Life on the Edge [NOOK Book]

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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...
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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.
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  • BN ID: 2940013689534
  • Publisher: Astraea Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 302,868
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Comeaux earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working for a Fortune 1000 company, she sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in her head for years. That story became Life on the Edge, her first published novel.

When not working or writing, she is an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow her to see another side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for her writing. Jennifer is blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a published author.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    I'm fascinated by figure skating especially pairs skating so whe

    I'm fascinated by figure skating especially pairs skating so when I found this book and read the blurb about a pairs skater falling for her coach and their "forbidden" love (another of my favorite themes in romance books), I knew I had to read it. 




    I was surprised because I thought the age difference between Sergei and Emily was going to be more than his 25 to her 19. Told strictly from Emily's POV (which had me wishing for Sergei's POV~especially in some scenes), I found that I wasn't immediately drawn in. Instead the magic of this book slowly wrapped around me in the story and characters until I was totally unaware of anything else but this world that Jennifer created. And I definitely did not want to leave!!




    Not only did I love Sergei's character *sigh* but I found myself also connecting with Emily as well. I was so invested in them getting their HEA. They struggled through the book with their feelings for each other and having to hide them from pretty much everyone. And how hiding their relationship affected those closest to them. They were so sweet together but nothing came easy for them. They got battered from all sides. I loved how Sergei was able to help Emily gain strength and confidence on and off the ice and I loved that he was consistently aware of what she needed from him and he was able to give her that comfort. Oh...and the way he loved her!! *sigh* Just loved these two together so much!! There was also great secondary characters that added so much to the story. I was rooting for Marley and Chris and I thought Courtney was so cute!! I did feel a little sorry for Drew because he was so sweet to Emily. 




    Life On The Edge was such an interesting read. I really enjoyed the scenes with Emily and Chris's skating practices and competitions and then the Olympics. I liked the outcome of the Olympics and how Jennifer wrote Emily's reactions and feelings about what had happened. So good!! And even the part with 911~which I wasn't expecting and made the story feel more real to me. I also loved reading Emily's thoughts while she skated and the comfort she gained from Chris as her partner. 




    I just have to say that I have never loved a book that didn't have one ounce of sex in it more!! lol ;) Sergei and Emily's intense feelings for each other poured off the pages and there was an intimacy between them that didn't leave me feeling as though I was missing something. 




    Just a great story that I enjoyed so much and I can't wait to return. Loved the ending and it definitely left me with a smile and wanting more. Going into my keeper pile to be reread.




    BEST OF THE BEST rating!




    ***Copy provided by Jennifer Comeaux and Astraea Press ~Thank you!!  Mariann at Belle's Book Bag

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Okay

    Amateurish writing. good story

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Heartwarming story

    Skating is everything to Emily. Her career as a pairs skater is blossoming, and a chance at the Olympics seems closer every day. Everything she has dreamed of is so close to being hers, but an unexpected complication threatens everything.

    Why would Emily risk her Olympic dream?

    Falling in love with her coach wasn’t something she planned, in fact she tried very hard to avoid it, but once caught up in her love for Sergei, she knows there is no going back. But that doesn’t mean their relationship is going to be easy.

    A pet peeve of mine (something even big time writers have been guilty of) is reading a book and it being perfectly clear that the writer has no clue about their topic aside from maybe a quick Wiki search. Trust me, nobody drives down a windy mountain road in Colorado during a blizzard at any speed over about ten miles per hour, even in an emergency.

    I bring this up just so readers know that Jennifer Comeaux’s Life on the Edge does not have this problem. I honestly would have thought Jennifer was a competitive skater at some point in her life if I didn’t know better. Her familiarity with the ins and outs of skating shows her passion for the sport and her research ability. Every aspect of the skating side of her book felt very realistic, right down to the terminology and politics. You won’t be distracted by obvious gaps in skating knowledge.

    After setting the backdrop of Life on the Edge so well, Jennifer created a cast of characters to match. Emily and Sergei are the main characters, the ones battling thru emotions, politics, and family animosity, but they aren’t alone. Emily’s partner, Chris, is not a main focus of the story, but his likeability and fun personality makes you worry about how Emily’s decisions will affect him. The other secondary characters were the same. From Emily’s roommate, to the junior skaters she helps coach, the rest of the cast filled in the story and made it complete.

    The main attraction of Life on the Edge is the love story. Yes, the Olympics are huge, but after watching these two resist each other, then fall in love, then have everything put in jeopardy, I couldn’t imagine anything that wouldn’t be worth giving up for them to stay together. Jennifer does a great job of building their romance early on, then holding back. Even when they do give in, the problems are nowhere near over. Right up to the end, the relationship with its hope and uncertainty at times pulls you through the story.
    As much as I loved the relationship, I did think there were potential areas to increase the drama a little more, especially when it came to another skater interested in Emily, but that’s just my preference. I enjoy a good love triangle, but not everyone does.

    Life on the Edge is a heartwarming story of love and tribulation young adults and adults will enjoy.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Life on the Edge follows 19-year-old competitive skater Emily Bu

    Life on the Edge follows 19-year-old competitive skater Emily Butler. While she’s not new to the sport, she is new to skating pairs. Despite that fact, she and partner Chris have a big dream: to compete at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. With their young Russian coach and retired skater, Sergei, assisting them, they appear to have a fighting chance at turning that dream into reality.

    Sergei. Sigh. The man will swoon you. Yes, that’s right, Emily’s love interest is none other than her very handsome coach. Sound weird? That’s the point. Sergei is young, only six years older than Emily, having retired at 18 for mysterious reasons. Yet while not a hard and fast rule of the skating federation, coaches and skaters are highly discouraged from dating (for obvious reasons). We see their struggle right from the start when their growing friendship starts blooming into something more.

    The story opens in the summer of 2000, leading into the competitive season a year prior to the Olympics. Though the novel takes us through two full seasons and two years, the plot never drags or feels choppy. The author does a great job with pacing and flow, touching on what’s important and always moving the characters forward. I found myself always excited about the next competition just as much as I was aching for the next step in Emily and Sergei’s relationship.

    And their love story? Total slow burn, just the way I like it. There are so many great facets to their relationship-their interactions as coach and skater, the sweetness of their friendship, the kindling attraction, the romance…the UST. Oh yeah, the UST is off the charts. For those unfamiliar with the acronym UST=unresolved sexual tension aka the period of time where you know it’s gonna happen but don’t know how or where or when. I was dying for these two to get together.

    A great thing about this story is that it’s not just the protagonist or even her love interest that hold your attention; Comeaux builds a vast cast who only bring you further into Emily and Sergei’s world; from the adorable Courtney, a young pairs skater Emily and Sergei coach together, to slimy Viktor, one of the clubs other coaches, to Chris and Marley, Emily’s very swoony partner and the ice dancer he has a massive crush on, you’ll find yourself wanting more. I know I did.

    And let’s not forget, this is all happening with the constant pressure of competition in the background and a little event called the Olympics on the horizon. You don’t have to follow figure skating to love this book; Comeaux does a great job laying out the details and behind the scenes aspects of the world of competitive figure skating without bogging down the reader in technicalities. The way she writes about Emily and Chris out on the ice has you feeling everything they feel: nerves, excitement, disappointment, elation, and triumph. You’ll want to find the nearest sheet of ice and strap on some figure skates.

    In a romance, my bottom line is always the couple. Do I want them to be together? Do I connect with them in a way that has me cheering for them, fighting for them, crying for them, swooning for them, on the edge of my seat waiting for them to kiss and skate off into the sunset? Emily and Sergei definitely did that for me in a way no other fictional couple has in quite some time. Give them a chance and I promise you’ll be cheering them on to their happily ever after, too.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

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    just loved this book...

    First of all this book needs to be a movie, like yesterday. Preferably on Lifetime because let’s face it, they make awesome-feel good-tearjerker movies. And this book is that. The author is so vivid in her writing you actually feel as though it’s a movie being played out in your imagination. And even not knowing a thing (zip, zero, nada) about skating...I was actually able to follow along and not feel lost.

    In Life on the Edge you can tell Comeaux is passionate about skating and writing. I loved hearing about the competitions and actually want to watch more now. Funny how a book can get you excited about something you never thought of before. Of course I watched as a child but now I have a renewed interest. And Comeaux’s writing flows flawlessly throughout the entire book. So easy to read and never a dull moment. Even when the pair is practicing or out to dinner with family, I was never bored.

    I enjoyed the characters in Life on the Edge quite a bit. The author did a fabulous job making them real and easily relatable. We get the whole story through Emily’s eyes and how she was affected through it all. She is a strong girl with a huge heart; you can’t help but love her. And Sergei, oh sweet Russian Sergei! Yep, loved him from the start. He is smart, caring, and very, very romantic. Swoon away ladies!

    I am so thankful for a chance to read this book and I loved every bit of it. Full of romance and a fight to be with the one you love, Life on the Edge delivers one fantastic story. Well done Comeaux on an amazing debut novel…now when can we expect another book from you?

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

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    Absolutely fascinating!

    WOW! I have always said that I am not into sports books and now I need to reconsider it seriously. At least when it comes to sports romance books I have changed my mind. Especially when it comes to ice skating romance books! Life On the Edge was an experience to me in so many different ways. Firstly, one of the few sports I am following and watching in TV is ice-skating. I grew up with it and I knew all the big names in ice skating, also the ones mentioned in Life On the Edge! Ice skating was the sport which was always broadcasted during the Soviet times because Russians were very good at that and I always was glued behind the TV because ice skating is one of the most beautiful sports in my opinion. With that said, I loved Life On the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux. It was a beautiful book which showed the daily life of ice skaters and forbidden romance between the coach and the student. It was well written and easy to read and I could not put the book away – I read it in one standing! The reader is brought into the world of top level ice skating where Emily and Chris are fighting for their place for the Olympics team. Emily is new to the pairs skating but she has all what it takes to reach the top of pairs skaters – she is technically strong, competitive and an eloquent dancer. Emily and Chris are training under a Russian Coach Sergei who has a strong belief that these two can make their dreams come true! Emily realizes that she is drawn to Sergei and that they have so much in common besides ice skating: music, books and that brings them too close to each other. What starts out as a friendship is quickly developing into something more; something more which is ethically wrong and forbidden – being in love. The results of that love can be devastating for both – it could end both of their carriers. The ultimate aim for Emily, Chris and Sergei is to win the gold medal at the Olympics, but when Emily’s and Sergei’s relationship is coming out it can endanger everything for them. Besides that, Emily finds out about Sergei’s past and the reasons behind him topping his ice skating carrier so abruptly and these facts can put a stopper to the otherwise strong love. I adored the writing which the author did with Emily’s and Sergei’s relationship. It was so intense, sweet, aching and at the same time real. It was not a fluffy-buffy love story, but a story where there were serious obstacles which usually happen in the real life and which were real due to Emily’s daily life described. I also enjoyed the peek into the ice skaters life with lots of training, efforts, personal problems, competitions. Even though I do love ice skating, I do not know about the details behind the screen and I was glad that the author brought it closer to the reader. Regarding the characters: Let me put it that way – they seemed real and believable and that made them reliable as characters. Emily was written as a strong personality who also has issues – insecurity, anxiety before the competitions, jealousy. I liked that Emily was not perfect, but she had a will as strong as hard metal and she was sweet and loyal. Sergei balanced her very nicely. He was supportive to Emily and Chris, never gave up on them. He leaded them towards reaching their goals. Sergei has some secrets which he is trying to hide from Emily and that almost broke them apart, but he is consistent! Chris was adorable! I think having a support from him was essential to Emily.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    You will love this!

    Just a really good read for a snowy day! Loved the characters, she does a great job creating emotion where you least expect it. In all honesty it made me want to put on a pair of skates and work out for an entire day....instead of eating donuts by the fireplace. Sigh.
    If you want a good romance with interesting details into the lives of skaters, you MUST get this book

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

    It seems that lately I have struggled with rating books, and thi

    It seems that lately I have struggled with rating books, and this is another one. This book has a lot going for it. A nice older young adult romance, ice skating, and it's completely clean! This is the most exciting part of the book for me. No profanity, and no sex scenes! Your teenager can read this, and your mother-in-law can, too. I have to say that Sergei and Emily are great together, and you can sense the chemistry from the start. Not only that, Sergei is a fine coach, and he is a real man. I'll let you read the book to understand what is implied there!




    This is your typical young adult romance. Don't expect anything out of the ordinary, and you can bet there will be a lot of "sappy" romance. Yes, if you follow my reviews at all, you know that is something I always point out. But at least Sergei is sweet, and nothing horrible happens between them. There is a bad guy, and I wasn't expecting it, but all's well that ends well. I was glad that not everything ended according to everyone's dreams--no spoilers from me. 




    If you like sweet, clean romances and/or figure skating, this would be a perfect book for you. Quite seriously, what you see is what you get, but it is a nice, quick read for any quiet evening.




    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    Drew me in from the start!  I was amazed at  Comeaux's ability t

    Drew me in from the start!
     I was amazed at  Comeaux's ability to draw a reader into Emily's world from the first page.  I was immediately engrossed in the story and did not want to put the book down!  Why?  First, this book is about an ice skater, and I have loved ice skating since I was young.  Second, the story was magnetic and Comeaux's story flowed easily.  I continually thought, "Just one chapter more."  But one more chapter was never enough!  There was something distinct in every chapter that gave me that desire to keep reading.  I didn't want to stop until the book was finished!  When I finally did reach the end, I was satisfied, yet so happy that there was another book so I could finish Emily and Sergei's story!  This is definitely not your typical romance novel!  I found it very refreshing to find an author who wrote a romance novel where the main character has firm beliefs on saving herself for marriage!  I highly recommend Life on the Edge!  The story, the characters and their relationships are so magnetic that you cannot help but be drawn in!

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Emily just started with pairs skating, but she and her partner,

    Emily just started with pairs skating, but she and her partner, Chris wanted to be the first American Team to win Gold in the Olympics. They have Sergei, their young Russian coach is ready to propel them into the right direction. He guided them, trained them and believed in them. Sergei had a bright future in skating, but decided to quit and ended his career early for unknown reasons. 

    Emily and Chris are on their way to the gold, winning competitions and making their mark. Emily and Sergei fell in love with each other unintentionally. They tried to put a stop into it, knowing that it was forbidden and it could hurt both their careers. But love always finds a way and makes it through. When their relationship has been discovered, trust has been broken, arguments flew in and an unexpected enemy threatens everything that they have been working for all their lives. Will their love be enough to surpass this?

    What had me hooked on this book is not really the love story - but its the journey of two people who worked very hard to achieve their dreams. Especially Emily, from someone who was less confident of her moves, her character evolved slowly into someone who is confident with every twist and turn she has on ice. I like her relationship with Chris, how platonic it is, how they team up and work together to achieve what they wanted most. Theirs is not only a relationship of being team-mates, but they became close friends who would be their for each other when they're needed. 

    Their journey wasn't a piece of cake: they had bruises, missed jumps, arguments and tons of pressure in their midst. But in the end - they have reached (well, almost technically) their dream. 

    *ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    To lacefligh

    Gurr...i mean 13 res....flametail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Completely out of touch w modern times

    The mc sounds about 16. She was immature and it is unbelievable that she didn't once defend hetself as an adult when her parents disapproved of her relationship. This is more like a lovey dovey harlequin book set in the 80's.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    t took me a little bit to get into this story, but once I did, I

    t took me a little bit to get into this story, but once I did, I really liked it. I loved watching ice skating when I was little so it kinda took me back to that place while I was reading, which is cool! It's like a little girl's fairy tale almost. It flowed nicely and had great character depth!

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    If you like figure skating and sweet love stories, then read thi

    If you like figure skating and sweet love stories, then read this book. 

    Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. I have always loved watching Olympic figure skating, especially pairs skating, as well as movies about figure skating, so this book was right up my alley. 




    Life on the Edge is a quick, fun read that kept me interested and invested until the very end. It had some wonderful moments, moments that made me squeal, or feel giddy, anxious, happy, or sad, and moments that were worrisome and romantic. That is just a few of the emotions that I felt while reading this book. 




    The descriptions of the skating practices, technical elements, day-to-day training, and the feelings the skaters were experiencing during the competitions were spot-on. I could see Chris and Emily practicing the tricks. I could feel the chill of the ice arena. I could feel the tension and nervous energy Emily had before she would compete. All of these made for an exciting read that had me feeling as if I was personally affected by how the skaters performed. 




    I found Emily to be sweet, dedicated, and fiercely competitive. I really felt for her during her personal, yet forbidden relationship with Sergei. Sergei is a good guy and a wonderful coach. He has a past that he won't speak about. Chris is a great partner for Emily. He is opposite from her and keeps her balanced and focused. Chris is funny and gave me some good laughs. 








    I have never read a fiction book about figure skating before (I've seen some movies), and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this book. And I cannot wait to read the sequel, Edge of the Past. 




    Would I recommend it: If you enjoy figure skating and "forbidden" relationships, then you would enjoy this book. It was a good read. 




    Will I read it again: This is not a "read once a year" book...but it is a book that I may revisit in a few years. 

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

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    Jennifer pens "Life on the Edge" a romantic, emotional

    Jennifer pens "Life on the Edge" a romantic, emotional story revolving around ice skating, competitions and relationships. Her characters are so believable and realistic, you feel like your right right. Highly recommended to all YA and well all romance fans actually. *5 Stars*

    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    I have to admit, this book surprised me. It's the first contempo

    I have to admit, this book surprised me. It's the first contemporary romance I've ever read, and I was a bit worried about the MC only being nineteen and whether or not I'd be able to relate to her. However, the premise intrigued me, so I bought it.

    I shouldn't have worried. I couldn't put this book down! I read it in two days and loved every minute of it.

    While the main plot of the story is Emily and her pairs skating partner, Chris, trying to fight their way to the 2002 Olympics, the love story is a perfect blend of fiery chemistry, tender love, and incredible heartbreak. Emily and Sergei (Emily and Chris's skating coach) struggle against the attraction between them, knowing their relationship is forbidden and could ruin everything they've worked for.

    This is a sweet romance that draw's the reader into Emily's world. I also really enjoyed the ice skating routines and performances, even though I don't know an awful lot about the sport. It was exciting to live the dream through Emily's eyes.

    This one is headed to my re-read pile. I know I will enjoy it again in the future. I'll be on the lookout for more books from Jennifer Comeaux.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Recommended - women's book

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Light reading and would appeal to females. Even more enjoyable if you are/were a skater.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Life on the Edge is a beautiful love story wrought with emotion

    Life on the Edge is a beautiful love story wrought with emotion and a rollercoaster ride of tragedy and triumph. The characters are so real, you root for them right from the beginning! The knowledge woven into the book about the sport of ice skating is interesting, revealing, and personal- almost as if the author were once a skater herself; that's how close you feel to the action. Most of all, I loved the relationships made in this book- Sergei and Emily, and the rest of the skating team, are characters with depth and raw emotion. Comeaux writes with enough power to make you feel every emotion as though it were happening to you. Excellent read for any YA book lovers out there! Highly recommended!- Jessica Tornese- author of Linked Through Time

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Life on the Edge is a very wholesome and innocent romance. Emil

    Life on the Edge is a very wholesome and innocent romance. Emily is a nineteen year old figure skater that has just recently entered the world of partners figure skating. With a new partner and coach this young woman never anticipated the brilliance that she would find herself contributing too. This is a romance, but it is also a story about the life of a world champion figure skating pair. Her love interest was a very unique twist when she uncovers her feelings for her young new Russian coach. As the mutual emotions grow this open a very dangerous window for for this star struck group. With disaster continuously on the horizon they will walk a very fine line to stay out of the limelight. As the season wears on they will have to battle on and off the ice. With an unexpected turn of events they will be forced to reveal their secrets and possibly condemned their bright future. This was a very innocent and clean story. It was wonderful to see a young girl dedicated to her dreams and virtues. This is a great recommendation for Christian romance fans.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

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    Definitely a must read sports themed novel!

    When the author contacted me to review Life On The Edge I immediately jumped at the chance to read it! I am a huge fan of ice figure skating, whether in movies, books, or real live competitions. This book definitely kept true to its theme, and I was rooting for two things during my read, the romance and winning the 2002 Olympics. Emily, the protagonist has recently moved to pair skating and Sergei, their young russian coach has big dreams for them. The story begins in the year 2000, where Emily and Chris her partner, are practicing for preliminary competitions in the hopes to move up to the olympics. This is when the problems start.

    The student-coach relationship Emily and Surgei has starts to blur when Emily takes up a job to co-coach a younger pair skating couple with Surgei and they start spending coffee breaks chatting with each other at Starbucks. Emily starts developing feelings for Surgei, and so does he, this is when they're really in trouble. I loved how the relationship started slowly, with them being friends and so forth; it just gives the book the realistic feeling so many contemporary novels seem to be missing.

    The other theme in the book, the figure skating career of Emily. I am happy that the author didn't neglect it but actually gave it importance. I mean we're talking about players who have been on the ice rink since they were able to walk and practice at least 6 hours a day, of course this is something that would overtake their life! I was cheering for her, during her programs, I would hold my breath and pray that she skates a clean program, and wait in the kiss & cry to find out her scores then rejoice with her or feel disappointed. It was one emotional roller coaster!

    The protagonist is 18 years old and that might seem a bit older from the usual YA novels, same as Surgei, who is six years older than her. Now I found this a bit odd for a YA novel, but the older age gives them more maturity and logical thinking than the usual 14 year olds!

    Life On The Edge is a contemporary novel about achieving your dreams, finding your love, and being able to juggle all of this without going out of your mind!

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