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Fragile Paperback – April 6, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475158378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475158373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,153,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sigh . . . Pardon me for a moment while I just sit and ruminate in the glow of happiness that is surrounding me after finishing this book. Loved it! I have yet to find a book written by Leighton that I haven't loved. She has a way with the written word that draws me right into the heart and minds of her characters. She is able to write so that I can truly experience the emotions of the characters. And for this book I just ended it feeling at peace with the rightness of the universe. If ever there was a happily ever after, this was it. Ahhhhhhh. . . .

So, specifics:

Unlike the other books by Leighton that I have read, this book is not a paranormal/fantasy type book. This is straight young adult contemporary romance fiction. But like her other books, Leighton creates a swoon worthy male protagonist and an excellent match for him with her heroine. Unlike most romantic books that I read, this book is almost entirely told through the perspective of the man, Hardy. This can be a tricky thing for a female writer to focus all her energy on a male perspective, but Leighton does this beautifully. Not being a man myself, I can't completely judge whether or not this is an authentic male voice, but as a reader I was able to fully buy in to his views as being those of a man. And ultimately that is the most important thing. If I can accept Hardy as legitimate while I'm reading, then Leighton has succeeded as a writer, in my opinion.

Hardy is a stereotypical high school jock who has it all. He is the star quarterback of the football team, dating the gorgeous lead cheerleader, looking forward to a promising future as a potential pro player. But he isn't happy. At all.
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Wow, what a sweet sweet story. Fragile reminded me of A Walk to Remember and Blue Sky Days- and not just because they dealt with cancer, but because they all had beautiful writing, and even more beautiful characters that really appreciated the beauty around them. Fragile helps puts things in perspective. I enjoyed reading Fragile. It warmed my heart. Sometimes you just need to read about some great people finding each other.

Not that Fragile is all happy-go-lucky. Not at all. The main character, Miracle, is so giving and kind. She is one of the good ones, and I am in awe of her amazing attitude. She just lets everything, and I do mean everything, roll right off her shoulders. She can always see the good in everyone. But she has serious kidney issues. This hit home with me. My grandpa has kidney problems and he has been on dialysis for years. I know how tough it is watching someone you love go through that. The saddest part, was that even though she was always fighting for other people; fighting to see the good, fighting to spread her warmth, she didn't fight too much for herself. She seemed resigned to her sickness and it just made my heart break for her.

But even thought Miracle didn't fight for herself, Hardy continuously fought for her. That was the thing I loved most about him. He never gave up on her. I wanted to see a little bit more about the foundation for his feelings for Miracle, but on the other hand I loved seeing something so pure and strong as his love for her. It was really beautiful. Hardy is more than swoon-worthy!

Fragile, is sweet, sad, beautiful and deep. It made me happy, melancholy, made me think and I loved every second of it. If you are a fan of realistic fiction, you need to check out Fragile.

*Disclaimer- I got this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my thoughts.
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In Fragile, readers watch as Hardy the all-star football player, with every step of his life planned, breaks free of his restraints and forges his own path. M. Leighton gives Hardy a miracle in the form of Miracle St. James just when he realizes his life doesn't have to be made of pointless rituals and shallow friends. Miracle is a kidney cancer survivor who believes that her life may not be long and plans to fulfill every task on her bucket list. As Hardy discovers Miracle's caring, care-free personality, he comes to learn what it means to truly feel love for another person.

Fragile is not Leighton's best story, but there are reasons that make it a worthy read. It's not often that male leads actually see below the surface of their romantic interests, and make mature decisions about them. Hardy is an easy character to follow because he knows that his ex-girlfriend, Cheyenne, is a vindictive mean girl with no shame. He sees more than Miracle's sickness, but her actions that make her someone he can truly care about. Leighton does an excellent job when it comes to dialogue between characters. Hardy and Miracle speak easily with each other, bantering back and forth to keep the story light in light of the background fear of Miracle's sickness coming back.

The story's plot is a little uneven in terms of intensity and pacing. Fragile seems to be more about relating Miracle's story, than focusing on Hardy. His family problems are major, but they're pushed to the background in lieu of Miracle's insecurities and delicateness. She's a kidney cancer survivor who puts others before herself, she believes life's too short to hold grudges, but a person doesn't have to be a cancer survivor to have that kind of outlook on life.
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