Review: Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie

Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie: Book CoverDetails: Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie

          • Pub. Date: April 2009
          • Publisher: Westside Books
          • Format: Hardcover , 267pp
          • Sales Rank: 1,026,384
          • Age Range: Young Adult

Something’s wrong.

It’s not a heart-grabbing noise like when somebody jiggles the doorknob to see if it’s locked.
It’s not a bitter smell like the electrical short we had last month, when all the breakers popped. No. It’s something in the air, something like a ghost making its way through the room. And it can’t be Monster, not after last night.

Shawna Stone is sixteen going on twenty-five.
Already deeply scarred, she has learned to survive with a tough attitude and a thin blade. Her journey is destined to be short. Sliding on the Edge enters the world of a desperate teen and her disillusioned grandmother, each with secrets that stir mutual distrust. As these two unlikely companions struggle to co-exist we are reminded that the human spirit has the capacity to overcome even the deepest suffering.

My Thoughts:


Shawna wakes up her in apartment in Las Vegas only to find that her mother has left her alone with a $100, a bus ticket to California, and a phone number of someone her mother claims is her grandmother.  Life has been really hard for Shawna who is always taking care of her mother.  She doesn’t know what to expect but calls the number and meets her grandmother in a town in the middle of no where California where she is expected to do chores with the horses and she doesn’t really fit in.  The monster chases her there too.  Shawna is found to be very smart but her teachers are worried about her stories and depression.

C. Lee McKenzie wrote a wonderful story that I think was very easy to connect to and see what the monster was even though it was never really said.  This made the story stronger in my opinion.  Topic like cutting and depression are very difficult for teens to talk  about or understand and I think this book does a great job at addressing them and ways to get help.

The additional story lines of Kay, the grandmother, who has had many troubled times of her own, from the death of her son to her husband leaving after his death to the challenges of running horse farm on her own with the exception of Kenny.  Kenny had troubles of his own as well when he landed on the farm door step offering help in exchange for a place to stay.   The addition of these charaters and their experiences to the book were invaluable.

My favorite part of this story however was a very minor part and that was Shawna’s adjustment to taking care of the horse and not only that but jumping the fence and really taking care of someone else’s horse that was being neglected.  In my mind, this was her opportunity to take care of something in a way her mother had never done for her.

My Rating:

This story just clicked for me!

*I was provided with a copy of this book from the author.  This in no way affected my views and opinions above.






Review: Where She Went By Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman: Book CoverDetails:  Where She Went by Gayle Forman

            • Pub. Date: April 2011
            • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
            • Format: Hardcover , 208pp
            • Sales Rank: 609
            • Age Range: Young Adult

Where She Went Synopsis:

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay,Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.


My Thoughts:

Well, Gayle Forman did a wonderful job with Where She Went because it can be read as a stand alone book.  Now, I am sure that it is even stronger if you have read If I Stay, but I had no idea when I picked this up that it was a part of a series.  And I wouldn’t have know by just reading the story.

This story of Adam who is struggling with his rock star status and increasingly more unhappy and damaging to himself and patiently his band and Mia his former girlfriend, who took off for Juilliard after a devastating car accident, that left the rest of her family dead.  Adam in a fit of frustration mouths off to a reporter about pictures that she has found of him and Mia in an old high school yearbook.  The past is too much and he wants it to stay there.  After wandering the streets, he does something he knows he shouldn’t and decides to see Mia in concert even thought she had a restraining order out on him.  What happens from here is classic – and you must read the book for yourself.

This is a great story of not only finding your self but finding what you didn’t know what missing.  I enjoyed the story and have plans to go back and read book 1 because I feel like it has a strong message.  I did feel like this book might have been a bit of filler for what might be coming but was really worth the read.


My Rating

Good Story – hopefully more to come!

*I purchased this book. All opinions are my own.