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The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle Book Review

https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1394990587l/18048731.jpgSorrow can be seductive—but can hope triumph over heartbreak? A dark and searing novel from the author
of When You Were Mine.

Caggie never wanted to be a hero, but some things are decided for us. Growing up among Manhattan’s social elite, Caggie always had everything a girl could want, including a storied last name. But after saving a girl from the brink of suicide, Caggie becomes infamous, and now all she wants is to be left alone.

After all, she’s still reeling from the death of her younger sister last January, the subsequent destruction of her relationship with high school boyfriend, Trevor, and the way in which her family has since fallen apart.

So when mysterious Astor appears on the Upper East Side, he just might be the rescue she needs. But what is he hiding? As life as she knew it begins to unravel, Caggie realizes Astor’s past may be as dark as her own. And in a world in which she’s been branded a hero, Caggie will soon discover that no one can save you…not until you save yourself.


This is a book that can take a while to get your mind around. I think that title really is just perfect for the book. It's a lot of the feelings that Caggie has. Apart from the literal edge that created a lot of trouble and fame for her, Caggie's life feels like it's on the verge of collapsing. I think this is a feeling that we can all get when life seems out of our control and things begin to change. Looking back on when I read this I feel like I can relate more to it now than I could when I read it. It's actually the reason my review was late, my great-grandmother fell and broke her hip last night and we had to go sleep at our neighbors house. Life is unpredictable and bad things happen. This book is telling us about the part after the disaster and in some ways it's the actual space between recovering and healing from the shock and only just then realizing everything that has happened. You have choices in life and this is a book that illustrates how things can change based on those choices and how they could affect someone's life.

The plot was pretty interesting for the first couple chapters you're still piecing together what happened and learning all of the facts. It's not until closer to the end that you understand everything that happened and the guilt that Caggie feels and understand why. Despite not being very thrilling I still read this book pretty quickly and I thought that the plot was nicely plotted. The characters were nice enough, I liked Caggie and although I wasn't able to relate a whole lot to her and thought some of her decisions were stupid I still liked her. Astor I never really liked that much. He felt a little off to me. But I wasn't totally all for Trevor either. The flashbacks were sweet but I kept wondering why he had left Caggie. I really liked Caggie's friend though and I thought that plot twist farther into the book was a nice one. I thought that the tension between Caggie and her family was sad, but realistic. I liked how they were able to sort things out in the end and understand what they were each going through. 

Overall, I liked this book and even if it wasn't necessarily happy until the end it was well written and really showed the fine line that people balance on after a tragedy like a young death. While I liked it it's kinda hard to put my finger on what I liked. Maybe because it was real. Not all people can bounce back after a death sometimes they can grieve for a while and it's hard. Sometimes they think about doing things that could harm their family more. Either way I did like this book and I'm giving it four flowers because the plot was interesting, it had some good characters, it made me think and I read through it pretty quickly.

Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.

6 comments:

  1. I agree, it didn't really get good and all come together until the end. I am glad you gave this one a try and like it.

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  2. This sounds pretty interesting..I do like books that deal with tougher issues.

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  3. Wow this sound really good!! I'm not sure I like the name Caggie though :( But I like books that make you think about how fragile life is. Great review!

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  4. I agree, the first chapter is pretty interesting especially since she keeps telling readers that's she's actually not a hero. Astor is an odd character and he rubbed me the wrong way too. However, in the end, I actually didn't like the story for the most part but I'm glad that you did and could really relate to it. I also hope that your grandmother is alright!

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  5. I'm not so sure about reading this one, but i'm glad you like it. Great review.

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  6. Glad you ended up enjoying this book, Sara. And I hope your great-grandmother is healing and feeling better.

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