Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda

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...

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Fragments of the Lost Reviews

  • Carina Olsen

    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.

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    This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here:

  • Mandy

    *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!

  • Stacee

    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**

  • Brooke

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    is one of those authors that can create such an amazing scene and feeling that you feel like you are in a movie and cant seem to want to get out no matter what you do. You get engrossed in every word that is on that page and cant seem to look away. Even when you know you have to stop reading but cant because it is just that good. Her words are used to entice you to keep reading because they are just enough tha

    For all of my book reviews click here->

    is one of those authors that can create such an amazing scene and feeling that you feel like you are in a movie and cant seem to want to get out no matter what you do. You get engrossed in every word that is on that page and cant seem to look away. Even when you know you have to stop reading but cant because it is just that good. Her words are used to entice you to keep reading because they are just enough that you cant help but think what else is behind this layer?

    This is the first Megan Miranda book that I have read even though I have a couple others on my TBR and shelves, and I have to say I am so glad that this was my first by her! This book is slated as a YA Contemporary and it started with a slow reminiscence of Jessa and the memories of her and her boyfriend. It shows the grief that someone goes through when they lose someone that they not only have grown close to but have also loved more than they have someone as a significant other during their teenage years. Your first love is always hard to forget much less stop loving on a dime because something happens that separates you.

    I started reading this book and like I said I couldn't put it down. I'm not a eat and read kind of girl, BUT I was with this book. This book was so thoroughly engrossing I couldn't help but want to read every chance I got. It was carried to doctor's appointments and definitely to the coffee shop!

    My couch got so much action with this book you would have thought that they were going steady! LOL But that is just a testament to how much I loved this book!! This book started out slow and as the momentum picked up I couldn't help but want to read this more and more. I stayed up late and got up early just so that I could find out what exactly was happening!

    As the book starts to pick up it takes off and just keeps hurtling toward the end goal. With each hurtle of circumstance you see more and more of Caleb and what had been going through his mind before he was gone before their eyes. You couldn't help but guess as to what really happened to Caleb, and think is there someone else here at play? As Jessa goes through Caleb's room and sees what he has left behind she knows something isn't right and starts trying to remember the last year that she spent with him and how their relationship changed. With their change in relationship she able to put together some different scenarios as to what Caleb was doing in the last year because he was so absent in things that he normally would have been present for.

    With each clue and memory that Jessa goes through she is able to see where and why Caleb and her went to places they went to and why Caleb had become so absent. With trouble at home for Caleb he became more distant and needed to find the answers he was always looking for, but luckily he took Jessa with him to every place he was looking for answers.

    With all of the questions Jessa tells Caleb's best friend Max who helps her and they discover what has been going on with each other over the last year even though they have been friends for years.

    Even though this is slated as a YA Contemporary this books appeals to all people no matter their age and takes you on a journey that you never expected. Everything is wrapped up completely in what happened to Caleb, it involves other characters and their lives and how everything has impacted them but also gives a deeper meaning to loss and friendship. This book gives you the resolution that is needed and so much more. There was such a great plot to this book and I couldn't have been more in love with a book than this. It read as a contemporary but with a suspense/thriller vibe. I am a sucker for a suspense/thriller, and for a contemporary so this books marked off everything that I needed.

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    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.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    is one of those super talented authors who can manipulate words to do her bidding, whether that is as part of an adult thriller or a YA mystery. I'm always blown away by her ability to draw me in and blow my mind, but she's really outdone herself this time. While the story isn't told in reverse chronological o

    is one of those super talented authors who can manipulate words to do her bidding, whether that is as part of an adult thriller or a YA mystery. I'm always blown away by her ability to draw me in and blow my mind, but she's really outdone herself this time. While the story isn't told in reverse chronological order as was done in

    , this one had the same taste as it's adult fiction predecessor. Maybe it was the compulsive, addicting nature of the plot, or possibly it was the damaged characters who's flaws are revealed slowly over time, but either way I couldn't get enough of this story.

    I'll admit, I wasn't sure what to expect when I first began reading this one. I thought to myself

    The first 40 pages are a slow, heavy narrative of Jessa working through her grief, and I began to worry that the entire book was going to be us walking alongside every random memory this girl had of her ex-boyfriend in the most depressing possible way, but I should have known better. Once the stage is set and we have everything in place, the book took off at breakneck speed and I read the entire 329 pages that were left in one sitting. We begin to find pieces of Caleb in each memory, which spurs on our protagonist in working with a friend to find clues in an attempt to figure out just what really happened to Caleb on the afternoon he was caught in the flood.

    The true beauty of this story is that it isn't completely wrapped up in what happened to Caleb. Yes, it's the central plot focus and yes, we do receive full closure on all events, but the journey along the way with our other characters is just as fulfilling as solving the mystery. I truly loved how, while this clearly is YA fiction,

    defied age barriers in being appealing to all walks of life. There's no cheesy banter here, no author attempting to insert "cool, hip lingo" that is cringeworthy for teens to read; this is simply a story featuring young adults written in excellent form.

    is the type of story that upon finishing I immediately wanted to chat about it with a friend; some of the twists really blew my mind and I felt the intricate, connecting details were very well done. Highly recommended to mystery lovers of all ages; if you enjoy a "whodunnit" of sorts you'll really have a ball donning your detective cap for this caper.

  • Jen Ryland

    I'm a big fan of Megan Miranda's thrillers.

    However, I had some issues with this one. The majority of it takes place as the main character packs up her boyfriend's room after he dies in an accident. This packing up thing felt a little weirdly forced (his mom is making her do it to punish her .... ???) It also meant a LOT of flashbacks, which aren't my favorite. (I think this is the basis for the comparison to

    , but whether you like or dislike that book, I guess that's why that

    I'm a big fan of Megan Miranda's thrillers.

    However, I had some issues with this one. The majority of it takes place as the main character packs up her boyfriend's room after he dies in an accident. This packing up thing felt a little weirdly forced (his mom is making her do it to punish her .... ???) It also meant a LOT of flashbacks, which aren't my favorite. (I think this is the basis for the comparison to

    , but whether you like or dislike that book, I guess that's why that title got used as a comp.)

    Eventually, the story got going, but that wasn't until the last quarter or so of the book. The ending was suspenseful and clever but I couldn't help feeling that getting the story action out of that empty bedroom would have helped ramp up the suspense.

    Also, wasn't the necklace a dragonfly necklace, not a butterfly, as it says in the Goodreads synopsis? I'm pretty sure that it was a dragonfly.

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  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

    , from the beginning you just want to keep reading, not only the story is very interesting but also really additive

    , from the beginning you just want to keep reading, not only the story is very interesting but also really additive

    I decided to request this book because it's described as ideal for

    fans, and since it's one of my favorite books, then I decided that why not give it a chance, right?. Well I wasn't wrong,

    I felt too hooked throughout the book and to be a book with so much mystery content is really easy and quick to read. I'm so happy to have chosen it,

    is a great main character, she only goes for what she wants and is very determined in her decisions, I really liked her and this has been very influential for me, since the whole book is told in first person by her,

    , I would have started to cry like a little girl lol. I liked the secondary characters a lot, I also think that they all have very different personalities and this makes the plot more complete and entertaining.

    character is great, he is really such a good person, I love it (I don't want to specify who he is, or why I liked him because I want everyone to find out and get to know him). I have several thoughts about

    too, not all of them are good so I don't want to express them too much because SPOILERS.

    Part 1

    , where we see Jessa trying to put together the puzzle to find out what was going on in Caleb's life before his accident and thus try to reveal his secrets. This part is almost the majority of the book, I think it is 80% or even more. Part 2

    , is where everything is revealed and the truth comes to light. This was my favorite part OMG, the revelations are so good and like everything is handled it was great and out of the ordinary. Part 3

    , which is the part where obviously we'll see the future of the characters and how their lives continue after the past events

    Even so I think that the jumps to the past end up being key when it comes to knowing more about the Caleb and Jessa's relationship and how it changes and leads to the situations that led to its separation and the accident itself

    ,

    It presents situations where she feels that she gives too much when she wasn't receiving anything in return. It's really interesting and it has touched me more than I thought. The story of Caleb and Jessa is much more than a love story, it's about another kind of love and it is also about getting to know yourself, that was really nice.

  • Raven_Blake

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!

    Same Review Also Posted In My Blog:

    I loved Megan Miranda’s debut novel Fracture and this is my second book by her. Fragments of Lost was pretty interesting to read but sadly, it didn’t thrill me as much as I expected. The reason I picked this up because of its intriguing premise which sounded very much promising. The characters and the plot was pretty good but my main issue lies with the slow start which made the story a bit less exciting for me. Howeve

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!

    Same Review Also Posted In My Blog:

    I loved Megan Miranda’s debut novel Fracture and this is my second book by her. Fragments of Lost was pretty interesting to read but sadly, it didn’t thrill me as much as I expected. The reason I picked this up because of its intriguing premise which sounded very much promising. The characters and the plot was pretty good but my main issue lies with the slow start which made the story a bit less exciting for me. However, the mystery is hard to guess which is the only thing that held my interest until the end of the book.

    The story follows Jessa Whitworth whose ex-boyfriend Caleb dies in a car accident at a storm swept bridge. Caleb’s mother blames her for his death and Jessa feels guilty that she might be right because the last time she saw him, she has broken up with him. When Caleb’s mother asks her to pack up Caleb’s things from his room, Jessa agrees and believes she deserves this punishment. She knows she doesn’t deserve to be in his room but it’s the only way she could find the reason behind his death. Everything in his room is linked to her such as the photos, T-shirts and her butterfly necklace that she gave him for safe keeping on that day. Each thing triggers the memories she had with him and she finally starts to realize that their relationship may not be exactly as she remembered and as she discovers new things about him, she starts to wonder how much she knew about him. With each new discovery, Jessa gets even more curious about Caleb’s accident and she needs to find the answers without getting his mother suspicious of her actions.

    Jessa is a great main protagonist. She’s smart, strong, and very determined person who’ll not give up until the end. Her ex-boyfriend’s death has turned her pretty much heart broken and I felt a bit bad for her situation but I’m glad she still stood strong and searched for the answers that she deserved to know. As for the supporting characters, I loved Caleb’s best friend Max. He’s such a sweet guy and I really liked the friendship between him and Jessa. I totally ship them! They work together to find the answers for Caleb’s death. Caleb was a pretty complex character. From the start, I found him a bit strange and I didn’t liked him. I wish I could say more about him but it might be a bit spoiler-ish. Caleb’s mom is a cruel bitch and also a bit crazy. From the beginning, her strange behavior made me suspect that she was hiding something and I really wanted to know why she wanted Jessa to clean out her son’s room.

    The plot was interesting and mysterious but the slow start was a bit turnoff for me. The mystery in this book unfolds very slowly. The first half of the story was focused on the flashbacks of Jessa’s relationship with caleb and how it was finally ended. To be honest, I started to enjoy the book only after I’m halfway through the book. There are so many twists and turns in the second half that made the story even more suspenseful. The final revelation was totally unpredictable. There is a light romance in the book and I’m so glad that it wasn’t the central focus of the book. I enjoyed reading the book from Jessa’s perspective and seeing how she slowly unveils the mystery behind her ex-boyfriend’s mysterious accident. I absolutely loved the writing, It was captivating and addictive.

    Overall, It was a good read and I liked it but it’s not my favorite. If you like mysteries with slow starts then you’ll definitely enjoy this book more than I did.

  • Daniel Balici

    I have been looking forward to reading Megan Miranda's newest publication, marketed as a blend of YA and psychological mystery genres. I love the subtlety and finesse with which this author plays with words, an aspect I have been able to find not only in

    , but also in

    and thoroughly enjoyed

    . However, aside from the exquisite, almost lyrical style of writing employed, this novel did not offer the kind of reading experience I would h

    I have been looking forward to reading Megan Miranda's newest publication, marketed as a blend of YA and psychological mystery genres. I love the subtlety and finesse with which this author plays with words, an aspect I have been able to find not only in

    , but also in

    and thoroughly enjoyed

    . However, aside from the exquisite, almost lyrical style of writing employed, this novel did not offer the kind of reading experience I would have expected from a novelist of Megan Miranda's calibre. The incredibly slow pace characterizing over half of

    did not allow me to be fully concentrated on what was going on as I was often drifting off due to a slight sense of boredom. On top of that, the characters were not particularly likeable, from my point of view, although I found the dynamics of the relationship between Jessa and Max rather interesting. The suspense was intelligently built up, but the revelation, albeit unforeseen, did not shock me and therefore did not make up for a very much needed faster pace and quite bland characters. While I may sound very critical of this novel, the overall experience was not a negative one, but perhaps I just expect Megan Miranda to reproduce the level of quality, complexity and cleverness attained in

    . Most of my Goodreads friends have written very positive reviews of this book so I am evidently very much in minority with the few displeasures I pointed out.

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