They say that the best books that we read are the ones that we relate to the most. This book really takes that to the next level for me. I never related to a character more in a book than I did with Breanna. I am a middle-childlike she is and I know the struggles that it comes with being the middle child. For starters, we don’t feel like we belong with our older siblings and we hold a lot of responsibility in regards to taking care of the family. A lot of times the middle child gets ignored, especially in the case with Breanna because the other kids ‘need’ the parents more and since she appears to have it all together, she gets overlooked and over relied on.
In the second book of the Thunder Road series, we follow Oz’s best friend Razor as he struggles with his loyalty to the motorcycle gang and trying to find out what happened to his mother. Emily is part of a big family and always does what she is supposed to. She has a gift that many would love but she finds it’s a curse. She goes unnoticed by her family and in school, that is until Razor sets his eyes on her. When he does see her, he sees her for what she is and they finally find their place in the world. With each other.
Razor has struggled with his loyalty with the Terror because he is still messed up with his mother’s death. This book is able to give him the answers that he is looking for and help him come to terms with his trust and loyalty with the Terror. While it may not be the way that he thought, it helps get him closure and help him move on with his life.
The overall theme at least that I got out of this story is that it’s to not judge a book by its cover. It relates to Breanna because she ‘appeared’ to have it together but she didn’t. She was struggling with a problem at school and her parents didn’t have time to help her. People around town saw Razor as some dangerous boy from the motorcycle gang and that he is up to no good.
This is easily the best book that I have ever read from Katie McGarry. She is able to create characters that we can relate to and for me this story takes the cake. She is a 1-click author for me and I would buy anything she wrote without even reading what it is about. She is able to capture that struggle that teenagers go through during that time of life and how it’s one of the most difficult times in our lives.
Walk the Edge is a story that you will fall in love with right away and feel the same emotions that they feel. I felt angry that Breanna’s parents ignored her. I half wanted Razor to take her away from Snowflake and show her that she shouldn’t be ignored. I felt sad when Razor learned about his mom’s death. The struggle to hear how the person you loved died is not an easy thing to hear. But this is what McGarry does best and why I will keep reading her books.
This is the second book of the Thunder Road series. Nowhere but Here came out a few years ago and left us wanting more for this series and the characters. You can buy Walk the Edge at one of these major retail sites: Amazon * iBooks * Barnes & Noble * Kobo * Indiebound
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.
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