ARC Review: Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel

Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel

ARC provided by NetGalley

Release Date: September 8, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Subtitle: Good

"Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl, but now she’s lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her. It’s been 12 years since Lorrie’s mother skipped town and left Lorrie in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a neglected, decrepit mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.

When Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator, takes an interest in Lorrie, her shame for her family and lifestyle runs deep. But what she doesn’t know is that Charlie’s family is hiding something, too, and that their secrets are inextricably tied. Now Lorrie must confront the truth about her family—and everything she ever thought she knew about herself."

That cover is so beautiful, and after finishing Edgewater, I think it's one of the best covers I've seen in YA. It fits the feel of this book to a T, and looking back at it, I'm obsessed with how accurate it is in depicting this book.

Lorrie is a character who starts off angry. She's so angry at everything and everyone that her anger makes her more angry. Honestly, at first, it was difficult for me to identify with her because she was so angry and so closed off. She didn't open up to her friends, and she didn't open up to me the reader. I was reading in first person POV but she wasn't letting me in on many secrets either. That being said, I can't say that I have a better idea for how I would have reacted in her situation. However, she eventually roped me in, and I enjoyed watching her grow and change (and fight it all tooth and nail) throughout this book.

Charlie, on the other hand, is very mysterious. He's the local prince, in all the magazines, gorgeous, etc. He's the one Lorrie wanted to know more about (and I'll admit, me too). I would have loved this story so much more if had been told in dual POVs. He has such a chunk of this story that I feel we didn't really get to experience the true Charlie because so much of him was filtered through Lorrie. I want insight into what his life is like behind closed doors! I get that he was part of the mystique and knowing more would have ruined that feel, but I think it would've made a stronger story overall.

The plot was a little slow, Lorrie's just stewing in her anger and feelings of injustice for awhile and not much happens until the questions keep piling up. They keep piling and piling until the breaking point, and that's when it gets interesting. Lorrie's certainly thrown for a loop. She spends so much time and energy on her "inside" life versus her "outside" life and how the two can never interact. But she also is very fixated on her relationships -- her sister, Susannah; her best friend, Lennox; her horse, Orion; and even her aunt, Gigi. They're all very vital to her and even if she doesn't always react appropriately or in the best way (because let's face it, who does??), she always recognizes the people (and horses) who are the most important parts of her life even in the middle of all of this craziness.

Overall, I liked this novel -- it has a little mystery, a little romance, a little suspense/thriller. Thanks for giving me the chance to review this one, NetGalley!

3 out of 5 stars.