The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis – Book Review

Title: The Leading Edge of Now

Author: Marci Lyn Curtis

Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Grief, Orphan, Rape, Anxiety, Survivor’s Guilt

Blurb from Goodreads

Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor.

Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever. 

People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most? 

My Review

The Leading Edge of Now is a compelling and moving read about a young teenage girl named Grace. Not only is Grace dealing with the death of her beloved father, she is also trying to figure out what exactly happened one night two years ago when she was passed out on Ambien. She thinks she knows. But her doubts plague her. The unknown violation plagues her. And most importantly the guilt she feels eats get alive

This wasn’t a book I necessarily enjoyed reading because the heavy subject matter was quite emotionally exhausting, but it certainly was a book that moved me deeply and one that I’m very pleased I read. Grace was a very relatable main character and her ways of dealing with her grief and anxiety made for heart wrenching stuff. She felt very vibrant as a character and I truly think that most if not all readers would be able to connect with her as a character on some level because of how well drawn she is.

I also really enjoyed the dynamics between Grace and her best friend Janna, her ex-boyfriend Owen and the McAllister family at large as this whole family were wonderfully developed as supporting characters and they each had brilliantly described backstories.

This book feels hugely profound as it deals with survivor’s guilt. It deals with feelings of shame that victims of sexual crimes experience. And all these important issues are handled incredibly sensitively in my opinion.

A wonderfully developed YA book with great characters and an important message. At times I felt the pace of the book to be a little off but overall this was very thought provoking and definitely a book I would recommend.

An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Kids Can Press, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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