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Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl, but now she's lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her. It's been 12 years since Lorrie's mother skipped town and left Lorrie in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a neglected, decrepit mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege. Then ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Abrams/Amulet
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jess! The aunt is turning 42. She was turning 30 the night the mother "left". So 12 years eariler, which makes sense. I don't think it ever said she was 13?…moreThe aunt is turning 42. She was turning 30 the night the mother "left". So 12 years eariler, which makes sense. I don't think it ever said she was 13? (less)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)


Reminiscent of the TV series Scandal in several aspects, Courtney Sheinmel’s YA debut novel Edgewater brings a lush atmosphere, romance, political intrigue, and deeply buried secrets.

Lorrie’s life is all about keeping up appearances and living the life she feels entitled to, even though it’s fairly obvious that she doesn’t quite belong among the rich and carefree. On the surface, it seems quite shallow, but there’s more to Lorrie’s efforts than that. Abandoned by both her parents and left in
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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It wasn't that Edgewater was a bad book, it's just that it wasn't a good one either. It was fine, I guess. But I am not reading a book for "fine, I guess", I want to read a story, I want to have feeling evoked, I want to take a journey. I still am not all that sure what the point of this book even was. Lorrie was also "fine, I guess", though not particularly memorable. She wasn't awful either, so that was good. Her family was a weird
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Kai
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Edgewater is about Lorrie Hollander, who hates her mother for leaving Lorrie and her sister with their unstable aunt Gigi, in a run-down mansion in Long Island, NY. Wanting to escape being home with her family, Lorrie uses the trust fund her mom left to be away at boarding school and horse camp. But one day the trust fund mysteriously disappears, and Lorrie is forced home. At least she has her best friend Lennox to hang out with, along with a new friend, Charlie. Charlie is the son of a famous ...more
Katie
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of WE WERE LIARS, young adults, horse lovers
I finished reading Edgewater last night and was late to a party because once I got about 50 pages from the end, I just couldn't put it down. (I know people say that as a throwaway expression for any good book, but I mean it literally.) From the amazingness of EDGEWATER, you would have no idea that Courtney Sheinmel hasn't been writing YA her whole career. It is face-paced, exciting, and feels so real. Unlike so much YA, EDGEWATER isn't just the story of a relationship between a girl and a guy. ...more
Laura L
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is like Scandal and Grey Gardens rolled together, and I totally didn't expect the end. LOVED this one!
Logan
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to read Courtney Sheinmel's Edgewater. My children have read all of her Stella Batts' series and while I have read her middle years books (Positively is amazing!), I was excited to see her take on an older audience. Edgewater is beautifully written; it is rich with detail, so much so that I saw the images playing in the movie screen in my mind. The story is compelling, thought provoking, and explores the complicated subjects of money, love, politics, and shame. I could not put it ...more
Christine Whelan
If you liked Grey Gardens, you will LOVE this book!
Katie
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: addictive-reads
The bond between a girl and her horse. This is a bond that not many people can understand or would even want to understand. Growing up riding horses and having my Paint Mare as my best friend - I understand oh so well how deeply connected a girl and her horse are.

Edgewater is a Young Adult novel, which touches on so many topics young girls go through while trying to "find" themselves.

Lorrie was used to living the life of the rich - memories of her mother abandoning her and her sister flood her
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Man oh man I did not expect this book to be what it was. I mean there is mystery, suspense, lies and hidden truths.

This story starts out with Lorrie living her dreams by going to Boarding school and having the life. Then one day the money is gone and she is sent to live with her estranged mother and aunt Gigi in a rich town full of mansions and money only she will be living in a neglected mansion that is falling apart. The mansion is called Edgewater because it once was beautiful but is now the
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Amy
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This riches-to-rags story was riveting from beginning to end. Lorrie Hollander's home in a tony Long Island town used to be the kind of house people envied. But since Lorrie's mother skipped town, and left her children in the incapable hands of their aunt Gigi, everything has turned to shambles. Lorrie's younger sister doesn't seem to mind the chaos; in fact, she thrives on it. But Lorrie herself doesn't want anyone to know the truth about where she lives -- not her best friend, and certainly ...more
Altana Elings-Haynie
As an equestrian, I found this book to be so authentic and honest. Although, I think non-equestrians would love it as well. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone -- my favorite read of 2015!
Bri
I really enjoyed this book. It was sort of a mix between realistic fiction and mystery and in my opinion it was very unique. Full of secrets, I needed to know answers and couldn't read fast enough!

The plot moved sort of slow at a few points, but once I got past them I couldn't put it down. Overall it was fast-paced though and I loved how descriptive the writing style was. I will definitely be reading more by this author!

At first I really didn't trust Charlie, I didn't really know if he truly
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Joannah Keats
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ebooks
Edgewater hooked me from the first chapter. I have always been a sucker for stories about how the "other half" live, and thus I was drawn in by imagining a life of huge NY mansions, boarding schools, celebrity boys, and of course – owning a horse to bring to riding camp.

The mysteries and twists Sheinmel includes are bonus material. Certain elements may be predictable to some readers, but many of them I simply did not see coming. I appreciate an author with the ability to still surprise me.

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fee
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5/5

I found this book absolutely brilliant, The only reason I dropped half a star was due to the ending.
Rebekkah Koons
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Edgewater, by Courtney Sheinmel, is a beautifully written story about a girl named Lorrie Hollander, who is used to living a life with money and spending her time at her fancy equestrian camp during summer and the prestigious Hillyer Academy during the school year. At camp, she’s an advanced horse rider with her own horse, Orion, surrounded by her equally wealthy friends. Little do her friends know, Lorrie is about to become broke and will be forced to move back home to her aunt’s decrepit ...more
Once
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is not typically the kind of book I’d first go for, to be honest. I am more of a fantasy, supernatural, sci-fi –basically anything unrealistic –kind of gal, but I admit this book caught me by surprise. Probably because I was able to identify so much with the main character, Lorrie, who is a very mature (although sometimes too strict) 17 year-old girl. I was able to identify with her so much because I share her love for organization, cleanliness, and horses –and because I was a
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Leanna (daisychainbooks)
Grey Gardens meets Scandal via The O.C. in Edgewater, Courtney Sheinmel’s YA debut. Beautifully written and compelling throughout, Edgewater, named after the dilapidated mansion which houses our heroine, is a late-night guilty-pleasure Soap Opera in book form. Shocking drama, dashingly handsome hunks, political intrigue and family secrets are the page-turning order of the day!

Lorrie Hollander has never had to worry about money. Ever since her mother left to start a new life with her boyfriend
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J. E.  S.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a a compelling and complex book that kept me up late reading. Highly recommended.
Danielle
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

As much as I hate to admit it, I'm a sucker for stories about how the "other half" live. Glimpses into the most exclusive communities, with unimaginable riches, memberships to country clubs and wardrobes spilling open with the finest Couture Paris and Milan has to offer are the perfect escape for me. When I read the blurb for EDGEWATER and realised it was a Riches to Rags story reminiscent of the tragic GREY GARDENS, I know it would be right up
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Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-star, arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Am I missing something with this book? Most of the reviews on here are four stars and so many people are calling this a brilliant book. I am going to be the black sheep, I guess. Lorrie is dealing with money problems. Her mom left her and her sister years before and also left a financial trust to be run by their aunt Gigi. For most of the book, I wanted to strangle Gigi, as well as Lorrie's sister Susannah. Their mansion was filthy
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Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Netgalley.com

Lorrie is sent home early from a posh equestrian camp because her aunt has not paid the bills. When Lorrie gets home, she finds her younger sister, Savannah, left to her own devices while her aunt is being depressed and not taking care of either financial matters or the girls. Lorrie manages to get a job at a local stable, hoping to get enough money to get her horse sent home, but things are even worse than she imagined. When she goes to the bank, there is no trust fund.
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Edith
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
My review as posted on netgalley: This was such a wonderful book! From the beginning to the end, I loved every minute of it.

This book told of love, of loss, of circumstances we cannot control, of manipulation, of being forced into roles you might not have chosen for yourself, of loyalty, of embarrassment, and especially of wealth not shielding you from the unpleasantness and pains life could bring your way.

The book was well written. The characters were complex and developed. The story line
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Julia
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly enjoyed this book even more than I expected.
Though I kind of guessed some of the plot twist it was still pretty good.
It was kinda hard to get into but after the first 70 pages it picked up speed and was easy to read.
Kirsty-Marie Jones
(3.5) Figured out the first twist, but the second was good.
Emma
Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel is a very entertaining book which was published in 2015. This book contains plots twist that will have you on the edge of your seat. Lorrie Hollander is the main character in this book and she was a very privileged and spent her time at a camp for advanced horseback riders. She was just like normal teenage girls, well she had a bit of an issue with her mom. Her mom had walked out on them and she hadn't seen her in several years. Using the money from her trust ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Lately, I’ve switched almost entirely over to mini-reviews. It’s sort of overwhelming how many reviews there are for most things, and I didn’t want to add more to the noise than felt right. Edgewater gets a full review because a) it was a great surprise and b) I’ve not heard any hype about it all. So this is my announcement: Edgewater is good, and, if it wasn’t on your to-read list, maybe it should be.

From the blurb, I wasn’t really that interested in Edgewater. If you’re wondering why I picked
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Justin
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was completely captivated by Edgewater. Courtney isn’t new to writing books, but she is new to YA with Edgewater marking her debut. It’s always great to see a debut YA author come out of the gates strongly. Edgewater is a fantastic debut for a wide variety of different reasons, some of which I will discuss in this review. Others, you will have to read the book to experience.

First off I want to quickly discuss the story.. It’s a contemporary, which naturally leads many people to expect certain
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Aoife
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horses, ya, mystery, kindle
3.5 stars

I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

Lorrie lives in a dilapidated mansion with her aunt and sister. All Lorrie cares about in the world is making something of herself and her horse Orion but when money suddenly becomes tighter than usual, Lorrie has to start investigating matters and try to save everything in the process.

I enjoyed this for the most part. I liked Lorrie and her personality, and I definitely loved all
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
I found this book very slow. I got about half-way through and then realised that nothing had really happened yet. Although I've seen some great reviews for this title and it did sound promising beforehand, I have come to the conclusion that it just wasn't for me.

The story is about a teenager called Lorrie, who used to live a life of privilege and riches before her family end up losing all their money. Abandoned by her mother, Lorrie and her sister live with their Aunt Gigi in their now
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Nicole
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I picked this book up because the description sounded like this was set in a mix of Grey Gardens and Mrs. Havisham's house, and I wasn't far off the mark. This looming disaster of a house and its strange inhabitants are a large part of the conflict for Lorrie, the protagonist. They are also representative of her internal conflict which is fueled by the disorder created by a snarled web of secrets that she has to ...more
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