This is an honest review, in exchange for a free e-ARC.
Megan Miranda’s Fragments of the Lost
Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017
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’m going to write a little disclaimer right now. I absolutely loooooooooved Fractured (2012) and All the Missing Girls (2016). I was very, very excited about this book. So, in the end I was kind of disappointed.
Because my review has spoilers — it’s under a cut.
So, let’s start with the plot.
Jessa is asked by her dead ex-boyfriend’s mother to clean out his room. WHO DOES THIS? Especially when his best friend offers to do it instead. I mean, really? I should have guessed from the start there was something seriously off about Eve (The Mother). But, like Jessa, I figured this was some sort of odd punishment because Eve assumes Jessa is the reason her son was driving during a massive rainstorm and accidentally drove off a bridge.
So, the first half of the book is really Jessa cleaning up Caleb’s (The Dead Ex-Boyfriend) room and trying to figure out what he was Doing that day. (Yes, capital D doing.) Mainly, was he CHEATING ON HER?!
I finally started getting invested around 70% or so. I thought, MAYBE HE’S GAY! (Spoiler: He’s not.)
It’s also around 70% that the book starts getting interesting. The Girlfriend and the Best Friend?!
To be fair: Max was actually the most awesome character in the book. I think part of the reason I didn’t like the book is because Caleb was an ass.
Let me repeat that: Caleb. Was. An. Ass.
Tangent: Now that I think about it, honestly — that is probably why I wasn’t really invested in the book. I liked Jessa. I could relate to Jessa. I felt her grief and guilt and just inability to move forward without answers. But the entire Evers family (Caleb, Eve — Mia is excluded because she’s 9 and not yet able to be ridiculous) was just…no. I also freaking ADORED Max. (Spoiler: He does this really chivalrous thing and goes back to get Jessa when she gets stuck behind in NYC while they are trying to take the subway. Then he confronts Caleb and is like, ‘NOT COOL MAN’ — but privately, only Jessa hears.)
Anyway, back to the review.
So, around 80%, we get to Part 2. This is basically where Jessa finds out The Truth about Caleb and his ridiculous weird ass-self. And she goes all Teen Detective.
Here, the fragments start to get put together and the puzzle’s picture becomes clear.
Now, I’m actually NOT going to spoil it for you. Because the twist ending was pretty cool on a few levels — even though I didn’t appreciate it at the time because I just wanted to be done with Caleb and Eve, and I wanted Jessa and Max to get together.
In the end, while the twist wasn’t one I saw coming — I don’t think I appreciate it because the reasons of What Happened to Caleb? are just going back to Caleb being an ass. Seriously.
But there is a happy ending, so that’s good.
Would I Recommend It? Actually, yes. I think if you can get passed Caleb’s idiotness, you’ll enjoy it. Like I said, I loved Jessa and I loved Max, who are arguably main characters.
If you read this in November, I’d love to know what you think!
Rating … 7/10 Stars.