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Friday, 11 July 2014

Sharp Edges - S.A. Partridge

Title: Sharp Edges

Author: S.A. Partridge

Pages: 192

Publisher: Human and Rosseau

Source: Review Copy

The Synopsis

Six friends attend a music festival in the Cedarberg.Only five come back. For her seventeenth birthday Demi Crowley invites her five closest friends to join her at a party to end all parties. But what was supposed to be the night of their lives soon becomes a nightmare none of them will ever forget.

The Review

It has taken me quite a while to get a concise review penned that comes close to conveying my feelings and thoughts on Sharp Edges by local author S.A. Partridge. Despite this taking months, I am not sure if I am yet able to write a review that is worthy of the message that the book carries across. 

To help you understand, the closest comparison I can make -for those of you who have yet to read- Sharp Edges, is the British series Skins. Much like Skins, Sharp Edges manages to brilliantly switch between the perspectives of the many characters involved to give a fuller picture of the story. A picture as faceted as those involved – because we all know there is more than one side to a story.
At the heart of Sharp Edges is a story of a group of teenage friends who plan a weekend away at a music festival for everyone’s best friend – Demi’s birthday. As you will have gathered from the synopsis above, there is not a happy ending; through shifting between the perspectives of each of those involved in what was supposed to be the best weekend ever, you glean two perspectives from each of those involved – during and having to live afterwards.

I was a bit confused initially when I started reading Sharp Edges, but once I got to the third perspective it all started to fall into place and I started to see the picture that S.A. Partridge was putting together for us using shards from the experience of those involved.  

Sharp Edges is a chilling story of how the best laid out plans can go awry and no matter how hard you try you cannot escape from the consequences of your actions. I think Sharp Edges will resonate quite deeply with those who have suffered from a tragedy and are left behind to put the pieces together to try and figure out how it all happened, and how to go on with their lives. For those who have experienced the loss of a friend Sharp Edges will help you to see that grief takes on many forms, and is very rarely rational. Sharp Edges will help you to see that even though your world stops turning when someone near to you dies, it continues to turn, and you have to get back to living your life no matter how difficult it may be. 

Sharp Edges, much like Dark Poppy’s Demise should be compulsory on all high school reading lists.

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