Fragile by M. Leighton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received electronic copy to review
Genre: Contemporary Older YA
Book Description: Her heart, as delicate as glass. His love, as strong as steel. Can either survive life and death?
Hardy Bradford is an eighteen year old football phenomenon who has the girl, the school, the town and the future in the palm of his hand. His life is all mapped out for him, right down to who he’ll marry and how he’ll become a professional football player. It doesn't seem to matter that Hardy would’ve chosen a much different life if it was up to him. But it's not. At least not until his Miracle comes along.
The first time Hardy laid eyes on Miracle St. James, he didn’t know who she was, but he knew she was something different and that he’d never get her out of his head. And he didn’t. Now, months later, Hardy’s world is turned upside down when Miracle shows up in his class, stealing his heart and forever changing the course of his life.
Miracle’s sick. Very sick. And Hardy might be losing the only thing in his life that has ever mattered. How much is too much to sacrifice for the one you love? For just a little more time? For just one more chance? Can Hardy be the hero Miracle needs? Or is it Hardy that needs saving?
My thoughts: Hardy seems to have every teen boys dream. He is the star quarterback of his high school team. University scouts are checking him out and he is on track to be a professional football player. He is dating the head cheerleader. He comes from a successful family. He lives in a nice house and has his own car.
With all that many would consider success, he wants more. He wants to be with someone he can love. Not someone selfish like his girlfriend. He wants to live his own dreams and not follow the path that others have set for him.
By chance he catches a glimpse of Miracle. She is in the park, bald and beautiful. There is an innate goodness that he finds appealing. It makes him resent his girlfriend even more.
Months later, he finally gets to meet Miracle. She is the new student in his school. She is what he thought she was. She is good and happy. Of course they are going to fall in love. Their love story is tender and real. It is a very touching romance. It's a touching story.
I really enjoyed this book. My only content warning would be sexual content. While not graphic, there is still some description. This is for a more mature YA reader.
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