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Fragments of the Lost

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  5,568 ratings  ·  805 reviews
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 bel
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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K17a17s It isn't necessarily romance ... but it is the main character, Jessa's, journey as she tries to figure out what happen to her ex-boyfriend. You learn …moreIt isn't necessarily romance ... but it is the main character, Jessa's, journey as she tries to figure out what happen to her ex-boyfriend. You learn about their prior relationship and she has to deal with how she feels in the present too. The book is written well and you can really feel how someone would feel in Jessa's shoes and how complicated love, friendship, caring about someone can be all the while trying to figure yourself out.

I wouldn't call this book a thriller ... it is a mystery of what happened to Caleb, Jessa's ex-boyfriend. It's like a puzzle to be solved ... and Jessa finds pieces along the way that leads her to figuring out the mystery. At the same time, she has to figure herself out and want she wants for the future. I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet, honest and a great mystery.(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Shelves: from-publisher

"The room is full of you, Jessa,"she explained, by which she means the pictures... I can't even look directly at the photos, but his mother is right. I'm everywhere.

Megan Miranda 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
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
3.75 stars

Fragments of the Lost follows Jessa as she cleans out the room of her dead ex-boyfriend and all the emotional turmoil that follows. It follows her as she remembers their past and tries to piece together the last days of his life to figure out where he was going when his car was driven off the road.

This book was so original. Which is weird because it was about grief, which we’ve all read about and relationships, which we all experience but the way Megan Miranda wrote these characters a
Dannii Elle
Jessa had recently split from ex-boyfriend Caleb when his car careened through the barriers of a nearby bridge and sent him hurtling into the raging river waters below. She feels wracked by grief and guilt and so when his mother asks her to clear out his room she feels helpless to do anything other than agree. Now, surrounded by the fragments of his life, she is unable to escape from these emotions. She soon finds, however, that the task of sorting his belongings leads her focus in a new directi ...more
“The room is full of you, Jessa,” she explained, by which she means the pictures.

What starts out as a YA contemporary about grief eventually becomes a mystery about what really happened to a girl's ex-boyfriend.

Jessa is given the task to go through & pack up her ex-boyfriend's room after his death. His mother Eve asked her in what Jessa views as a punishment of sorts because the last place Caleb went before his car fell off the bridge was to her track meet. And within Caleb's room are plenty
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
The carpet is beige. The door will squeak as I push it open. The air will be hotter or colder than the rest of the house, depending on the time of year. All these things I know by heart. None of this prepares me.

I love Megan Miranda’s adult books. Never does she forsake character development for ridiculous plot twists. And that fact holds true for her YA novels, including her most recent: Fragments of the Lost. Characters are fleshed out, relationships explored yet the mystery remains compelli
When Jessa Whitworth's high school ex-boyfriend dies suddenly, it's as if the world stops. One moment Caleb is at her track meet, taking the butterfly necklace she handed to him, and the next, he's gone, his car washed over a flooded bridge on a stormy day. Caleb's mom eventually asks Jessa to pack up his room--she blames Jessa for the accident, since Caleb had gone to see her that day, and Jessa feels she cannot say no. She's left to clean out his room and winds up piecing together bits of Cale ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

I can see I'm in the minority here. I honestly feel very sure in my three star rating because it perfectly describes my feelings for this book. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it

First, the characters. The book opens in Jessa cleaning out Caleb's room. Instantly, I was thinking: Okay, why am I supposed to care about her since I know nothing about her or Caleb at all?
Even once, I got more info on Caleb I honestly just hated him more and more. He was selfish and dumb and (imo) didn't care about
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

When reading mystery novels, I, for the most part, can sort of figure out what is going to happen. Not in an "I can predict what the ending will be" but in a more "I have a feeling of where this is going" and I still get surprised by what happened. Unless it's a painfully obvious prediction then my enjoyment will go down. It's not a bad thing for me because even if I know what might happen, I do love the rising action leading up to the mystery and how it plays out.

Fragments of the Lost is
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
I want to thank NetGalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review

This book is so good, it's my first experience with the author, but it sure will not be the last. I've had such a good time with this book, from the beginning you just want to keep reading, not only the story is very interesting but also really additive


4.5/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.

Fragments of the Lost is focused on J
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
This book didn't meet my expectations...
I hoped I would like it as much as All the Missing Girls! The first half was 2-stars for me but luckily it got better.

I liked the concept of discovering the past by the different "fragments" (objects found in the room) but the pace was too slow. I was in the mood for a page turner... It turned out to be more a drama with a mystery than a real suspense. Megan Miranda is a talented writer but I didn't feel close enough to the characters in this book.

My ne
Donna Hines
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When everything you think you know is literally and figuratively a lie, it's shocking!
Jessa Whitworth and Caleb built a life around a facade that began when Caleb is presumed dead from a car accident .
With triggered memories upon clearing out his private momentos; the idea that perhaps something more is at play is painfully obvious but how, where, why would his own mom Eva ask her to clean up his things ?
As time moves on the past comes to light and she questions the two Calebs-- the one she knew
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Had a slow start, but so glad I stuck with it, because, man, this ended up being good!
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
Feb 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sorry to members of my book club, but I hated this book. In no particular order, here are my reasons why:

1. Page 23: Flirty first and last naming. A huge pet peeve of mine in YA books. I wish YA authors would realize that teenagers do NOT talk like this, that even though John Green does it all the time he also doesn't write realistic teenagers as a whole, that it's annoying even when he does it, and there can only be one of him anyway so please JUST STOP.

2. A flimsy inciting force and lame confl
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 Fragments of the Lost , but also in The Perfect Stranger and thoroughly enjoyed All the Missing Girls. However, aside from the exquisite, almost lyrical style of writing employed, this novel did not offer the kind of reading experience I would h ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
*** 3.5 STARS ***

I took me quite a while to get into Fragments of the Lost but I ended up really enjoying the book. While it was a very slow read at first, the last 170 pages (out of 370 pages) were really gripping and I had a very hard time putting the book down. There were a few things that happened which were a bit too predictable for my liking but overall, this was a very good mystery novel and I’d definitely be interested in reading some of Megan Miranda’s other novels in the future!

May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But if I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that nobody was who I thought. Everyone had secrets. Trust is a luxury for fools. The more I discover, the less I trust my own memories, even."

There's something about Megan Miranda's writing that is straight up addictive. I had some time to myself and I'm so glad I started this one- finished the same day! Listen, this isn't life-changing fiction but it's entertaining and takes you along for a fun, wild ride.

If you like a good twisty mystery where you can'
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 Thirteen Reasons Why, but whether you like or dislike that book, I guess that's why that
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve read this book as book of the month of the ‘Literary Dead Book Club’ and although it is YA, I decided I would give it a go.
It is an easy read with very short chapters but that doesn’t make up for the lack of content. The main character isn’t very likeable and she even doesn’t bite back when being bullied although she is portraited as a strong young girl.
The story develops very slowly with one chapter per found item in the ex-boyfriends room, which brings up a load of memories and all the re
Oh my god that was so good holy crap
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
started my thriller/mystery journey with an amazing 5 star read (Lock Every Door), and now this...tis a cruel world we live in

this is a YA "thriller" (very heavy quotations on the thriller aspect) mystery about good ol' Jessa who has to clean out her dead ex-boyfriend's room and begins to find clues that show maybe he wasn't all that he seemed ...dun dun duuuh!

oh boy, ok, this one was a d r a a a a a a g. i was honestly pushing my way through this. the only reason i didn't dnf was because i was
Katerina  Kondrenko
7 out of 10

A girl's ex dies in an accident, his mother asks her to pack his things, each reminds of something from heir past, some provoke guesses and suspicions... Good idea and pacing, I really liked the story (it's when I hate GR for not giving us half stars, 'cause I'd give it 3.5 out of 5) but didn't relate with the characters. This book will please lovers of well-developed romance, twisted thrillers, and something new in contemporary fiction. The main intrigue is predictable, still the
Jenny’s Books
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
At first it was slow taking time to get into all the things that was happening but when it finally picked up it was good 😌.. i hope soon i would be reading more from this author ✍️
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

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
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
solid three star read. Interesting premise, started a little bit slow but definitely picked up speed. I liked the ending.
Carina Olsen
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Brooke Gunderman-Harris
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Megan Miranda 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 y
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Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, THE PERFECT STRANGER, THE LAST HOUSE GUEST, which was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection, and THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS. She has also written several books for young adults, including COME FIND ME, FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST, and THE SAFEST LIES. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Caroli ...more

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