Title: Life on the Edge
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Publisher: Astraea Press
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.
Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.
I instantly wanted to read this book when I was asked to review it because I really miss being in touch with the ice skating world. I always watched all of the ice skating competitions on tv and remember some of the great skaters that went on to win gold at the Olypmics.
Once I started to read Life on the Edge I was quickly drawn into the ice skating world. I never really paid much attention to pairs skating so it was interesting to watch Emily and Chris try to connect during their skating routines. It was a little weird to watch Emily and Chris go for different people considering they are skating partners so I guess I expected them to have more a relationship instead of a friendship. It was fun though to watch Emily start to fall for her coach, Sergei, even though she knew she could never be with him. I’m all about forbidden love so this was a great forbidden love story.
Something that many people will like about this older YA story is the fact that the characters are 20-26 years old yet it is very clean. The main character Emily wants to save herself for marriage and it makes for a clean read for those of you who are into that. I have no problems with older teens acting the way that they do by having some sexual references in the book but it was a nice change to have something clean. Plus the romance was fun all the way through because it felt very realistic. Emily and Sergei both had flaws and they stumbled a few times in their love, which is normal for a couple who is just starting to date, and having to hide their relationship.
Overall, I really did enjoy the skating elements to this book. At times though I wish maybe one of the detailed skating competitions could have been taken out just so the repitition of that element would have been taken out or reduced. I enjoyed reading about a love that was strong yet had to hide from the world. It really brought the forbidden aspect of what they were doing to light. The characters aside from the main three were great people for Emily to surround herself with and I’m glad she had all of them there to support her choice to date her coach. I enjoyed seeing something that could very well happen in real life, with plenty of real life ups and downs. This is certainly a good contemporary book that you will just have to try for yourself. I give it 4 hearts for a good read.