The Leading Edge of Now
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?

The Leading Edge of Now Details

TitleThe Leading Edge of Now
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherKids Can Press
ISBN-139781771389990
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

The Leading Edge of Now Review

  • Lara (Bookish_turtle)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Anja
    January 1, 1970
    *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.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Emer
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warning: rapeThe 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 aliveThis wasn't a book I necessarily enjoyed reading because the heavy Trigger Warning: rapeThe 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 aliveThis 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.*
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  • Brianna
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    January 1, 1970
    ***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.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Hristina
    January 1, 1970
    "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
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  • Isabella
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • mo
    January 1, 1970
    I was minding my own business, then this book came along and made me ugly cry.(It was overall a cathartic and healing read, though. RTC.)
  • Silvy Herondale
    January 1, 1970
    4.5ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewRecensione: http://wefoundwonderlandinbooks.blogs...
  • Lindsay Currie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    review on my blog!
  • Sharon Roat
    January 1, 1970
    "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!)
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  • Lola Sharp
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • allys_books
    January 1, 1970
    Auch hier vergebe ich 4,5*. Das Buch hat mich wahnsinnig begeistert, hat eine so wichtige Message und es hat wahrhaftig mein Herz berührt.
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Stephanie Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warnings: rape, death, and griefI 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 griefI 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.
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  • Laurie Flynn
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    January 1, 1970
    "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.
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  • A Lib Tech Reads
    January 1, 1970
    The Leading Edge of Now, Marci Lyn CurtisRating: 3.5/5Note: 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 CurtisRating: 3.5/5Note: 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.
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  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    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 318Ein 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 365Einmalig 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 86Fazit: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.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • S.M. Parker
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Holy wow, this book is one that will make you fall in love from the first page and will keep your heart until the very end. (And long after!) Full of snarky humor, first loves, heartbreaking grief, and secrets that threaten to tear everyone apart, The Leading Edge of Now is everything I want in a book.
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When a friend asked if I wanted to take part in a book tour for this book I said sure. It sounded like a good book and I had been meaning to read the author. I really had no idea how the book would be, but I can happily report it was really fantastic. It had everything I love in a good realistic contemporary book This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When a friend asked if I wanted to take part in a book tour for this book I said sure. It sounded like a good book and I had been meaning to read the author. I really had no idea how the book would be, but I can happily report it was really fantastic. It had everything I love in a good realistic contemporary book. My heart really felt for Grace and everything that she had been through over a two year period. How alone and confused she must have felt and how her world unraveled shortly after the worst night of her life. It was hard to see her go through all the things she went through and finding out things she thought were true for so long might not have been. But I loved everything about Grace and how strong she was. My only complaint was I thought there were too many smaller stories building on the outskirt that weren’t important and were a little distracting. But besides that, this book was truly amazing and a must read for any YA contemporary lover.
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  • Rebecca Akins
    January 1, 1970
    This book was difficult for me to rate. I wasn’t in love with the plot of the story. The pacing and the focus on certain aspects of the story just wasn’t my cup of tea. This is a own voices novel The author put in the acknowledgments that she had a similar experience in her past. While it wasn’t my favorite novel on this topic it was interesting because the main character goes through many different steps to finding out what really happened to her and the relationships with her family and her fr This book was difficult for me to rate. I wasn’t in love with the plot of the story. The pacing and the focus on certain aspects of the story just wasn’t my cup of tea. This is a own voices novel The author put in the acknowledgments that she had a similar experience in her past. While it wasn’t my favorite novel on this topic it was interesting because the main character goes through many different steps to finding out what really happened to her and the relationships with her family and her friends throughout the novel changed quite a bit throughout it.
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