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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 2:00 pm | Updated: 2:03 pm, Fri Apr 6, 2012.

In “Fracture” by Megan Miranda, 17-year-old Delaney Maxwell is going off to play in the snow with her childhood friend Decker when she falls into a frozen lake.

It’s not her fault, though. It’s Decker’s fault — or at least it was his idea. So, naturally, he jumps in and saves her life.

Predictably, she lives, even though she was under the freezing water for 11 minutes.

She goes into a coma and magically comes out unscathed. No, I shouldn’t say that. She doesn’t really come out completely unscathed. She comes out of the coma with a magical power to know when someone is about to die.

She can’t stop the person from dying; she just knows it’s going to happen. Naturally, this is hard for her. It would be hard for anyone.

Soon, Delaney meets a guy, Troy, who has the exact same condition that she does, but he deals with it in a different way than her.

This book was really predictable and cliché.

For example, Decker is exactly like every other main character’s “best guy friend” in the whole entire world.

You know how it goes. They’ve known each other since they were kids. She never really had a crush on him, but suddenly, he got cute when high school came. He has black curly hair and blue eyes and he’s tall. Reading “Fracture” is like reading a Sarah Dessan book.

Eventually, like in all other books with guys like that, Delaney and Decker get romantically involved with each other. Wow. Big surprise there.

The other thing I really didn’t like about this book, besides its predictability, was that Delaney had absolutely zero side effects to her coma.

Come on. She was underwater for 11 minutes. A typical person can last underwater for 30 seconds to a minute. One minute, not 11. That’s just unheard of.

You should absolutely read this book if you enjoy Sarah Dessan books, physiological thrillers or cliché books about comas.

/mymo