That’s all it takes to change your life.
What happens when your entire future is on the line because of one reckless moment? This is what Breanna Miller and Thomas “Razor” Turner have to face in Katie McGarry’s WALK THE EDGE. Blackmail, family secrets, future plans on the verge of collapsing, two people who aren’t supposed to be together fall in love, and the power of social media in defining who you are when you’re not even sure who that person is yet…Join the Club and and immerse yourself in the world of the Reign of Terror. Pick up WALK THE EDGE today!
One moment of recklessness will change their worlds
Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyberbully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.
Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.
And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.
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“There’s something about McGarry’s writing that’s totally enthralling. Her characters are vivid, flawed and riveting, making this is a truly amazing read!”
~ RT Book Reviews
“Katie McGarry is a master of her craft! Raw emotion, pure grit, I hang on every word. Her characters are real people with real problems and I cheer them every step of the way. Ready for a new addiction? Look no further than Katie McGarry’s books.”
~ Gena Showalter, Bestselling author of Firstlife
“I finished WALK THE EDGE by the amazing Katie McGarry. It was SO good that now I feel bereft. I already miss Razor & Bre – I need to know more! She is by far my #1 favorite author. She paints a picture with the words, puts you IN the story… LOVE.”
~ Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author
About Katie McGarry:
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.
The colors and sights of the club merge. There’s too many people. Too much noise. A few feet away a trio of girls from school are staring at me—watching me and Kyle. One gestures toward me. The other two laugh.
Nausea knots my intestines. I didn’t mean to be the girl people laughed at. In fact, I craved the opposite. I wanted to be me for once, but to be me without the judgment and hate.
Wetness stings my eyes and I pivot away from Kyle. His fingers circle my wrist and he slides in front of me again. “Don’t be upset. I can make this better. For one year, don’t you want to be someone more than the weird smart girl?”
Sadness sinks past my defenses and creates an ache of pain, but then a flash of anger whips through me like a storm gale through trees. I tilt toward him as if he should be scared of me. “I am not that girl!”
“When did you stop? New clothes don’t change who you are, but I can help.”
He said it. Out loud. My fingers form into a fist. I should hit him. I should throw a punch into his face and hurt him exactly how he’s torturing me.
“Let me get you another drink.” His grip on my wrist lightens and his thumb slowly moves across my pulse point. His touch sickens me. “And we’ll talk.”
“Leave me alone.”
Kyle releases me then sags like I crushed him and I find him confusing. He’s the one causing me to suffer. He’s the one causing the tears flooding the rim of my eyes.
“I’m not trying to make you cry.” He crams his fingers into his hair. “I’m saying this wrong. Doing this wrong. I swear, I’m not trying to make you cry.”
I’m terrified to peek across the room again—afraid the girls from school will be cackling like hyenas. I desperately try to cling to the anger, but it slips through my fingertips.
I turn and there’s Addison. The elation that was on her face wanes as her eyes crazily take me in. “What happened?”
“Nothing.” My lungs burn and I want so badly to curl into a ball and cry, but I can’t. Not in public. Not with everyone gawking.
When she spots Kyle she rolls her shoulders back. “What did he do?”
“Nothing,” I say, and I’m moving. Through the crowd. Past guys who ask me to dance. Past Reagan who’s all smiles and tries to snatch my hand to join her and another friend. Past tables and chairs. I run past my name being called by multiple people.
I need air. I need to disappear. I need out of Snowflake and out of my home and out of this life and out of my skin and just out and with a push of my hands on the door, I am out.
I suck in a breath when my heels click against the blacktop, but then the door bangs shut and my heart jumps. No, I went out a side door. Not the front door. I spin and my fingers graze the smooth steel where a handle should be. It’s a security door and I’m officially locked out.
“Crap!” I shout into the night, but no one is around to hear.
To the right is a Dumpster. To the left is another alley. Both are shadowed. I choose left and pray once I reach the corner there will be light. But as I go to walk the world becomes disoriented. I throw my hand out to the wall when stumbling seems easier.
My head snaps back to the entrance and a surge of adrenaline shoots through my veins. Emerging out of the darkness is a large, looming figure. I stagger back. Away from the night of the alley, toward my hope for light, but there’s a crunch of glass under my feet. I trip, my ankle twists and a spasm blasts from my foot up to my leg.
My already bad balance is completely thrown. My arms flail, there’s a pain near my elbow as it connects with the brick and my body topples back.
I close my eyes, bracing for the impact of the ground, but as fast as I was falling, I hit something and then I’m ascending. My eyes fly open and I’m greeted by the most beautiful blue eyes. But then I shiver. Those eyes are as frozen as ice.
“You have the worst luck,” he says.
It’s Razor and he’s cradling me in his arms. As my skin vibrates, there’s a part of me that agrees with his assessment. But a small dissenting voice wonders if, in this moment, I’m lucky.
Katie McGarry is a contemporary YA writing god. I mean, I know I’ve said it before, but it deserves repeating. She manages to take the same basic formula (boy with troubles + girl with troubles + difficult situation = swoony romance), but it feels different every time. Even though you know it’s going to work out in the end, there are moments where you just can’t wrap your head around how that’s going to happen.
Razor may be my favorite male of the series thus far. He’ll probably be beaten by Chevy when we get the next book, but I definitely like Razor more than Oz….not that I didn’t like Oz. ANYWAY, Razor is tough and has a reputation for being the baddest of the bad for the Reign Of Terror. He’s the strong, silent type, but he’s so sweet. They way he treats Breanna had me melting for the entire novel. I felt so bad for him, watching him struggle with his trust of the club, his father, and his father’s newest piece of ass. In fact, his entire relationship between him and his dad just broke my heart. His dad is a man I don’t care for. Even in the end, I couldn’t get over certain things. I’m not even talking about the big secrets he kept, it’s more about how he could have put more effort into his relationship with his son. Instead of being such a man-whore, he could have spent more time with Razor, progressing that relationship and helping with his grief instead of burying himself in women to avoid his own grief.
Breanna’s family was not any better. Though they weren’t necessarily abusive towards her, they tended to forget about her if she wasn’t directly in their line of sight or depending on her to be responsible when they needed help with the other kids. She’s the 5th of 9 children and she’s the responsible, smart one. Her role as the responsible one is used and abused. No one is caring for her, no one is looking out for her best interests. They just use and abuse her. I just really sympathized with her. I was an only child, but I was always very responsible and I can easily see myself as having been put into her role had there been siblings. I love how she steps up for Razor and acts more confident.
This story introduces a subject we haven’t really touched on a lot in YA, or at least, not one I’ve read about a lot in YA. Privacy issues and blackmail are a big problem. The idea that a person’s future can be hinged upon keeping questionable pictures off the internet is mind-boggling. For all the good computers have done the world, there are quite a few horrendous downsides. When did social media start to factor in to college acceptances? Why does that matter? It brings up a whole set of issues in my mind that just keep the wheels spinning and spinning. That’s something Katie excels at. On the surface, she gives you a teenage love story with just enough angst to keep it interesting without going overboard, but she weaves deeper lines into it. Her novels stick with you and the issues they bring up just make you think.
Bottom line? This is lines up with all the rest of Katie’s work. It doesn’t beat Pushing The Limits for my top spot, but it’s still a solid 5 star read. What more do you need to know?
****Thank you to Inkslinger PR, Katie McGarry, & Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****
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