Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel

Category: literature and fiction, equestrian sportssocial and family issues, homelessness and poverty, teen and young adult
Publisher:  Amulet Books 
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Format: advance review ebook (eARC) from NetGalley
My Rating: 4-stars


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.


Edgewater honestly made me deeply sad. I couldn't relate personally to the incredible wealth and privileged lifestyle that Lorrie led but I definitely could relate to her loss, deep loneliness, and feelings of responsibility to care for others. She was forced into being the grownup in a bizarre situation. She and her sister Susannah were young and should have been cared for by the adults in their lives but instead, Lorrie was made to feel responsible.

The story is filled with hidden motives and secrets that caused more and more pain. Some characters ran away, some went a little batty in their anxiety and fear, and some were oblivious.

This story made me cry, it made me feel vulnerable. It was gritty and real.

As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher.