The Edge of Falling

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How did I get it?:
I bought it at Storytellers Inc!

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I picked this book up during my visit to Luna, from Luna’s Little Library. We visited Storytellers Inc, which is a gorgeous book shop. I basically picked it up on the synopsis alone. I thought it sounded incredibly intriguing and like something I’d really enjoy. I did enjoy this book, I read it within a day, as it was very addictive.

The Edge of Falling follows Caggie who is dealing with a lot of heavy issues. Her sister died when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Caggie had also recently saved a classmate from following off a balcony, so she’s hailed as a hero. Yet, Caggie is far from a hero. Caggie went to the balcony to throw herself off because she wanted to kill herself, and the girl she ‘saved’ was trying to save her.

The Edge of Falling is an tough issues book, so if that’s something you don’t enjoy reading then I wouldn’t recommend this book. However, I enjoyed reading this story. It was about how Caggie began to heal, but how many other people had to heal as well. It was much more than Caggie’s story. The reader got to see how the other characters needed to heal as well.

The characters are well written, but not always likeable. I didn’t really connect with Caggie. I understood why she felt the way she did and I could sympathise. I could understand why she completely shut down emotionally, but I didn’t understand why she made some of the choices that she did. Astor is another character that wasn’t immediately likeable. All of the characters experience some growth during this story, which I thoroughly appreciated. The Edge of Falling may primarily focus on Caggie and her growth, but other characters feelings are explored too.

I’m happy that I read The Edge of Falling, but it’s not a book that I would read again.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A book for those that love reading about issues. It’s not the best ‘issue’ book out there, but it’s worth reading if you’ve got your hands on a copy!

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Stacking The Shelves #67- A crazy big haul after my long weekend away

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

With thanks to Headline books (via Book Bridgr):

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I’ve heard good things about Precious Things by Colette McBeth, so I look forward to reading that (hopefully) soon.

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I am SO excited about this book. I received it this Thursday, but by the time this post goes live, I may have already read it.

Storytellers Inc haul:

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Storytellers Inc is an amazing bookshop. I had a great weekend last weekend, exploring their shop. As you can see… I just had to buy some books! 😉 I’m particularly looking forward to More Than This by Patrick Ness, If You Can Find Me by Emily Murdoch and A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson.  But really, I can’t wait to read them all. It’s just when I find the time to. Hmmm..

Borrowed/given to me from Luna:

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I have a feeling that I’m going to be very busy with these books. This week’s haul definitely makes up for a quiet one last week!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link to your hauls in the comments below and I’ll stop by at some point!