Book Review: Sliding on The Edge

Friday, May 8, 2009

Title: Sliding on the Edge
Author: C. Lee McKenzie
Publisher: WestSide Books
Pages: 268

Shawna Stone, sixteen years of age, and basically does not give a rat’s ass about anybody. She can roam around her Las Vegas without any problem. But Shawna Stone, is not like any other teenager, she plagued by the Monster, who tells her to cut herself. No one knows about Shawna’s problem, not even her own mother, who is too busy gambling in the local casinos, that is until she is unexpectedly, forced to live with her grandmother, Shay’s ranch in California. There she is faced with strict rules from her grandmother Kay, who is desperately wants to reach out to Shawana. Both have to learn to come into terms with one another.

Hmm...the book was quite different, then any I’ve read. I’ll admit the thought of the main character having a mental disorder derailed me a bit. The first two chapters were a little odd but after that the book hit its stride and was excellent.

My only problem with the book was the alternating point of views of Shawna and Kay’s perspective on the same scene. Yes, it did manage to give readers insight to each of the character’s feelings, which was good (especially when Kay and Shawana were not in the same place), but it kinda got a little annoying when the scenes and dialogues in the chapter overlapped. But other then that, I really appreciated the alternating point of views.

The characters were great. I really liked Shawna and her tone and Kay, although a much older person then Shawna was easy to relate to was dealing with moving into a new place and experiencing things she never did before, like having a stable parental figure. Kay, in the other hand was going through having to take on a teenager and understanding what she was going through.

I loved the setting of the book, Kay’s farm and the overall feel of the place. Its really weird to explain but when I think back to the book, I think of the darkness of the book but I also imagine sunny skies and the comforting feel of the farm.

Overall, Sliding on the Edge was an amazing book with a nice blend of romance, and characters coming to self-actualization. Definitely, recommend it for a quick but meaningful read.

April 2009 Spring Break Read


Reverie said...

so jealous you got to read it. I need to buy this ASAP

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Overlapping scenes from different perspectives are tough to do.

I asked my publisher to contact you about reviewing my August release, so hopefully they did!

L. Diane Wolfe

Amy said...

I really like your new layout!
This one doesn't have a great cover, but I really shouldn't be so judgmental. After reading your review, I will most definitely have to read it.

wdebo said...

Sounds really good!

Wdebo :)

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