Published by Amulet Books on September 8, 2015
Genres: Mystery, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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.
~ This book surprised me with how dark it was at times. I was expecting a rundown mansion, but it was like the worst episode of Hoarders ever. Like, carpet that squishes from all the cat pee kind of hoard. *shudders*
~ Even though Lorrie Hollander lives in crumbly manse, the book opens with her at a riding camp, with her gorgeous horse Orion. She’s not there long before she’s sent back home, the tuition hasn’t been paid. Things quickly go downhill from there.
~ I connected with Lorrie pretty quickly. She’s not some happy go lucky teen, she has to deal with an aunt and sister who seem blind to the house and animal hoarding, and her aunt has all the other mental illness that usually goes hand in hand with extreme hoarders. I felt sick for every new blow that Lorrie was dealt after returning home. She was a million more times more patient with her aunt than I would have been though. Just saying.
~ Lennox made for a great best friend character- she was loyal, clever, curious, and the product of a much healthier upbringing than Lorrie. Plus she has great moms and a sister away at school, enabling Lorrie to plunder her closet for clothes.
~ I’m not going to lie- I love forbidden romance. And Lorrie falling for senator son Charlie, who comes from a family in the national spotlight, is as star-crossed as they come. The more she becomes involved with Charlie, the more she has to hide from him. It’s kind of impossible to start anything with such a shaky foundation.
~ So we have secrets- the ones Lorrie is keeping and the ones Aunt Gigi is keeping, we have family drama in both Charlie and Lorrie’s families, we have romance where at least one of the participants is being a Liar McLiarpants, and we have a bit of a mystery… that I can’t go into details about without spoiling the book. I guessed some of it, but there were a few twists that I didn’t even guess at.
~ My biggest problem with the book came at the end. There’s kind of this giant information dump, and then things resolve just a little too neatly for the mess that Lorrie started with. So, that was a little disappointed- not enough for me to not enjoy the book, because I did. I really liked Lorrie, I found her aunt and sister a trial (Gigi more than Susannah). and I thought the story was something unexpected. Just wish the ending had been a little less straightforward. Instead it felt a bit like with the Scooby Gang unmask the bad guy and he spills all the beans.
~ But up until the end- which, again wasn’t bad, it just would have been better with more show and less tell and a little less happily ever afterish- I was turning the pages trying to figure everything out and wondering how Lorrie was going to cope when the other shoe fell.
Lorrie- our main character- once the daughter of wealth, trying to hide the hoard Behind These Mansion Walls (for all you ID channel fans out there).
Susannah- Lorrie’s younger sister, very kind, but has never met a animal that she didn’t want to keep. Has Aunt Gigi power levels of denile.
Aunt Gigi- has been guardian to her nieces since her sister ran off to Europe- quite possibly a lunatic.
Charlie Copeland- senator’s son and golden boy with a bad boy rep.
Lennox- Lorrie’s long time bff, runs a political blog called Capitol Teen.
Brian- Susannah’s loser boyfriend who pretty much lives at the house. Lorrie isn’t a fan (neither am I).
There are lots of other characters that I wrote down but am not including because either they aren’t central to the story or they give hints to the mystery that I’m not going to tell you about. 🙂
I don’t always cry when I read, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that there was a scene in the book where Lorrie is forced to sell the thing she loves most in order to Adult (since Aunt Gigi is not about to step up) and I cried harder than she did. It’s possible that I’m a little jealous of Lorrie’s Adulting skills.
Stop the Clock:
Edgewater surprised me. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was better than I thought it would be. I wish the ending had been a bit better, but I will totally read more from this author!
Edgewater gets a Midnight Book rating of: