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Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he'd spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn't mean returning to New Harbor. Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she's l Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he'd spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn't mean returning to New Harbor. Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she's lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever. People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn't sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find --- and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?


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Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he'd spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn't mean returning to New Harbor. Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she's l Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he'd spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn't mean returning to New Harbor. Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she's lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever. People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn't sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find --- and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?

30 review for The Leading Edge of Now

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    TRIGGER WARNING – Rape. You know, I used to think trigger warnings were unimportant, until someone commented on one of my reviews thanking me for putting up a trigger warning because they didn’t want to experience this kind of trauma again. That sure changed my perspective. I’m not surprised this author managed to write another emotional roller coaster after reading her debut – The One Thing – and loving it so much. Even though her main characters are unlikeable at times, sarcastic and passive-ag TRIGGER WARNING – Rape. You know, I used to think trigger warnings were unimportant, until someone commented on one of my reviews thanking me for putting up a trigger warning because they didn’t want to experience this kind of trauma again. That sure changed my perspective. I’m not surprised this author managed to write another emotional roller coaster after reading her debut – The One Thing – and loving it so much. Even though her main characters are unlikeable at times, sarcastic and passive-aggressive, even, her writing blows me away each time. This is the type of story you can’t stop reading, not necessarily entirely because you’re sucked into the story or deeply invested in the characters (although both of those things can be true), but because the writing just FLOWS and to stop reading this book is to interrupt a river from flowing. It does slow down in the last 60-ish pages, seeing that by that point the ‘‘climax’’ had already occurred and the rest of the story is more of a long epilogue than the continuation of a plot, so be sure that if the writing hadn’t kept me engaged, I would have removed at least a .5 in my rating. Thank goodness for beautiful and lyrical writing that conjures emotions as well as poets themselves. This is the story of a girl with a broken past that slowly makes its way into her present. Grace doesn’t think she can handle the hurt, shame, pressure, but she doesn’t need to be alone in this, and indeed there are people ready to help her deal and move on. Grace may be a victim… but what she has yet to realize is that she is a survivor, too. Very moving. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emer

    Now published! Trigger Warning: rape The Leading Edge of Now is a compelling and moving read about a young teenage girl named Grace. Not only is Grace dealing with the death of her beloved father, she is also trying to figure out what exactly happened one night two years ago when she was passed out on Ambien. She thinks she knows. But her doubts plague her. The unknown violation plagues her. And most importantly the guilt she feels eats get alive This wasn't a book I necessarily enjoyed reading bec Now published! Trigger Warning: rape The Leading Edge of Now is a compelling and moving read about a young teenage girl named Grace. Not only is Grace dealing with the death of her beloved father, she is also trying to figure out what exactly happened one night two years ago when she was passed out on Ambien. She thinks she knows. But her doubts plague her. The unknown violation plagues her. And most importantly the guilt she feels eats get alive This wasn't a book I necessarily enjoyed reading because the heavy subject matter was quite emotionally exhausting, but it certainly was a book that moved me deeply and one that I'm very pleased I read. Grace was a very relatable main character and her ways of dealing with her grief and anxiety made for heart wrenching stuff. She felt very vibrant as a character and I truly think that most if not all readers would be able to connect with her as a character on some level because of how well drawn she is. I also really enjoyed the dynamics between Grace and her best friend Janna, her ex-boyfriend Owen and the McAllister family at large as this whole family were wonderfully developed as supporting characters and they each had brilliantly described backstories. This book feels hugely profound as it deals with survivor's guilt. It deals with feelings of shame that victims of sexual crimes experience. And all these important issues are handled incredibly sensitively in my opinion. A wonderfully developed YA book with great characters and an important message. Dropping my rating one star because at times I felt the pace of the book to be a little off but overall this was very thought provoking and definitely a book I would recommend. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Kids Can Press, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    One of my favourite Netgalleys of all time!! So beautiful, heart-breaking, lovely and moving, definitely go read it as soon as it comes out!! This book hit me right in the feels!! I loved that Owen & Grace had a backstory and it wasn't insta-love at all! They were so cute together and I ship them so much. They were always rooting for each other even when everything was terrible and ASDFGDSSAASFAHFHASA they are so cute!!! But just the development of every single character in this book is spot o One of my favourite Netgalleys of all time!! So beautiful, heart-breaking, lovely and moving, definitely go read it as soon as it comes out!! This book hit me right in the feels!! I loved that Owen & Grace had a backstory and it wasn't insta-love at all! They were so cute together and I ship them so much. They were always rooting for each other even when everything was terrible and ASDFGDSSAASFAHFHASA they are so cute!!! But just the development of every single character in this book is spot on?! Like, you could literally name any main or side character and I would begin gushing about how well written they all were. I LOVE ALL OF THESE CHARACTERS SO MUCH I AM SCREAMING!!!!!! Sorrynotsorry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ BUT THEY ARE ALL PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!! And it was quite a short book which I liked. The pacing was good and it didn't drag! I was really sad when it was over, but the length was perfect!! And the ending was beautiful. You need to read it to see what I mean, which is something I highly recommend doing. It just fit so well and was a little unexpected too! This book also deals with heavy stuff, but it is quite sensitive and a really powerful novel. Though it tackles some heavy stuff, this fits in with the book and was done really well. I want to rate it five stars, but it was just missing a little extra something that I can't put my finger on. It was definitely a completely amazing read though!! Highly recommend this one to all readers of YA! (Also, let's take a moment to appreciate this cover. Go look at it again, you didn't see it properly the first time!) Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a review copy! All opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anja

    *5 OUTSTANDING STARS* Before I start, my review will not do justice to this book, so can anyone who doesn’t have this book on their tbr yet, go add this right now?!? This was my first approved Netgalley book and I did not expect it to be this good. This emotional rollercoaster is about Grace, who lost both her innocence and her father in a matter of weeks and ends up in foster care for two years. She then finally gets claimed by her only living relative, her uncle Dusty, only to be brought back to *5 OUTSTANDING STARS* Before I start, my review will not do justice to this book, so can anyone who doesn’t have this book on their tbr yet, go add this right now?!? This was my first approved Netgalley book and I did not expect it to be this good. This emotional rollercoaster is about Grace, who lost both her innocence and her father in a matter of weeks and ends up in foster care for two years. She then finally gets claimed by her only living relative, her uncle Dusty, only to be brought back to the place she used to love, but where her life fell apart one fateful summer. Do you know the kind of book that just grips you by the throat and refuses to let go? Yeah, this is one of those books. I was hooked right from the start! The writing and pacing was just phenomenal. I don’t want to spoil too much about the story because you really need to experience it all firsthand. The way she finally learns to deal with her grief, anxiety and guilt, reconnects with the people from her past and finds out what actually happened that fateful night... This will destroy your faith in humanity and restore it. It’s heartbreaking, it’s real, and it’s beautiful. Grace is a really brave and inspirational female lead, effortlessly hilarious one moment, yet manages to make you cry your eyes out the next. She’s not your typical contemporary heroine and I loved that about her. Owen is perfect book boyfriend material, so supportive and kind, and I just want to hug him. Their character development was spot on, and this whole book just moved me immensely. Strongly recommend everyone to pick this one up asap! Beware though, this deals with some heavy topics like rape, grief and death, but delivers a powerful message. Received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    4 Sep '18 update: RELEASE DAY TODAY! This book really surprised me, I did not expect it to be this good! Having not read any other books by the author and the title giving little away, I went into this one a bit blind. Also, having just read Courtney Summer's Sadie, which I loved, I thought it would be hard for my next YA read to make a mark. Well, I can tell you that The Leading Edge of Now has definitely made one. The tale of the main protagonist Grace, is a sad one. Becoming an orphan at the a 4 Sep '18 update: RELEASE DAY TODAY! This book really surprised me, I did not expect it to be this good! Having not read any other books by the author and the title giving little away, I went into this one a bit blind. Also, having just read Courtney Summer's Sadie, which I loved, I thought it would be hard for my next YA read to make a mark. Well, I can tell you that The Leading Edge of Now has definitely made one. The tale of the main protagonist Grace, is a sad one. Becoming an orphan at the age of 15, Grace has to deal with the nightmares of what happened to her that night at her uncle's house. After two years in foster care, Grace now returns to her uncle's house who finally requested her custody. Grace is back at the town where she used to spend all her holidays, met her best friend and found a boyfriend. Convinced that Grace knows who abused her 2 years ago, she is suddenly realising that she might have got it wrong and blamed the wrong person. If it wasn't Grace's boyfriend Owen, then who raped Grace that night? I am impressed with Curtis' incredible writing. The story comes to life and every element of it feels very real. "When you're a virgin for 15 years of your life, it's pretty easy to tell when you suddenly aren't. And even if you don't remember it when you wake up the next morning, and even if the boy has long since gone, the tale is crystal clear." The book tackles a very sensitive subject without an unnecessary detail describing the act, however, rather by portraying the raw feelings and pain of the victim afterwards. I loved this book. The story resonated with me and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I would say it is a contemporary YA Must Read and I really really hope it gets as much attention as it deserves. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warning: rape. Let’s start this review by saying that this book is simply outstanding. The story this book tells is not an easy one, but it manages to do so in a very admirable way. All the characters are very well crafted, Grace especially. Her story and her bravery truly moved me. The emotions the author describes are raw and real, something that I appreciated very much considering the fa The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warning: rape. Let’s start this review by saying that this book is simply outstanding. The story this book tells is not an easy one, but it manages to do so in a very admirable way. All the characters are very well crafted, Grace especially. Her story and her bravery truly moved me. The emotions the author describes are raw and real, something that I appreciated very much considering the fact I was reading a YA novel. “The leading edge of now” is filled with pain, trauma, loss and so much more but in the end there’s also a little ray of hope, something that keeps all the characters going, something to believe in. I applaud Marci Lyn Curtis for being able to write such an authentic and important story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus

    Content warnings for sexual assault, alcoholism, drug abuse, foster care, and grief. I don’t think I’ve ever agonised about a book review as much or for as long as I have for this book. See, I’m conflicted. I absolutely loved the style of writing and most of the pieces that made up the main character. I also highlighted so many sentences that I want to read to you so you can sigh with me about how perfectly they capture the feel of the story. I want to bathe in sentences that are simultaneously b Content warnings for sexual assault, alcoholism, drug abuse, foster care, and grief. I don’t think I’ve ever agonised about a book review as much or for as long as I have for this book. See, I’m conflicted. I absolutely loved the style of writing and most of the pieces that made up the main character. I also highlighted so many sentences that I want to read to you so you can sigh with me about how perfectly they capture the feel of the story. I want to bathe in sentences that are simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking like these: Now would be the proper time to speak. But I’m pretty sure that my mouth has been blown apart and then reattached backward and inside out, a couple of miles north of my vocal cords. I can feel all the loose ends in my life tangling around my ankles like seaweed, threatening to pull me under. Memories are like land mines that I step on everywhere I turn. At the same time, this book pushed so many of my buttons. I don’t expect other readers to feel the same way as I do about the niggles I had because hopefully your experiences have been different than mine, but I try to write authentic reviews and I can’t do that if I gloss over the not so shiny things in life. The story begins with Grace moving in with her only living relative, her uncle Rusty, who has been MIA from Grace’s life since her Dad died. Grace has been in foster care for the past two years and has been dealing with her grief by herself, as well as the impacts of a sexual assault she experienced a few weeks before her father died. The aftermath of sexual assault is painfully authentic in Grace’s character. The lingering shame, self doubt, fear, anger, grief and many other legacies of sexual assault are explored. I loved Grace’s resilience and bonded with her over her ability to speak sarcasm fluently. She thinks she knows who raped her but, because of medication she’d taken, that night is almost entirely a blank. As a result she doesn’t know who to trust and I wound up suspicious of almost everyone at some point in the book so I felt the author did a great job of creating an atmosphere of uncertainty. While this book tackles some big issues the swoonfest diluted their impact for me. Boy wonder was a sweetheart but I would have liked him much more if he wasn’t so frustratingly perfect. As a huge romantiphobe I wouldn’t have chosen to read this book had I realised that swooning was going to be as prevalent as it was. Longing, fiercer and more powerful than ever, is a hand on my back, propelling me toward him. Had I bypassed this book I would have avoided sentences like that one and been relieved of some annoyance and nausea, but I also would have missed out on some stellar ‘I have to highlight this!’ writing. I wish that the lovey dovey parts had been replaced by friendship and banter between Grace and boy wonder but I expect most readers will love the romantic interludes. What really annoyed me was that it seemed that no matter what Grace was facing everything eventually boiled down to whether boy wonder still liked her or not. I felt that where Owen was mysteriously going at exactly the same time every Saturday fell within Captain Obvious’ jurisdiction and there were a few other developments that I picked up on well before they were revealed. I mention this only because I usually suck at knowing what’s going to happen in a book before it does. So, this is probably where my review will start to sound like a therapy session. Apologies in advance. Some of the characters seemed to waft into a scene to impart the knowledge required for the next step in the investigation before disappearing from the book entirely and the mystery of who raped Grace unfolded too easily for me. I almost stopped reading the book when I found out who the rapist was because I didn’t find it believable that it was this particular person. I despised Rusty’s character even though I think he was supposed to be sweet, if misguided. When the care of a traumatised teenager has been entrusted to you then irresponsibility is never going to be cute or endearing. I wanted to yell at him or smack him off the page or something. I wouldn’t have thought it possible to envy someone’s experience in foster care but apparently it is. Grace only has two foster placements in two years and the second set of foster parents sounded like they should have been nominated for Foster Carers of the Year. While it’s refreshing to hear that good foster parents do exist the foster kids I’ve known haven’t lived in any award winning homes. It would have been more realistic to me if Grace had had some dodgy placements before hitting the foster kid jackpot. The takeaway seemed to be (to me but you may not read it like this) that if you are raped it’s your responsibility to report it to the police to protect that person’s other potential victims. This puts so much pressure on a person who is already traumatised and while I’m all for reporting if that’s what the person wants to do it is their choice. While it would be incredible if the justice system actually dispensed justice in these cases it can be harmful to someone who has experienced sexual assault to attach their healing to an outcome for the perpetrator. On RAINN’s website there are statistics that I thought of when the characters were trying to push Grace to go to the police. “Out of every 1,000 rapes, 994 perpetrators will walk free. 310 are reported to police. 57 reports lead to arrest. 11 cases get referred to prosecutors. 7 cases will lead to a felony conviction. 6 rapists will be incarcerated.” I don’t quote this to discourage anyone from reporting sexual assault. I’ve personally reported some sexual assaults but not others so I can see the benefits and pitfalls of both options. I only want to say that if you have experienced sexual assault it’s your choice whether you report or not. Reporting is not the only path to healing. I’d give this book 3.5 stars but am rounding up to 4. Thank you to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    TW: rape/sexual assault (including flashbacks) I was immensely moved by this book. This is a story about a teenager named Grace who is attempting to cope with the loss of a family member while, at the same time, experiencing intense anxiety and guilt over being raped in her past. This was a heartbreaking and critically important story that I was thankful to have read. One aspect I found particularly significant in this book was exploring the feelings Grace had over being sexually assaulted. Specif TW: rape/sexual assault (including flashbacks) I was immensely moved by this book. This is a story about a teenager named Grace who is attempting to cope with the loss of a family member while, at the same time, experiencing intense anxiety and guilt over being raped in her past. This was a heartbreaking and critically important story that I was thankful to have read. One aspect I found particularly significant in this book was exploring the feelings Grace had over being sexually assaulted. Specifically, the guilt that she has about not speaking up about what happened to her. This story takes place two years after the rape itself, but Grace continues to hold this in due to very real fears that victims of sexual assault have. She worries that no one would believe her, and that she would take the fault; and she's very afraid that it's too late to tell anyone what really happened. I thought this was a highly relevant part of the story because of the huge amount of victim blaming that happens in our society. With Grace, we can truly understand and feel how intensely afraid she is to speak out because of how others would react. This is a crucial lesson that readers can take away and think about. Additionally, I absolutely loved the writing style of this book. The author did an excellent job with descriptions and word choice. Grace, and the other characters, felt very realistic because of how well written they were. I found the writing to be very beautiful and and it made it interesting to read. The only minor issue I had with this book was that it took me a little while to get in to it. I wasn't exactly intrigued from the very beginning. This didn't last long though; I really connected with the story later on, and once I did, it really impacted me and I was glad that I continued to read it. Overall, this story was extremely moving and I believe it will impact many. I could really feel for Grace. Her story was one that will stay with me, and it will only continue to be relevant and important in our society as a whole. All my thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    mo

    I knew that coming here would unearth all sorts of nasty memories. And just standing here, I’m hit with a multilayered emotion that’s heartache and shame and panic, my past so close I can sense it brushing against the fine hairs on the back of my neck. I think I originally requested this title to read and review because of a few things: a) that gorgeous cover, b) I want to stretch myself out of my reading comfort zone a bit and read more contemporaries, and c) this part of its blurb: “an hone I knew that coming here would unearth all sorts of nasty memories. And just standing here, I’m hit with a multilayered emotion that’s heartache and shame and panic, my past so close I can sense it brushing against the fine hairs on the back of my neck. I think I originally requested this title to read and review because of a few things: a) that gorgeous cover, b) I want to stretch myself out of my reading comfort zone a bit and read more contemporaries, and c) this part of its blurb: “an honest and emotional story that will resonate with the wide range of readers impacted by sexual assault.” - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Before this review really gets going, here’s some content warnings for this novel (and mentions of these topics in the review): rape (including flashbacks and discussions), death of a parent, PTSD, panic attacks, foster care experiences (non-abusive). To be kind of personal here (sorry), I am one of those “readers impacted by sexual assault.” It’s years in my past now, but while I’m in a far better place now that I was before, being a survivor will forever mark me, at least in some way. I’m not saying that it’s my whole identity, because it’s not. But it’s a big scar in my memories, even if it’s healed. So. While every reading experience is inherently shaped by one’s own experiences and perception of the world, this book felt extra-personal to me. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Now that we have that established, what’s this novel about? The Leading Edge of Now is a contemporary novel set in small-town, coastal Florida. The protagonist, Grace, is being taken into her uncle Rusty’s custody after spending two years in the foster care system. An orphan who copes through a very selective pattern of sticky-fingers pickpocketing and through ferociously practicing the violin, Grace has a wry, prickly personality coupled with loads of grief from the death of her beloved father. The novel’s plot is set in motion by Grace coming back into contact with Owen, her former boyfriend who she is believes betrayed her; Owen’s sister and Grace’s frozen-out ex-bestie, Janna; and other people she used to know in beachy New Harbor. Did Owen breach her trust? Can she find a way to seek justice? Did her uncle know about what happened two years ago? How can Grace find a home in a place holding so many heavy memories? Those questions and more are posed to Grace as she unravels what happened to her and finds a support system. I want to step back a bit from the plot to mention that the setting was very well-realized. (I have a thing for settings, okay? I always have to mention the setting.) I lived in Florida a while back (okay, maybe 10 years), and while I never lived in small-town Gulf-coast Florida, the depiction of New Harbor felt real and alive. I could easily envision her uncle’s house, the local diner, and other locations. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Now to discuss the characters. There’s no way he had time to think about it, no way his reply is anything but a canned response. I’m not looking for canned. I need honesty. Or else, a well-crafted lie. Anything that shows me he cares, at least a little. Grace has major trust issues, and rightly so. Her experiences in the two years prior to the novel’s first scene would make a cynic out of even the most optimistic of people. My heart absolutely ached for her, and I cheered along with her in righteous (or even indignant) anger. But her sense of humor also clicked with me. It’s the kind of humor I use sometimes to cope with The Bad Shit™. Healing isn’t as simple as receiving some stock apology and “forgiving” someone, and you can’t just tell someone to move on and expect them to do so. Marci Lyn Curtis did a great job with her. Rusty caused me some issues at first. His negligence and blithe facade were the last things that Grace needed, and I spent a good portion of the book being frustrated with him right alongside her. Still, Curtis doesn’t paint Rusty with one all-over color. She gives him depth, and while I still think that how he handled Grace’s custody was painfully bad, he shows genuine remorse and makes actual efforts at doing the right thing. His grief and insecurities ultimately made him sympathetic, even if I’d still want to give him a good long talking-to if I ever met him in real life. Owen was interesting. I was very unsure about him during the early portions of the novel, as Grace was. I have a hard time trusting men in meatspace, so I was fully ready to straight-up launch Owen into the sun if Grace’s suspicions proved right. I won’t spoil anything here, but as with Rusty, I appreciated that Curtis gave pretty much every character dimensionality. ◊ Quick sidenote before I discuss a few other characters: while the characters are all given depth, sexual assault and rape are never, ever excused or blamed on victims in the novel. The implicit and explicit text of the book states that rape is an awful, inexcusable crime which is often committed by people known by the victim prior to the assault, not strangers. The author’s note at the end and provided support links to victims of assault make it clear that this novel’s purpose is to provide a story which shows victims that they are not alone. ◊ Janna was a good surprise. She and Grace fell out of touch through all-too-common misunderstandings (which make sense in the context and are not unrealistically overdramatized), despite being best friends for many years. She isn’t presented as a stereotypical mean rival or discredited for being attractive and outgoing, two things I hate to see in secondary female characters. She and Grace’s journey and their bond with each other were written beautifully. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I’ve waited so long for an apology, and now that I have one, I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel. Does it matter to me? Yes. Does it make everything alright? Not really. Before I end this review, I want to discuss the themes and messages of the novel a bit. I said earlier that the novel does not excuse rapists or assaulters. It absolutely does not, and I love it for that. The last thing I need when reading a book that mentions a subject so heavy and so incredibly personal to me is to see the author explain away why “the perpetrator had their reasons” or some similar bullshit. I want stories that embrace survivors with open arms, acknowledging that what was done to them was not okay, not even remotely. This novel provides one of those stories. It also has this beautiful message of hope that avoids faux-positivity crud that makes my skin crawl. I don’t need to be told an asinine thing like “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent” - something that was actually said to me, y’all, I shit you not - like...what happened to me was without my consent. If I feel bad feelings about it, I’m not going to pretend like that’s my fault. No victim should. This novel takes that idea of positivity and puts it right in the garbage where it belongs. It instead proffers the idea that for real healing to occur, not only is acknowledgment of trauma important, but a support system and the knowledge that what happened to you was real and not your fault is as well. For bridges to be mended between people, real efforts at and actions of reconciliation - not just words of apology - are vital. So, would I recommend The Leading Edge of Now? Yes, wholeheartedly, if you are in a headspace where you can read about the topics it addresses. I thought the ending was a little too neat, and there was a line about librarians/libraries that made me both laugh and roll my eyes (y’all, public libraries are often not silent or stodgy places anymore), I both sped through this and “enjoyed” it. (“Enjoyed” because it was a difficult and emotional read, but it was ultimately cathartic for me.) I hope this novel gets some love. This novel was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley. All quotes are taken from a pre-release copy. blog | instagram | twitter

  10. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW by Marci Lyn Curtis in exchange for my honest review.*** Holy unexpected awesomeness, Batman. What if your father died and you spent two years languishing in foster care right after you were sexually assaulted by your boyfriend Owen while you were passed out on Ambien? What if you spent those last two years blaming yourself, unable to talk to your best friend, because she’s Owen’s sister? What if you’re now liv ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW by Marci Lyn Curtis in exchange for my honest review.*** Holy unexpected awesomeness, Batman. What if your father died and you spent two years languishing in foster care right after you were sexually assaulted by your boyfriend Owen while you were passed out on Ambien? What if you spent those last two years blaming yourself, unable to talk to your best friend, because she’s Owen’s sister? What if you’re now living with your uncle, and Owen lives right next door? What if you were wrong and Owen wasn’t your rapist? Marci Lyn Curtis gave Grace a haunting, memorable voice, steeped in raw pain and gorgeous words. I can’t remember when I highlighted so many beautiful phrases. The blurb for THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW doesn’t begin to capture the specialness of this gem. The story is so special I’m not sure I can put all the reasons why into one review. Grace’s character is imperfect and complex and messy and completely understandable. She’s tough on people and slow to trust, but who wouldn’t be after losing her only parent and waiting for two years for her only relative to seek custody. She’s wounded, but who isn’t after sexual assault, grief and abandonment. And she’s not so hurt that she’s a trope of the victim/survivor who pushes everyone away only thinking of herself until a Hero breaks through her shell. Grace is her own hero, with support. I want to read every book Curtis has written and want her to write more books as quickly as possible. #TheLeadingEdgeOfNow is a book I will reread and perpetually recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    TW: rape (not graphic but frequently mentioned) It took me almost the entirety of this book to figure out how I felt about it. That might not seem significant, but I’m the type of reader who can usually get a sense of whether a book is working for me within a few chapters. Not with The Leading Edge of Now. I had a lot of high expectations for this novel going in, being that I have long considered Curtis’s The One Thing to be one of my favorite YA contemporary novels. With her newest release, I quic TW: rape (not graphic but frequently mentioned) It took me almost the entirety of this book to figure out how I felt about it. That might not seem significant, but I’m the type of reader who can usually get a sense of whether a book is working for me within a few chapters. Not with The Leading Edge of Now. I had a lot of high expectations for this novel going in, being that I have long considered Curtis’s The One Thing to be one of my favorite YA contemporary novels. With her newest release, I quickly found myself having to throw my expectations out the window. This book is an odd combination of the fluffiness of a Morgan Matson/Kasie West/Sarah Dessen novel and thoughtful examination of sexual assault, grief, anxiety, trauma, and family. The novel follows Grace Cochran, a teenage girl who has been in foster care following the sudden death of her father. Grace is moving back in with her uncle, back to the town where her former best friend and boyfriend are living. Grace is also coping with the trauma of having been sexually assaulted right before her father’s death. I struggled a lot with the beginning simply because of how romance heavy it was, and I’m notoriously picky with my romances. However, as the story goes on, the romance shifts more into a subplot, the story becoming much more introspective as Grace confronts the loose threads in her life. No, it’s not as sarcastic and funny as The One Thing, but that’s okay. That wasn’t what this story needed. Where it shines is in the way it uses the main character to explore heavier themes in a thoughtful and sensitive way. I nod, even though I know that I won’t. I’ve been dealing with Dad’s death for nearly two years. The therapist thing? I’ve done it. I took all my loss and all my guilt and all my sadness, and I handed it to my therapist in a little box. We opened it together and examined everything inside. The five stages of grief? I’ve gone through them. I denied and blamed and cried and screamed and punched pillows. This isn’t to say that I’ve gotten over Dad’s death. You don’t ever get over losing someone you love. Grief isn’t something you can hurdle. It’s something you carry on your back. You just find a way to cart it around without letting the weight of it fold you in half. You learn to live with it, because you don’t have a choice. The end of this one really pulled it together for me. The story comes into fruition in a satisfying way that made this one a worthwhile reading experience. Recommended for fans of YA contemporary - both fluffy and heavy (this one is a great middle that I think makes it the perfect summer contemporary read). So excited to see what Marci Lyn Curtis does next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    3 stars TW: rape After reading all the stellar reviews of this book, I was kind of sad that I didn't love it as much as everyone else did. I thought the message was pretty great--about grief and moving on and surviving no matter what life throws at you. And Grace was a really strong character and seeing how she moved on and dealt with this was really heartwarming (also heartbreaking at how many terrible things life has thrown at her). But I felt like some of the execution was a little off to me. Lik 3 stars TW: rape After reading all the stellar reviews of this book, I was kind of sad that I didn't love it as much as everyone else did. I thought the message was pretty great--about grief and moving on and surviving no matter what life throws at you. And Grace was a really strong character and seeing how she moved on and dealt with this was really heartwarming (also heartbreaking at how many terrible things life has thrown at her). But I felt like some of the execution was a little off to me. Like, I liked how they went and tried to track down her rapist, but I also feel like it was a little far-fetched that they could actually find him and managed to track everything down. Grace didn't even know anything about that night, and only through a some-what rushed series of scenes where they went from one person to the next asking them about that night were they able to figure out who the rapist was. It just felt a little far-fetched and underdeveloped, because they started off with literally nothing and the wrong person, and somehow wheedled the proper information out of people without any red herrings or intentional deception. It was like the book was a coming-of-age/acceptance novel, with a half-developed mystery sub plot of discovering who Grace's rapist was. I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the mystery was taken out or just developed more, because right now it felt like it was just in the awkward middle area. But, despite this, I still enjoyed the character relationships. I think Grace's familial relationships with Rusty and Eleanor and even Rusty's new girlfriend-turned-wife, Faith, were very well done and I loved seeing how they moved on from their grief over Grace's dad's death. I also really liked how Grace and Janna mended their friendship because friendship themes are so important and I just totally adore what it added to the novel. But, I wasn't too into the relationship between Grace and Owen. I know so many people talked about how they loved it, but I was just...not into it. It's not like Grace and Owen's relationship was problematic, but I just really felt like it wasn't necessary. I think Grace's acceptance story plus an expanded mystery would have really filled the gaps and let the book be more impactful. Their romance was cute, but it just seemed sort of frivolous to me, and I also had a hard time letting go of the possibility that Owen was lying. Because the way Curtis dispels the notion is by telling us how the main character believed him and how he looked honest. But honestly? I didn't believe him. Maybe I'm suspicious and obviously the reader doesn't know Owen that well, but giving him that much benefit of the doubt was not something I do. Overall, this book has a lot of great messages in it, but it just ended up being okay and not really for me. I would recommend if it sounds interesting and if you'd like to read a novel on the effects of rape. Thank you so much for Kid Can Press and Netgalley for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hristina

    "I've cracked a little the last couple of years. From the stress, I'm guessing." I'm at a loss of words. I don't know how to phrase it so you understand how good this book is. I can just try. The Leading Edge of Now might be the most compelling book I've read in a long while, maybe over a year. The writing is amazing, Mrs. Curtis nailed both the pacing and the tone of the narrator, which is why this book, despite the heavy subject, was so easy to read and get lost in. Thanks to some shared experien "I've cracked a little the last couple of years. From the stress, I'm guessing." I'm at a loss of words. I don't know how to phrase it so you understand how good this book is. I can just try. The Leading Edge of Now might be the most compelling book I've read in a long while, maybe over a year. The writing is amazing, Mrs. Curtis nailed both the pacing and the tone of the narrator, which is why this book, despite the heavy subject, was so easy to read and get lost in. Thanks to some shared experience with the main character, I found the story easy to relate to, and I had a hard time putting the book down, I was excited to see the outcome. A huge thanks to Kids Can Press for the chance to read and review this book. Thanks to this book I am eager to read Marci Lyn Curtis' other book, as well as anything she might publish in the future. *Rating: 5/5 stars *Copy received through NetGalley

  14. 5 out of 5

    simeon

    Thank you to NetGalley & KCP Loft/Kids Can Press for providing me with a DRC of The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis in exchange fo an honest review. Trigger warning: rape. I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, I just couldn't. I know it was a strong book; I know it was nicely written. I simply didn't find myself falling in love. (If you asked me, I couldn't even tell you what Owen looks like. All I could say is that he lived in Australia at some point and has green eyes. I' Thank you to NetGalley & KCP Loft/Kids Can Press for providing me with a DRC of The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis in exchange fo an honest review. Trigger warning: rape. I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, I just couldn't. I know it was a strong book; I know it was nicely written. I simply didn't find myself falling in love. (If you asked me, I couldn't even tell you what Owen looks like. All I could say is that he lived in Australia at some point and has green eyes. I'm assuming he has some kind of brown, blonde mix of hair. I honestly have no clue whatsoever—and there's a reason for that.) I didn't connect with the characters. Though the plot was interesting with its twists and turns, I found myself flicking through the pages and not really reading the subplots much at all. That being said, I was reading quickly to find out the conclusion of the main plot. Therefore, it had me somewhat invested. I mean, I read it all in one sitting (so I didn't get completely bored). I do appreciate that Grace, our main character, is blunt to a degree—and I sympathise with her needs to spill her guts—but the amount of telling via dialogue about her history is verging on nauseating at times. I found myself simply not reading her backstory because it often came in info dumps, rather than being strung into the story. Perhaps it came too early in the story for me to find it stomach-able. Yet, overall, I did enjoy the book and I admire what it's doing with its messages. I liked it—I won't remember it—and feel wrong about giving it anything below half. Thus, I'm calling it a little higher. 3/5 Want more? Read the full review of TLEON on my website.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    3,5 Sterne – ich bin förmlich durch das Buch geflogen. Ich weiß nicht, ob ich noch eine ausführliche Rezension schreiben werde, aber ich will unbedingt eine Trigger Warnung für Vergewaltigung aussprechen. Der Klappentext erwähnt es nicht, in den Rezensionen wird es, wenn überhaupt, am Rande erwähnt, was mir unverständlich ist. Ich kenne mich nicht ausreichend aus, um zu beurteilen, ob es gut behandelt wurde, hatte aber den Eindruck, dass dies der Fall ist. Es war mir nur wichtig, das klarzustell 3,5 Sterne – ich bin förmlich durch das Buch geflogen. Ich weiß nicht, ob ich noch eine ausführliche Rezension schreiben werde, aber ich will unbedingt eine Trigger Warnung für Vergewaltigung aussprechen. Der Klappentext erwähnt es nicht, in den Rezensionen wird es, wenn überhaupt, am Rande erwähnt, was mir unverständlich ist. Ich kenne mich nicht ausreichend aus, um zu beurteilen, ob es gut behandelt wurde, hatte aber den Eindruck, dass dies der Fall ist. Es war mir nur wichtig, das klarzustellen. Es wird nicht beschrieben oder anderweitig dargestellt, aber das Buch dreht sich eben im Kern um das, was Grace angetan wurde, und wie sie damit umgeht.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Silvy Herondale

    4.5 ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Recensione: http://wefoundwonderlandinbooks.blogs...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Marie

    Trigger Warnings: rape, death, and grief I cannot remember the last time a book made me cry, but this was emotional and beautiful and fantastically written. I’m so grateful to have read this. The beginning hooked me immediately, and I kept reading for the amazing story that unfolded. Primarily, I loved the way Curtis wrote the book. Her words, pacing, and ability to create such dynamic characters all added to the quality way in which she formed such a poignant novel. The twist was definitely unex Trigger Warnings: rape, death, and grief I cannot remember the last time a book made me cry, but this was emotional and beautiful and fantastically written. I’m so grateful to have read this. The beginning hooked me immediately, and I kept reading for the amazing story that unfolded. Primarily, I loved the way Curtis wrote the book. Her words, pacing, and ability to create such dynamic characters all added to the quality way in which she formed such a poignant novel. The twist was definitely unexpected as well, and I couldn’t stop reading. Also, all of the emotions associated with PTSD and grief were described so well, which many authors seem to struggle with, but this story was as realistic as it was heartbreaking. Beyond what little I mentioned above, I could not hope to do this book justice through a review, so I urge to please add this to your TBR. “Suddenly I’m Faith, walking fearlessly into the unknown. I’m Eleanor, ready to speak the truth without filter. I’m Janna, writing my own story. I’m every girl, every woman, every female who has ever walked this planet in fear. I’m me, prepared to face the truth.” I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Roat

    "OH, MY SWEET HOLY LORD." I loved Marci's first novel (THE ONE THING) so freaking much, I pestered her to let me read an early draft of her new novel and... GUYS... WOW. It's so amazing. I was blown away. THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW is sooo incredibly good. I stayed in my pajamas all day to read it because I seriously couldn't put it down long enough to shower and get dressed. Add it to your TBR list now and then you can start pining away for its release. (Torture!)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Currie

    I was fortunate enough to read an early draft of this book and all I can say is WOW. This book . . . it's AMAZING. THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW is emotion, bravery, and brilliance all rolled into one. Marci Lyn Curtis is a force in the young adult arena and this newest book is one of the best contemporaries I've ever read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lola Sharp

    This book is everything you'd expect and want from a Marci book: snark that is laugh out loud funny, swoony romance, and emotional moments that make you cry and break your heart, but then puts your heart back together again better than it was before. This book is an unforgettable contemporary YA. 1000% rec.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

    Wie man es von Königskinder Verlag gewohnt ist, überzeugt er auch bei diesem Buch mit einer außergewöhnlichen, wunderschönen Aufmachung. Ich würde mir so eine Umschlaggestaltung, auch unter dem Schutzumschlag, wirklich für jedes meiner Bücher wünschen. Einfach zum Anbeten! Unter anderem sieht dieser nämlich nicht nur sehr hübsch aus, nein, die Sonnenblumen haben auch eine ganz eigene Bedeutung, die einen nach dem Lesen des Buches ganz besonders rührt. ❤ "Bei aller Schönheit, allem Wunder, aller Wie man es von Königskinder Verlag gewohnt ist, überzeugt er auch bei diesem Buch mit einer außergewöhnlichen, wunderschönen Aufmachung. Ich würde mir so eine Umschlaggestaltung, auch unter dem Schutzumschlag, wirklich für jedes meiner Bücher wünschen. Einfach zum Anbeten! Unter anderem sieht dieser nämlich nicht nur sehr hübsch aus, nein, die Sonnenblumen haben auch eine ganz eigene Bedeutung, die einen nach dem Lesen des Buches ganz besonders rührt. ❤️ "Bei aller Schönheit, allem Wunder, aller Liebe ist die Welt ein beängstigender Ort." - Seite 318 Ein weiterer Punkt, der nicht hätte besser sein können, war Marci Lyn Curtis' einmaliger Schreibstil. Diese Frau hat es einfach drauf! Im einen Moment schreibt sie so locker und lustig, als befände sie sich auf einer verzauberten, rosa Wolke, und im nächsten kann sich ihr Ton doch schlagartig zu einem ernsten und ergreifenden Augenblick entwickeln, ohne dass es irgendwie gestelzt wirkt. Dies habe ich so noch nie erlebt - in einem Moment lachst du Tränen und im nächsten rührt dich eine ihrer Weisheiten so sehr, dass du dich am liebsten nur noch im Bett verkrümeln und grübeln wölltest. Was die Autorin dir auch vermitteln, wie sich dich auch fühlen lassen will, sie übertrifft sich noch umso mehr in ihrer Umsetzung. Mit diesem Buch habe ich auch so ziemlich zum ersten Mal die wirkliche Erfahrung gemacht, dass ich mir Szenen doppelt und dreifach durchgelesen habe. Einfach um sie wirklich verinnerlichen und aufnehmen zu können. Rechts seht ihr mal ein Bild meiner Klebezettel des Buches und hier muss ich wirklich sagen, dass ich mich schon angestrengt habe, nicht alles markieren zu wollen, weil die Zettelchen mir beinahe ausgegangen waren. Pink steht hier für Situationen, bei denen ich aus vollem Herzen gelacht habe, und Lila für die weisen Zitate, die einem das Buch mitgibt. Also seht selbst ... ich habe nicht übertrieben! Das Setting Floridas und vor allem das Städtchen, in dem Grace und Rusty zusammen wohnen, hat sich super in die Geschichte eingefügt. Aufgrund der Beschreibungen der Autorin konnte ich mir alles ganz detailgetreu vorstellen und die Meerluft, die durch die Nachbarschaft streicht, regelrecht riechen. Gleichzeitig stellt diese einen extremen und gleichzeitig erschreckenden Kontrast zu Grace' Gefühlswelt, vor allem in Bezug auf den Verlust ihres Vaters, dar. "Weiterleben bedeutet nun mal nicht, die Vergangenheit unter den Teppich zu kehren. Es bedeutet, sich fürs Glücklichen zu entscheiden. Und manchmal muss man sich dafür auch den schmerzhaften Dingen stellen und sie dann loslassen" - Seite 365 Einmalig herzzerreißend war auch die Geschichte an sich. In meinen Augen hat sie sich in eine ganz andere Richtung entwickelt, als der Klappentext es andeutet, aber - Himmel - es war so gut. Grace hat in ihrer Vergangenheit nämlich etwas Schreckliches erlebt, was jedoch durch den plötzlichen Tod ihres Vaters nie aufgeklärt werden konnte, weil sie mit einem mal in Pflegefamilien steckte. Mich hat es wirklich getroffen wie vom Schlag und auf eine Achterbahn der Gefühle mitgezogen. Ich konnte mich in so vielen Situationen, die unsere Protagonistin Grace hier erlebt, wiederfinden und sie so sehr verstehen, dass ich am liebsten á la Tintenwelt in das Buch gestiegen (beziehungsweise sie rausgeholt) und sie geknuddelt hätte. Gegen Mitte des Buches entwickelt sich aus Grace' Vergangenheit ein Mysterium, das sie und auch man selbst als Leser unbedingt entschlüsseln will. Dies bringt eine ungeheure Spannung in die Geschichte, sodass man das Buch eigentlich gar nicht weglegen möchte. Und bei der Auflösung kann ich nur sagen, dass kein Herz ungebrochen bleibt. Wie sich dementsprechend also schon erahnen lässt, habe ich die Charaktere einfach abgöttisch ins Herz geschlossen und geliebt. In diesem Buch begegnen wir mit Grace einer ganz anderen Protagonistin als in anderen Young Adult Romanen, denn sie ist weder das Eine noch das Andere. Sie ist einfach ein unverbesserlicher, individueller Charakter, der jedem Leser vollstes Mitgefühl abgewinnen werden kann. Man erlebt sie im Buch in wirklich schrecklichen Situationen, die ich nicht mal meinem ärgsten Feind wünschen würde, und ebenso spürt man, wie sehr sie daran zerbricht. Und hier kommt das große ABER. Im Gegensatz zu Protagonisten aus anderen Büchern, wird sie nicht magisch durch die Liebe geheilt. Nein, sie macht aktiv und vor allem mit viel Humor etwas dagegen, nimmt es selbst in die Hand und kämpft und kämpft und kämpft. Wenn es nach mir ginge, würde ich sie zu einem der stärksten Charakteren aller Romane krönen lassen. Aber nicht nur sie war ein Charakter, von dem man sich eine Scheibe abschneiden könnte. Die Autorin hat auch Owen, Grace' Exfreund, messerscharf ausgeklügelt. Ebenso konnten mich Nebencharaktere wie Rusty, Grace' Onkel, und seine Freundin Faith, die einen gleichzeitig zum Lachen aber auch aufgrund ihrer Tiefe zum Dahinschmelzen bringen konnten, vollends begeistern. Und Eleanor, Rustys Mutter, war die Kirsche auf meinem Dessert, das Pünktchen auf meinem i. Sie war einfach toll, auch wenn sie nicht auf den ersten Blick so wirkt, aber hinter ihrer Art verbirgt sich ein wahrer Schatz. "Beziehungen sind wie Garagenflohmärkte. Von Weitem sehen sie gut aus, aber sobald man davorsteht, merkt man, dass da nur Krempel herumliegt, den man nicht braucht." - Seite 86 Fazit: Das ernsteste Young Adult Bücher, das ich je in den Händen gehalten habe. Grandios und authentisch gezeichnete Charaktere treffen hier auf einen fantastischen, humorvollen Schreibstil, der jedes Herz zum Schmelzen bringen wird. Dieses Buch konnte mir unglaublich viel abgewinnen und wiederum mitgeben. Marci Lyn Curtis hat sich für mich hiermit zu einer Autorin entwickelt, von der ich jedes Buch lesen werde.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Grace is back at her hometown and while she's dealing with the death of her father 2 years after, she also still doesn't have a clue who sexually assaulted her. You could see great characters and a beautifully written story in this book. An important, heartbreaking, and poignant read. Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. "Grief isn't something you can't hurdle. It's something you carry on your back. You just find a way to cart it Grace is back at her hometown and while she's dealing with the death of her father 2 years after, she also still doesn't have a clue who sexually assaulted her. You could see great characters and a beautifully written story in this book. An important, heartbreaking, and poignant read. Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. "Grief isn't something you can't hurdle. It's something you carry on your back. You just find a way to cart it around without letting the weight of it fold you in half. You learn to live with it, because you don't have a choice." "Relationships are like yard sales. They look good from a distance, but once you get up close, you realize that all they offer is a bunch of crap you don't need." "Moving on, I guess, isn't about glossing over the past. It's about choosing happiness. And sometimes, choosing happiness means acknowledging painful things and then letting them go." "Your dad told me once that people tend to put their stock into one of two things, luck or hope. But that when it really comes down to it, luck and hope are the same thing -- a wish, thrown up to the universe." Soundtrack: Unbreakable by Jamie Scott

  23. 4 out of 5

    allys_books

    Auch hier vergebe ich 4,5*. Das Buch hat mich wahnsinnig begeistert, hat eine so wichtige Message und es hat wahrhaftig mein Herz berührt.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I knew the first time I read THE ONE THING that Marci Lyn Curtis was going to be an author worth stalking following. I was right. And when I learned she had another book coming soon, I begged her to let me read an early draft because I simply couldn’t wait. THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW did not disappoint in a single way. Marci has a way with words that is so beautiful and endearing. Her characters are fun and fresh, yet they always take me on a deep journey as they learn more about themselves. I love I knew the first time I read THE ONE THING that Marci Lyn Curtis was going to be an author worth stalking following. I was right. And when I learned she had another book coming soon, I begged her to let me read an early draft because I simply couldn’t wait. THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW did not disappoint in a single way. Marci has a way with words that is so beautiful and endearing. Her characters are fun and fresh, yet they always take me on a deep journey as they learn more about themselves. I loved Grace instantly. She is funny, but struggling with the grief of losing her father and being shuttled off to her Uncle’s place. Now she’s living beside her ex-best friend and the guy she used to care about but isn’t sure she can trust. There’s also that thing she keeps bottled up—that I’m not going to spoil, but is written so well and shattered my heart into itty bitty pieces. To cope, Grace picks pockets. She has a collection of wallets she keeps hidden, but never keeps the money from inside—instead, she mails it off to charities and shelters. It’s the thrill of the steal for her, nothing more. To say Grace has a lot going on is an understatement, but I loved her so much. I wanted things to get better for her. I wanted only the best things for her. And I wanted good things for those around her, too. This book had me often rooting for (and sometimes suspecting) every character. It is STUNNING. Marci Lyn Curtis has written another gem to be devoured. I could not put it down. I also laughed a lot. And cried a lot. And probably had every feel you can get reading a book, which is the best kind of book. If you like YA Contemporary, add THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW to your TBR. I promise, you won’t be sorry.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Flynn

    Oh hello, beautiful book! Welcome to Goodreads! I was fortunate enough to read this one early and, well, I'm obsessed with it. It's exactly the kind of YA contemporary that I gravitate toward because it feels achingly real and so authentic. I know it's cliché to say "I couldn't put that book down!" but... I really couldn't put this one down. THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW is raw, honest, gripping, and continually surprising. It's a book everyone should put on their 2018 TBRs as soon as humanly possible Oh hello, beautiful book! Welcome to Goodreads! I was fortunate enough to read this one early and, well, I'm obsessed with it. It's exactly the kind of YA contemporary that I gravitate toward because it feels achingly real and so authentic. I know it's cliché to say "I couldn't put that book down!" but... I really couldn't put this one down. THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW is raw, honest, gripping, and continually surprising. It's a book everyone should put on their 2018 TBRs as soon as humanly possible!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)

    "When you’re a virgin for fifteen years of your life, it’s pretty easy to tell when you suddenly aren’t." I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. The Leading Edge of Now made my skin crawl. You know that feeling you get when you think you're being watched? That's pretty much what it feels like to read this book. The little hairs o "When you’re a virgin for fifteen years of your life, it’s pretty easy to tell when you suddenly aren’t." I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. The Leading Edge of Now made my skin crawl. You know that feeling you get when you think you're being watched? That's pretty much what it feels like to read this book. The little hairs on the back of my neck stood on end, and I barely breathed while I waited for the other shoe to drop. It was hard watching Grace revisit the ghosts of her past, and I desperately wished she hadn't been alone for so many years. She really needed her friends, but she'd already isolated everyone by that point. At the beginning, I had a hard time connecting with Grace as a character. She would say or think things that were meant to be funny or sarcastic, but they came across feeling forced and unnatural. However, there were times the comments were so unexpected they surprised a laugh out of me. "But in New Harbor, where it’s so quiet, a squirrel scurrying up a tree sounds like an assassin wading through the sawgrass with a hatchet." She grew on me towards the end, and I learned to appreciate her personality. I wish some of the people in Grace's life had been more proactive. After her dad died, she didn't really have anyone in her corner. There was no support system, and she was left to deal with her grief on her own. Sexual assault, the death of her father -- she was 15-years old. When she starts searching for the bastard that assaulted her, we find out that quite a few people knew something was wrong or off with the situation. I wish one of them had been brave enough to come forward, or at least expressed concern on her behalf. It also didn't seem fair to me that everyone judged Grace for cutting ties with them, but they made no effort of their own to reach out to her. Janna and Owen's parents were like a second mom and dad for Grace, but they didn't think to check on her when she'd been absent for two years? She basically lived in their house every summer and holiday since she was four, but then years go by without a word. A few things are explained later on, but still... someone should have made contact. Rusty (her uncle) is spontaneous and easygoing. He's a child masquerading as an adult most of the time, but he loves Grace. He and her father were really close, and his death affected him as much as it did his niece. Rusty felt responsible in a way, so he kept his distance from Grace when she needed him the most. It was heartbreaking to see on both sides, because they were both hurting, and I'm glad they were finally able to grieve together. Owen is a beautiful, broken soul. He always has the best intentions, but life keeps taking him out at the knees. First, there was the accident that has taken him years to cope with, and then he was blamed for something he would never even dream of doing. He is a genuinely good person, and I hated to see him hurting for the bulk of the book. The Leading Edge of Now was a quick read that made me feel violated on Grace's behalf. It's sickening how often people are taken advantage of, and I think the author does a good job of expressing Grace's inner turmoil and how it effected her day-to-day life. A guy on the bus kept glancing at her breasts and then touched her without her permission -- it messed with her head. No one should ever have to feel that way. Also, people have the right to say no, and that response should be respected. NetGalley had some additional information I wanted to share: Marci Lyn Curtis, the critically acclaimed author of The One Thing, has crafted an honest and emotional story that will resonate with the wide range of readers impacted by sexual assault. Sexual assault does not define this story, however, just as it does not define Grace. Wry humor and true love emerge as Grace, like many in the #MeToo era, seeks to find her truth, face her truth, and speak her truth. Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on August 30, 2018.

  27. 5 out of 5

    A Lib Tech Reads

    The Leading Edge of Now, Marci Lyn Curtis Rating: 3.5/5 Note: Special thanks to Kids Can Press for providing an ARC for review. I liked this book at its core. There wasn't a whole lot I did not like and I felt like it handled the topic of sexual assault appropriately; however, there were a few things about the plot that I did not particularly enjoy or felt like it could have been expanded upon. There are multiple elements in this book that make you forget the main character is a sexual assault survi The Leading Edge of Now, Marci Lyn Curtis Rating: 3.5/5 Note: Special thanks to Kids Can Press for providing an ARC for review. I liked this book at its core. There wasn't a whole lot I did not like and I felt like it handled the topic of sexual assault appropriately; however, there were a few things about the plot that I did not particularly enjoy or felt like it could have been expanded upon. There are multiple elements in this book that make you forget the main character is a sexual assault survivor. Grace is confident, mentally strong, and outspoken. She's not afraid to stand up to people who have wronged her or who she has issues with; it's rare to find a scene where she allows anyone to walk all over her, and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. She has a quirkiness to her that is portrayed through many humorous scenes: "At which time two things happen simultaneously: Rusty lets out a loud snore, and the cat jumps up, arches his back and hisses at me. Whoa. This cat. He's half O.J. Simpson and half O.J Simpson" (120). Her initial inability to trust Owen and her uncle Rusty was portrayed excellently, and it shows she's not one of those protagonists who will fawn over anyone who gives her an ounce of attention. I liked seeing the gradual progression of their relationships as it also helped her develop as a character as well. This was done especially well by Marci Lyn Curtis who created a character who's not your typical annoying teenager that some authors end up writing. Where the story lost me was how quickly the investigation of who sexually assaulted Grace was resolved. Despite the time that has passed since it happened, as a reader, I am unable to feel that long timeframe and am only able to feel what is currently happening on the page. What I got was the reveal that Grace had been sexually assaulted, suddenly Grace and her friends have taken it upon themselves to look for the assaulter, we rifle through a few possible suspects, and then the anti-climatic reveal of who actually assaulted her. The scenes in between when they were highly suspicious of a few guys were ineffective because it just all happened so quickly. They would have a possible suspect on their radar, and the next thing you know, they'd be questioning them already and the guy, of course, would deny the fact and offer another lead to this investigation. It just seemed a little too easy and convenient. What I was really happy and surprised to see is that Grace managed to live her life somewhat normally after that night. She did not allow it to affect her to the point where she's unable to carry out her daily routines. Curtis showed a different way of coping with the aftermath of being sexually assaulted that doesn't involve drugs, self-harm, and an overall downward spiral out of control. Instead, she shed light on other ways of dealing with the trauma that, at least for Grace, proved to be more effective than further hurting herself. I still believe this is worth the read and Curtis handled a hard-hitting topic in a delicate manner. I enjoyed reading from Grace's POV and seeing her interactions with everyone, particularly with Faith and Eleanor.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I loved Marci Lyn Curtis's debut, THE ONE THING. Completely adored it - easily one of my favorite YA reads ever. So I've been rather impatiently waiting for this one, and it did not disappoint. THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW is a beautiful book - all at once funny and heartbreaking and sad and hopeful and it has all these little moments of absolute loveliness. The setting - so vivid and rich. Curtis's writing transported me to that small beach town in Florida. I could smell the sea air, feel the sand b I loved Marci Lyn Curtis's debut, THE ONE THING. Completely adored it - easily one of my favorite YA reads ever. So I've been rather impatiently waiting for this one, and it did not disappoint. THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW is a beautiful book - all at once funny and heartbreaking and sad and hopeful and it has all these little moments of absolute loveliness. The setting - so vivid and rich. Curtis's writing transported me to that small beach town in Florida. I could smell the sea air, feel the sand between my toes. And I very much appreciated the main character's sense of humor, even in her shitty situation. The world needs Grace's important story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    S.M. Parker

    It's no secret that I was a HUGE fan of The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis so I was thrilled to get a sneak peek at her second novel, The Leading Edge of Now. It's hard to know what to say about this book because its brilliance is scattered into so many beautiful places. Grace, the main character, is smart, savvy, lost, broken and sarcastic. She is beautiful and flawed and I loved her every word, every insight. I read her story in a day because I couldn't put it down. Grace has to face the unimag It's no secret that I was a HUGE fan of The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis so I was thrilled to get a sneak peek at her second novel, The Leading Edge of Now. It's hard to know what to say about this book because its brilliance is scattered into so many beautiful places. Grace, the main character, is smart, savvy, lost, broken and sarcastic. She is beautiful and flawed and I loved her every word, every insight. I read her story in a day because I couldn't put it down. Grace has to face the unimaginable when it comes to trust. So many people have broken her trust, and worse. But ultimately this story is about making your own happiness in a world that is often poised to break you. "Because life is hard and it’s messy, but it deserves to be lived. And if you’re always turning away from it, you aren’t really living it. Living, really living, is standing on the very tip of the moment—right on the leading edge of now—no matter how heartbreaking or beautiful or terrible it might be" (quoted from an advanced reader copy). This quote says it all. There is so much ache in this book, but there is tremendous love. The kind of love that starts when you're young and settles into your bones and becomes as trusted as breathing. This is a beauty of a book. The kind of book I needed when I was 17. Don't miss it in 2018!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    Holy crap, this book! I completely loved her first book and so I have been waiting impatiently for this one for years. It was a long and hard wait but it was so, so worth it. It's smart and funny and heartbreaking. It's pretty much a perfect book. As the synopsis says, Grace has been sexually assaulted. She's not dealing with it particularly well (she feels deeply ashamed and she blames herself) but you know what's wonderful? Everyone she tells reacts the right way. They are so sad for what happe Holy crap, this book! I completely loved her first book and so I have been waiting impatiently for this one for years. It was a long and hard wait but it was so, so worth it. It's smart and funny and heartbreaking. It's pretty much a perfect book. As the synopsis says, Grace has been sexually assaulted. She's not dealing with it particularly well (she feels deeply ashamed and she blames herself) but you know what's wonderful? Everyone she tells reacts the right way. They are so sad for what happened to her but they are so, SO full of complete rage for her rapist. They stick all the blame for what happened on his shoulders. And it's so great to read the fact that there is no equivocation, no "Well, maybe you shouldn't have..." And they kept telling it to Grace until she finally started believing it. I am so happy Grace had the greatest support system. This is also a grieving book (her dad died two years before the story started) and it's a great example of that. It's old grief, which isn't always dealt with in books. And it's so right--once you get past the first year, you're used to carrying the weight of grief. You don't always notice it, the way it actually stoops your shoulders. Until something happens and it smacks you in the face.  This is such an amazing book and you need it. Highly recommended.

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