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EDGES by Léna Roy


by Léna Roy

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Dec. 7th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-374-35052-9
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A platitude-filled problem novel full of coincidental connections from Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter. Seventeen-year-old Luke is working at a youth hostel in Utah, after his mother’s tragic death in a car accident and his father’s subsequent descent into alcoholism. Nineteen-year-old Ava is an alcoholic college student in New York City trying to put her life back together after the death of her beloved grandmother. Ava meets Luke's father, Frank, at AA. Frank and Ava then go to Utah because they discover Ava’s parents run the youth hostel where Luke is living. There, Ava, Luke and Frank each come to terms with the negative role alcohol has played in their lives and resolve to start over. Characterization is secondary to cliché-ridden dialogue that reads like the 12 Steps. The cardboard conversations take away from the nicely established setting and Luke’s brief but fascinating introduction to the idea of animal spirit guides. For a more nuanced treatment of addiction, try Mary Pearson’s A Room on Lorelei Street (2005) or Ron Koertge’s Stoner & Spaz (2002). Despite the lineage, Roy is no L'Engle, at least not yet. (Fiction. 12 & up)