The Edge of Falling – book review

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The Edge of Falling is a captivating novel, written by Rebecca Serle.

Caggie’s life was close to perfect until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Haunted by her failure to save her sister’s life, Caggie’s life will never be the same again. Caggie is grief-stricken and blames herself for letting her sister drown. But after Caggie saves a classmate from falling to her death from a rooftop, everyone at her school thinks she’s a hero. Only Caggie and the girl she saved knows the truth.

Caggie continues to isolate herself from everyone she once cared about – her best friend and her perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, a new boy at her school with a mysterious past. Caggie feels like someone might finally understand her loss and pain, because he’s struggling to deal with a similar situation himself. But she soon realises that his pain is far darker and deeper than she thought. His pain might be enough to end his life… and Caggie’s as well.

I enjoyed reading The Edge of Falling. This book is about the grief that a teenage girl has to live through after her younger sister drowned. Her story was captivating and it made me want to read on to find out things, like what really happened to her sister and how she actually saved the girl on the rooftop. At the start of the book, it only hints at to why Caggie might have been on the roof. But I had no idea how her sister could have drowned at the start of the book. Although this book isn’t entirely revolved around these two points, I was really intrigued to find out the real story behind what happened. I knew there was more to Caggie saving the girl on the rooftop because of the hints dropped in the first half of the book. Only towards the very end did I find out what happened. Because of that, I was compelled to keep reading and this book just became harder and harder to put down. My favourite parts of these books was when Caggie would have flashbacks or recount the past, because this gave me a real insight into what happened to her and why she was like this.
I have mixed feelings about the characters in this book. Firstly, I couldn’t really connect with Caggie. She seemed slightly detached and that made it hard for me to feel what she was feeling. Although I felt slightly empathetic towards her, I would have liked this book a lot more if Caggie had shown more of her emotions. The only time she revealed what she was feeling inside was when she recounted what had happened to her and the way she felt at the time. I liked these parts of the book the most because that was when I could feel the most connected to Caggie. One character I liked was Trevor. He had broken up with Caggie after her sister died. At first, I really didn’t like him. Who breaks up with someone right after a family member had died? That’s an awful thing to do. But when Caggie had a flashback, I could see what Trevor was like before. He seemed like such a kind, sweet person. I desperately wanted him and Caggie to get back together. But then I got introduced to Astor. I had read the blurb of this book before I started reading it, so I knew Astor was going to be introduced at some point. I expected to fall in love with him and I was disappointed to find that I didn’t. I wanted him to be swoon-worthy, and I just didn’t feel that way around him. The only thing I liked about him was how mysterious his past was. I wanted to know what had happened to him before he met Caggie. But even when him and Caggie got together, I still wanted her to be with Trevor. I favoured Trevor over Astor, and I wished the book had made Astor seem more desirable so I would have been torn between the two love-interests. My favourite character in this book would be Caggie’s best friend, Claire. Claire does whatever she wants and doesn’t think about the consequences. She was a refreshing character and I loved the scenes between her and Caggie. Their friendship was really enjoyable to read.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book to read and I liked following the life of Caggie. Some parts of this book could be labelled as unnecessary, but I liked them because it showed some of the normal things teenagers would do in their day-to-day lives. This book was suspenseful in parts and had me on the edge of my seat. I liked the ending, however it didn’t wrap up as nicely as I would have hoped. On the other hand, life doesn’t always flow perfectly, and this is another way this book represented what life it really like. I’d give The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle a score of 7.5 out of 10. I’m looking forward to reading the other books Rebecca has written!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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