Fragments of the Lost
From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl's search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend's death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why . 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?

Fragments of the Lost Details

TitleFragments of the Lost
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 14th, 2017
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780399556722
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

Fragments of the Lost Review

  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Megan’s words from the beginning and I was insanely excited to get my hands on this book. I love love loved Jessa. She’s smart and a bit heartbroken and it was intriguing being in her head for this story. There are a few other characters, but I’m not going to say anything about them. Plot wise, it was captivating. The story is told by items Jessa finds in Caleb’s room and the memory attached to them and the way it unfolds is the most delicious torture. I couldn’t get through I have been a fan of Megan’s words from the beginning and I was insanely excited to get my hands on this book. I love love loved Jessa. She’s smart and a bit heartbroken and it was intriguing being in her head for this story. There are a few other characters, but I’m not going to say anything about them. Plot wise, it was captivating. The story is told by items Jessa finds in Caleb’s room and the memory attached to them and the way it unfolds is the most delicious torture. I couldn’t get through the story fast enough. Overall, it was mysterious and sweet and amusing and there was so much tension, it was glorious. I know I’m being vague, but I don’t want to spoil one bit of it. This is definitely a story I’ll read again. **Huge thanks to Mysterious Galaxy for letting me take this out of the super sekrit back room**
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    *THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TO THE PUBLISHER FOR SENDING ME AN E-ARC SO I COULD GET MY MEGAN MIRANDA JAM ON*Okay, I think I got my butt together and formulated my thoughts on this. Trust me, though, it was hard. I've loved Megan Miranda since I picked up my first book of hers all those years ago, and this book reminded me yet again just how talented she is. It was beautiful, it was mysterious, it was everything I wanted this book to be. I loved everything about it, and now I'm counting the da *THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TO THE PUBLISHER FOR SENDING ME AN E-ARC SO I COULD GET MY MEGAN MIRANDA JAM ON*Okay, I think I got my butt together and formulated my thoughts on this. Trust me, though, it was hard. I've loved Megan Miranda since I picked up my first book of hers all those years ago, and this book reminded me yet again just how talented she is. It was beautiful, it was mysterious, it was everything I wanted this book to be. I loved everything about it, and now I'm counting the days until I get yet another Miranda book to get my hands on.The thing I love most about Miranda's books is her writing. She just has this way with words that stuns me everytime. Even the most ordinary sentences have this way to them that just strikes me and makes me want to frame it or scribble it down somewhere where I can gaze on it forever. There are quotes that are just so achingly beautiful and wonderful, and this book brought it so well. I didn't have as many quotes that I screengrabbed in previous books, but the writing itself was amazing and I just want to sit here and cry.This story was so well done. It's broken down in fragments of time, memories, and objects. Jessa is cleaning out her ex-boyfriend's room, and each chapter is focused on a certain object that brings back a memory. Obviously, this could have gone way wrong - it could have gotten repetitive, boring, or just weird, but Miranda made it unique, interesting, and I was captivated with each object. This story builds and builds as well. Each new object and chapter brings amount a new mounting tension that had me flipping pages so fast. I binge read this in two sittings because I JUST HAD TO KNOW WHAT THE BOOK HELL WAS GOING ON. I don't want to reveal too much about the mystery, because it really is best if you don't know much going in. It's wonderful how it was revealed, but know that it had me until the very end.The characters were wonderful as well. It did take me a little bit to warm up to Jessa, but that was alright since we're getting acclimated to the story so far. I loved Max dearly, and all the other characters were complex, dynamic, and I had my feelings on them as well. Jessa really was a wonderful narrator as well, and she had such a subtle, quiet way to her that I didn't even realize that I was hardcore rooting for until I was done with the novel and just wanted to be in her mind again.Ugh, I don't even know what to say other than pleaseeeeeee read this. Miranda is so near the tippity top of my top 5 favorite authors of all time, and this book is no exception. It easily moves into a spot on my elusive favorites shelf, and I loved everything about it. Now I must just sit here in mourning of my new Miranda book and just wait until I can cry over another one of her books. 5 crowns, of course, and an Aurora rating, because this is definitely a classic in my book!
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Could you imagine being in high school, your boyfriend dies, people blame you for the accident and his mother asks you to clean out his room? Then you feel guilty so you can't say no. Each piece you pick up, put away or trash brings a memory and you begin to question this person who claimed to love you. How well do we REALLY know the people in our lives? We all have secrets, don't we?The book is told strictly through Jessa's perspective. We get flashbacks as she remembers things while going thro Could you imagine being in high school, your boyfriend dies, people blame you for the accident and his mother asks you to clean out his room? Then you feel guilty so you can't say no. Each piece you pick up, put away or trash brings a memory and you begin to question this person who claimed to love you. How well do we REALLY know the people in our lives? We all have secrets, don't we?The book is told strictly through Jessa's perspective. We get flashbacks as she remembers things while going through his room. Considering the subject matter, I knew this wasn't going to be a happy read. To be honest, I struggled at the beginning. It was so depressing and I thought if I have to go through this grieving process with her 'til the very end, I just might drive off a bridge myself. Horrible, I know. But this is Megan Miranda, folks. You keep going and I'm SO happy that I did. Everything at the beginning was just setting the rest of the book up. What a doozy it became. Phew! I'm in a royal book hangover here ladies and gentlemen. Those who veer away from anything YA... this really doesn't read like one. Sure the main characters are young, but the way Miranda brings them to life and how the story comes together doesn't focus on any instalove or mean girl issues like we tend to see in regular YA novels. This reads more like a contemporary mystery where we are trying to figure out exactly what happened to Jessa's boyfriend, Caleb.Highly recommend. Put this on your reading list. My favorite by her to date.
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  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    I simply adore this author. Have read so many of her books and I have enjoyed them all. This one was no exception. I stayed up until three am to finish this lovely book. As I could not stop after I started it. Eee. For the most part I really liked this book. Had a few small issues, but nothing big. And so four stars for this one.I'm going to begin with saying that the writing was all kinds of awesome. And I had no trouble at all reading this book. It is told from the point of view of Jessa. And I simply adore this author. Have read so many of her books and I have enjoyed them all. This one was no exception. I stayed up until three am to finish this lovely book. As I could not stop after I started it. Eee. For the most part I really liked this book. Had a few small issues, but nothing big. And so four stars for this one.I'm going to begin with saying that the writing was all kinds of awesome. And I had no trouble at all reading this book. It is told from the point of view of Jessa. And oh, how I enjoyed reading about this girl. I loved getting to know about her life, about who she was. I liked her a whole bunch. She was a great character.The plot about this book is that Jessa's boyfriend, Caleb, died two months ago. He drove his car over a bridge and into a river. The car was found destroyed, but he was not found, but they all know that he is dead. Jessa has been grieving his loss for ages now. Because in a way, she blames herself for what happened to him. As they had just broken up before he died, after having been together a year. And there were so many details about all of that. This whole book is about Jessa going through his room, packing up his things, because his mom is moving. And when she goes through his things she remembers parts of their past together. And I liked that, as she is realizing things she had not noticed about him. Not so nice things. But good memories too.See, this is why this book is a four star and not a five star for me. I wish it hadn't focused so much on the past. I wanted to know more about the now and the future. Sniffs. There were some awesome characters in the now that I really, really wanted to know more about. Even though just about all the book was about the past, it was not boring at all. It was so exciting and interesting and mysterious too, trying to figure out who Caleb had really been. And why their relationship had ended. I liked reading it all. Past and present.But yes, just wishing there had been more focus on a certain someone. Hmph. Despite that, the ending was all kinds of awesome. Rude. Yet so perfect. But now I want a sequel that is all happy. Anyway. This book was so good. And so easy to read and to get lost in. There is so much I wish to say about this book. Not going to mention all of it, but some things must get written down. Like how Jessa and Caleb had been together for a long time, yet I didn't ship them at all. I liked how it didn't focus too much on their romance.And how Jessa had been friends with another boy, Max, for years. And how they sort of had feelings for each other. And how I loved that to pieces. And oh, how I wanted to read more about Max. Aw. This book wasn't about a love triangle. First of, Caleb was dead. Jessa isn't with Max. And she had not cheated on Caleb either, before he died. So no weird feelings about any of that. I just really shipped Jessa and Max. When she remembered the past, he was always there for her, doing all the important things. I loved him.This book is all about Jessa figuring things out about her dead ex-boyfriend. And gosh, there were a lot of secrets. And it was so much fun reading about it all, figuring out the hidden things. The present was a bit scary too, with the mom of Caleb being a bit crazy. I liked reading about Jessa and Max together, being friends. They were such awesome friends and I wanted more of them. Hmph. But I also liked this story for what it was. Which was an exciting mystery. Because Jessa starts to get the feeling that Caleb isn't dead.And that is all I'm going to say about this book. There is so much more I could mention, but I'm not going to. I just really liked this book. I couldn't stop reading once I started it. I really loved all of the characters. Fragments of the Lost was simply put incredible. I enjoyed every moment. The writing was stunning. The ending was exciting and revealing. I really wish that there had been a long epilogue, though. Ack. I wish to know more about these characters. The book was long, yet not nearly long enough. It was so so good.Huge thank you to Random House Children's for approving my request on Netgalley to read this book early. I'm so glad that I read it now. And I cannot wait to own the finished copy of it as well. I simply can't wait to read even more books by Megan. I have enjoyed them all; even her adult ones. Her stories are just the best. Awesome and heartbreaking and evil. And I love every moment of them all. You all really need to read this book when it's out. It's slow and fast and exciting and mysterious all at the same time.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: http://carinabooks.blogspot.no/2017/0...
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Probably my favorite Megan Miranda yet!
  • Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This book started as one thing and then morphed into something completely different-- but in an organic way that made me not even realize it was happening. A++ effort from one of my fave authors!!
  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    Jessa's boyfriend Caleb has died and his mother Eve asks Jessa to clean out and box up all the things in Caleb's room. Eve blames Jessa for Caleb's death almost as much as she blames herself. Little by little, as Jessa packs boxes, she has the feeling something isn't right. With the help of Caleb's friend Max, Jessa begins to search for the truth about what happened the night Caleb died. Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and hone Jessa's boyfriend Caleb has died and his mother Eve asks Jessa to clean out and box up all the things in Caleb's room. Eve blames Jessa for Caleb's death almost as much as she blames herself. Little by little, as Jessa packs boxes, she has the feeling something isn't right. With the help of Caleb's friend Max, Jessa begins to search for the truth about what happened the night Caleb died. Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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  • Whitney
    January 1, 1970
    I really dug The Safest Lies, read after I hosted Megan at our store for the release of The Perfect Stranger - she and I immediately geeked out about true crime and she was a delight. I've been on a string of thrillers for the past few months, and I've been lucky enough to be on a tear of good ones - Fragments of the Lost fit right in, keeping me gripped as much as the adult thrillers I've read (not always the case with YA). The story takes a little time to get going, but that's largely because I really dug The Safest Lies, read after I hosted Megan at our store for the release of The Perfect Stranger - she and I immediately geeked out about true crime and she was a delight. I've been on a string of thrillers for the past few months, and I've been lucky enough to be on a tear of good ones - Fragments of the Lost fit right in, keeping me gripped as much as the adult thrillers I've read (not always the case with YA). The story takes a little time to get going, but that's largely because it is so well layered. I read the second half in one sitting.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I love 13 Reasons Why, so sure I'll give this go. I mean: Why not?
  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Jessa is grieving the death of her ex-boyfriend Caleb when Caleb's mother asks her to pack up his room. Jessa agrees because she has so many questions about him and about the day he stopped at her cross country meet and then was swept away in a flash flood. She is looking for pieces of her life that she shared with him and hoping to learn more about the boy she lost.Each new discovery raises more questions and she begins to wonder if she ever knew Caleb at all. She begins to believe that she onl Jessa is grieving the death of her ex-boyfriend Caleb when Caleb's mother asks her to pack up his room. Jessa agrees because she has so many questions about him and about the day he stopped at her cross country meet and then was swept away in a flash flood. She is looking for pieces of her life that she shared with him and hoping to learn more about the boy she lost.Each new discovery raises more questions and she begins to wonder if she ever knew Caleb at all. She begins to believe that she only knew the barest traces of what made Caleb Caleb. Each picture she finds brings back memories of happier times and we see flashbacks of Caleb and Jessa's life together. But things aren't adding up for Jessa and she begins to try to track down the places he took her to solve the mystery. She is beginning to wonder if Caleb really died in that flood. Caleb's best friend Max also has questions and flashbacks reveal that he and Jessa have some complications in their relationship too.This was a story that started out as a girl grieving the loss of her boyfriend and turned into an intriguing mystery. I enjoyed the writing and the story. The emotions that Jessa felt - grief, guilt, confusion - were all clear. I recommend the book to mystery fans.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Megan Miranda is one of my favorite authors so I was very excited to receive and ARC of her newest book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This novel was FANTASTIC! I loved the writing style, the story, the characters, the plot development. All of it.Told in sections marked in periods of time, the story follows Jessa as she is helping the mother of her ex by cleaning up his room after he has died. As Jessa packs things away she has memories (fragments) of their time together and th Megan Miranda is one of my favorite authors so I was very excited to receive and ARC of her newest book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This novel was FANTASTIC! I loved the writing style, the story, the characters, the plot development. All of it.Told in sections marked in periods of time, the story follows Jessa as she is helping the mother of her ex by cleaning up his room after he has died. As Jessa packs things away she has memories (fragments) of their time together and the development of their relationship. Jessa finds herself realizing that there are things that are off about his room and missing from the places they should be. She also finds something in his room that should have been with him when he died. Added by the help of Caleb's best friend Max, Jessa starts to look at the fragments of her life and Caleb's a little differently. The behavior of his mother, Eve, gets stranger and Jessa becomes more paranoid as the story continues. I loved the mystery and suspense of this novel. It moved at a perfect pace and the writing was just fantastic. I am thrilled the Miranda continues to create such creative and interesting stories and look forward to her next!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I love how the first part of the book was quieter with lots of inner narration and flashbacks. It was heartbreaking as Jessa spun out the story. And then as we moved into the present the action and suspense picked up. This was a great YA novel and I look forward to checking out more books from this author.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    I was not prepared for the mystery, the suspense, the lies, the hunt for the truth! This had me hooked and I couldn't stop until I read every last page.
  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    The ending redeemed this book that started kind of slow. I figured out what was going on with Caleb as Jessa did, but I was still surprised by some of the revelations (which is what I look for in a suspense book :)
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    What appeared to be a story of a young girl processing grief and memories became a great suspenseful mystery! Great writing and storytelling with a satisfying ending.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review from Random House Children’s via NetGalley.This book had me feeling so many things!! I absolutely love Megan Miranda's books and this one did not let me down. It was so bittersweet. I really liked the main character Jessa. You could see her transforming from someone who was so deep in her grief to becoming so strong. Her relationship with her dead ex-boyfriend is told in flashbacks. You see the good and you see the bad. You can se Received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review from Random House Children’s via NetGalley.This book had me feeling so many things!! I absolutely love Megan Miranda's books and this one did not let me down. It was so bittersweet. I really liked the main character Jessa. You could see her transforming from someone who was so deep in her grief to becoming so strong. Her relationship with her dead ex-boyfriend is told in flashbacks. You see the good and you see the bad. You can see where the relationship starts to go south and the confusion Jessa must feel. Caleb, Jessa's ex, is a complex character. The more she learns about him the more she realizes how much she didn't know about him. The end of their relationship felt so honest and by the end I felt sad like if they made different choices, maybe it could have ended differently for them. It made it so realistic cause isn't that how most people feel about the end of a relationship. What if I had done something different? There was so much mystery with this book and I ate every bit of it up. This book has secrets, lies, love, heartbreak and new beginnings. Totally worth the read!!!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I hadn't read anything by the author previously and wasn't sure what I was getting into. I read it the morning after i received it and was pleasantly surprised. The author has an almost poetic style of writing - but without the tediousness that can come with trying too hard. The plot was original and unexpected and the execution was done perfectly. The only reason I couldn't give this five stars was that it was low on emotion. We have a girl w I received an ARC copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I hadn't read anything by the author previously and wasn't sure what I was getting into. I read it the morning after i received it and was pleasantly surprised. The author has an almost poetic style of writing - but without the tediousness that can come with trying too hard. The plot was original and unexpected and the execution was done perfectly. The only reason I couldn't give this five stars was that it was low on emotion. We have a girl who is cleaning out her dead ex-boyfriend's room - he was an ex but only recently - and they spent a year together. She's packing up his things, and recounting the memories associated with them, but never cries? To me, all of her interactions with people, friends, family were discussed rather than felt. Overall though I really enjoyed the book and don't regret giving up my morning to check it out.
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  • Ms. Nguyen
    January 1, 1970
    I was able to read this ebook through NetGalley!It's only been a short amount of time since Jessa's ex-boyfriend passed away in a flash flood, and she is asked to clean out his room. As Jessa uncovers memories that the two of them had together, she also stumbles on questions: where was Caleb going when he was swept away in his car? Why are there still mysteries surrounding who he was? This book was not what I expected-- in the best way possible. I didn't expect the mysterious twists and turns in I was able to read this ebook through NetGalley!It's only been a short amount of time since Jessa's ex-boyfriend passed away in a flash flood, and she is asked to clean out his room. As Jessa uncovers memories that the two of them had together, she also stumbles on questions: where was Caleb going when he was swept away in his car? Why are there still mysteries surrounding who he was? This book was not what I expected-- in the best way possible. I didn't expect the mysterious twists and turns interspersed with wholesome memories. Jessa's character was relatable and thoughtful. I liked that Miranda didn't feel the need to put a lot about sex, drugs, and alcohol in here. She let the plot unfold, and Jessa's thoughts on their relationship filled up the spaces so well. The writing was fantastic; I cannot wait to read more of Miranda's work! I would recommend this to all high school readers.
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  • Janita Finley
    January 1, 1970
    Thank-you for the advanced readers copy.........I did enjoy this book! It was the 1st book I have read by Megan Miranda and I will definitely look for other books by this author. This book however did start off super slow for me, and I almost put it down several times, but then it would pique my interest again, and I would keep on reading. I am glad I did keep on as it did get really good in the middle.....I would have liked to have seen a little more insight into the main characters personal li Thank-you for the advanced readers copy.........I did enjoy this book! It was the 1st book I have read by Megan Miranda and I will definitely look for other books by this author. This book however did start off super slow for me, and I almost put it down several times, but then it would pique my interest again, and I would keep on reading. I am glad I did keep on as it did get really good in the middle.....I would have liked to have seen a little more insight into the main characters personal lives, a little bit more background maybe....Other wise it was a good book, surprising, but still good. I do like how the author writes, and the ending was great as well. All in all a good book! Will I pass it to my friends and family to read? Probably not, as it takes a little too long to get into, but I will look for other books by this author as I like how she writes..........
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  • Jana Williams
    January 1, 1970
    First and Foremost I Would Like to Thank Megan Miranda & Goodreads for Giving Me the Chance to Read This Lovely Little Jewel of a Book Called "Fragments of the Lost" That I Won in One of Goodread's Awesome Giveaways! I Really Loved This Book a Lot & I Even Love the Title and I Really Hope to Read More From This Author in the Future! I Have No Real Critiques About This Book Except for Maybe I Wish I Could Have Learned a Little More About Some of the Other Characters in the Book and That's First and Foremost I Would Like to Thank Megan Miranda & Goodreads for Giving Me the Chance to Read This Lovely Little Jewel of a Book Called "Fragments of the Lost" That I Won in One of Goodread's Awesome Giveaways! I Really Loved This Book a Lot & I Even Love the Title and I Really Hope to Read More From This Author in the Future! I Have No Real Critiques About This Book Except for Maybe I Wish I Could Have Learned a Little More About Some of the Other Characters in the Book and That's Really All I Can Think of! Aside From That I Really Adored This Storyline & I Liked the Characters a Lot! I Would Definitely Recommend This Book to Anyone Really, it Might Have Been Intended for the YA Crowd But I'm in My 30's and I Really Appreciated it! Well Thanks So Much for Taking the Time to Read My Review, I Really Appreciate it! Have a Blessed Day My Friends! 🙏🏻❤️📚
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  • Kate P
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this one, but it was just okay. I really enjoyed her other books, but this one left me feeling underwhelmed. I felt like it was very slow in the beginning, then it got interesting, and then it felt like a sprint to tie everything up and end the book. It was an interesting story line with some twists and turns. Just not what I was expecting it to be.
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  • Cathe Olson
    January 1, 1970
    The story of a teen girl whose ex-boyfriend dies in an accident-- being made by his mother to pack up all of his belongings. I had a hard time buying into the premise of this book, and also found it overly dramatic and slow going.
  • Ashley Supinski
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to point you to my blog post, in which there are great GIFs and spoilers.Second Look: After the Last Page
  • Shannon Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come at AAR.
  • Brittani
    January 1, 1970
    This was kinda a slow burn, but I enjoyed it. The way it's told was really interesting and I think that will decide whether it's the book for you or not - Jessa is cleaning out her ex boyfriend's room (he has recently died) and as she finds objects, she relives memories of their relationship. It's not a thriller so much as a mystery, trying to figure out what happened between Jessa and Caleb, how things fell apart, why Caleb was so secretive at times, etc. The first half especially is more like This was kinda a slow burn, but I enjoyed it. The way it's told was really interesting and I think that will decide whether it's the book for you or not - Jessa is cleaning out her ex boyfriend's room (he has recently died) and as she finds objects, she relives memories of their relationship. It's not a thriller so much as a mystery, trying to figure out what happened between Jessa and Caleb, how things fell apart, why Caleb was so secretive at times, etc. The first half especially is more like your kinda standard dealing-with-grief book and I liked it, but this is what makes the book a slow burn. It's almost like a genre switch somewhere around the middle and that's where things start to pick up. So if you like mysteries or if you like contemporaries that deal with serious issues, I would recommend checking this one out! I read it all in one sitting because I was so curious about what really happened, both between Caleb and Jessa and to Caleb.I was provided a free copy of this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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