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