Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own. But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well.
This is a great story with a character that is deeply troubled about incidents in her past. If you can get through the first slower half of the book, it really lights up and gets interesting. I thought the turn of events that lead Caggie to be considered a hero were questionable. I know that if I was in the same situation, I would have done things differently and owned up to how things really happened. All in all though, this is a good story that brings to light a lot of interesting topics that apply to the world today.
The character development between Caggie and Trevor is very good and you will find yourself wanting to learn more and more about who they are. The dynamics of their relationship are interesting and you will find yourself drawn in and wanting to know everything. The grieving and depression got to be a little much for me at times in the book, however I understand that it is part of the encompassing theme of the book. If you want a book that tackles modern day themes and explores dark topics like suicide and grieving then this book is right up your alley.
*Reviewed by Chris*
1) If you could be any character in the novel who would you be?
Well Rosaline from When You Were Mine is so much of me-- literally who I was in HS. If I could I'd definitely be Paige Townsen-- my upcoming narrator from my new series FAMOUS IN LOVE. It's about a girl (Paige) who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book-- and the two stars she falls in love with on (and off) screen. It is delicious, so fun and plus-- she gets to film the move on MAUI. I mean, come on.
2) What was your favorite part of writing this story?
I loved writing Trevor. For a long time I had been wanting to write about a high school couple who had already been together. Who were not falling in love for the first time but instead trying to find their way back to each other.
3) Which audience is perfect for your book?
I'd say The Edge of Falling is for anyone who likes emotional reads. It's also about grief and loss and what it means to be a hero. The truth is I see growing up as a grieving process. You're letting go of who you were to make way for who you will become. And if you'd like to spend some time in NYC. I think Manhattan is front and center in Edge :)
4) What were your two biggest inspirations?
For The Edge of Falling? New York itself and The Catcher in the Rye. You'll see why if you read the book.
6) Are you currently working on any other books?
FAMOUS IN LOVE! I mentioned it above so I won't repeat myself but I am so so excited for this book. It has been about five years in the making and I cannot WAIT to share it with everyone. October can't come soon enough...
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