New Release Review: 3 Books to Read After Finishing The Leading Edge of Now

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New Release Review: 3 Books to Read After Finishing The Leading Edge of Now


The Leading Edge of Now is a look at how sexual assault can be life consuming…and how the people who love you can support you through. Loved Owen – come meet your new book boyfriend. So when you’re all done reading it, check out some recs that explore similar themes to The Leading Edge of Now!


New Release Review: 3 Books to Read After Finishing The Leading Edge of Now

The Leading Edge of Now

by Marci Lyn Curtis
Published by: Kids Can Press
on September 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336

Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he'd spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn't mean returning to New Harbor.

Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she's lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.

People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn't sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find --- and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?

3 Books to Read When You Finish The Leading Edge of Now


When you want to explore family that comes together under extraordinary circumstances…


New Release Review: 3 Books to Read After Finishing The Leading Edge of Now

Far from the Tree

by Robin Benway
Published by: HarperTeen
on October 3, 2017
Pages: 374

A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.


When you want an excellent portrayal of how sexual assault would be handled if we lived in a better world…


New Release Review: 3 Books to Read After Finishing The Leading Edge of Now

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

by E.K. Johnston
Published by: Dutton Books for Young Readers
on March 15, 2016
Pages: 248

Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston’s latest brave and unforgettable heroine.

Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of… she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story and she's not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.


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New Release Review: 3 Books to Read After Finishing The Leading Edge of Now

Love Songs & Other Lies

by Jessica Pennington
Published by: Tor Teen
on April 24, 2018
Pages: 288

It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.


About the Author

Marci Lyn Curtis is the author of young adult dramedies The One Thing and The Leading Edge of Now. She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband. You can find out more about Marci on her website (, on Twitter (@Marci_Curtis), on Instagram (@marcilyncurtis), or on Facebook (marcilyncurtis).

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