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The Edge of Juniper – Lora Richardson (Book Review)

The author provided me with this ebook for review, and I sincerely thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. Also, this is no way affects my opinions of the book.

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Title : The Edge of Juniper

Author : Lora Richardson

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Genre : YA Contemporary

Released on : 12th June 2016 (Kindle edition)

Summary

Goodreads summary :

“You’re off-limits, so why can’t I stop thinking about you?”

Fay Whitaker, sixteen years old and yearning for adventure, is excited to spend the summer with her fearless cousin Celia in small-town Juniper, Indiana.

But Fay soon discovers that her summer home is not what she expected. She is alarmed by her uncle’s temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. Celia handles the tension at home by escaping with her boyfriend, leaving Fay with time on her hands—time that leads her straight to Malcolm Dearing, off-limits because of his last name. Fay is captivated by Malcolm’s warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more.


Fay and Celia are launched on a journey, and each must attempt to navigate the thrilling and unpredictable world of love. Everything Fay thinks she knows about love is put to the test, as relationships unfold and reveal themselves in ways she never before dreamed.

General Thoughts

Firstly, let’s appreciate the cover. I generally tend to dislike covers which have actual human models on them, but somehow the fading of the colours and the font of the title completely works for me. Lovely cover.

As for the book, it was, at best, good. A very simple, mild romance novel about a girl who moves to Juniper to spend the summer with her cousin, The Edge of Juniper is nothing special or extraordinary, but at the same time is a good, rainy-day, quick read.

Pros

1. Pace and Length : When a contemporary novel gets too lengthy, it tends to get on my nerves. Thankfully, this novel was well within the boundaries of a normal-length contemporary novel, and pretty much wrapped up everything within a very short length.

2. Family Dynamics : I love it when YA contemporary includes family dynamics and on general, family relationships as a central theme to the plot. In this aspect, this book works wonders because we get to read about different types of families and their different aspects.

3. Portrayal of abusive relationship : I’ve read a few books where abusive relationships are mainly expressed through violent sex and (sometimes) physical abuse. Somehow, I never get that emotional aspect to an abusive relationship, which I got in this book. Also, the book focuses on a teenage abusive relationship and that portrayal is very well done. The mental turmoil which foes through the victim, the constant hope that maybe the relationship has true love, the expectation that maybe intimacy would solve all problems and the final realization of the reality are all extremely well portrayed from a teen’s point of view.

Cons

1. Bland and boring : For a genre which boasts of masterpieces like I’ll Give You the Sun, Since You’ve Been Gone etc., it’s difficult for this book to be noticed, let alone stand out. It was a bland read, and nothing really stood out or created a spark or made any deep impact. It’s nothing special, absolutely ordinary and tends to get boring quite a lot. Mainly, it’s not a book which could hold my attention.

2. Generic plot : Even though it’s not compulsory for an author to create something out-of-the-box or unique, conforming to the generic tropes and storylines should be stopped. High time. The story felt like I had read it a hundred times before,and I already knew how it would end way before it ended. It’s a book which, if I ripped out twenty random pages in between and still continued reading, I would still have been able to understand what’s going on.

Recommend to?

If you want a quick, simple teenage love story.

A ‘good book’ or a ‘good read’?

A simple read. An ordinary book.

My Rating

2.5/5 stars

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