I was asked to participate in an arc tour for this book and I really had no idea what to expect but it was very moving and inspiring!
“They say you never know what you’ll do when you have to face something terrifying. We’d all like to believe that we’d be brave, stand up tall and march in and speak up for ourselves, that we know what’s right, what’s just, and we’d stand by it, knowing that the catastrophe that awaits can’t be worse than the catastrophe that’s already occurred. But the fact is, you just never know what you’ll do when your nightmare arrives. What’s right and just –well, sometimes that’s the last thing on your mind. And all you want to do is survive.”
“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.”
Trigger Warning: Foster Care/Trauma/Rape
This book starts off with Grace who has lived the last two years of her life in foster care after her father had passed away. Now her only living relative, her uncle, has finally signed the guardianship papers and moves in with him. She’s angry, hurt and has developed habits that come from past trauma. Even in Grace’s brokenness she stands up for herself even when it’s hard.
The Florida beach town she moves to is one she grew up visiting regularly, so it feels like home even though there’s so much hurt associated with it. Grace also finds out a boy who has hurt her moved in next door. There is romance in this book but I appreciate that it feels genuine.
I loved the positive light it showed for receiving and seeking help and counseling. As someone who has adopted kids from foster care, counseling has been a place of healing for them and is something GOOD.
The characters were real and raw and I love them!
I see this book as a great place of healing for girls and women who have been victims of sexual assault. The emotions and experiences were very well done and I’m glad to see a book give voice to all those who’ve suffered alone or silenced. I gave this book a solid 4 stars, I loved it!
About the Book
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?
Marci Lyn Curtis is the author of young adult dramedies The One Thing and The Leading Edge of Now. She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband. You can find out more about Marci on her website (marcilyncurtis.com), on Twitter (@Marci_Curtis), on Instagram (@marcilyncurtis), or on Facebook (marcilyncurtis).