Edge of Falling

Edge of Falling

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Sorrow 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 285 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1442433167
  • 9781442433168
  • 2,200,479

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A beautiful and surprising story about loss, friendship, and, ultimately, learning to fly.--Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life "author of Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac"
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About Rebecca Serle

Rebecca Serle is the author of When You Were Mine, and is an obsessive lover of all things pop culture. She blogs about The Vampire Diaries for New York Magazine's Vulture, and can be found on Twitter @RebeccaASerle. She, like Caggie, lives in Manhattan--just far from the Upper East Side.
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932 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 23% (212)
4 32% (294)
3 31% (287)
2 11% (107)
1 3% (32)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss.) 17-year-old Mcalister (Caggie) is dealing the best she can after her sisterâ??s death, and it doesnâ??t help that people think sheâ??s a hero for saving a classmate â?? Kristen, from committing suicide by jumping off a roof. If people knew what really happened, theyâ??d know that sheâ??s nothing of the kind. School isnâ??t going all that well for Caggie, nothing is, apart from the arrival of new student Astor, who Caggie begins to feel something for. What really happened on the roof though? What happened to Hayley? And can Caggie find a way to move on with her life? I found this book quite boring for the first 70% of the story, it was only after this that we really got to see what Caggie was really going through. Caggie seemed to be grieving in this book. The way she behaved, and her views on life, her thoughts about what did and didnâ??t matter, all pointed to the fact that she was grieving for her sister, but it was all very subtle. Caggie drifted through life, and didnâ??t even really admit to herself just how bad she was really feeling inside. It wasnâ??t until the 70% mark that we really began to get clear ideas of what was really going on in Caggieâ??s head, and started to understand her mental turmoil, and it was only at this point that I was really able to connect with her. The storyline in this was okay, but I felt that the first �¾ of the book was pretty dull. It just dragged for me. Things happened that didnâ??t interest me, too much was left in the dark, and I just got bored. For me there just wasnâ??t enough to keep the mystery in the story, and at times I wondered whether I could even be bothered to finish it. I thought that the revelation about what happened to Hayley, and what happened with Caggie and Kristen on the roof came a bit too late in the story, and once we knew more about what had happened the story was more interesting. I really felt for Caggie when her depression was discussed, and it would have been nicer to have seen this side of her and her suffering earlier in the book. I totally loved the brutal honesty and pain in the line â??How do you deal with missing someone forever?â?? and thought that it was poignant and really summed up Caggieâ??s pain. The ending was okay, and I liked that we got a bit of a ray of light at the end, and hope that things would maybe get better for Caggie and her family. This was quite a difficult book to rate though, as I felt that it only really got good after the 70% mark, which was a bit of a shame. Overall; an okay story, with painful and poignant emotions towards the end. 6.75 out of 10show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 I wanted to read The Edge of Falling because I love a good contemporary and this has all of the ingredients Guilt over being on watch when her sister drowned, the saving of a suicide that's not all it seems, and a mysterious boy with a past that sounds dark. So, I was glad to grab it when it was available for review on Edelweiss. I got right into the story, liking Caggie's voice and learning about the important things in her life. But can we talk about the nickname? Points for originality, but man, it rubbed me the wrong way. I just didn't like it maybe because I've never heard in real life or maybe because it is something I would never want to be called. But anyways, name rant over. I really wanted to get to the bottom of the dynamics with her and Trevor. He seemed to still care so much and try to talk to her, so I suspected early on that it was because she had pushed him away while grieving for her sister, and that was something that he couldn't handle. Not that a teenage boy would necessarily know how to help or be there anyways, just not enough life experience I guess. I liked her memories of them dating and was rooting for him with the information I had, provided there wasn't some big twist where he was a jerk or did something with big consequences. I didn't care much for Laila, Caggie's best friend. It seemed that Caggie never portrayed her in the best light and I didn't feel that sense of bonding and love that I usually get from best friends in high school. I thought that this story would be more about the events of her sister drowning, and what happened on the roof, but there was a lot of mundane drama that sandwiched the events that got my attention in the synopsis, and it felt like, especially at first, it was a deli ultra thin slice of meat we were given about the traumatic events, and the emotions. I connected with her some, but mostly Caggie was really detached. And trust me I get that in grieving or with depression that numbness and detachment are part of it, to keep us alive and going. But when I am reading, I need to be let under the surface a little more to connect before the character goes all detached. What I did love was how Caggie came to life when her brother Peter was there. She laughed, teased and opened up, feeling like it was okay to feel how she does, and hope of working things out. But that was only a tiny slice again, and while I loved what I saw, I wanted more of the brother and sister dynamics. The ending was more where it finally picked up, I understood Caggie more and the pieces came together. Bottom Line: Great premise just a little short on execution on top of detached protagonist.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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