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On the Edge Paperback – June 5, 2015
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In On the Edge by T.S. Krupa, Andy Parker has one mission in life: take care of her fifteen-year-old daughter and help her achieve the best in the world. T.S. Krupa did a fantastic job with On The Edge. She portrayed Andy's dilemma perfectly. She was sympathetic and encouraging. Plus, it was not instant love and that alone makes this novel worthy of five stars! - Readers' Favorite
About the Author
T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor's degree from Franklin Pierce University, where she also played field hockey. She earned he Master's from Texas Tech University and graduated with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and dog. On the Edge is her second novel. To learn more about T.S. Krupa and her other works, visit www.tskrupa.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Kudos are in order for this author as well... notice at the front of the book - there is NO PUBLISHER listed. This appears to be a grassroots operation for this author to publish her own book. That takes a lot of gumption and courage, in my opinion.
Overall, great read. A great 2nd book by a 1st time author who has many more stories to tell I'm sure.
I couldn't help but adore Hayden Grace and Andy...they had such a cute relationship throughout the book. Of course they had their mother daughter spats but overall they had a pretty inspiring relationship.
The romance in the book is pretty perfect- the relationship between Paul and Andy starts out as part of her job and quickly evolves into a friendship that is entertaining to watch. Their romance blossoms through chance meetings at snowboarding events that her daughter is apart of, and he often judges. You can't help but love Paul when he's with Andy, he's fun, thoughtful and quite the charmer.
T.S. Krupa has a way with words once again in On The Edge; every sentence flows so perfectly into the next that you can't stop yourself from reading the next line, and then the next line.
To me this story could have been written in two different ways – from the perspective of Andy (like it was) or it could have been told as Hayden Grace’s story, which is credit to how well the author developed her character. Andy’s daughter had a lot about her. She was very talented and passionate about snowboarding but she was very realistic for her young age too since it was acknowledged there was room for improvement in her ability and more importantly, she needed that bit of confidence to really push herself to compete to the best of her ability. Hayden Grace misses her dad and wants to know that he would be proud of her snowboarding performance but sometimes she struggles because he’s no longer around to tell her that. I liked seeing her character mature throughout this book but I was glad she was only growing up in some aspects because what made her easy to connect with, for me, was how I could identify with some of her teenage traits. Most teenagers are quite capable of being stroppy and sulking when things aren’t going the way they want them to (I can relate even though I’m not one to admit it…!). Hayden Grace has already had to face some of the harsh realities growing up like the day her dad didn’t come home and in this book she is tested by her friendships and her career prospects, but I loved the way she approached her life.
I was a bit apprehensive about the amount of skiing and snowboarding content in On The Edge, since I don’t actually know anything about either sport. But that was never a problem because the author writes about them both in an accessible way, teaching the reader a little and making the sport interesting and readable without it taking over. I loved the bits of guidance Hayden Grace was given throughout the story because it was easy for me to pick up on the advice and see for myself how well she was doing and then I could follow the story better without feeling like I was reading a how-to guide. Also, there was a lot more than just sport to this beautifully written, captivating novel. The Parker’s are a strong little family and it was easy to be there cheering them on and wanting the best for them. T.S. Krupa writes well about the challenges of growing up, having aspirations and falling in love and On The Edge quickly became a book difficult to put down as I sought out that happy ending for Andy and Hayden Grace.
*Book received for an honest review