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The Edge of Falling

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  646 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Simon Pulse (first published March 6th 2014)
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Mar 24, 2014 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

I always turn to YA contemporaries when I'm going through a book slump and it's a genre that has rarely disappointed me. The Edge of Falling was a book I immediately requested on reading the first few lines of the summary. Books with teenagers learning to overcome grief appeal to me for some reason, but The Edge of Falling turned out to be such a disappointment.

At the start of the book, Caggie is struggling with the grief of having lost her sister. She's no longer the same person that she was an
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder


In all fairness I made it to roughly 40% before I started skimming and then at 70% I went straight to the penultimate chapter.

I love books about teens with depression and who face suicide. I could never get bored with this trend, I really don't think I could, yet so far this year, the ones with these topics are just bad. They're unrealistic and boring. And I don't mean boring as in their story is terrible or not exciting enough. I mean boring as in they're just words. No emotion, no connection
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Quick & Dirty: The Edge of Falling is a heartwarming story about loss, guilt, and redemption. The beginning is really slow, but the ending more than makes up for it.

Opening Sentence: Most great works of literature have a hero at their core, but this story is an exception.

The Review:

It is the beginning of Mcalister Caulfield’s, or better known as Caggie, senior year of high school and things aren’t going how she planned. Nothing has been quite the same sinc
Sara Grochowski
Caggie lives every day haunted by her failure to save her little sister from drowning. Even though no one ever says it, Caggie knows that her parents blame her just as much as she blames herself. Everyone at school thinks she's a hero after saving a classmate from plummeting to her death at the beginning of summer, but only Caggie - and the girl she saved - knows what really happened on the rooftop ledge. Caggie has formed a wall of secrets and lies to keep everyone at arm's length, including he ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I wanted to read The Edge of Falling because I love a good contemporary and this has all of the ingredients Guilt over being on watch when her sister drowned, the saving of a suicide that's not all it seems, and a mysterious boy with a past that sounds dark. So, I was glad to grab it when it was available for review on Edelweiss.
I got right into the story, liking Caggie's voice and learning about the important things in her life. But can we talk about the nickname? Points for originality, b
Grade: B

Caggie has hero status since saving a classmate from jumping off a building last May. Except she didn't. And she doesn't clear up the misunderstanding, because it's better than being known as the girl who let her little sister drown last January. Wanting solitude, she pushes her (ex?) boyfriend, Trevor, best friend and everyone away, until she falls for the new guy in school, Astor. Astor seems to understand Caggie and her grief better than she understands herself. The closer they become
This book made me angry and depressed.
The main character Caggie is dealing with the loss of her younger sister and she is not caring about things she used to. After a break up with a great guy, Caggie decides to start seeing a guy who obviously (like neon arrows pointing obvious) not mentally stable. She refuses to listen to anyone who warns her about Astor (crazy guy). It alls explodes when Astor sets a fire that almost kills himself and Caggie.

The thing that pissed me off was Caggie's relati
Kaitlin (Reading is My Treasure)
2.5 stars rounded down. That extra .5 comes from that beautifully done ending.


Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

The Edge of Falling was, to put it bluntly, a boring book with a beautiful ending.


The book never (until the very end) grasped my interest, and that was mostly due to the narration. There were quite a few events that were supposed to be interesting, but Caggie's voice was just dull. The way
Two years ago, Rebecca Serle wowed me with her debut novel When You Were Mine, which told a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Rosaline. This year, she completely blew me away for the second time with her sophomore release The Edge of Falling. It's a riveting story set in New York City, balancing a story of grief and confusion with a dash of hope and goodness.

Caggs is a tormented soul, which makes her both frustrating and pitiful all at once. She seems to have everyth
Not great. The premise, and general framework of the story is an interesting one, but the story is marred by strange references (characters named Jeff Bridges who "looks like the actor", but another named Abigail Adams with no acknowledgment of the namesake),and vague references (Catcher in the Rye throw-backs that only Salinger lovers will know). And the major twists of the plot are revealed by Chapter two, but we are supposed to slog thru the rest of the book to be told the same thing. Descrip ...more
Bethany Ames
The Edge of Falling was a fairly good read. The plot is great, if a bit underdeveloped, and the characters are realistic. It's a somewhat quick read, at less than 300 pages, with more to it that I'd expected.

The dust jacket says that the book is about Caggie, a girl who saved a classmate, who's sister died a few months before. Like any family that has lost a child, Caggie's family is falling apart. What the dust jacket doesn't tell you is that the book - at the end especially - needs a trigger w
Patricia Gao
This book had both good and bad parts. It was good in that the plot was well done (although I'm not sure what being a New York socialite had to do with anything, really) and it was interesting, and most of the characters were likeable. You could understand Caggie's reasoning behind most of the things she did. Also side note: HOW do you get 'Caggie' from McAlister?! And is that not nickname enough to justify shortening it again to 'Caggs'?!

There was a little too much suspense. 50% of my reason fo
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Melissa (i swim for oceans)
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The Edge of Falling is, first and foremost, a novel about the human condition and grief - something that might not work for everyone. The synopsis of the novel offers us something fairly generic; a girl who has experienced a great loss and is trying to get back on her feet, little by little. And, I'll admit, I expected a fairly generic novel, as well, with the obligatory love triangle that helps our protagonist feel alive again. W
In The Edge of Falling, you figure out the truth a long ways from the ending, but the why of it as well as what comes because of it are what make this book. In this there is a pushing away from others and a pulling into self, and then much later there’s a choosing of the unlikely (or may be not too unlikely, considering what we soon discover about the parallels in their situations.) And because of all that, this was not an enjoyable read, but still was one I couldn’t put down.

It’s obviously not
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Taylor Knight
I'm sad to report I once again did not like Rebecca Serle's book.
A few months ago I read When You Were Mine and didn't really like it. So when I had the chance to read The Edge of Falling on, I was both excited at the chance to push past When You Were Mine and worried The Edge of Falling would fall short.

Well, it fell short. At times it felt like I was reading a sequel because the main character would bring up things that happened in the past, things that seemed very relevant to th
Kimberly Tate
I'm just going to admit: I only read this book because it had a pretty cover. The inside cover flap didn't tell me all that much, but I was willing to give it a shot because, hey, the cover was amazing!
The book inside was less so.

Quick Notes:
-The main character is a girl named Caggie. She is in her senior year at her school in Upper Manhattan.
-It is written in first person present tense.
- The Edge of Falling contains some cursing, sexual situations, and mention of suicide.

I did enjoy some th
I was sent this book to read & review by Simon & Schuster AUS. The views and opinions expressed are my own and are not biased.

I found The Edge of Falling to be a gripping, exciting and thrilling 2014 Young Adult read. In the days where contemporary novels are flying around - it is hard to find one with a unique and gripping storyline. This novel follows our protagonist - Caggie who is a part of a tragic accident involving another girl from her school. The whole situation is a mystery wit
The Edge of Falling follows Caggie who is dealing with a lot of heavy issues. Her sister died when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Caggie had also recently saved a classmate from following off a balcony, so she’s hailed as a hero. Yet, Caggie is far from a hero. Caggie went to the balcony to throw herself off because she wanted to kill herself, and the girl she ‘saved’ was trying to save her.

The Edge of Falling is an tough issues book, so if that’s something you don’t enjoy reading then
I know this book isn't going to be for everyone, and I identified much more strongly to Rebecca Serle's first book, When You Were Mine, but The Edge of Falling was a very, very solid read for me. I definitely know a whole bunch of people who'll love and I can't wait to make them read.
Complete with decaying minds and lives, The Edge of Falling is a decent read following Caggie's lifestyle following the death of her little sister Hayley and being known to be the savior of one of her peers. As her relationships crumble and she finds new ones, Caggie must determine who's good and who's bad.

This book had the whole suicide and mental disease thing going on. But while Caggie had these problems in people around her, she wasn't exactly careful of who to trust. Because of that, she pe
Oct 07, 2014 Rai rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This book had great potential to be awesome. For a teenager to be hovering over the edge, of sadness and moving on... It started out so great... and then it fell flat.

Whatever her name was ended up being shallow. Maybe not in the stereotypical Upper East Side way... because she makes it VERY clear she hates everything about that world... but in her own, oblivious, obnoxious way.

And her excuse for a best friend? Meh. She's the most pretty and most popular and she can spend all the money in the
Sarah (YA Love)
I like the plot idea and the grief Caggie is dealing with, but the pacing was an issue for me. I can definitely pair this with other books my students are reading and recommend it to them.
Kate (VerbVixen)
The Edge of Falling- Rebecca Serle

As some of you may remember, I absolutely loved Rebecca Serle's When You Were Mine. I've awaited her second standalone, The Edge of Falling with baited breath. No, really I was turning blue over here (Violet, you're turning violet Violet!). Let me tell you: It Was Worth The Wait.

I am hard pressed to think of another author that writes mental illness as well as Serle. What's more, her characters aren't to be pitied--they are nuanced, complex, and fully human at t
Meh. I wanted to get sucked into this, really, but it never happened. I got bored, to be honest. It wasn't that the protagonist was dull but, like, there was a barrier that prevented me from relating to or caring about her. And there's only so much you can take from a main character consistently making wrong decision after another, pushing away people who so obviously care about her... Like, gurl, I know you're having a super hard time but it's not an excuse to become excessively stupid!!!

Emily Ellsworth
I really wasn't into this book until the very end. There were some great moments, but overall it just felt bland.
Khairun  Atika
"It's fitting, really, how desperately grief does not want to die." This book revolves around Mcalister, a privileged girl from the Upper East Side in Manhattan who deals with the loss of her younger sister. Close to the brink of giving up, she finds solace in new boy Astor, who seems to understand her, and does not pressure her into sharing her feelings. I particularly liked how their relationship did not involve emotional abuse, yet Astor is somewhat stifling her emotionally, resulting in a do ...more
this book fell into the arena of "would rather read about the cool best friend."
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