Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss.
The Edge of Falling
Blurb (from Goodreads): 
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.

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

The Edge of Falling(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 sister’s death, and it doesn’t help that people think she’s a hero for saving a classmate – Kristen, from committing suicide by jumping off a roof. If people knew what really happened, they’d know that she’s nothing of the kind.

School isn’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 didn’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 didn’t even really admit to herself just how bad she was really feeling inside.
It wasn’t until the 70% mark that we really began to get clear ideas of what was really going on in Caggie’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 didn’t interest me, too much was left in the dark, and I just got bored. For me there just wasn’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 ‘How do you deal with missing someone forever?’ and thought that it was poignant and really summed up Caggie’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 10

1 comment:

  1. That cover sure caught my eye. But a boring 70%, no thank you.