Monday, December 5, 2011

Fracture by Megan Miranda- Review

Turns out potential jury duty was good for one thing (other than lots of stress and exhaustion.  Spending all day sweating bullets and thinking *notmenotmenotme* in a never ending chant is the most exhausting thing I've done in awhile), it was really good for getting some reading done.  Two and a half books in 4 days, and only one of them was a full 8 hour day.  So during the rush out the door on day two I decided to grab from my January pile of BEA treats, as a reward for my quietly being tortured by my civic duty.  Fracture was a good size, it had to fit in my purse with Shatter Me, and it sounded intriguing, so it got stuffed into my purse without another thought.
Little did I know what a fabulously great treat I'd just chosen for myself.

From the back cover:
A lot can happen in eleven minutes.  Decker can run two miles easily in eleven minutes.  I once wrote an English essay in ten.  No lie.  And God knows Carson Levine can talk a girl out of her clothes in half that time.

Eleven minutes might as well be eternity under water.  It only takes three minutes without air for loss of consciousness.  Permanent brain damage begins at four minutes.  And then, when the oxygen runs out, full cardiac arrest occurs.  Death is possible at five minutes.  Probable at seven.  Definite at ten.

Decker pulled me out at eleven.

This was an absolutely stunning debut novel. By page three I was riveted, by page eleven I was trying not to sob on my very public subway ride home, by page 70 I was so completely in love with the characters I could hardly put the book down to go to sleep.  In the ARC's introduction, Publisher Emily Easton sagely advises clearing your schedule so you can make this a one-sitting kind of read, and I would seriously second that motion.  Foolish me, I did no such thing, and suffered for it.

This was such a perfectly constructed book, on so many levels, that it's hard to know where to begin rhapsodizing.  Megan Miranda has captured not just the teen voice, but the awkwardness of teen life in a smaller town where you've known everyone since kindergarten, and how every thing they do, or you do is always tinged by the history of knowing them since they were five.  The levels that adds to the relationships of Delaney, Decker and their friends is something rarely seen in YA, but it makes you understand everyone on such an intimate level, even the secondary characters.

Speaking of Delaney and Decker, they may be two of my favourite contemporary YA characters ever.  Their easy friendship, increasingly complicated by all the things left unsaid reminded me forcefully of moments from my teenage life.  How everything can be so complicated and yet so simple at the same time is the epitome of teenage relationships, and Megan really hit this dichotomy dead on.

Fracture is one of the best reads of the year for me, without a doubt.  I was so caught up in it that I immediately started it again after finishing it the first time, and read 40 pages before I could tear myself away.  More than that, it has been in the back of my thoughts ever since I put it down.  I insist you treat yourself to it pre-order style, and in fact, highly recommend you pre-order it as a slightly belated christmas present for all those on you book buying list.  I guarantee you'll love it.  But don't just take my word for it, head on over to Fractures Facebook page and read the first 32 pages, just be warned the wait until its January 17th release date might just kill you.

Fracture, by Megan Miranda
Published by Walkers Children, January 17th 2012
Pre-order Fracture from Amazon


  1. that is a glowing review....this is definitely going on my TBR list!

  2. I promise you, you won't regret it!

  3. Sounds like a good read, glad you were so captivated :)

  4. What a wonderful review! Shame about the jury duty, but look what a great result :-)