BOOK REVIEW: THE EDGE OF ANYTHING

Review

4.5/5

The Edge of Anything is truly something special.

This own voices YA debut from Nora Shalaway Carpenter is simply but beautifully written.  Told in the dual POVs of the very different leads, Sage and Len, this is a story of unlikely friends that traverses some heavier topics, including mental health and grief.

This book shares such open and honest views of what it’s like to be a teenager facing devastating news/events while trying to fight for their futures.  It’s really raw and emotional to witness what they’re going through but also uplifting to see how Sage and Len help each other rise up and begin to move forward.  The character growth and development of their friendship were absolutely the highlights of this book for me!

Overall, The Edge of Anything is amazing on so many levels, and I highly recommend it!  With such a dynamic debut, I’m looking forward to seeing more from Nora Shalaway Carpenter.

*Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of this book.  This did not affect my opinion or the content of my review.

THE EDGE OF ANYTHING BY
NORA SHALAWAY CARPENTER

YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Published MARCH 24, 2020 (running press kids)

Synopsis

A vibrant #ownvoices debut YA novel about grief, mental health, and the transformative power of friendship.

Len is a loner teen photographer haunted by a past that’s stagnated her work and left her terrified she’s losing her mind. Sage is a high school volleyball star desperate to find a way around her sudden medical disqualification. Both girls need college scholarships. After a chance encounter, the two develop an unlikely friendship that enables them to begin facing their inner demons.

But both Len and Sage are keeping secrets that, left hidden, could cost them everything, maybe even their lives.

Set in the North Carolina mountains, this dynamic #ownvoices novel explores grief, mental health, and the transformative power of friendship.

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