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The Edge of Falling

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The Edge of Falling

Caggie had a life of privilege growing up among New York’s most elite. That is until the day everything changed and her picture perfect life began to fall apart. Now, Caggie is left struggling to cope with her younger sister’s sudden death, her crumbling family, the loss of her boyfriend and new-found fame after she rescues a girl from a suicide attempt. However, there is more than meets the eye and she is hiding the truth about what really happened the night she saved a life. Unable to confide in anyone, she is overwhelmed with guilt and regret. But then, she meets Astor, a mysterious boy who offers solace from all her worries, at least until she discovers a secret about his past that is worse than she could have imagined.

Some of [Astor’s] parts in the book were so suspenseful and climatic that I physically forgot to breathe

EDGE OF FALLING was very intriguing. There is an element of mystery that carries throughout the book about what really happened on the day Caggie ‘rescued’ the girl, and that alone kept me turning the pages. However, the mystery behind Astor made things go from a bit strange to completely insane. Some of his parts in the book were so suspenseful and climatic that I physically forgot to breathe, especially near the end of the story. Another great thing about Serle’s book is that you get to live inside Caggie’s mind and fall apart with her, along with seeing her personality and character change as the plot develops.

On the other hand, some of the action in the book was predictable and even dull. It seemed almost melodramatic at times with plot twist after plot twist, and Caggie’s unfitting reactions to particular situations narrating it all. Some might even consider her whiny. Granted, she did have a lot to sulk about in her life. I felt like Serle could have made her a bit more relatable instead of focusing so much on all these horrible things that happen to her. It definitely would have enhanced the story.

Ultimately, I believe the good outweighed the bad in this case, and the plot makes up for where the writing style lacks. It was a dramatic tale that I enjoyed reading, though a little less melodrama would have been appreciated. EDGE OF FALLING was very intriguing. There is an element of mystery that carries throughout the book about what really happened on the day Caggie ‘rescued’ the girl, and that alone kept me turning the pages. However, the mystery behind Astor made things go from a bit strange to completely insane. Some of his parts in the book were so suspenseful and climatic that I physically forgot to breathe, especially near the end of the story. Another great thing about Serle’s book is that you get to live inside Caggie’s mind and fall apart with her, along with seeing her personality and character change as the plot develops.

Reviewed by Sydney L., Teen Board Member on March 25, 2014

The Edge of Falling
by Rebecca Serle

  • Publication Date: March 18, 2014
  • Genres: Literary Fiction, Young Adult 15+
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 1442433167
  • ISBN-13: 9781442433168