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The River's Edge

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  10 reviews
“Set in 1976, the intriguing story includes some unexpected plot turns. Delving into heavy family issues, this novel is best suited for more mature teens. VERDICT Consider as a purchase for readers who enjoy books by April Henry.” — School Library Journal

“The book is one that teens will read, engaging with Chris, her feelings, and her fight for survival in a terrible situa
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 28th 2016 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing
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Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Tina Sears' debut novel, The River's Edge, is the kind of novel that will bring readers to the edge of something real. Following the protagonist, Chris Morgan, during the summer of 1976, this novel is at times bright with the beauty of first love, friendship, and family, while maintaining a sense of secretive danger. which is compelling.

While the beginning of the novel introduces young adult readers to a time they may not know, Sears has painted such a realistic picture of summer in the 70s tha
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book swept me away in its pages, in the current, and pulled the tears out of me from my toes. Not a light read, and at times triggering, but a powerful story full of beauty and fierceness, honesty, and raw, unfiltered truth. It will grab you. It may pull you under. Powerful read.

I really liked the interaction between the main character, Chris, and her "boyfriend," Reds. This section summed up what I liked about them and why they were the perfect fit for each other:

"But I liked Reds. And he
Lisa Kishpaugh
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was such a cute and interesting story of the lives of teenagers and the difficult things they endure in that stage of life. It was so good that I think there should be a series or sequel of the book. I say this because the story ended in suspense where there could definitely be more to be told. For instance: If the one girl went on to lead a normal life after her ordeal, what the teens ended up doing after graduating from high school; college, careers, family etc. ...more
Jill Dater
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sears book The River's Edge made me both feel such sadness about a world where children are hurt but also such a belief in the strength of the human spirit.

Chris Morgan's mother drops her off in the summer of 1976 at her Aunt and Uncle's house at the lake for the summer while her parents are going through a divorce. At first, she's excited to spend time with her cousin and new friends but then when her Uncle drinks he becomes another person. As the summer continues what has seemed like a fun su
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of tough topics told with clarity and feeling. It's one of those books that will hopefully help those going through similar issues (such as divorce and abuse) to know they're not alone.
Beth Rodgers
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'The River's Edge' by Tina Sears is a hauntingly telling read, with powerful descriptions. Sears' debut novel packs a punch and engages readers with real-life issues that many teens, and even many adults, face. A definite title to add to any contemporary young adult fan's reading list.

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Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this down! Sears has proven herself a master storyteller with this first novel. A haunting story, with beautiful descriptions and lyrical prose. I cannot wait for another book by Ms. Sears!
Sarah Carlysle
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The rivers edge is so interesting! I can't put it down and when I do I can't wait to pick it back up!
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Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A true-to-life coming of age story with a strong theme of survival from a first time novelist. This is a read one is likely never to forget and will resonate with many female readers who have experienced similar tragedies. Chris is thirteen when she loses her family, her security and innocence. Her dad, a man she describes as: reliable as a fart in a windstorm, has left and her mother is unable to cope or care for Chris and so she is dumped off on the door step of an estranged brother and his fa ...more
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The tell-tell sign of a good fiction book is when you feel submersed inside the main character. You feel what he/she feels and have the same hopes. Tina Sears pulls the reader in by using detailed descriptions and an unusual weaving of metaphors, which makes for very interesting reading.

This story brings back the exciting memories of discovery, trial and error and summer love. Although it takes place in the 1970’s, a teen or an adult can identify with the emotions portrayed in it. Unfortunately,
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