability, but while he tries to shorten the suffering of the dying and help them towards death, Delaney is determined to save them. The unique plot would be enough to draw YA readers to Miranda’s first novel, but add multifaceted characters, a true-to-life high-school setting—complete with all the cliques—and the fearful love-hate relationship with Troy, not to mention a love affair between Delaney and the boy who saved her, and the novel has further appeal. Pair this with Cynthia Voigt’s Izzy, Willy-Nilly (2005), Wendelin Van Draanen’s The Running Dream (2011), and Davida Wills Hurwin’s A Time for Dancing (1995) for interesting reads on living life in the midst of death. Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn

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One of the best YA thrillers I've ever read Praise for FRACTURE, Wondrous Reads Brilliantly written, I was gripped and absorbed by every single second of the story. It's quite literally one of the best debuts I have ever read Praise for FRACTURE, A Dream of Books A stunning debut. I'm definitely going to check out whatever Megan Miranda writes next! Praise for FRACTURE, I Want to Read That Fracture took me totally by surprise. It was emotional, powerful and it left me reeling The Book Addicted Girl Fracture is a gripping read full of heart in mouth moments, mystery, action and romance ... It's hard to believe that this is Megan Miranda's debut and I can't wait to see what she writes next - if it's half as good as Fracture then it's sure to be impressive! Feeling Fictional

Product Details

  • File Size: 2748 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MCRVSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise with a disappointing ending January 22, 2012
Format:Hardcover
First Impressions: I was lucky enough to receive Fracture to review and was very happy that I did because I had my eye on it for quite a while. I liked the premise of the story and how the author decided to create a story wrapped around a scientific mystery. It also reminded me a little of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, which I really loved. Another nice thing about this book? It is a stand-alone, and I haven't been reading very many of them lately.

First 50 Pages: The book begins with a ton of action that actually really surprised me. I didn't expect that the story would start with Delaney breaking through the ice and spending eleven minutes submerged, and consequently, dying. I knew it was coming from reading the synopsis, but I didn't think it would happen so quickly. There is a lot that goes on just in the first 50 pages of this book, so I was seriously hooked from the start.

Characters & Plot: After Delaney dies and is saved by Decker, her best friend/neighbor, she is taken to the hospital where no one expects her to survive, and if she does, she would be a vegetable. After six days in a coma and despite having serious physical brain injuries, Delaney wakes up and seems perfectly fine.

Now I have to stop and say that this is where my (hopefully would have been) five star review just went downhill with every page. I stopped liking the book about a quarter of the way through, and I literally had to push my way through the rest. I seriously wanted to enjoy this book and I hate, I HATE giving bad reviews. I really do! Especially when I read a book that I have seen nothing but great reviews for. So I want to say, please don't take my word for it. Many other people have loved this book.

I didn't like Delaney.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fracture by Megan Miranda January 23, 2012
Format:Hardcover
It feels premature to say I just read one of my favorite books of 2012 but I'm going to say it anyway. Fracture is every bit the stuff favorites are made of. Every sentence is something I wanted to commit to memory and hold close, the characters all felt so raw and real and the story had me guessing until the last chapter... and speaking of the last chapter, it had me reeling. Beautiful, complex, and raw, Fracture is one debut you won't be forgetting.

There are too few characters that get under your skin and implant themselves into your heart. Delaney Maxwell, "miracle and anomaly", is most certainly one of those girls. From her first chapter, I could tell she was someone I was going to fall in love with and she didn't disappoint. True nerd to the core, she is witty and intelligent without seeming like a know-it-all and her inner turmoil all feels real and valid. The slow measures in which she went insane and then pulled herself out of it is so subtle, it sneaks up on the reader. Being a passenger in her head, we know the reasoning behind her actions and it is all valid. But then the author expertly slips in the reactions of other people and we, as readers, get a rare opportunity to view her as we probably would if we were around her. I loved how real Delaney was, how her actions and reactions and interacts all felt like something a living, breathing person would do.

And you want to talk about solid relationship building? I haven't seen a best friend story told like this since The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting. Just like Jay and Violent, Delaney and Decker are given the chance to fall in love. Decker is flawed, he makes plenty of mistakes in this novel, but for me, that's what made him human. I'm really tired of guys that are too nice or too rude.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to Fans of If I Stay February 7, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I completely loved this. Just loved it. The main reason is Delaney. She may not be an example of perfection or anything; she's not incredibly brave or beautiful, or imbued with some power that I desperately wish I could have. No, what I love about Delaney is how real she is.

Unlike most heroines, in YA or romance novels or mysteries or pretty much anything, Delaney is awesomely real. She mentions at one point that she has been putting on a bit of weight recently, after a sudden stop to her growth spurts (I can so identify with that; I shot up and then stopped.). Some people think she's gotten fat and some think she looks hot. Since she lacks athleticism and has no interest in working out, she watches what she eats, which she defines as eating what she wants and feeling guilty about it later. Amen, sister.

Delaney is also incredibly smart. That girl freaking loves homework. While she's in the hospital recovering, she is freaking out as much about her GPA and how she might lose the valedictorian spot as she is about her health. Another awesome thing about Delaney is that she loves libraries, like any good nerd does.

There's also something familiar in her relationships with people. The awkwardness of real connections is definitely there. Watching Decker and Delaney is imminently frustrating, but who hasn't been there or watched people not quite manage to admit to their feelings? The way that they get jealous and push one another away, avoiding the awkward dtr (defining the relationship) talk, is so true.

Even the way Delaney is swayed by guys she who express interest in her strikes me as authentic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing novel!!!
This novel is so entertaining, it brought me to tears at parts and at others I couldn't stop reading, it was like I was glued to the book! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tia N.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful YA Romance!
I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time; in fact, ever since it was first released way back in 2012. I bought a paperback copy of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Worton
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great story unusual enjoyed it very much it was hard to put it down I always enjoy a happy ending
Published 1 month ago by Judy Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Read
Will read a few more times. I do have to say my first time through I cheated, I read the ending. I thought the story would end a certain way, but I was wrong; however the story did... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars started with a lot of promise...too much teen angst
Likes the premise enough. I didn't really buy the angst and indecision between the main character and her love interest(s). Nor her weird parents. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NHS802
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the description or title fool you. This is not a sci-fi...
***Possible spoilers at the very end***

I suppose it was my fault for not heeding some of the reviews out there. For what it is, I think this was a good novel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JMC
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
I absolutely loved it!! It kept me turning pages, heart pumping, anticipation building. All in all, an amazing book !!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Olivia Reardon
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable
I read this book because I got it free. I was looking for a book that was shorter and didn't make me think. This book was ok. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lynn Angelo
4.0 out of 5 stars The situation where you almost die by drowning in a lake in the middle...
This book is a terrifying and chilling story that you hope you would never even have to imagine yourself in the situation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nicole @ Paperback Princess
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quite possibly the best book I have ever read.
Published 8 months ago by Emily Claire Cooper
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Megan graduated with a degree in Biology from MIT and spent her post-college years working in biotech and, later, teaching high school Science. She now lives in North Carolina with her family. FRACTURE is her first novel.

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