I am a huge fan of Katie McGarry’s storytelling. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Nowhere But Here. Obviously I jumped at the chance to be on the Walk the Edge blog tour. You guys, I super enjoyed this book! Here’s more about it:
About the Book:
One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.
Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.
Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.
And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.
About the Author:
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.
Question: Obviously, as a middle school librarian, I think teens are awesome! What is it about teens that makes you want to write for them? What do you think adults need to remember about teens that they sometimes forget?
When I first started writing Young Adult fiction, I was driven to write the books I needed when I was younger. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton saved my life and after I read that book, I was hungry for more gritty, realistic fiction. My only problem with The Outsiders was that I felt that Ponyboy and Cherry should have become a couple at the end. That’s how I knew I was a gritty, realistic love story type of writer.
My twins were four when I wrote my first story, since then, they have grown…into teenagers. And while I’m still driven by the need to write the books I needed when I was younger, I’m now driven to write the books my teens need.
I think some adults, not all, forget that teens face real problems and that teens can be scared and angry and worried over these issues. I’ve met adults who honestly don’t think that any problems a teen can face is nothing compared to the problems adults face. I think this is wrong.
Teens face huge problems and they don’t have the perspective and experience we gain as adults. This can make it so much harder to figure out how to deal with these issues. Plus with the internet, their world is so much more complicated than it was when I was a teen.
I write the books my teens need and I write them because I understand that books are a safe place for teens to work through their problems. I have an open door policy with my children. We have a great relationship and talk about many things, but I also understand that there may be times that talking with me might be tough.
The world my twins are growing up in is completely different than the world I came of age in. I was a risk taker in my teenage years. Did somethings I don’t regret, did somethings I should regret and did somethings that I do regret. Being a risk taker now is different because there is the threat of a camera in your face twenty-four hours a day.
What happens when a very private moment is used against you? What happens when your entire future is on the line because of one reckless moment?
This is what Breanna Miller and Thomas “Razor” Turner have to face in WALK THE EDGE. Breanna is the super smart girl with an uncanny knack of remembering details and Razor is the hot, bad boy that even the people in his motorcycle club fear.
One evening, Breanna Miller steps outside her comfort zone and into Razor’s world. One night, one moment, one reckless decision that made Breanna’s heart squeeze, Razor’s walls crumble and it’s one moment they thought would only belong to them…but they were wrong.
Blackmail, family secrets, future plans on the verge of collapsing, two people who aren’t supposed to be together fall in love, and the power of social media in defining who you are when you’re not even sure who that person is yet…
I wrote this book for my teens and I also wrote it for all the other teens that are trying to figure out tough problems.
Thanks so much to Katie for answering my question! (I am so glad social media wasn’t a thing when I was a teen!)
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