Book ReviewYoung Adult

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen | Pages: 426 |

Genres: Young Adult, Romance

Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis:

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behaviour puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire – and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle cub, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them – a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness – he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him – one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

Review:

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book.  I must admit, that I did not know it was the second book of a series, and because of that I was a bit skeptical when I started reading it. But, as an author, McGarry did a wonderful job at creating a book that obviously works as a series with intertwined characters but can also be its own stand-alone book.

The story is about a really smart girl named Breanna who is often unseen by the world – largely in part because she is one of nine children. In the town of Snowflake where she lives, there is the strong presence of a Motorcycle Club called the Reign of Terror and Breanna has been raised to fear them. Through a series of events, Breanna is blackmailed by a student at her high school and one of the members of the Reign of Terror, eighteen-year old Razor, helps her and they ultimately share an epic love story throughout the process.

Where do I even start? At first I thought that McGarry put to much effort into creating a ‘bad boy’ image for Razor. While there is the desire to create a certain persona for the character, I felt as though it was a little bit too much. However, as the story progressed, I actually found that what annoyed me in the beginning about his character, left me to really like him by the end. Specifically, his endearing protectiveness of Breanna throughout the story helped to shed his overbearing bad boy image and I then understood why McGarry put so much emphasis on that part of his character.

While I have to admit that at times Breanna and Razor’s story seemed to mirror other young adult romance books (such as Sarah Dessen’s common love-stories) their interactions with one another often evoked strong feelings that only a powerful writer can achieve.  Thus, the ultimate feeling of being reminded of other stories was quickly be erased because of McGarry’s ability to capture your attention through their interactions – it consistently left me wanting more.

While the story had some minor flaws to it (albeit, maybe because I didn’t read the first book), I enjoyed reading it and would definitely pick up the other books in the series. Whether you want to read it as a series, or as a stand-alone book, I would recommend it.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Favourite Quote: “The boy everyone sees but nobody knows is with the girl who everybody knows but nobody sees.”

About the Author:

 

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

 

 

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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