Title: The Edge of You
Author: Theresa DaLaybe
Published: September 25, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genres: New Adult ♥ Contemporary ♥ Romance
Summary from Goodreads: Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.
Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.
But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?
In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.
Average Goodreads Rating (as of 11/30/2015): 3.37
- Christina thought this title was drama-overload. It goes on her bottom shelf. To find out why…
**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating:
2 stars! I would have loved for this author to step away from the trend of overly angsty romances in the New Adult genre, but sadly that wasn’t the case. I was promised swoon-worthy romance, but the only thing that really had me swooning was the Alaskan setting. I had higher hopes from this title–it’s probably the cover’s fault–unfortunately they were never met.
♥ The Lowdown: It’s all nicely listed above for you in the Goodreads summary if you want to go into it knowing the whole book.
♥ Review: I don’t want to bash this book just for the sake of it, so I won’t go overkill here. Perhaps this is a case of “It’s not you, it’s me” and that could very well be the case since it gets decent reviews, but it absolutely wasn’t my cup of tea. I hate unnecessary drama and that’s why I eventually stepped away from the New Adult genre. It seemed like every NA author was trying to see how much angst they could throw at their characters, and this book was no different. In Maya’s case, it was tragic death of a younger sibling, lost scholarship and giving up her life to move to a faraway place, alcoholic mother, absentee, workaholic father, and relationship issues. For Jake, it was a dying mom, mom had an abusive, drunken boyfriend, his only means of income, a fishing boat, burned down when he had just found a way to pay for his mom’s life-saving surgery, and relationship issues. Le sigh. Any single one of this issues for each party would have been enough to build a story on, but having all of them tossed into the sack and launched at our barely adult characters trying to learn how to grow up just seemed like too much. When I wasn’t rolling my eyes, I was thinking, “Damn, can they not catch a break?” So many tropes, so little story and substance outside of them. I don’t think these characters really had an identity outside of all their problems that weighed them down.
Admittedly, these two were pretty cute when they were allowed to just be together, but it wasn’t enough to carry the book when they were constantly battling so many outside forces. On the plus side, it was a quick read, I just wish it had been a little sweeter of a ride. However, the best part of this book was the setting and the kissing. The author really woke the page up when she brought Kodiak Island so vividly to life, and I quite enjoyed those tender, intimate moments between our two MC’s. Also, Beth, Maya’s best friend, was spectacular! She was a shining star that brought a lot of comedic levity and made me laugh out loud quite a few times. I wish we had more of her to counterbalance all the doom and gloom.
♥ Rec it? Sigh, I don’t even know. No? Maybe? If you like your romance angst-heavy and drama-infused, this one will probably be right up your alley. However, if you’re over all the tropes used in NA, you’ll probably be over this book before you even start it.
♥ A very special thanks to Bloomsbury Spark and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.
I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥
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