We are so excited to be a part of the tour today for Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda! Before we dive into our thoughts on the book, we want to tell you a bit about it!Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: Soulprint
Published by Random House Children's Books on November 14th 2017
Genres: Death & Dying, General, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
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 really enjoy Megan Miranda’s books and when I read the summary on Fragments of the Lost I immediately wanted to read.
This book focuses on Jessa Whitworth. Her ex-boyfriend recently died in a car accident and his mother (who I IMMEDIATELY didn’t like) basically tells Jessa that since she is all over that room she is the one who should pack it up. I thought Jessa should have responded a different way to his mom but in the end, Jessa wants to know what happened and she thinks she might find something in Caleb’s room.
This book shifts from current time to flashbacks and I liked how Miranda did it. If this is done well it helps to tell the story and since we can’t get Caleb’s part, we at least get to experience everything from how they met to how they broke up through these flashbacks. They also help Jessa realize that something was off. She might not have noticed everything real time but as she reflects on certain things, she starts to see that there were things she missed.
Considering this story revolves around the mystery of what happened to Caleb, there isn’t a lot I can say about the specifics but I thought Miranda did a great job of pulling the story together and keeping me interested not only in what really happened with Caleb but what happened to these two characters from start to finish.
The secondary characters in this book really helped move things along as well. The relationship that Jessa has with her brother and her parents was refreshing and I loved how they tried to support her through such a difficult time. Max was a nice addition to the story as well and I liked how he fit in to the overall story.
In the end, I think if you like Miranda’s other books you will enjoy this one too. I found myself plowing through it, so I could find out what exactly happened to Caleb. Miranda pulled me into all the feelings of this book from sadness to fear to anger and I loved every minute of it. If you are looking for a YA contemporary with a bit of a mystery, definitely check this out. I will be keeping an eye out for more from Megan Miranda, that’s for sure!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST, US Only.
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11/1/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Interview
11/2/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review
11/3/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review
11/6/2017- Once Upon a Twilight– Review
11/7/2017- LILbooKlovers– Interview
11/8/2017- Book-Keeping– Review
11/9/2017- Pink Polka Dot Books–Review
11/10/2017- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review
11/13/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview
11/14/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
11/15/2017- Amanda Gernentz Hanson– Review
11/16/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Review
11/17/2017- Literary Meanderings– Interview
11/20/2017- Ex Libris– Review
11/21/2017- Step Into Fiction– Review
11/22/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Review
11/23/2017- YA Books Central– Interview
11/24/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review
11/27/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review
11/28/2017- Fiction Fare– Review
11/29/2017- Book Princess Reviews– Interview
11/30/2017- Lattes & Paperbacks– Review