Release Date: March 15th, 2013
Publisher: Holiday House
Popularity didn't come easily for sixteen-year-old Brianna Taylor. She didn't wear the right clothes or come from the right family. In fact, she didn't come from any family at all, unless you counted Jolene, who just wasn't that much into being a mom. So when Brianna joins the cheerleading squad, she finds herself suddenly popular. But then a one-night stand has life altering consequences, and Brianna must accept help from the one person closest to her mistake.
No longer in control, Brianna must reevaluate all that she thought was important and learn the true meaning of family.
Brianna on the Brink isn't fast paced or action packed, but it does pack a bit of a punch. Brianna's story definitely has life altering consequences and we start to see what those are from page one. While a bit jarring at first, to start right from where the problems really start to snowball, it ended up really working for me. We get a lot of Brianna's backstory worked in throughout the book and by the end I felt like I had a whole picture of Brianna's life.
Things for Brianna have never been easy. She has a mother who doesn't really want to be one, a tough as nails sister who doesn't put up with much, and a best friend who is more like a best frenemy. So once everything went down at the beginning of the book I found myself trying really hard to figure out how this all could possibly end up okay for Brianna, but I guess that's the quiet magic of this book. The situation she finds herself in is incredibly awkward and a little unbelievable, but Nicole McInnes writes it in such a way that it just works.
There aren't any bells and whistles to this book, it is strictly about people who are trying to get past some awful things and how they end up helping each other through it. The two main characters are very solid and well fleshed out, the secondary characters really stay more in the background, but it's still a full story. It was a quick read for me, because I found myself really wanting to know where things were going to go. I defiintely think this is a good read for anyone looking for something about real people just pushing their way through life.
And as a bonus, I'm going to be giving away my ARC copy to one lucky winner!
*US/Canada Only. Sorry guys, but I'm a little short on the dough this month :0/