Sliding on the Edge

Sliding on the Edge Alternate cover edition for ASIN B DNJXC C Shawna Stone can handle anything from a Las Vegas hustle to skipping out on the rent Scarred inside and out she s survived with a tough hardened atti

Alternate cover edition for ASIN B00DNJXC8C Shawna Stone, 16, can handle anything from a Las Vegas hustle to skipping out on the rent Scarred inside and out, she s survived with a tough, hardened attitude Yet she s thrown when her mother abandons her in Vegas with only a bus ticket and the name and number of a stranger to call Now this troubled, desperate teen finds h Alternate cover edition for ASIN B00DNJXC8C Shawna Stone, 16, can handle anything from a Las Vegas hustle to skipping out on the rent Scarred inside and out, she s survived with a tough, hardened attitude Yet she s thrown when her mother abandons her in Vegas with only a bus ticket and the name and number of a stranger to call Now this troubled, desperate teen finds herself on a Northern California horse ranch with Kay Stone, her steely, youngish, disillusioned grandmother, who overwhelms Shawna with rules and daily barn chores Shawna will baffle Kay with her foul mouthed anger and shrugging indifference to everything except the maltreated horse on the ranch next door But it s worse than even Kay suspects Shawna s driven to cut herself by that strange voice inside her head, which at times has been her only steady companion As this unlikely pair struggle to co exist, will they overcome their inner suffering to build a bridge to each other, and together find the strength to transcend the past

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  1. I always have free gifts for visitors to my website,so stop by Sign up and get your gift today.In my other life the one before I began writing for teens and younger readers I was a teacher and administrator at California State University, San Jose My field of Linguistics and Inter cultural Communication has carried me to a lot of places in the world to explore different cultures and languages I can say, Where s the toilet and I m lost in at least five languages and two dialects Go ahead Pat me on the back.My idea of a perfect day is one or all of the following starting a new novel, finishing writing a blockbuster novel, hiking on a misty morning trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains, saying Namaste after a great yoga practice, sipping a cappuccino topped at a bustling caf , reading in front of a fire with snow outside, swimming in an ocean someplace I ve just set out my perfect life Day after day after day.

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  1. 3.5 STARSShawna is a sixteen year old girl whose mother just split Now she has to live with a grandmother she doesn t know Every moment is far from what she s used to, and she struggles within herself She doesn t talk unless she s yelling She always has a bad attitude And she cuts her ankle to relieve her pain.By the middle of the book, I really got into the characters I got teary eyed and held my breath at certain parts The only thing that disappointed me was the abrupt end I expected 3 4 chap [...]


  2. Wow This book took me by surprise because the flawed main character is trying to fight the Monster This is the most proactive book on cutting I ve read in all my time reading YA The book wasn t driven by the cutting either which makes it plausible since the few cutters I ve known have kept their secret while living what appear to be normal lives.Shawna s reluctance to get to know her grandmother in terms of protecting herself from hurt and in light of the stories her mother told her.Although t [...]


  3. I really enjoyed this book and was a little sad to close the cover and say good bye to Shawna and Kay I found the dual perspective between the grandma and the granddaughter was insightful and showed how the two characters were similar than notbut neither could see it It was their mutual love for horses that helps them bridge their gaps.


  4. What a timely topic.Teen suicide is hurtling toward epidemic proportions in our society I applaud the author for opening up a conversation about this very tough subject Shawna, the 16 year old, who must deal with this monster in her life is portrayed as a tough, hard edged girl who has had noone who really cared about her in her life Her grandmother, Kay, has guilt she must deal with and no idea how to handle or love a girl like Shawna Ms McKenzie kept these characters true to their character th [...]


  5. Sixteen year old, Shawna Stone, is abandoned by her mother, an addicted gambler Her options are to roam the streets of Las Vegas, or find her grandmother, Kay She opts for the latter As she tries to build her life in her grandmother s home, she is haunted by her past and the inner monster that urges her to cut and even end her life.Told in alternating points of view, Sliding on the Edge, gives an inside look on what it is like to be the troubled teenager, and what it is like to live with one Ms [...]


  6. The damage we do in the heat of the moment can change lives forever and Sliding on the Edge by C Lee McKenzie is a prime example of that Lie s, half truths, fear, and mistrust all play a role for sixteen year old Shawna, and her grandmother, Kay Stone when they finally meet.A great read for any pre teen or teenager struggling with dysfunction or not Empathy can go a long way when it comes to understanding that we all have secrets and that a person s life, like the cover of a book, cannot be judg [...]


  7. Shawna is a tough sixteen year old, at least on the outside She is capable of surviving the streets of Las Vegas and the abusive boyfriends of her narcissistic mother When her mother flees town with her newest lover, on the day the rent is due, Shawna wakes to a bus ticket, a 100 bill and a note to go to her grandmothers in Central California There, she will be where her mother can find her when she gets her life back together Having never met her grandmother, Shawna reluctantly decides to take [...]


  8. Complete full review here thebookpixie 2009Author Interview here thebookpixie 2009ReviewSliding on the Edge is the emotional, powerful debut novel of author C Lee McKenzie.To say that Shawna is troubled would be a serious understatement She is haunted and struggles daily with the demons inside her caused from a disastrous home life To make matters worse, there is Monster The voice inside her head cutting her down, reminding her of all the bad things in her life, and in turn, making Shawna turn t [...]


  9. The novel switches between Shawna and Kay s POV I really enjoyed reading Shawna s chapters than Kay s I thought Shawna had a genuine voice, even if she did have a bit of an attitude Shawna s thoughts and behavior were completely understandable, though, considering how her life had been and how her mother treated her Her mother was a very selfish woman, putting her own needs ahead of her daughter s every time, and verbally sometimes even physically abusing Shawna I thought the relationship betwe [...]


  10. Sliding on the Edge is an emotional and edgy story of one girl s journey to recovery Shawna is a tough girl, she has to be to survive some of America s roughest cities When her mom leaves her alone in Las Vegas with only a hundred bucks to buy a bus ticket and a phone number, Shawna soon finds herself on a Californian horse ranch living with a grandmother she never knew existed Besides her problematic anger issues and rough exterior, Shawna turns to cutting herself when a she can t handle the pr [...]


  11. A well constructed story, which is engaging and poignant.The characters are real and multi dimensional, and I was caught up in the relationship between Kay and Shawna As the story progressed, I was eager to find out what would happen next.Sixteen year old Shawna and sixty year old Kay both had monsters to confront and deal with The difference is that the monster of a conflicted teen, who has to deal with cutting problems, will appear larger and menacing A sixty year old can or less keep the mo [...]


  12. Sliding on the Edge by C Lee McKenzie Shawna Stone a 16 year old girl from Las Vegas leads a rough life with her mother Then one day she wakes up to find a note from her Mother with a name Kay Stone, and a phone number and 100.00 Shawna makes the trip to Northern California to her grandmothers Kay horse ranch She struggles to fit into the new life style.Kay is the opposite of Jackie, Shawnas Mother, she has a rigid routine and strict rules Shawna is used to being a loner and doing her own thing [...]


  13. Shawnna has a bad life No I mean really, really bad Her mom is the poster girl for how not to be a mother She s selfish, unfeeling, and is teaching Shawnna to be a grifter like she is In a twist of fate, her mother s wanting to be alone with new boyfriend 65 leads her to palm off her daughter on her grandmother, a woman Shawnna s never even met This is Shawnna s only chance to live a normal life if she can just keep all the bad habits of the past from taking over and ruining everything.Ms McKenz [...]


  14. Although this story is fictional, protagonist Shawna Stone s story is all too familiar to many teen girls Neglected by her mother, streetwise 16 year old Shawna lives in poverty in Las Vegas where she and her mother barely survive by scamming others When her mother abandons her, Shawna goes to live with a grandmother she s never met and knows nothing about Not even whether the woman is her mother s mother or her father s mother Life on a California horse ranch is a drastic change from the hustle [...]


  15. Shawna is a tough sixteen year old from Las Vegas She has to be tough because her mother is irresponsible and endangers her well being all the time With her mother drifting along a sea of men and gambling trips, Shawna is on her own with a bus ticket and a phone number The number belongs to her grandmother, Kay, who is a stranger to her Shawna takes the opportunity to go to California to live on Kay s horse ranch The two are constantly butting heads Shawna doesn t feel like she belongs there and [...]


  16. Characters The characters in this book described in one word were somewhat weird I felt like at times, they were all as normal as they could be for their character, but then at other parts, it was just too weird, even for the character There were only a few main characters, especially towards the beginning, and to be honest, I got bored of them towards the beginning of the book If the characters hadn t been so boring towards the beginning, I think I would ve finished the book quicker than I did. [...]


  17. Sliding on the edge by C.Lee McKenzie Shawna Stone is 16 years old Shawna s mom, who s rather flighty, abandons her in Las Vegas She leaves the child, who s become a pretty responsible person money, a bus ticket to Sacramento, and the phone number of her mother in law, Shawna s grandmother, Kay Shawna has never met her grandmother and has heard only her mom s side of the story about her father, who s dead Shawna has had self abuse and social acceptance issues throughout her life Kay s community [...]


  18. I don t usually read contemporary books that deal with tough girls like Shawna I m of a fantasy type reader , but this book was very well written I don t want to give too much away, but I especially enjoyed reading about the relationship with Shawna s newly discovered grandmother, Kay, and their struggles to get past their issues to a point where, after years of suffering, they could find a measure of peace I also really liked the use of animals to help Shawna with the healing process which sor [...]


  19. Shawna is a troubled girl who has had to build a tough exterior due to how she grew up Her Mom left her to fend on her own a lot, but when her Mom clears out their apartment with her boyfriend, a note telling Shawna to go to her Grandmother s house, to a complete stranger.Under Kay her Grandmother s love and structure, Shawna begins to open up Kay runs a ranch with horses, who helps to open Shawna s heart as well There is also a farm hand with personality and wise advice.Shawna s journey was pai [...]


  20. When her mother abandons her, street hardened teenager, Shawna Stone, is forced to give up her life in Las Vegas and move onto a horse farm with her equally hardened grandmother, Kay Stone These two have major secrets A doomed horse, a drifter named Kenny and a handsome farm hand complete the cast Watching these characters unravel makes for a compelling read, but the real joy comes as they begin to rebuild, proving that even the most battered of humans can find safety and hope through the healin [...]


  21. So glad I won this book through Good Reads and WestSide Books Thank you.This is a deep, meaningful and moving story for young or older adults Shawna has been lied to, taught to steal and treated badly by someone who should have loved, protected and nurtured her It has left her with an attitude, etc You really feel for this young girl and what she has and is going through An eye opening story for sure.A real to life story and characters Well written, fast read Recommended.


  22. This was a really good book I didn t want to put it down once I started reading it Shawna is damaged by her mothers life style, shehas no home life Doesn t even now what its like to be loved and cared for Her mother dumps her and she goes to live with a grandmother she never knew Shawna is tormented by her demons and doesn t trust anyone Don t want to say any Just pick up this book and read it.


  23. This wonderful, wonderful book caught me by surprise a YA novel told by two points of view one a 16 sixteen girl the other a 64 year old grandmother with both narrators equally captivating, believable, and sympathetic Expertly plotted and told, this novel gripped me until I had gobbled it up in less than 24 hours Author C Lee McKenzie tells a story about forgiveness, second chances, and facing one s fears that all ages can relate to Highly recommended


  24. I absolutely looovve this book It has drama, love, and excitment This girl has mom that moved away with her boyfriend Then she went to her not so old grandmas fell in love with a hooott boy that works on her grandmothers frm and then of course monster comes and talks Shawna into cutting her ankles to stop him from annoying her every night this girl is not lezbo now her grandma thinks her last relative shawna wants to kill herself What will happen I know but you dont ha ha


  25. I really enjoyed this story about a damaged girl finding herself and a sense of family by moving in with the grandmother she doesn t know Older fans of horse stories will love the setting and the relationships between the characters and their horses.


  26. Enjoyed immenselyI enjoyed this book The author got it right about the monster and secrets and sounded as if she had first hand knowledge and her own monster I look forward to reading of her books



  27. I highly recommend this book for anyone FTC I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.




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