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Fracture Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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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. It is hard to love a book when the main character annoys you to the point where you just want to pull all of your hair out. She was a smart girl, which I liked, and she wasn't ashamed of her intelligence. However, she treated her friends horribly, she couldn't make up her mind about which of the three (yes, three) boys she wanted to be with, and she consistently did things in opposition to her previous remarks or actions. For example: At one point in the book, Delaney runs away from Troy in sheer terror of him, yet she is smooching him later on. It drove me bonkers.
Delaney's parents were even worse. They were controlling. They treated Delaney like she was five years old. What 17 year old isn't allowed to use the oven? For real. They had Delaney very sheltered, which showed in her personality and I just couldn't enjoy these characters, not even a little bit.
Now, there are three boys pining for Delaney's attention: Troy, Decker, and Carson. Carson is the boy who gives Delaney her first real kiss and he is a bit of a player. Decker is the boy next door who so obviously loves Delaney and she just doesn't see it. Troy is the stand-out of the bunch. He is just like Delaney. He had major brain damage from a terrible car accident where his entire family was killed except for him. He also has the same mysterious gift/curse that Delaney has. He can tell when someone is about it die.
I didn't really like any of these characters either. Carson was probably the best of the bunch and I do feel really bad for what happens to this character. Decker isn't a bad guy, but he couldn't really make up his mind about what he wanted either. Did he want Delaney or did he want to be with dim-wit Tara? One minute he professes his love to Delaney, but he goes back out with Tara.
As for Troy, he has a lot of potential to be a great character but he never made it that far. I just thought his character was underdeveloped and I wished I had known more about who he was and why he did the things he did.
Final Thoughts: The book ended abruptly and I had a lot of unanswered questions still floating around in my own brain. The ending felt very rushed and it wasn't well done in my opinion. I never found out why Delaney and Troy were the way they were, which was disappointing. Would I give a recommendation to read this book? Honestly, I'm not too sure I would. Based off of my own reading experience alone, I would say no, but SO many people have loved this book, so maybe this one just wasn't for me. If you are interested in reading Fracture, I would suggest looking around at some other reviews before you make the decision to buy it. I do think the author has a lot of potential and I can see her doing very well in the future!
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. Decker was the perfect in between. But the most important part is that he was always there for Delaney, whenever she truly needed him. And Delaney knew she could always call Decker, no matter how angry they were with each other. Watching these two fumble around in the darkness of their own grief, each trying to figure out how to deal with it in their own way and still grow together was addictive, sweet and absolutely wonderful.
The only thing I knew about this novel was that "Decker pulled me out at eleven". I had no idea what to expect for a plot and was pleasantly surprised when what I found was part thriller, part contemporary with just a dash of the unexplainable. Like a runaway freight train, I had no idea where this story was racing to and was shocked when we crashed into the final destination. I literally had no idea where would end up and the ending completely shocked me in all the right ways.
Fracture had me laughing, it had me crying and it had me feverishly marking each page where I'd find even more beautiful revelations, heart-breaking emotions, or pulse pounding scenes. The range of emotions jammed into this relatively small novel is just incredible and the complexity of grief and happiness is remarkable. The author plays with the shadows between miracle and damnation with the mastery of an author with 20 novels under their belt. Yet, this is a debut writer. If this is novel number one, I can't wait to see what Ms. Miranda is going to proved us with next. My only small compliant is with the length. I'd have like to see 50 more pages not because it felt like the novel needed it but because I wasn't ready for Fracture to end. I didn't want to stop hanging out with Decker and Delaney.
Like cracks in the ice, there are a million different ways to express how beautiful and amazing Fracture truly is. But probably the best and most effective way is with the words of the author herself. Fracture is "a miracle, an anomaly". Fracture is "alive".
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