Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for 2012
Runner-Up Hollywood Book Festival 2012
Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2012
Still reeling from the suicide of his best friend Tess, seventeen-year old Brendan struggles to overcome addiction and identity issues. Walking the ledge outside his Manhattan apartment has become its own sort of drug, as he stands night after night with his arms outstretched, ready to fly away.
Sarah can see him from her window, and begins journaling about a boy on a ledge. Paige and Nate, a young couple in another building, can see both teens from their fire escape.
None of them know the others are watching, but a strong desire for freedom resides in each of them, and as their lives begin to intertwine, that desire will be tested. Anyone can jump, but not everyone can fly...
Sharp, humorous, and deeply layered, this chronicle of a suicidal teen's survival explores the reality of addiction and other tough issues, but does so easily, through the use of multiple perspectives, intelligent dialogue and authentic characters. Equal parts romance, contemporary drama, and coming of age, this highly engaging and intensely beautiful novel challenges our cultural perceptions in the battle for balance.
From The Back Cover:
"When I was a kid I used to dream about being a pilot. I had a bunch of model airplanes and I would fly them off our balcony, then ride the elevator down and try to find them. Of course they were never there, so I figured once they left the balcony they must have become real airplanes–Pinocchio style. I know better now, but there's a part of me that still wants to believe in miracles. When you make the leap, can you really become what everyone else says you can't?"
High above Manhattan, Brendan walks the ledge. Night after night he stands with his arms outstretched, ready to fly away.
¿Sarah can see him from her window.
Paige can see them both from her fire escape.
None of them know they're being watched each night by the others.
But everyone has a story to tell.
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This book is full of meaning in how people interact with each other and find solutions to their personal and professional problems. The characters and situations are very relateable. The dialogue and emotions feel very authentic. The author dealt with Paige's problem with Frank in a way that allows this book to be appropriate for older teens as well as adults. Other problems the characters have are all dealt with deftly without vulgar language. That sort of writing can be hard to find among contemporary writing and is a real credit to the author. I am looking forward to reading her next novel. She's one to watch.
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Confession time: I received this book on Saturday, finished it on Tuesday (okay, maybe the early hours of Wednesday morning) and am just now getting around to writing a review. Why, you ask? Exams? Homework? Partly, yes. But mostly because this is a book that stuck with me. The words managed to weasel their way into my brain and dwell there, bringing me back to certain scenes over and over again. With that in mind, I cannot recommend the novel Letters from the Ledge by Lynda Meyers highly enough. Letters from the Ledge brings to life the intertwined stories of Brendan, the boy who walks the ledge every night, Sarah, the girl who journals about him from her window, and Paige, a working twenty-something who can see them both from her fire escape. Set in New York City, the novel chronicles how each of them finds freedom from others and from themselves. The first thing that drew me in was the characterization. I felt like I not only knew the characters well, but that they were friends of mine (or at least I wished they were). More importantly, I felt that the author cared about them more than I ever could. Sometimes when I read novels, I get the feeling that some authors come up with a plot line and simply stick characters in to fill the gaps. With this story, that could not be farther from the truth. Meyers truly understands Nate, Paige, Brendan and Sarah. I can only hope that the characters I develop ring as true as these four. Every good story needs a good villain, and Frank Evans is absolutely vile. It was because of him that I struggled with wanting to turn the page and see what happened, but at the same time dreaded what he would do next. Through his actions and demeanor, it felt like something was truly at stake for these people and I wanted to see him lose, big time. What was the biggest draw for me? This book deals with real issues. No, there are no vampires, werewolves, or wizards. However, the pages are filled with real people struggling to keep their heads above water in a world that that is trying desperately to pull them under. This book is not for the faint of heart. I found myself tearing up multiple times (let me be clear, they were last-episode-of-Friends type tears, not Marley and Me tears). My opinion? This book deserves a spot on your bookshelf, Kindle, nook, or iPad for those days when you need to feel that good can rise up out of the ashes, that the sun will come up in the morning and yes, that someday we will all fly free. Now, go read it!
Absolutely loved this book! I finished reading it in just a few days because I could not put the book down; you can't help but get hooked immediately. It was interesting how each character had their own individual struggles and unique lifestyles and they somehow become intertwined as the plot continued to evolve. You find yourself relating to certain characters and feeling sympathetic at the same time. I found myself becoming deeply involved with the characters and hoping they could overcome the challenges in their lives for the better. This was an excellent read!!
If you are looking for a good read in the New Year, this blossoming author has provided it. It's fresh, real, captivating, romantic and yes, Edgy! The back stories are raw and the language is authentic. The theory of six degrees of separation comes to life as a "ledge walker, window watcher and fire escape sitter" take to the night skies high above Midtown Manhattan. You will find yourself immersed in the lives of these characters, maybe even identifying with parts of them, making it easy to turn the page and nearly impossible to put down. For me, it was a journey through the souls of these characters in self-discovery and healing. As the Dalai Lama put it, "We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."
Letters From The Ledge was a very interesting, intense read. Which was one of the best and "worst" things about it; there was never a good time to put it down and get back to normal life. Brendan and Paige became my friends and I began to love the people that they loved and despise the people that caused them pain. I don't know what genre this book would be consider but it had aspects of many genres for me. It was mysterious because of the order and manner in which it was told; it was romantic because as the characters fall in and out of love so do you; and it was nonfiction because at some point while reading this you realize that you know these characters by different names, maybe even your own. Lynda Meyers uses Letters From The Edge to remind us to love those around you because the world is an unpredictable, confusing and often uncomfortable place, but always worth the struggle because of love; whether plutonic or romantic. I Loved this book so much I am going to recommend this to all the people in my life, both readers and nonreader.