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I'd also like to note that I would have rated this two stars had it not been for the author's note at the beginning of the book. It helped her, and that's what writing should do.
From the first chapter, I loved the main character, Lia. I found her to be very relatable. Personally, I had a strict parent growing up so I was easily able to place myself in her shoes. When she was heartbroken, I was able to sympathize with her a lot. She was very awkward and kind of nerdy, which I could also relate to. I loved her sense of her humor, and her storyline. It was great to finally read a book where the awkward, nerdy girl gets the guy. I loved that.
There were a couple of issues that I did have with the book. At times, it seemed like the author was trying to force funny scenes, and it just came out awkward and unauthentic. It pulled me out of the story. Also, other than Jay and Lia, I didn't connect with any of the side characters. They seemed like they were there just to be there. They didn't add anything to the plot. Lastly, what Jay does in the car near the end of the book, while original, was a complete jerk move. That automatically took it down a star rating for me. It wasn't cute, or romantic. If I was Lia, I'd be mad that he put my sister-in-law in that position. If I was Dana, I would have strangled him then and there.
Even though I had a couple of problems with Edge of Glory, I really did enjoy this book. I ended up finishing it in less than a day because I couldn't put it down. It's rare to find a book with a main character that is relatable on so many different levels. I didn't connect with any of the side characters, so I doubt I will continue this series. However, I definitely plan on reading more of Magan Vernon's books in the future. I enjoy her writing style, and the way she tells a story.
Edge of Glory is a sweet NA novel. Although there is some drama, it doesn't have the over-the-top angst you'd typically find in most books featuring characters in their late teens/early twenties. There were a couple frustrating moments for me, due to some of the things that happened. But then I reminded myself these are young adults, (more on the young side than adult), and realized their actions and reactions were definitely realistic for their ages!
I enjoyed this story. It was a light, easy read (listen), but engaging. Jay and Lia were really cute and I loved Lia's family. I love the thought of a small town girl falling for her celebrity crush, and how she, and everyone around her, deals with it. Jay was a sweetie, even when he was being a clueless boy!
To me, Lia's character was very true to life. I liked that she wasn't perfect and put together, that she had her insecurities and weaknesses.
I thought Kassiopia did a terrific job giving voice to those insecurities. Her overall portayal of Lia was great, and I really appreciated that she sounded like a 20 year old.
The narration as a whole very good, she nailed the accents!
Lia is a waitress and college sophomore in her home town of Friendship, Texas. She lives a boring life, controlled by her parents, but has big dreams of attending USC and living in California. When she goes to take a table, she never imagined the man she idolizes, Olympic gold medalist Jay Mornginstar would be in her restaurant.
Lia is awkward and funny, and totally fubs the first time she talks to Jay, but Jay sees something in her that keeps him coming back to talk to her. These two are an unlikely pair, but they work. Jay pushes Lia's boundaries and takes her out of her comfort zone, and Lia balances Jay out. I loved watching Jay work on seducing Lia and getting her family on board with him. He is a good guy, even though he has made some mistakes previously.
These two are complete opposites, but as you read the book, you see how much they truly belong to one another. Jay is a guy, so of course he makes some boneheaded decisions and doesn't always think things through, but everything he does is to make Lia happy. Lia is always working on protecting herself, and finding ways not not be with Jay, but no matter how hard she tries, she can't fight the feelings for him that she has.
Through all the ups and downs in this book, I couldn't help but fall in love with Jay and Lia. I wish Lia wouldn't have been so insecure at times, and I wish Jay would have realized sooner rather than later how some things hurt Lia, but overall this was a great read full of angst, young love and a bunch of laughs. If you're looking for an unlikely couple, I highly suggest picking up Edge of Glory by Megan Vernon today!