Book : The Edge of Anything
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Mental Health
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nora Shalaway Carpenter holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Before she wrote books, she served as associate editor of Wonderful West Virginia magazine and has been a Certified Yoga Teacher since 2012. Originally from rural West Virginia, she currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband, three young children, and one not-so-young dog. Learn more at www.noracarpenterwrites.com or follow her on Instagram @noracarpenterwrites and Twitter @norawritesbooks.
Talking about mental health is not easy. Even at present it is such a taboo that it is difficult for one to accept he/she needs help. If you meet Len in The Edge of Anything you will understand what I am talking about.
Losing everything you have spent your life building kills you from the inside. Seeing Sage suffer, I was rooting for a miracle.
That is the effect The Edge of Anything had on me.
Nora Shalaway Carpenter has so beautifully sketched her characters, especially Len and Sage, and projected her message touched me. Denial is as prevalent as depression is and it is often neglected. OCD too is a very serious ailment which needs care and attention. Carpenter has given a very vivid picture of the torment of the victim and the importance of getting help, asking for help.
The friendship between Len and Sage is unusual and beautiful. It started with loss and sadness, during this time we often lose friends but they found each other. However, I expected stronger bonding to develop between them. At the end of the book too there were some reservation in the relationship.
Overall, The Edge of Anything was a touching, hopeful, story.
MY RATING: 4/5 🌟
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Thank you FFBC and Running Press for including me in this tour and for the digital review copy.