Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: The Truth About Fragile Things by Regina Sirois

Read:  August 2nd - 4th, 2016

Type:  Kindle (ARC)

Source:  I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of five stars):

Where to find the author:  Website | Goodreads

Where to find this book:  Goodreads | Amazon

From Goodreads:  Bryon died fifty years before his time. Charlotte grew up angry. I grew up scared. And Phillip - well, he never grew up. 
And now we are all bound together in one painful heap of humanity. Broken, but bound. And maybe it is only the fact that we are tangled in this terrible knot that will hold us together until we heal. This is unfortunately, and miraculously, my story.

17-year-old Megan Riddick is alive only because a stranger died to save her when she was a toddler. Fifteen years later she finds herself in the same high school as that heroic man's daughter. 

Charlotte Exby never knew her father because he chose to save a child he didn't know instead of raise the one he loved. 

Plagued with guilt and resentment, Megan and Charlotte make an uneasy truce as they join forces to complete the bucket list of the man who made both of their lives possible.


The Truth About Fragile Things focuses on the aftermath of an amazing act of selflessness, and deals with the complicated relationships between those left behind.  Bryon saved Megan, a small child at the time, from being hit by a car after she chased a butterfly into the street.  Bryon, unfortunately, was killed, and Megan has dealt with the guilt ever since.

After noticing that a new freshman student has been giving her hostile stares, Megan's best friend, Phillip, finds out a little about the girl, including her name, which Megan instantly recognizes.  The new girl, Charlotte, is Bryon's daughter.  Charlotte, understandably, dislikes Megan, and Megan, feeling guilty that she is the reason Charlotte doesn't have a father, tries to think of a way to apologize to her.  Charlotte, of course, doesn't want an apology.  It won't bring her father back, after all, but Megan is determined.

Bryon had a bucket list of things to do before he died, which he was never able to accomplish, and Megan and Charlotte agree to finish everything on the list for him.  What follows is a story of heartbreak, guilt, grief, and ultimately, forgiveness.

I enjoyed The Truth About Fragile Things so much more than I thought I would.  It was intriguing and well-written, and I didn't want to put it down.  Though dealing with heavy topics, I think the author did a wonderful job of preventing the book from becoming too depressing by including a few light and funny moments throughout the story.

With complex characters and a unique plot,  The Truth About Fragile Things is an excellent novel, and I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy original and thought-provoking YA books.

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