Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review: Sharp Edges by SA Partridge

Title: Sharp Edges
Author: SA Partridge
Publisher: NB Publishers (August 2013)

For seventeenth birthday, Demi Crowley invites her five closest friends to join her at a music festival for a party to end all parties. But what was supposed to be the night of their lives soon becomes a nightmare none of them will ever forget.

Sharp Edges is a topsy-turvy tale of love, loss and friendship that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned, and leave you questioning what you really know about your friends.

Who killed Demi Crowley?

My review copy of Sharp Edges arrived in the mail yesterday (thank you, NB Publishers!) and I curiously started reading the first chapter with every intention to continue reading over the weekend.

Over an hour later, I set the book down after reading the last page, feeling a little bewildered and overwhelmed.

Sharp Edges is my favourite of SA Partridge's novels.  Easily. It is told from the points of view of six teens, either before, during or after the night that Demi Crowley died. Each snippet from their lives gives insight into their characters and puts pieces of the mystery together.

This, like Dark Poppy's Demise, deals with very real issues teens face today. I strongly feel that it is one of those books that every teen should read and experience. Especially in this day and age where teens are exposed to so much through the media and their peers.

It was a sharp, quick read that kept me totally glued to the page. I felt a mixture of pity and anger directed at each of the characters for various reasons that I will not give away here. I wouldn't want to spoil the story!

It gives me joy to see authors like SA Partridge bringing quality fiction to the South African YA market.

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