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3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  125 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
It is a story of love and grief, addiction and redemption, set in both NYC’s Upper West Side and in the red rock desert of Moab, Utah.

Seventeen-year-old Luke lives and works at the Moonflower Motel in Moab, having fled New York City where his father Frank drowns his sorrows after the death of Luke’s mother. Back in New York, eighteen-year-old Ava meets Frank at an Alcoholi
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Léna Roy
Oct 04, 2010 Léna Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I'm biased! EDGES took years of simmering, brewing and taste-testing, making the characters as real to me as I hope they are to the reader.
Jen Violi
Sep 19, 2010 Jen Violi rated it it was amazing
Since I read it several weeks ago, Edges has been seeping into me, like maple syrup on a breakfast plate, finding its way onto a piece of potato or bacon and surprising me with unexpected deliciousness. I’m not sure about the effectiveness of that comparison, but I do know that I loved all of the layers and weavings Léna Roy created in this book, powerfully conveying all of the connections between people and creatures and landscapes—between and among everything!

Our protagonists Luke and Ava lea
Alisha Geary
Jan 27, 2011 Alisha Geary rated it it was amazing
Edges is a beautiful book. I inhaled it. Then I savored it. I am reading it for the third time since I got it for Christmas. I love how the narratives intertwine. Everyone is connected--thus everyone is important. The characters are too real at times, reminding me of friends in real life. Ava and Luke are just trying to figure out who they are and what they should become. Aren't we all? I love the bold discussion of addiction and recovery. The description isn't trite or too simple. Mostly I love ...more
Kristi Tuck Austin
Mar 09, 2011 Kristi Tuck Austin rated it it was amazing
Edges opens with seventeen-year-old Luke settling into a trailer outside the Moonflower Motel in Moab, Utah, his home since he fled New York City and his alcoholic father. He moved west alone and cobbled together a family headed by Clare and Jim, the Moonflower’s owners. The story shifts between Luke’s present, New York in the past when Frank and Luke cope with the death of Luke’s mother, and New York in the present when Jim and Clare’s daughter Ava, a shiny new college student, attends Alcoholi ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
Unusual and involving novel about two teens resolving family issues about grief, independence and alcoholism. 16-year-old Luke left New York to escape his father's spiral back into alcoholism after his wife's death in a car accident. Luke has come to Moab, Utah--it's a place his family had visited in happier times--and is working at a youth hostel there. The hostel's new owners, Jim and Clare, bought the place to start their lives over after Clare's mom's death. In alternating chapters, their 19 ...more
Jodi Hufendick
Jan 23, 2011 Jodi Hufendick rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults Boys and Girls
Recommended to Jodi by: web site
As a huge fan of Madeline L'Engle I was so excited to read Edges by Ms. Roy. While I certainly did not expect them to be the same writer, she is after all her own person, I was hopeful that I would find another writer with a unique voice and the realistic optimism I always found in Ms. L'Engle's work from the time I was in 5th grade.

I was NOT disappointed. The voice that Ms. Roy employs in the novel is very unique but contains the mysticism and optimism that reminds me that all of life is not un
Matt Blackstone
Mar 02, 2011 Matt Blackstone rated it it was amazing
Lena Roy’s debut novel EDGES tells the story of Luke and Ava, two teen narrators sliding down a slippery slope of drug and alcohol abuse. They’ve made mistakes–many that embarrass them, haunt them–and they’re ready for change.

But bad habits are hard to break, especially with all the triggers around them: bars, jobs, jobs at bars, family genes, peer pressure, city life, their dropout status. Everywhere Luke and Ava turn, they face another roadblock. How do they keep crossing them? Is it even wort
Jan 29, 2011 Kaley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 50-in-2011, arc, audiobooks
I have been savoring this book since I started it a few weeks ago, and while I thought about the characters and the story when I wasn't reading, I tried to allow myself only small indulgences to make it last longer. Finishing today was bittersweet; I love the possibilities the open-ended finish allows, but I am sad to end the life-changing journey I'd been on with Luke and Ava for 160+ pages.

Roy beautifully and masterfully weaves together the stories of Luke and Ava, each struggling with their
Alisha Geary
Jan 27, 2011 Alisha Geary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edges is a beautiful book. I inhaled it. Then I savored it. I am reading it for the third time since I got it for Christmas. I love how the narratives intertwine. Everyone is connected--thus everyone is important. The characters are too real at times, reminding me of friends in real life. Ava and Luke are just trying to figure out who they are and what they should become. Aren't we all? I love the bold discussion of addiction and recovery. The description isn't trite or too simple. Mostly I love ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Terry rated it it was ok
There's a place for books about interesting characters in remarkable places encountering the complex and spiritual mysteries of life. "Edges" makes a strong attempt for that place, but doesn't make it. The basic premise is simple: Luke is living in Moab after quasi-running away from his NYC home. While he mopes in Utah, Eva struggles with her sobriety in Manhattan. Moab is beautiful but all is not well at the Moonflower Inn; a cast of characters can't obscure Luke's past. All is not well in the ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to get into this story, which starts slowly, but, once I did, I was absolutely hooked. Ms. Roy deals in deep emotions and shades of grey, and treats her characters honestly. Luke, 17, is in essence a teenage runaway, fed up with dealing with his father's plunge back into alcoholism after his mother's death. Ava, two years older, is brilliant and has been accepted at Barnard college, but has herself become an alcoholic in response to her grandmother's death and what she perceive ...more
Brailynne Corr
Edges is an honest novel addressing the far-reaching impact of alcoholism.

While exploring a variety of intense subjects—-grief, loss, addiction—-this book avoids becoming dark or despairing in tone. Small beads of hope, love, and redemption are seamlessly woven throughout the story. I particularly appreciate Roy’s focus on the importance of family and the potential for healing between flawed parents and their equally flawed children.

There is a mystic element to this book, but it’s not so in-y
Henry Herz
Mar 05, 2012 Henry Herz rated it it was amazing
Edges was recommended to me. I didn't know what to expect, as a book about young adults struggling with identify, parental relationships, and substance abuse issues is heavy fare compared to my usual light snacking on fantasy and science fiction. But I am happy to report that my dining experience was an enjoyable one. I quickly felt drawn to the characters and found myself hoping things would work out. The author intertwines more than one storyline very effectively. Her descriptions of the stunn ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-lit
I didn't like this one very much. Maybe it was because I listened to the audiobook and didn't like the voice of the female reader, or perhaps it's because I'm in a relationship with someone whose past was a little too close to the main male protagonist's. This reminded me a lot of Downriver. There was some mystical element, maybe like magical realism or something? It didn't go over well for me.
I'm not sure I would really recommend this to anyone I know, but I suppose it was written for teens fa
Jul 01, 2016 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-recs
A short (162 pg.) but engrossing novel. The way in which Luke's and Ava's stories tied together was very interesting to see -- it reminded me of Carol Higgins Clark's books, and how her main character's story is always tied to the villain's. All of the characters are likeable, and Léna's writing really pulls you in from the start. As YA authors go, she's not her grandmother, but I'd rank her well above Rick Riordan and about on a par with Maureen Johnson (both of whose books I really enjoy).

Jan 07, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, magical-realism
This book is well written, making it captivating to read. The writing especially shines in the descriptions of the natural beauty and personality of Moab. The book also has wonderful characters who are intriguing and easily lovable. For me the book fell apart in its spiritual themes and messages of a higher power. I just couldn't make the leap and would have liked to see something more concrete, whether that be a better carried out metaphor (i'm talking about the use of bears) or a different mes ...more
Melissa Baldwin
Feb 24, 2012 Melissa Baldwin rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I originally started Edges by listening to the audio book which I won through a blog contest. It was initially hard for me to engage but I think that was primarily due to the recording and the voices that read it. About 1/3 of the way through I picked up a written copy and was immediately hooked. The characters were fleshed out nicely and I loved the contrast between the adolescents and the adults as far as their perceptions and reactions to challenges that came while still keeping the all persp ...more
Claudia Mundell
Oct 22, 2011 Claudia Mundell rated it it was amazing
Lena Roy has definitely got the storytelling ability of her grandmother, Madeline L'Engle. While Luke is the main character, there are important female characters too. The story deals with teen and adult substance abuse. Lots of AA references and attitudes but living one day at a time and being aware of each moment does not have to apply to just users. The setting is Moab, Utah and New York, two areas Roy knows well. In fact, Roy is honest that she too used alcohol excessively as a teen. The sto ...more
Lisa Reitz
Dec 09, 2012 Lisa Reitz rated it liked it
I just finished "reading" this by audio book. Sometimes audiobooks can take away from the story itself based on the voices reading, and unfortunately this is what happened in my experience. The story however was interesting, it was very slow to start, but once it became more interesting I was engaged with it. It was predicable for me, how the 2 separate story lines were coming together, but the author paints a good imagery to keep you interested. I liked the mystical side of it with the unique c ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Zooheather rated it it was amazing
Edges is a very enjoyable book. The author treats each character with compassion, and as a result you want to read more, and root for each character. I picked this up to read for two reasons, because at the time I was contemplating a move to Moab and was hoping for more of a taste of the area, and because I love Madeleine L'Engle's work, Ms. Roy's grandmother. This author has her own work and own stories to tell and I can't wait to see more of her work!
Nickki Braun
Jan 06, 2011 Nickki Braun rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure about this book at first. It made me confront demons I hadn't thought I would have to until my father was gone. I come from a long line of alcoholics and this book hit VERY close to home. Anyone struggling with a past of addiction this read offers incite and hope for the future. There is hope. There is a light at the end of the tumble. Keep faith. "Changes in perceptions" happen everyday.
Diane Webber-thrush
Feb 20, 2012 Diane Webber-thrush rated it it was amazing
I zipped through this book -- the first fiction I've read on my new tablet. Really loved the characters, the relationships, the description of Moab (where I've never been) and the description of upper Manhattan (where I lived once upon my time). I also loved the magical realism and the ideas about spirituality, creativity, and recovery from addiction. This is my favorite kind of fiction: a picture of lives in progress. Can't wait to read what Lena Roy does next.
Robin Shreeves
Feb 25, 2012 Robin Shreeves rated it really liked it
First book that I read on my Kindle. that in itself makes this book interesting - letting go of my insistance that a book must be paper and ink to truly be enjoyed.

I did enjoy this book. Very real characters feeling real emotions and reacting in real ways. The main character is a teenager, and this is classified as adolescent lit, but the themes are relatable to teens and adults.

A good first novel from Roy. Looking forward to more.
Feb 13, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Awesome! I think anyone who enjoys YAlit will enjoy this book.

Two main characters-- male, one female--struggle to grow up and figure out who they are. They both have love for their families, but they also aren't sure how they fit into their families. This is a quick read. I'd recommend this to a male or female reader--anyone who enjoys adventure and who can relate to families in distress. Also, there's a focus on dealing with alcoholism through AA.
Dan Kitrosser
Sep 23, 2010 Dan Kitrosser rated it it was amazing
Ms. Roy has created a gorgeous work that does not talk down to her target audience. It deals with the toughness that life can bring, but packed inside the murkiness of it all, there's a glimmer of hope. Its what made me keep reading, devouring every chapter. We need more YA authors like Roy, and we need more great books like EDGES.
Nov 20, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was ok
This was an unremarkable novel with a predictable story line. It wasn't bad; it was just undeveloped. Although it is written for a high school audience, it read more like a book for elementary aged readers. It has a very simple plot without much real character development. I felt like I was reading more of an outline than a novel.
Jessica  Fraser
May 27, 2012 Jessica Fraser rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Great story. A young adult novel. Lots of AA language. Narration switches between two characters. Boy - left NY when dad started drinking again after mom killed in car accident. Ended up in Utah at youth hostel. Girl - left for school in NY and became alcoholic. 60 days sober. They connect - her parents run the youth hostel. Neat read. Recommended to Emily Hanson.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Meghan
Cover Story: Out and Proud
BFF Charm: I Think So
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Awkward But Endearing
Bonus Factors: The Desert
Relationship Status: Summer Job Friends

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Arlaina Tibensky
Jun 13, 2011 Arlaina Tibensky rated it really liked it
I never read a book that dealt with sobriety and teenagers like this. And to make these characters breathe with such life in such an unusual place takes guts and a great writer. Loved it! We need more books that address addiction like this for younger readers, books that are elegant, engaging and inspire spirituality. A winner!
Oct 04, 2010 Jude rated it it was amazing
This book holds so much-- the need to escape, the need to be found, the way distances between parents and children expand and contract, the way grief can swallow will, the way redemption comes in fragile and faltering steps. Lena Roy handles the parallel narratives like a pro; the characters are so true they make your heart hurt.
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Léna Roy was raised in New York City, in the cloistered environs of a theological seminary, with extracurricular education provided by Manhattan's club scene. She worked as a bartender, an actor, and as a therapist with at-risk adolescents before finding her voice as a writer in Young Adult fiction. When not writing and spending time with her family, she is teaching creative writing workshops for ...more
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