The Edge of Summer | Erica George | Book Review

I read Erica George’s debut Words Composed of Sea and Sky and found a strong new voice of young adult stories. When I saw her sophomore book The Edge of Summer on Netgalley, I was quick to request it. Once again, the setting is Cape Cod and this time around there is a strong focus on saving the whales. This focus is intricately wrapped through out a story of grief, sweet romance, and character growth.

Coriander (Cor) Cabot has had the dream of saving the whales since elementary school. She shared this dream with her best friend Ella but the past year really tested their friendship and ended in tragedy. Now Cor is left with their to-do list and a whole lot of guilt. This summer she is staying with her Uncle Jack in Cape Cod and interning at the Marine Biology Center, which is where she and Ella always planned on doing their internship together. From day one her guilt is overwhelming her to the point where she may just screw up the one thing she has always dreamed about. Plus, there is also this cute distracting local boy named Mannix.

Cor is both blaming herself and trying to come to terms with what happened to Ella. This plays a huge role throughout the story and it impacts Cor’s growth as a character. The Cor that we meet in the beginning is not the same as the one at the end. Her sense of longing and wanting to be accepted all play a role in what happens with Ella and during the summer that follows. There were a couple times that I just wanted t shake Cor and tell her not to be so selfish. She felt like a real teenager who was something with something which I think demonstrates Erica George’s strength as a writer.

Erica George’s other strength is the setting she creates. I felt like I was in Cape Cod seeing the whales myself. And this says alot of her writing as I have never been there. I have always wanted to go on a whale watching trip and reading this just cemented that for me. From the descriptions, I could see why Cor was so in love with the area and what it brought to her.

The area also brought Mannix to her and he honestly may have been too good to be true. He’s sweet, hardworking, and takes an interest in what Cor is doing. This includes saving the whales. While their relationship was cue, I felt that Cor took Mannix for granted some times in the same way she had with Ella. She expected both of them to just always be there to come back to and is unreliable with them. She recognizes this behavior with her relationship with Mannix but, still has difficulty controlling her impulses. And this is a point where I wanted to shake her as a character but also where she felt most like a teenager.

Erica George is quickly becoming an author that will remain on my radar. In The Edge of Summer, she gives us another character who may drive you crazy but who can also be relatable as a teenager. She also presents an beautiful setting and isn’t afraid to delve into more difficult issues. Topics such an endangered animals, grief, unsupportive family, friendship, and first love are all examined in depth. I look forward to enjoying more books from Erica George in the future.

Rating: 4 Stars

*I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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