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Fragile Paperback – April 6, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh this book will make you cry your little eyes out and get hopeful and fill you with joy all in one!
I loved the character development, fell in love with them from the start. As always, M. leighton has written another heart warmer!Published 14 months ago by cindy waldrop
I love this book with all my heart! It had me from the beginning! I am in love with the characters!Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a sweet story. I have a kidney disease, so this story really touches my heart. I would love to read about what happens to them in the future. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutley a very touching and emotional read, i was engrossed from the start to the finish, recommend this book to anyone who has a heart and likes a happy ending.Published 22 months ago by Dianne McAuliffe
I loved this book, it was beautiful. I have read many books that grab my heart and this one did the same but I liked the premise of this book, I have never read a story involving... Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by A. J. Powers
FYI, just be prepare to have a box of Kleenex when you read this book.
The story is amazing and have a very good moral values
I am in absolute awe over this amazing book. I started with M. Leightons Lies and Wild series and was immediately hooked on her writing skills. She writes perfection. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Kate5
This is the book that started it all for me.
This is such a sweet, sweet love story, so be sure to have a box of tissues handy when you read it. Read more