Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda
Fracture is about a girl, Delaney Maxwell, who by all medical accounts should be dead. She fell through an icy lake and was pulled out of the freezing water 11 minutes later. After 6 days in a coma she wakes up. Everything seems to be fine even though a scan of her head says otherwise. Delaney goes home and starts to live her life as usual. The only difference is that now she has random hand tremors and an itching in her head that leads her to mysterious places. Why does her body tell her to go to these houses? Why do the people there always end up dying? And who is the mysterious boy who seems to know everything about her? Delaney isn’t sure she wants to know the answers…
“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."
Wow. That is the only word I can think of to describe this book. I was able to connect with this story emotionally and it’s been the first time I have almost cried during a book in a very long time. I wanted to cry during parts, scream at others, and my heart was beating out of my chest for the last half of the book. It has been a long time since I have read a book that elicits those kinds of feelings from me. I seriously don’t even know what to say about this book. Words cannot describe how awesome I thought this book was. I truly felt like I was Delaney and I could understand all of the pain and confusion she was going through. She had to deal with all the horrors that go with “coming back from the dead”. She also deals with trying to keep up with school, and trying to figure out her feelings for her best friend. This story is woven together with such feeling and intensity that you will not leave this book without going on an emotional roller coaster ride. It made you think about one question in particular, “If you had one day left to live, what would you do?”
Published January 17, 2012
Fracture is Megan's first novel
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Read the short story "Eleven Minutes" here
I hope you take a chance to read this book, you will not be disappointed!