Book Review: Girl On The Brink By Christina Hoag

The summer before senior year, 17 year old Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies in to terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire and Kieran becomes violent. Chloe breaks up with him but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up. Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.

Girl on The Brink is a must read for all teenagers, guy or girl, to help give them an understanding of the abusive sides to relationships. This book is light and dark, happy and sad, showing a 17 year old going through situations she should never have to face in her entire lifetime. Unfortunately, however, this does happen and people need to be more aware of the affects it has not only on the victims, but also the people surrounding them such as family and friends.

Girl on The Brink starts off very subtle, a young couple learning about each other, helping one another grow and just having an all round blast with each other whenever they have free time. As Kieran’s true personality shines more throughout the book, it does begin to become a harder read. Having to read about Chloe, who is such a strong and sweet girl, already having a lot of home problems with her dad leaving and her mum sinking in deep depression, Kieran at the time was the only good thing in her life. The boy who said he loved her.

Abuse is a difficult topic to read/talk about, no matter what age you are but Christina did a fantastic job with setting up such realistic characters, you really feel like you are in this situation with Chloe, the pain she feels, you begin to feel yourself. If there are people out there who don’t have a lot of knowledge regarding abuse and have never experienced it, this book is definitely an eye opener and will definitely help you be able to recognise the signs of an abusive relationship. Although this book can help both genders, this book will help young female teenagers so much and I’ve seen many reviews from mums saying that they will be making sure their own daughters read this when they’re around the same age as Chloe is in the book.

This book definitely goes from light to dark in the blink of an eye and will definitely shock many people, but what Christina makes sure to involve is that being in an abusive relationship won’t last forever as long as you are able to get rid of the toxic person and seek out help to recover. There is a light at the end of every dark tunnel.

If you like the sound of this book or feel that this could help somebody you know in any way, be sure to buy it on Amazon!

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