By Courtney Sheinmel
Published by Harry N. Abrams
on September 8, 2015
Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl who spent her money on boarding school and equestrian camp. But that was before. It’s been twelve years since Lorrie’s mother skipped town and left Lorrie and her sister in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a decaying mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.
While Lorrie is desperately trying to keep her family from collapse, she meets Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator. Terrified that he will learn the truth about her, she holds him at a distance. But Charlie’s family is hiding something, too. And Lorrie could never have imagined how their secrets, and their lives, are inextricably bound.
Courtney Sheinmel’s Edgewater is a gripping story of scandal and romance, shame and redemption, and how one girl must come to terms with a shocking past in order to understand who she truly is.
I can’t remember where I first heard about this book, but it had been on my list of books to check out from the library for a long time.
This was an interesting, quick read about family, privilege, and secrets, with some romance added in. It didn’t totally grab me, but it was an enjoyable enough read.
I wish that some of what’s revealed in the end of the book was explored more in depth (I don’t want to say because it’s a little spoilery). I felt like the things that come to light in the end were revealed somewhat abruptly.
Overall, this was a good YA story that I don’t recall seeing discussed or reviewed (but that could just be my little corner of the blogosphere), so I didn’t know anything about it going in, beyond the synopsis. I think fans of contemporary YA will enjoy this one.