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After moving to Mexico with her parents, Winter Gutan had been hoping the local alternative medicine doctor would cure her mother’s illness. When her mother does not survive his controversial treatments, Winter’s life spirals in despair. Her father, a software engineer, insists his computer program, Fractalistic, will enable them to communicate with her mother’s spirit. Bu ...more
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by The Parliament House
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James
The title and the cover of this book are the initial reasons someone would feel compelled to pick it up and learn more. I say that because it's eye-catching and pushes a person to wonder more deeply what it could be about. Would there be the potential for science-fiction or fantastical elements? I had little knowledge of the subject matter of fractals, but I was familiar with the author's work, as I've read (and very much enjoyed) two of his other books. I assumed the tale would have something t ...more
Dianne
Her family had hoped for a miracle when they moved to Mexico, hoped that the alternative medicine offered there would save her mother’s life, but Winter and her father were left alone, heartbroken and engulfed in a sea of grief. Now the seventeen-year-old and her software engineer father would find themselves disconnected from each other, except for the hope that his program, FRACTALISTIC would allow them to communicate with her mother from “beyond.” Was this the ravings of a man losing his grip on reality ...more
Candace Robinson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I read the blurb for this, I just knew it would be awesome. The concept is super intriguing, and I'll just say the book does not disappoint. And that cover is so lovely, makes me want to float in it myself!

In Fractalistic, we follow Winter, whose Mom has passed away. Winter's dad has been slipping since her mom died, turning to alcohol and becoming unattached, while using fractals to try to locate her mom. This concept is so cool!

Winter starts a new school and meets
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Sean
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this book, and LOVED it. So well done, with fascinating family dynamics, great emotion, and some cool science to top it all off.
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews

Fractalistic was YA contemporary that revolved around Winter’s life after losing her mother. I will not limit it to just contemporary as there was good portion of book related to fractal theory and experiment so one can call it mix of Si-Fi, contemporary and romance. It was about grief, coping with loss of loved ones, shock and depression that affect mind and alters memory and behavior, trying to bring closure and move on in life.
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Siobhan
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Since reading Bacon Pie, which Gerardo Delgadillo wrote with Candace Robinson, I’ve been eager to read more of the author’s work. Bacon Pie was such a fun read, the two authors worked together so well, and I wanted to see what the author was capable alone. Although I have Summerlypse on my Kindle, Fractalistic appealed to me more. It seemed to have a science-fiction air surrounding it, and I have a big weakness for science-fiction.

I want to make it known this is not a science-fiction
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Dani
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Winter Gutan and her parents moved to Mexico seeking an alternative medicine remedy to her mother's illness. When the treatments fail, Winter finds herself trapped in a world with no mom; a world where her friends have stopped talking to her and her father takes an unhealthy interest in a computer program called Fractalistic, a program he says will help them communicate with her mother's spirit.

This book was a rollercoa
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Stephanie Echeverry
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!! I enjoyed every single part of it. It talks about the life of Winter and her father after her mother passed away. They live in a little town in Mexico where they moved from the States looking for an alternative cure for her mother.
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This book caught my attention from the beginning and I loved the fact that it has some expressions in Spanish (for me, being a Spanish speaker, it was amazing). The character are really well developed and every situation that happens to
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Donna
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I loved this book! I loved everything about it!! The MC, Winter, is such a well developed character. I found myself so wrapped up in everything she was feeling, and going through. And Winter was dealing with an awful lot for a young girl. Then she met Rafa, who she was attracted to. I loved Rafa, i think everyone will love Rafa!! She also made friends with a girl from school named Julia. Winter really likes Julia, but then at times she’s not so sure she trusts her, or her mother.

I loved the who
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Sheila Goicea
I received a copy of this book from The Parliament House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

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Content Warning: Death, Mental Health, Alcohol Abuse, Grief
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Adria
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My fav quote: "love and churros" 😄

Pros: This was a very interesting story. It incorporated art, technology, sports, mental disabilities/abilities, friendship, young love, plant science, American and Mexican cultures, and grief. Loved the idea of using visual fractals to stimulate the brain.

Cons: So this is written in first person. Sometimes I find books like this awkward with a lot of short sentences. This was one of them at certain points during the story. The author also would som
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Shanannigans
The first thing I’m going to write about, is how much I love that this book takes place in a small town in Mexico. I think I may have mentioned before that my husband, and therefore my kids, are Mexican, so the country and culture hold a very special place in my heart. Now knowing that all of Gerardo’s books take place there, means I definitely want to read more. Also, this book is fantastic– Fàcilmente cinqo de cinqo estrellas.

This story is a bit hard to catagorize. It’s easy to cal
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Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Parliament House Press. Trigger warnings: death, death of a parent, death of a spouse, suicide, drowning, severe illness, hospitals, mental illness, depression, trauma, grief, bullying.

Winter and her parents moved to Mexico hoping that the alternative treatments there would cure her mother’s illness, but months after her death, Winter and her father haven’t been able to recover. Her father is obsessed with his experimen
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Tiffany
I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review. This is simply my opinion on the book and is not influenced by any external factor.

Trigger warning: there are themes of mental illness, suicide, terminal illnesses and alcoholism.

Fractalistic follows the unique and creative story of Winter Gutan, an American teenager who has moved to Mexico with her family with the hope that the alternative medicine treatment the doctors there can provide her mother can help with her termina
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Amanda
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook as part of the Takeover Tours. I want to thank The Parliament House and the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review this story.

I KNOW that it takes a lot of time to get over the loss of a loved one. I don’t really buy the phrase, time heals all wounds, because, in retrospect, no it doesn’t.

The wounds eventually become bearable to live with and while you may notice it from time to time, it gets easier. I could not imagine what I would do if I had
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Alexis Lantgen
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gerardo Delgadillo and I were in a writing group together for several years, so when he sent me an ARC of his latest book, Fractalistc, I was excited to read it. I’m glad I did, because Fractalistic is a fascinating book—part scifi, part bildungsroman, part romance, with a lovely dash of Mexican culture that makes the setting vivid and interesting.

In particular, I loved Fractalistic’s colorful and engaging cast of characters. Winter, the main character, has all the intensity and passion of a tr
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C. Lewis
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you come across a book, and after reading it, you get a hint at why the author chose that title. You see the evidence of that simple phrase or single word running throughout the story. In the case of FRACTILISTIC that title was the story. Winter is a girl whose pain and struggle could be viewed as fractured. And although the title references the technology or science her father uses to help her heal after her mother’s death, it also represents Winter. I loved connected with her. Going ...more
Ile
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I started the book, I didn't think it would be so engaging as it was! The first thing which caught my attention was technology. I love when books include geek topics, such as programming, hacking, and so on. Winter's dad is completely focused on his application because he wants Winter to communicate with her mother, who died "in an accident", and this app allows Winter to see the "fractals" accessing memories.
Also, we have Rafa, a geek boy who tries to get on well with Winter and help
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Raquel Irvine
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book for my unbiased review.

When I first saw the cover of Fractalistic, I was hooked and the blurb intrigued me even more, so when I was offered to read an early copy for review I jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed *at all* and Fractalistic has become my favorite book of the year. There are so many elements within the story’s pages that draw the reader deeper into the story, and I found myself wanting to get back into Winter’s world when
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Brandy Woods Snow
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars

Let me start by saying that I'm generally a romance and contemporary reader...not sci-fi...but something about the premise of this one grabbed me. And truly, though there are sci-fi elements, this story is a strong contemporary with romantic elements, so I found it right up my alley.

Winter's struggle is real and palpable throughout the book. She obviously misses her mother, but there's a sadness of sorts that clings to her, like she's trying to discover wh
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M. Velasco
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fractalistic, a YA Contemporary novel, juxtaposes family and friendship with grief and loss. Science with magic realism (or maybe a bit of the paranormal). Beauty with tragedy. Fútbol with art.

This is a story about Winter, an American teenager, adjusting to life in a small town in Mexico, while dealing with the death of her mother. Her father has turned to alcohol and to developing a fractal program that might be used to communicate with the dead. His obsessions further sunder their
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R.J. Garcia
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Fatalistic, Winter relocates with her parents to Mexico in hopes of finding a cure for her mother. However, her mother passes and Winter is left caring for her father who turns to alcohol and seemingly crazy experiments to find his wife in fractals.
Each of the characters are colorfully brought to life and Winter is very likable as the lead. She cares for others more than herself. When she meets Rafi at school, the sparks fly off the page and an unconventional kind of love story ensues. It al
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Siobhan Yilmaz
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has everything! Intrigue, mystery, grief, discovery, romance, bonding, you name it and it's all packed in there.
Winter's story pulled me in from the beginning and we journey along with her as she unravels the world around her. She's lost her mother, her father is working too hard on his project and she's had to change schools. Everything has changed for her and it's like 'life before' and 'life after'. Starting in a new school is never easy, but somehow she gets through it and f
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Theresa Braun
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be warned that this book tackles some heavy duty issues like depression, death, and suicide; however, it does so with sensitivity.

The loss of a parent is so devastating for a teen to experience. We empathize with Winter and her father right out of the gate and are willing to follow them through the Fractalistic journey, hoping they find peace and healing. Delgadillo creates additional mystery to keep us turning those pages. All is not exactly what it seems, yet some things are merely colored by
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KD
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
** I was given a copy by the publisher for an honest review**

Fractalistic ended up being a lot different then I thought it would be! when I first started I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. The story was a bit jumpy it was strange at first but as the story progressed more and more pieces started to fall into place and by the end you get that "AH OK' moment. This book was more of a contemporary then paranormal, I liked the characters the setting was cool I liked the descriptions
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Michele Hossack
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was captivated by the cover of this YA novel, so I requested an ARC. I am glad I did, as this was an intriguing storyline combining teenage life (and drama), with elements of sci-fi technology, and probing elements of death, grief, and memory.

Told from the perspective of Winter, a teenage girl from the US living in Mexico, the readers are drawn into her changing world. We are led through her life as she encounters a new school, bullies, crushes, the pressures of academics and sports, cultural
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Roy Jeffords
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read!

Delgadillo starts with the normal angst of a teenaged girl, puts her in not only a new town, but a different country, adds a heaping dose of grief and anger from watching her mother die after an extended illness. Adding to the tension is a father more concerned with his next drink and his research than with helping his daughter heal. That research, however, turns out to be everything, and Delgadillo uses it to add a combination of technology and the paranormal to the mix of loss, a
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Jodi Herlick
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast-paced story with interesting and relatable characters that kept me engaged until the end. It's contemporary with a sci-fi/paranormal/magical twist. For me, the story's biggest strength was that it kept me constantly guessing as to what was happening and what the characters' motivations were. I was a little disappointed by the simplicity of the ending--I was expecting a more complex, exciting answer to the mystery--but I still highly recommend the book. It's full of quirky and lov ...more
Sarah Mensinga
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a delightful book. Gerardo's love of Mexico, where he grew up, is so evident in this YA story packed with unique characters, interesting environments, and a plot that appears to have paranormal aspects... but does it really? Gerardo and I have been part of the same writing groups over the years, so I'd heard early versions of several chapters, but the final plot twist completely surprised me. It's ultimately a thought-provoking exploration of the invisible bonds between parents and ...more
Tess James-Mackey
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An original and compelling read - it kept me guessing till the end. The lively cast of characters brought positivity and light to a story rooted in sadness. I also loved that it was set in Mexico and felt absorbed in the culture - it's somewhere I want to visit now because of this book!

The themes are something that will stay with me and provide lots of food for thought!
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Hello! I'm Gerardo Delgadillo. Originally from San Francisco and raised in Mexico, I live in the Dallas metropolitan area, which means, my house is somewhere in a distant suburb nobody’s heard of.

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