Author: Dani Atkins
Genre: Romance; New Adult
Synopsis: Rachel’s life is perfect. A handsome boyfriend, great friends and the prospect of starting at university in a few weeks means she’s never been happier. But in a single heartbeat her world falls apart forever.
Five years later, Rachel is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy that changed everything. Returning to her hometown for the first time in years, she finds herself consumed by thoughts of the life that could have been. But when a sudden fall lands her in hospital, Rachel awakes to discover that the life she had dreamed about just might be real after all.
Unable to trust her own memories, Rachel begins to be drawn further into this new world where the man she lost is alive and well but where she is engaged to be married to someone else…
FRACTURED is a heart-warming tale of love and second chances which will leave you wondering whether two very different storylines can ever lead to the same happy ending. (Goodreads)
After finishing the rather heavy fantasy series of The Lumatere Chronicles, I knew I needed something light to let me have a break. This book wasn’t as light as I thought it would be, but it was still a good read. It had a family dynamic that I really liked, a protagonist that was smart and driven but not completely perfect, and an intriguing storyline. Some of the things I didn’t like about it were that the secondary characters felt rather flat, and the ending had me conflicted.
So about the main character, Rachel. I like her because her reactions were believable, and that she would pick herself up and figure out what was happening around her. She doesn’t languish around like an overcooked noodle, wishing for a handsome man to come in and be her Prince Charming. Instead, she takes stock of her situation and tries to make sense of what exactly happened. I liked her relationship with her father, how it’s loving and realistic.
As for the story, I think it’s fairly unique for this genre. I mean, I’ve only read one book like this and I can’t even remember the title of that book. I could be wrong because I don’t normally delve into this genre. But the only thing this book reminded me of was 13 Going on 30, only because of the whole parallel lives thing and because Angie talked about it recently. Their storylines are very different anyway.
For the things that I didn’t like, I felt that the secondary characters could have been fleshed out more. Can’t the BFF serve another purpose besides being the protag’s cheerleader/gossip source and then disappearing for most of the story? Can’t the pretty bitchy girl have more depth beyond being pretty and bitchy? The ending also left me conflicted because I just went “OH COME ON, why did it end like THAT?!” But as I thought about it some more, I realised that it fit the story. It still ended nicely.
Overall: For those mentioned issues, I give this book four out of five stars. This book was still a good read, and I felt emotionally invested in Rachel and her dilemmas. This wasn’t as light as I thought it would be, but I still enjoyed the break. Pick this up if you like these parallel lives kind of stories.
Special mention to Danielle, because I first encountered this book from her review of it. 🙂