Leading Edge of Now, The

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This book caught me with surprise. It had twists and turns that I wasn't expecting at all. I liked that Grace was kinda solving a puzzle, trying to connect all the pieces in to a big picture of the night that was so baneful to her and her family.
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Very emotional read. Especially with all the #MeToo stories in mind, I couldn't help but cry. Such an amazing story.
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It took me a while to get around to reading this one, but what I found was an intelligent YA novel with heart. It delves into some difficult topics, but I thought they were handled well and sensitively. I look forward to what this author next writes.
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Thank you NetGalley for the ARC and the publisher for the  ebook in exchange for my honest review. 


Trigger warning - deals with Rape.  

This was an extremely emotional and intense read.  Grace has a lot to handle.  Her father recently died and she isn't too sure what excatly happened two years when she was passed out.  She has an idea and that scares her even more. This book deals heavily with survivor guilt especially the guilt that the victims of sexual abuse sometimes go through. 

I did finish this a few weeks ago,  but really needed sometime to recover and gather my thoughts.
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This was such a surprise! I didn’t know anything about this going in, except that it may be an emotional read. And that it was. It definitely hits the feels pretty hard. This is a very powerful read and really made me think.
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My sister and I got another great opportunity to read and review Marci book for her Book Tour and we couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Her first book The One Thing was amazing and her second book The Leading Edge of Now was just as good. 

She has this way of developing such a remarkable story that as you’re reading you can’t help but feel as though you are part of the story yourself. She has very well developed characters, so that they each feel as though they are their own individual person. 

We couldn’t have been more excited for the opportunity to read her book, she is a phenomal author and if you have the chance to read her books you shouldn’t hesitant. Her books are amazing!! :)
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The Leading Edge of Now is not your typical romance, so if you’re looking for a swoon worthy read, this is not it, however, that doesn’t mean you should not read it, just be expecting a story that goes a bit deeper than the typical teen romance. 

Grace’s story is one that unfortunately needs to be told. A story of a girl who is orphaned and who later comes out about the sexual abuse she endured and has lived with quietly for years. Sadly, too many girls so through this and are too scared to speak up about it. In Marci Lyn Curtis’ The Leading Edge of Now, you go through the struggle and mental wear-down that Grace goes through everyday of holding this secret in, and the relief she finally feels when she speaks up. It’s a powerful story with some very powerful messages that girls and boys alike should read and learn. 

I don’t know if my review words can do this book justice, and so, instead, I’ll leave it with a couple of my favorite quotes - and lessons - from The Leading Edge of Now:

   "Because life is hard and it’s messy, but it deserves to be lived. And if you’re always turning away from it, you aren’t really living it. Living, really living, is standing on the very tip of the moment - right on the leading edge of now - no matter how heartbreaking or beautiful or terrible it might be."

   "I’m crying again, everything inside me ripping open and spilling out, the humiliation I’ve clutched so tightly the past couple of years, the anger I’ve stuffed into my rib cage, the fear that’s cleaved to my cells. God - fear of everything. Of living and dying, of loving and desertion, of friendship and loneliness. The stupid truth of it all is that day after day I’ve been trying to protect myself from things that have been out of my control. I’ve been worrying about getting hurt or getting sick or getting abandoned. But the fact is, people like me get raped every day. People like Dad die every day. People like Owen are involved in accidents that are out of their control every single day."

The world, with all its beauty and wonder and love, is a frightening place. 



Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚📚 (5/5)
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The Leading Edge of Now was well written and has some strong positive messages. Many will really like this book and recommend it to many. I think I'm in the minority in the fact that it was just okay to me. I can't tell you much since it was like as soon as I read the last page I couldn't tell you anything that stuck out to me about the story line or characters. I'm sorry I really wanted to love this more than I did.
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Trigger Warning: Foster Care/Trauma/Rape

This book starts off with Grace who has lived the last two years of her life in foster care after her father had passed away. Now her only living relative, her uncle, has finally signed the guardianship papers and moves in with him. She’s angry, hurt and has developed habits that come from past trauma. Even in Grace’s brokenness she stands up for herself even when it’s hard.

The Florida beach town she moves to is one she grew up visiting regularly, so it feels like home even though there’s so much hurt associated with it. Grace also finds out a boy who has hurt her moved in next door. There is romance in this book but I appreciate that it feels genuine.

I loved the positive light it showed for receiving and seeking help and counseling. As someone who has adopted kids from foster care, counseling has been a place of healing for them and is something GOOD.

The characters were real and raw and I love them!

Overall:

I see this book as a great place of healing for girls and women who have been victims of sexual assault. The emotions and experiences were very well done and I’m glad to see a book give voice to all those who’ve suffered alone or silenced. I gave this book a solid 4 stars, I loved it!
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I swear through out the book I was scared for the lead so much, worrying that she is going to be scared for life even though she already is. 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a ARC of this book by Netgalley so I could give an honest review.
Also the book contains trigger words like abuse and rape, so if you are not ready to read something like this, I would suggest you think twice before picking up this books. 

Grace Cochran once living the perfect life filled with love and family now struggles as every day ends. With her father gone and her uncle missing from her life, she has no way to find her way back to the once happy life she lived. 

Just as she begins to adjust to her foster care life, two years after her father's dead her unreliable uncle Rusty signs her guardianship papers. Uprooting her life once again. Too many reason why she does not want to return to the place that scared her the most, took her best friend, love and more. 

The book heavily plays on the mystery around who Grace's rapist while she has been believing her Boyfriend and childhood crush aka best friend's brother is responsible. As much as painful that sounds I don't even want you to image what happens next. 

As she deals with the aftermath of all kinds of losses and picking up the pieces Grace beings to find comfort in the old familiar New Harbor.  

What bothered me the most in the book is its structure a bit , in which the mystery lasted 3/4th of the book we got very little time to actual deal with the culprit. I am aware that's not what the book is about but after seeing grace go through all of it I just wanted her to be angry more angry. 

I thought she'd be more angry, I dont even want to think about what she goes through. It is a tough topic and harder to write about. Let alone let the world read it. 

I did like how Marci Lyn Curtis manages to deal with the topic in a very serious and subduded manner, focusing on Grace her life and moving forward.
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Warning: Rape is discussed in this book.



I LOVE love love this book.  This book is great for the YA and teenagers.  I will highly recommend this book to anyone.



Marci has written a brutally honest and emotional novel of a young teenager who is learning about herself.  She has gone through hell and back.  She struggles as she moves back in with her uncle after being an orphan for three years.  She struggles with her new neighbors who happened to be her close friends before she became an orphan.  She struggles thinking her ex-boyfriend had raped her but it turns out it wasn't the case as she tries to remember who had raped her on that fateful memorial's day at a party.  She struggles with the death of her father.  This is her year of learning about herself as she realizes that she has to find her truth, face her truth, and speak her truth in order to heal and come out okay.  

The book isn't just based on sexual assault. This book focuses on many things that YA and teenagers deal with nowadays.  I enjoyed the wry humor from Grace.  I was able to relate to her because she was real as real can be.

I promise you won't regret reading this novel.

I'm giving this book a high 4 stars



I received this ARC from Kids Can Press through Net Galley for in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  Thank you
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Mini review: 

DNF

Trigger warning: Mention of death and alcoholism. Up till the point I read. 

I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I was really looking forward to reading this! I’ve read the authors debut and loved it! Unfortunately it wasn’t for me. 

The writing style was alright in the beginning. As I read on it really started to irk me. To the point I couldn’t continue. 

Still recommend.
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*** I was provided a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review and opinion by netgalley.com***

The Leading Edge of Now was an unbelievably good read. It had me quite literally gasping for air several times throughout. It tells the story of a teenaged sexual assault survivor and what makes this even more special is the author's personal experience with the topic as she mentions in the acknowledgements in the end of the book. The whole story is so magnificently casted that it had me reading through extended periods of time without getting boring. I was not able to put this book down a lot. 
I would recommend 'The Leading Edge of Now' mainly to mature readers as sexual asssault is a very sensitive topic. But I would also say it's okay to read for teenagers as it's all written from the view of a teenager herself and it can provide an awareness and insight that younger audiences sometimes might be missing otherwise.
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Trigger warning: rape. Overall this book was good.  I thought it was moving and the length was perfect. As someone whose father passed away, I could relate to Grace in that aspect, but that’s about it!
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Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis. I voluntarily read and reviewed this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Trigger warning - rape

The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtin is an suspenseful and emotional ride. Going in I didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. Grace is an orphan who is placed with her Uncle Rusty, after two years. This brings Grace back into a house where she has a painful memory, memories that aren't exactly what she thought they where. Slowly Grace starts to uncover what really happened to her that night. I won't say any more because that will ruin the plot. But you will discover why it took two years for her Uncle to take her in after her father died, what really happened that night and how Grace deals with her grief and being a survivor.

This story is heartbreaking. You discover things about that night at the same time that Grace does and her realization hits you like a ton of bricks. The suspense had me hooked. I suspected everyone, except the actual person who did this horrendous act. The ending felt natural and realistic. You really experience Grace's growth and her slowly getting her life back. 

Marci Lyn Curtis wrote this book beautifully and I can't wait to pick up more of her work. I highly recommend this book to anyone. But as mentioned above, be aware that it deals with rape and the aftermath.
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Although it took me a while to get into, I did get hooked in the end. A truly difficult topic handled in a thoughtful and sensitive way.
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This book was just okay, I read through it quick and it did hold my attention for the most part, but it wasn't a mind blowing book, although it was focused on a very serious important topic, it was still just lacking something for me.
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FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kids Can Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the mystery element, I also liked that the guilty party was not an immediately obvious guess. I suspected most of the males in Grace's life at one point or another.

I didn't care that much for Grace though, she seemed to over explain or describe things, and she was also a bit of a drama queen, not about the rape but about other things. I also thought the romance was completely unnecessary to the book. 

 Also, I loved how everyone has a realistic flaw either physical or emotional. This made the characters more believable. 

So overall it was an okay to good book but not great/
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I was given the opportunity via NetGalley to read an electronic copy of The Leading Edge of Now.  I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Grace Cochran, supported by her case worker from Social Services, is reunited with her Uncle Rusty.  After being in foster care for two years, it is a little difficult for Grace to adjust to life back in New Harbor.  As it is hard for her to trust, will Grace allow the memories of the past cloud her future?  Will certain revelations regarding her past have the power to destroy Grace or will she finally be able to move forward?

Author Marci Lyn Curtis did a great job highlighting the delicate subject of assault and how difficult it can be for survivors to move forward with their lives.  The Leading Edge of Now is well paced with fully realized characters that have a story to tell.  I would definitely recommend parents read this novel along with their teens, as it is a great way to open a dialogue about a difficult subject matter.
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There is a lot going on in this story, but first let me get one thing out of the way. There is a rape.  It is not graphic, but it is felt by the main character, Grace, and it colors most everything else that goes on in her life, including having to move in with her uncle, where the rape took place, after her father dies of a heart attack.

There is also a bit of light flirting, but because of the rape hanging over everything, it doesn’t go very far, and for good reason.

And because life is messy, the path to the resolution does not run smoothly, and there are many twists and turns along the way.

I won’t say the book was enjoyable, because it isn’t that type of book, but it did make me cry, which mean that it hit me where it it intended to hit me.

Good final resolution, and well done book.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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