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The Edge of Falling

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Sorrow can be seductive—but can hope triumph over heartbreak? A dark and searing novel from the author of When You Were Mine.

Caggie never wanted to be a hero, but some things are decided for us. Growing up among Manhattan’s social elite, Caggie always had everything a girl could want, including a storied last name. But after saving a girl from the brink of suicide, Caggie becomes infamous, and now all she wants is to be left alone.

After all, she’s still reeling from the recent death of her younger sister, the subsequent destruction of her relationship with high school boyfriend, Trevor, and the way in which her family has since fallen apart.

So when mysterious Astor appears on the Upper East Side, he just might be the rescue she needs. But what is he hiding? As life as she knew it begins to unravel, Caggie realizes Astor’s past may be as dark as her own. And in a world in which she’s been branded a hero, Caggie will soon discover that no one can rescue you…not until you save yourself.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 06, 2014 – Last spring, Caggie (short for Mcalister) Caulfield lost her younger sister and saved a classmate named Kristen from jumping off a New York City building. As school starts up again, Caggie is no longer with her longtime boyfriend, Trevor; her father is absent; her mother is more superficial than ever; her older brother is acting weird; her best friend is attending another school; and there’s a mysterious new boy named Astor who keeps showing up everywhere she goes. Worse, everyone at Caggie’s private academy insists on congratulating Caggie for saving Kristen when she feels like anything but a hero. There’s something about that night on the roof that Caggie is holding back, and only she and Kristen know the truth. Serle’s (When You Were Mine) prose is lyrical and holds up well to the heavy emotions in this story. That Caggie’s name, dark moods, and Manhattan meanderings echo those of Salinger’s Holden Caulfield is intentional on the author’s part, driving the story’s momentum as her heroine reckons with the truth of her past. Ages 14–up.

Customer Reviews


Best book ever! Captivating, heart wrenching and believable. Serle has done it again.

The Edge of Falling
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Grades 9 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coming of Age
  • Published: Mar 18, 2014
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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