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Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she'll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping off cliffs with her boyfriend.

When Cayenne receives a series of video me
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Carolrhoda Lab (R)
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of HOW TO LIVE ON THE EDGE by Sarah Lynn Scheerger in exchanging for my honest review.***

Women in the Silk family die before they reach forty, including Cayenne’s mother. At eighteen, assuming half her life is over, she risks her life with daredevil stunts. Cayenne and her sister Saffron learn their mom left behind six videos of love and advice. Around the same time, their guardian Aunt Tee learns she has the BRCA mutation and decides
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Paula  Phillips
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like usual, I didn't know exactly what this book was about but as the cover had attracted me, I wanted to read it. The book started with the main character Cayenne train-jumping and living a life of defiance and never letting fear dictate what she does. She is living her life to the full as in her family, the woman has a curse. They all die in their 30's from Cancer whether it be Breast or Ovarian Cancer. It has been 14 years since their mother died from Cancer and now their guardian Aunt Tee ha ...more
Martina
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is inspirational and unique.
It’s not your typical YA novel. It deals with such a serious topic that I kept forgetting it was YA.

Cayenne and Saffron lost their mother to breast cancer. The women in their family have the curse of not living past 40. Living with that knowledge can not be easy.

Cayenne likes to live everyday like it’s her last. Somehow by living on the edge she’s cheating death, or so she thinks.

I did enjoy this book. I felt like some parts did drag a little but overall
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Ixxati
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cayenne and Saffron lost their mother to breast cancer. The women in their family never live past 40. Goshh it's scary isn't it? Few months ago I found a lump on my breast and I thought I have breast cancer. Doctor said it's just a lump nothing serious. So yeahh going to remove that thing pretty soon and I'm scared af!
This story is told from Cayenne point of view. I don't understand her but at the same time I feel like I understand her lol Maybe I did understand her at the end of the story. It'
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Jen
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not going to deny that it took so much strength to finish this book, not because it wasn’t good but because it brought up the pain that I felt when my aunt lost her battle on breast cancer. Cancer sucks to both the patient and the family; it hurts a lot to see a loved one succumb to it no matter how hard they fought. This story tackles Cayenne’s life and fear of this awful sickness. And I can't blame her for being how she is because when you know that your family fights the same battle and d ...more
Jamie
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to BookSparks & the author for my ebook copy.

This was a heartwarming story following two sisters whose mother died of breast cancer. The women in their family do not live past 40 so they believe they too will die young. I loved that this was a YA novel but it felt like so much more. It was unique and so real since the subject matter was so deep. I enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters. It was really uplifting.
Sinamile
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, arcs
ARC Review: Received for free via Netgalley for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

CW/TW: train dodging, cancer, blood, unhealthy coping mechanisms, mention of overdosing, mention of addiction, mention of slut shaming, ableist slurs, cisnormative language, mention of transmisia, car accident, mentions of mastectomy, surgery, hospital, injury, driving without a seat belt, blood tests, burglary, mention of cheating, medical procedure,

I really, really, really enjoyed this. I started
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Rajiv
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

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I love reading contemporary YA novels that talk about relevant issues, inspires you and makes you emotional. How to Live on the Edge delivers all in a beautiful manner.

To begin with, I love both the main characters. Cayenne is complex, moody and wants some meaning in her life, and takes everything with a grain of salt. Whereas Saffron is more grounded and optimistic. Both the girls complement each other so well. Personally, I
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Paige Green
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: How To Live on the Edge

Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommended For...: contemporary

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, very dangerous activities that can get you killed, language, cancer TW)

Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab

Pages: 312

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Ca
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Alexia
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-shelf
How to Live on the Edge is a complex and inspirational young adult novel that caused me to do a lot of introspective thinking. The introduction paragraph alone was such a strong opening and set the tone for the entire book. Cayenne and Saffron were flawed but loving, adventurous, and determined protagonists. Their flaws are what make you empathize and connect with them as they're two teenage girls just trying to understand their place in the world and find out how they want to live their lives ...more
Kari
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review of
HOW TO LIVE ON THE EDGE
By Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Published by LernerBooks
On Tour with RockStarBookTours
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Ms. Scheerger really had my heart strings being tugged every which way in this emotional and not be missed story regarding Breast Cancer and the loss and challenges that come with it. It had me feeling completely exposed and sensitive to the family and what they were going through one minute, to laughing at the well curated characters witty quips and personalities. This is
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Lisa
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgallery-read
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Jennifer
This book was a good read. I liked but not really love it.
Joni Thomas
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review!

So I really enjoyed this book. Cayenne is our main character and she is a thrillseeker. She believes that the women in her family are cursed to die young so she believes that by taking unnecessary risks she is somehow cheating death.

I wanted to yell at her every time she pulled one of her stunts. She would "train jump" which means she would walk along the train tracks while a train was coming and not
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hollie
I was expecting to go into this book and feel a deeper sense of something which sadly I didn’t get.

How to live on the edge is a book about two sisters who have been motherless for fourteen years. With cancer running in the family and the women in the girls life not living past forty, it’s more of a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if.’ This book is a journey on self discovery and highlights some sensitive subjects.

I will say, I carried on reading mainly because I enjoyed Sarah’s writing, however I foun
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Sophia Dyer • bookishly.vintage
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Sophia Dyer by: BookSparks
4.5 Stars

Thank you BookSparks for the finished copy of this book in exchange for my complete and honest review. I will be sharing a shortened version of this on my Instagram (@sophareads) upon release date, August 4th.

This book is not only relatable (cancer runs in both sides of my family), but also heartwarming and informational. From the synopsis of this book I kind of expected some magical and fantastical elements (ie. a real curse placed on the Silk family) but it really comes down to geneti
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BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
How to Live on the Edge by Sarah Lynn Scheerger is such an emotional rollercoaster so buckle in before you start this one! It was a beautifully written book with such an emotional draw!

Cayenne and Saffron lost their mother to breast cancer when they were young, leaving them to live with Aunt Tee. They know that the women in their family don’t live past 40. The BRCA gene mutation that runs in their DNA won’t let them. Cayenne spends her time flirting, very dangerously, with death. She stands in
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Holly
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to join @BookSparks on a book tour.  Thank you @BookSparks {#partner} for gifting me with a copy in exchange for an independent and honest review. This book is out now so go grab yourself a copy!
 
Review of How to Live on the Edge by Sarah Lynn Scheerger:
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For two generations, none of the women in Cayenne’s family have lived past the age of 37. Her mother died from breast cancer when Cayenne was four years old. Expecting her life to end early like the rest of the wome
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Tiarna Georghiou
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
'How to live on the Edge' by Sarah Lynn Scheerger, is a heartwarming story which follows two sisters, whose mother died of breast cancer when they were very young. The women in their family don't live past 40 and they have pretty much got it into their heads that they will also die. They receive a series of videos their mother recorded before she died which brings a lot of things into perspective for them. It deals with the tough questions that people with the BRCA gene mutation or with cancer i ...more
Shannon
3.5 Stars!

Cayenne believes the women in her family are cursed, and destined to die young. The example first and foremost in Cayenne’s mind is her mother, who died of breast cancer when she was four. Cayenne’s belief that her time on earth will be short results in her desire to make the most of the time she has. As a result, Cayenne engages in a variety of high-risk activities such as train dodging and cliff jumping, in a misguided effort to embrace life, tempt fate and deny death. When Cayenne i
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Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
How To Live on the Edge is a thought provoking novel that encourages the reader to think about cancer, grief, and the chance to prevent the disease. The novel references the BRCA gene mutation for cancer and explores the option of preventative surgery by having a mastectomy. The suggested surgery is controversial and the novel does acknowledge this.

When I read the first few chapters of this novel, I was reminded of the book P.S. I Love You because Cayenne and her sister watch the videos that the
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Lenoire
Cayenne just turned eighteen years old and she barely remembers her mother who died from breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in the Silk family have a history of dying young from breast cancer. Cayenne figures that since her days are numbered, she might as well enjoy life now and engage in risky behaviors such as dodging trains and jumping off cliffs.

She and her sister, Saffron received a note that their dead mother left them a series of video messages before she died. Cayenne is unsu
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Susan
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
I wanted to love this. My mom died of breast cancer when I was four, and I grew up thinking I'd die after turning 30 because that's what happened to all of the women in my family. I didn't react to that thought the way Cayenne did, and definitely wasn't a daredevil. I liked this book okay, but I think it would have pretty limited appeal. If BRCA isn't a part of your family, I feel like it would drag a bit. It *is* a part of my family and it dragged a bit.

I also found their mom's extensive prep k
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sam
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.)

This was a very touching story about two sisters with two very different personalities who lost their mother to cancer at a young age. I thought this book did a very good job of showing a sisterly bond that grows stronger as the book progresses. Despite what many may think, breast cancer is something that is not exclusive to older women and it is refreshing to read a YA book that will educate young women about it.
As someone with a family
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Nancy Borelli
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How to Live on the Edge", by Sarah Lynn Scheerger, is a gripping, complex story about life choices, family relationships, and self-discovery. It explores the painful emotional struggles of two teenage sisters as they learn about their own vulnerabilities with a strong family history of the BRCA cancer gene, dooming the women in the family to early deaths. The novel is an honest, insightful presentation of the complications life throws in our way. As we watch the sisters handle their choices ver ...more
Jessi
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It could have been better, I'm sorry to say. There were some great ideas here, but the execution was a little off. The fact that so much was going on led to uneven storytelling; maybe only a couple of the topics (obsession with death; family curse; adrenaline junkie; 'is he terrible or isn't he' boyfriend; tension between sisters; uniting with an absent father; scavenger hunt from dead mom; questioning feelings about childhood best friend; medical drama) should have been zeroed in on. Because th ...more
Jen
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m not going to deny that it took so much strength to finish this book, not because it wasn’t good but because it brought up the pain that I felt when my aunt lost her battle on breast cancer. Cancer sucks to both the patient and the family; it hurts a lot to see a loved one succumb to it no matter how hard they fought. This story tackles Cayenne’s life and fear of this awful sickness. And I can't blame her for being how she is because when you know that your family fights the same battle and d ...more
Casey Marlow
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to Live on the Edge by Sarah Lynn Scheerger follows teenage sisters Cayenne and Saffron facing the family “curse” - all the women in their family die young. Cayenne is a risk taker who pushes the limits. Saffron is reserved and careful. When they receive emotional video messages from their late mother who died of breast cancer and their aunt tests positive for the BRCA gene, Cayenne and Saffron wrestle with how to live life to the fullest while it feels that death is looming.

Each sister is r
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Cayla
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from BookSparks and I finally got the chance to read it after it sitting on my shelf for too long. I really enjoyed this one and it really makes you question life and how you should cherish each moment of it because anything could happen at any time. You need to cherish your life, your family, your friends, everything.
I thought this book was great and I liked how it involved reading a journal with videos from their mother who passed away over 14 years ago and the t
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Cristie Underwood
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great read about a young girl, Cayenne, whose family has a history of dying young due to cancer, at least the women do. After losing her mother to breast cancer, Cayenne decides to live life to the fullest and dangerously since she figures she will die young, too. She is given videos that her mother recorded prior to dying and at first rejects them. When her Aunt Tee finds she has the same mutation of cells that her mother had, she decides to get a mastectomy to reduce her chances of g ...more
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