Title: Walk the Edge
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 448 Pages
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.
Walk the Edge was a really interesting read, and it dealt with some really raw and real emotions. I was surprised by how emotionally charged it was. The underlying theme seemed to be sacrificing for those you love, which is a noble and important message for everyone- especially teenagers and young adults.
While I enjoyed the story, it did fall a little flat for me in some places. The motivations behind the main plot seemed a little weak, and there were some inconsistencies with the experiences of the characters and the age range they were supposed to be. A teenager in a rough and tumble biker club, who can fix his bike and carries a gun, but also saves people was a difficult thing for me to picture. Also, a teenage girl who was basically forced to raise her younger siblings and also work mysteriously had plenty of time to spend with her bad boy boyfriend- the idea seemed far-fetched.
The story in general was good. Some parts were intense and the conflict was good. It went fast enough in certain parts that the excitement, but other parts were a little slower. The writing was easy to read and the prose was sophisticated. The relationships between the characters were realistic and sweet. Razor and Breanna had a weird dynamic- like they didn’t know each other but had this random cosmic connection that made them both go against their individual families. All in all, I think it was a good read and I would recommend it.