The Edge of Juniper

The Edge of Juniper
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June 12, 2016
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Malcolm Dearing is sweet, gorgeous, persistent...and off-limits. Fay is excited to spend the summer in small-town Juniper with her cousin Celia. But she soon becomes alarmed by her uncle's scary temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. To avoid the tension at home, Celia escapes with her boyfriend, leaving Fay feeling lost and alone. And then there's Malcolm Dearing--off-limits because of his last name. Fay has made it clear that she isn't allowed to spend time with him, though she is captivated by Malcolm's warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more. To risk being seen with Malcolm is to risk her uncle's wrath. Torn between her family's expectations and her heart, will Fay decide the risk is worth it?

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What I Liked:
The writing was great and it was really easy to get invested in the characters. The plot was easy to follow and engaging. Our MC, Fay, goes to spend the summer with her cousin and her family. Her time there touches on a lot of things that teens may experience at some point: alcoholism, domestic abuse, divorce, among others. Fay’s journey throughout the summer made me remember what it was like to be young and in love. Malcolm was very sweet and the perfect hero. The way he helps Fay through the things that she goes through is perfect and will make you love him even more.

What I Didn’t Like:
The book was a little heavy, there was a lot going on in this small town and within this family! Sometimes its nice to take a break from the usual types of books I read and read something more real, and this book hit that mark. Fay was indecisive in the beginning when she had to make the decisions about whether she should do what her uncle wanted her to do, or what she wanted to do, but she eventually learned to stand on her own two feet. So while this was somewhat frustrating, it was part of her growth throughout the book.

The Final Verdict:
The plot was interesting, and the characters were likable and relatable. The pace was good and it was hard to put down. I would recommend this book for those who like contemporary stories and sweet romances.

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