Title: The Edge of Falling
Author: Rebecca Serle
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4 Stars
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 rumors 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 realizes 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 -Goodreads
Mcalister Caufield, is a girl who from a outward appearances, has it all.
1. She is at the top of the pecking order in the elite world of the New York young and wealthy.
2. She has great friends.
3. An awesome boyfriend.at
4. She saved someone's life.
Or at least...that's what everyone thinks
Come just a bit closer however, and the cracks in the facade that is her life become glaringly obvious.
1. She is barely making it through school.
2. She is avoiding her friends like the plague.
3. She can't stand the sight of her boyfriend.
4. She is responsible for the death of someone she loved.
The Edge of Falling, is not a book that leads the reader into a very involved plot from the start.
In fact, the first half of the book is less about the meat of the plot (Mcalister's inability to deal with her loss) and more about her crumbling relationships with friends, family, boyfriend, etc., and the fact that she has been wrongly labeled a heroine.
It is not until the "chance" meeting with Astor (hauntingly sexy, dark, troubled, suffering with his own brand of loss) that Mcalister's real issues surface and this hidden gem of a book starts to shine.
The most impressive aspect of this book is the raw emotion that is allowed to come to the forefront once the veils of material wealth and trappings of social standing are allowed to fall.
It is that real pain, confusion, hurt, loss, fear, and finally acceptance which allows this story to make the jump from mediocrity to greatness.
This is a wonderful book, that deserves to be read. Please take the time to wade into the deeper end of this literary pool. The message found here just might be the life preserver you, or someone you know is in need of.