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Len is a loner teen photographer haunted by a past that’s stagnated her work and left her terrified she’s losing her mind. Sage is a high school volleyball star desperate to find a way around her sudden medical disqualification. Both girls need college scholarships. After a chance encounter, the two develop an unlikely friendship that enables them to begin facing their inn ...more
Expected publication: April 2020 by Running Press Kids
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE EDGE OF ANYTHING by Nora Shalaway Carpenter in exchange for my honest review.***

Len, an outcast with OCD and bullied by her classmates, harbors a horrible secret. Volleyball star Sage keeps her recently diagnosed heart condition hidden from her friends. The teens strike up an unlikely friendship that may help both overcome their obstacles.

THE EDGE OF ANYTHING, an enjoyable yet predictable read, kept me i
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Eva Gibson
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much emphasis is placed on young people being tough and capable, able to handle conflict and strife, and overcome any situation through strength and determination. But what do you do when faced with a challenge that is truly out of your control? What do you do when being strong isn’t enough?

THE EDGE OF ANYTHING is the story of Len and Sage, two very different girls facing two very different problems. Artsy Len has enough on her plate with financial worries, her grandmother’s decli
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Sandra
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would give The Edge of Anything six stars if I could. Nora Shalaway Carpenter is an expert at crafting a novel, never easing up on the pacing and tension that makes us turn the pages, and turn them quickly. What makes this novel so extraordinary, however, is its hope . . . and respect for fellow human beings . . . and the way her characters are so beautifully imagined that everything about them is true and real. I must confess I was teary for the good last eighth of the novel, but, honestly, t ...more
Shari Swanson
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Edge of Anything is a beautifully-written touching story about the power of friendship and the resilience of the spirit. I fell in love with Len and Sage and was caught up in their world and struggles. Carpenter has done a deft job of characterization and drawing from her personal experience to craft a novel that brings empathy to mental health struggles and inspires hope.
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Nora Shalaway Carpenter holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Before she wrote books, she served as associate editor of Wonderful West Virginia magazine and has been a Certified Yoga Teacher since 2012. Originally from rural West Virginia, she currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband, three young children, and one not-so-young ...more