The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson // Book Review

The Edge of Juniper

The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson

Publication Date: June 12th, 2016

Format Read: E-book (Review Copy)

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Synopsis:

“You’re off-limits, so why can’t I stop thinking about you?”

Fay Whitaker, sixteen years old and yearning for adventure, is excited to spend the summer with her fearless cousin Celia in small-town Juniper, Indiana.

But Fay soon discovers that her summer home is not what she expected. She is alarmed by her uncle’s temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. Celia handles the tension at home by escaping with her boyfriend, leaving Fay with time on her hands—time that leads her straight to Malcolm Dearing, off-limits because of his last name. Fay is captivated by Malcolm’s warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more.

Fay and Celia are launched on a journey, and each must attempt to navigate the thrilling and unpredictable world of love. Everything Fay thinks she knows about love is put to the test, as relationships unfold and reveal themselves in ways she never before dreamed.

My Thoughts:

This is my second book by Lora Richardson, and I see so much improvement in her writing and my enjoyment of this book was very high.

There is a kind of insta love thing going on here, and as a person who doesn’t hate insta love, I found it cute.

I also loved that small town kind of feel, where you can walk places and don’t NEED to have a car. I live in a town that’s not really a town. Like it’s a town but there is no main street of shops and things and walking places takes forever and it’s basically a necessity to own a car, so the contrast between Juniper and my own town was nice.

There are themes in this book like divorce and alcoholism, things that teenagers deal with in their every day lives, but aren’t always mentioned in books. These themes added a touch of realism to the book. Like yeah it’s summer and the town and the love story are cute but hello it’s also life and other things are going on .

I related a lot to many of the themes both though my own experience and those of my friends.

I couldn’t help but picture Nick Bateman as Malcolm, and the guy on this cover even looks like him so that fit pretty much. Speaking of which, I love the cover how summery it is and then that green lettering and font is so pretty.

It still continues to shock me that people have sex so young, like when Celia said that I was like, really? She’s only 15! But so many people, even in my own school have sex that young and it makes me feel confused and how that’s even possible…but whatever, I’m going off topic here.

Oh! At the end when Fay’s mom bought those condoms for her! I was like woah, that’s both so trusting and sweet of her.

I also thought that the ending was a little too perfect and happy. I did wonder at the end what happens to the marriage between Donna and Tod though later as time goes on.


As summery contemporary with themes that teenagers could relate to and experience a lot these days.

My Rating:

4.5 stars

Have you read this book!? Are you going to add it to your TBR now? Cause you should! 

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser


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