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The Edge of Falling

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,266 ratings  ·  161 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 Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published March 6th 2014)
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nick (the infinite limits of love)

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
Debbie Narh


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 connecti
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sad but very real story about dealing with grief. No drugs, but a little Less Than Zero over the top with celebrity.
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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 since he
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
It was a nice story and i liked the ending because we see how much the main character has matured after all the problems she had, but i wish it had a better flow. I am sure i would have enjoyed this book more if the details of the main character's past and the information about the people who surround her weren't squeezed in while the action was happening.
But still, i believe this book has many things to offer to those who will read it. This is a story about Caggie a girl who is in grief for he
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.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on my book review blog, The Overstuffed Bookcase.

Retelling? Homage? Inspired by?

The Edge of Falling seems to have a lot of references to The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The two main characters have the same last name, both of those characters have a sibling who died, and Serle just mentions Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye a lot in The Edge of Falling. I read Catcher about 5 or 6 years ago (I'm not sure how I never read it in school), and I didn't en
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Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b
The book had me sucked in from the beginning. Loved the story. I kinda wish there was more into their relationship. Felt like the book was kinda rushed. Overall a good easy read.
Sarah Elizabeth
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Mcalister (Caggie) is dealing the best she can after her sister’s death, and it doesn’t help that people think she’s a hero for saving a classmate – Kristen, from committing suicide by jumping off a roof. If people knew what really happened, they’d know that she’s nothing of the kind.

School isn’t going all that well for Caggie, nothing is, apart from the arrival of
Brandi Kosiner
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Madison Meyer
The Edge of Falling

Being an average high school girl having to deal with studies, homework, and romance is pretty tough. Being a high school girl trying to cope with the guilt of losing her sister, or being in your mind falsely accused of rescuing someone. That is almost unbelievable. Do you want to read about the epic struggles of a girl coping with guilt and grief, and how she survives? If you do The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle, a coexistence, romance book is the book you want. It is the
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
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
Nicole Groshek
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just finished this one and I feel... Uuuuugh. Hugely disappointed.

I had really high hopes for this book on a personal level. The whole premise is that it's about this girl Caggie (which is a name that you are physically forced to gag yourself in order to say) whose little sister drowns when Caggie is supposed to be watching her.

I'll tell you why this made me personally invested in the story-- this exact same situation happened in my family 16 years ago. My baby cousin drowned in her family's
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Edge of Falling was nothing like I expected but nonetheless brilliant. Rebecca Serle has established herself with a beautiful, poignant writing style.

Told in first person narrative from McAlister’s perspective (I thought it was a weird name too) encompassing direct address to the reader establishing a personal connection from the beginning.

The story draws you in, past events leading to the current situation are woven seamlessly into the plot and ride a roller-coaster of emotion as details ar
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Emily Coleman
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: tear-jerker
I really wasn't into this book until the very end. There were some great moments, but overall it just felt bland. ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding read for mature readers!
Jodi Golis
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a YA novel about a high school senior in NYC who’s had a major traumatic family event plus a significantly dramatic school situation. I think the YA crowd will relate to the relationship struggles. However, the over the top New York scene will be completely foreign to any YA who isn’t an NYC native and would have been a huge turn off to me at that age.
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
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
First and foremost I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of Rebecca Serle’s other novel, her debut, When You Were Mine. I seriously loved that book to pieces and have been dying for her to publish something else. So I was super super excited when I saw her next book show up on Edelweiss as an advanced copy. I immediately requested it and thanks to some help was approved fairly quickly. And thank goodness for that because the book was fantastic! It was everything that I loved about When You Were Mine but wi ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was well-written and quickly read, but I didn’t connect with this one in the same way as I have with others she’s written.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This book has been the first book I've really struggled with for a while, so I don't really know how to review it. Though the tale itself is promising and it has the promise to be incredibly emotion for some, I found it to be incredibly dry and distancing. So many huge things were going on and though I was reading the words that put this plot together, I felt miles away. I was not in the story, I was a distance away from it.

I want to begin with our main character, Caggie. Firstly, girl
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Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between New York and Los Angeles. Serle most recently co-developed the hit TV adaptation of her young adult series Famous in Love, now on Freeform. She loves Nancy Meyers films, bathrobes, and giving unsolicited advice on love. She can be found on twitter: @RebeccaASerle

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