Thursday, April 16, 2009

Review: Sliding on the Edge

Book: "Sliding on Edge"
Author: C. Lee Mckenzie
Pages: 266
Rating: 3.9 out of 5
Cover Rating: 3 out of 5
Release date: April 23, 2009

Shawna Stone lives in a messed up life. She lives alone with her Mother in wherever her Mom decides to be, there recent location: Las Vegas. Her Mom is always off dating strangers and leaving Shawna to stay home alone and wait. However, one day when Shawna wakes up and her mom isn't there and she finds a note containing $100, a ticket to California, Shawna's grandmother (whom she had never known) phone number, and a Casino Royal'es logo. At first, Shawna decides to rebel and try to get a job in Las Vegas, but soon she decides that it would be a better choice to go to her so called Grandma's. After a few days living there though, she starts wondering if that was the greatest choice with all of the rules, barn chores, and country kids around her. After a teacher finding a doodle of Shawna's in the trash that suggests suicidal thoughts, she starts going to a counselor with her grandmother, despite her will, especially since she knows in side that Magic, the neighbors horse, is the best counselor for her. Will Shawna learn how to live a happier life, and will she begin to think of her Grandmothers as home? Or will she stay huddled up in an unhappy life for years to come?

At first I wasn't sure about how much I would like "Sliding on Edge." However, as I got deeper into the story, it turned out to be pretty good! I liked how C.Lee Mckenzie included the bond between Shawna and the horse, Magic. I think that it helped enrich the story, and it helped me be more interested in the story. It also added a special touch to the story, I think. "Sliding on Edge" was well written, and pretty well paced! Overall, I enjoyed it, and hope that you will to!


Tabitha said...

The author of Sliding on the Edge is a friend of mine, and she'll love to hear that you enjoyed this! I'll pass your review along. :)

Sliding on the Edge said...

Tabitha did pass along your review, so thanks to her for being a great friend.

I am very pleased that you stuck with Shawna's story. When I wrote this book I knew I was taking a chance with the two points of view, but once the two characters started talking to me I had no choice.

Thank you for your kind words.

C. Lee