Jagged Little Edges
Category: Drama (Drug Addiction)
Suitable for: Teens+
My Rating: 4 Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle
Description: This book is the tale of a girl named Lyndsey who is from a dysfunctional family and who struggles with mental illness and drug addiction. Her story spans from high school through her adult life as her drug problems worsen until she hits rock bottom and then must face the challenge of recovery.
In Short: This book has an interesting plot with a lot of strange developments. You get a close up look into the dark life of a drug addict who is dealing with intense emotional pain and sickness. It took me to a world I have only ever glimpsed before in TV shows and movies but now have a much better interpretation of. This book made me feel so grateful for my life and my family. Overall it was a good book and if this topic appeals to you I think you will really enjoy it.
Pros: This book has good pacing. The beginning is especially fast paced and exciting as her whirlwind into darkness begins. This book has the most in-depth and believable main character that I have ever read about. Her personality is consistent and though you may not understand her and even find you dislike her at times she is amazingly realistic. Even though she makes a number of bad choices she isn’t a bad person and you can really feel for her and wish she would get better. You truly feel like you are reading the diary of a troubled young girl. This book isn’t overly graphic making it a safe read for teens. There is violence but there is no graphic sex scenes. This book had a full story with a satisfying ending. Jagged Little Edges has helped me have a better understanding of drug addiction and how it is a disease.
Cons: The bulk of this story had all downs and no ups making for a depressing and draining read. Even dramas need high points in order to give the reader some emotional payout. Even though the sympathetic main character experiences a lot of hardships I never really felt her pain. I think this is due to too much telling instead of showing which left me a little detached from Lyndsey. I am a very empathetic person who gets very involved in stories and cries easily but this book never brought me to tears even though it is an incredibly sad story.
I was sent a free copy of this book by the author for an honest review.