On The Fringe

On The Fringe

by Courtney King Walker

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Overview

On The Fringe by Courtney King Walker

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she's still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn't helping.
Neither is thinking she sees Daniel's face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.
As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them have to decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of
Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.
Beautifully told, On the Fringe intertwines fresh ideas about devotion, revenge, and the consequences that come with life and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982500552
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Courtney King Walker grew up in Walnut Creek, California building rocket ships and rafts out of cardboard just so she could go to the moon and Niagara Falls. Although she hasn't been to the moon, she did earn a BFA in graphic design from Brigham Young University and continues to pursue all things creative.

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On the Fringe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
precious_seraph More than 1 year ago
Claire was still alive although she died for a little while on her 16th birthday. She was still in the phase of mourning for the death of her childhood friend and love, Daniel. I was amazed with the depth of her emotions for Daniel. But I knew what it was like to have someone’s face and someone’s voice in your head for a very, very long time so I could relate to how she was feeling. When she realized that Daniel could possibly still be on earth, Claire started to hope. Daniel was dead. But somehow he hasn’t moved on to the other world. He was attached to Claire but mind you, he barely remembered or even realized this, not until he was dead. Daniel’s experiences as a ghost were intriguing. I liked how the creativity and imagination that the author showed through her concept of traveling and reliving memories. It was a common idea that when people die, they see a flashback of their life surging in their heads. Walker took this idea to the next level by integrating it to ghost life. Daniel was living ‘on the fringe’ and there, not every ghost was as harmless as him. They were a cute couple albeit an unconventional one. Their relationship was fueled by the second chance to be together. For them, every minute was important. It was justifiable since the two have been friends since childhood and they knew each other well. They have seen each other’s best and worst and I suppose that made it easier for them to be close. Their relationship was a combination of the sweet and nostalgic quality behind the relationship of Grace and Daniel from The Dark Divine by Bree Despain and the complication of Amelia and Joshua’s relationship from Hereafter by Tara Hudson. The author did a good job with the action, scary scenes and tension-filled scenes in this novel. The flashbacks and the jumping from past to present were smooth, vivid and well-done. Overall, On the Fringe was enjoyable but I felt that there’s still room for improvement on the thrill and unpredictability department. On the Fringe is what I imagine would be the baby of The Dark Divine by Bree Despain and Hereafter by Tara Hudson. Bittersweet, tragic, imaginative and against-all-odds, On the Fringe will appeal to paranormal romance readers! I recommend this!
marsshine29 More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize that it was a young adult book when I bought it, but I enjoyed the book just the same! There is one person who has left this life that I wish I could spend time with each evening...if only for a few minutes as in this book! That was my favorite part... :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From start to the end, it kept me turning pages, but not so fast that I couldn't enjoy every word and sentence! I know teenagers and YA will love this because of the wording and exciting story, but I'm 67 years old and I loved the story and how it was written. I hope she writes more. Really enjoyable and suspenseful. I was surprised right up to the end, but the author didn't leave me wondering how it ended! The characters are so real!
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Naj More than 1 year ago
Many readers categorize this book as Paranormal but though it did have ghosts and the paranormal element. I found it more about a book with a moral about friendship and how it’s one of the greatest things in this world.  Claire is part of a group of four, her older brother, his best friend Daniel and Daniel's little sister. The four are childhood best friends and were inseparable. Until the day Daniel is murdered and their troupe of four shatters as Claire’s older brother drowns himself in College work, and Daniel’s sister finds it hard to look at Claire without crying about Daniel.  One day, Claire finds herself drowning and dies for a few minutes before Daniels ghost saves her. This lets Claire into a place they call “the Fringe” where she can see things that weren’t there before. In her struggle to fight the loneliness and the loss of her secret crush and best friend, Daniel. She is haunted by his killer.  The book itself, isn’t the in depth paranormal type with a back story about how ghosts came to be or anything like that. This is the mildest form of paranormal and comes with a beautiful story about overcoming a best friends death and the hardship of going back to the way it once was. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucked me in at the beginning but started to lose steam for me about half way through. Plot was weak to me. Didnt end the way i wanted it to. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me want to start running, so complicated, drama filled teens... glad i dont have a daughter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, sad, scary, enduring, and surprising...all are words to describe this book. A story of first love and tragic loss, i was sad to read the last pages knowing the characters had to learn how to feel and live again.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Most children have a childhood crush, Claire has a crush on her best friend's brother, Daniel. She has what appears to be a deep, abiding love for him. Childhood love can't last forever, though Claire's is torn from her in a way that is far from typical. Daniel is at a party when he is shot...in the head. Claire is crushed, the author does a great job of portraying Claire's emotions sincerely during this part. On Claire's 16th birthday, not long after the murder, she finds herself drowning. Somewhere in that in between time, when Claire touched death, she sees Daniel. After Claire is pulled from the water, she finds she can still see Daniel. Claire doesn't want to give up this newfound joy, the story takes off from here. As a character, Claire is easy to like. The reader can tell her love for Daniel is real. She is a sympathetic character, she lost her love at a young age and is having a hard time. She is a nice character, is willing to help even when the going is tough. Daniel is much the same, it is easy to see why Claire would like him so much. The other secondary characters are fun to get to know, especially Claire's best friend. The events in this book were fast-paced and exciting, the author describes the events, especially the drowning, in vivid detail. The ending was perfect, the reader won't be able to imagine it any other way. This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ellen H. for Readers Favorite Teenaged Claire was just starting to realize her feelings for her best friend's brother when he was killed. Daniel was not only Addie's brother but he was Claire's brother Matthew's best friend too. Claire just can't seem to get back to life after Daniel's death and then on her 16th birthday, she got drowned. After a few minutes Daniel's spirit was able to revive her. From then on for a few minutes each day Claire was able to see and talk to Daniel. But, there was another spirit at work and this one meant Claire harm. Aden blamed Daniel for his death and wanted revenge by haunting and hurting Claire. Together Claire and Daniel have to unwind the truth about what happened when he was five and deal with Aden once and for all. Very interesting concept for the book. It is told from both Claire's and Daniel's points of view. Each chapter deals with how Claire and Daniel each sees what is happening between them and around them. Even though there are sinister undertones with the character Aden, it mainly deals with how both Claire and Daniel cope with his passing. Enjoyed all the characters in the book from Claire and Daniel to their siblings, her parents and her dead aunt. The story grabbed me from the beginning and I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen. I really love a book that does that. The title is an excellent choice because who knows what waits on the fringe. Really good young adult book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book that gives a fresh new twist to a YA romantic thrilled. I was hooked early on and it was hard to put it down!
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adfrench More than 1 year ago
Fun teen romance with an interesting twist. When a group of friends are torn apart by one of their deaths, everyone copes with it in their own way. The main characters, Daniel and Claire, were believable and likeable, as well as a little quirky. I really enjoyed the development of their relationship, and there's a dark supernatural component that keeps it suspenseful. I was happy with the ending, which reflected the characters' maturity. Overall a fun, quick read, with slightly more depth to the relationships than is typically found in this type of book.
frecklegirl More than 1 year ago
One of the things I liked best about this book was how much the characters stayed with me. I kept thinking about Daniel and Claire when I put the book down, and now that I've finished it....I'm still thinking about them! I loved the way the story was told from both Daniel and Claire's perspectives. The nonlinear narrative was so effective in revealing layers of how their relationship developed and in uncovering the questions about Daniel's death. I also really liked the relationship between the brothers and sisters (Claire/Matthew, Daniel/Addie) and best friends (Matthew/Daniel, Claire/Addie). The sort of deep connection that develops when you have a friendship that endures from childhood. The way that people you are closest to are sometimes the one you can't be around when you are grieving. I especially appreciated how the four of them all rescued each other in different ways. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great , easy read!!
Stories_and_Sweeties More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. More specifically, I loved Claire and Daniel. The love story in this book is one of the sweetest, most captivating loves I've read in a long time. Why? Because the two main characters, before realizing they were in love, had known each other almost their whole lives. There is something so infinitely romantic to me about having a person in thousands of your memories, having stored up good times and bad times, pranks and adventures, over twelve years and then one day coming to the realization that this is the person that makes your heart race and the one you don't ever want to live without. For all of you YA readers out there who can't take one more bout of the dreaded "instalove"---On the Fringe is about as far from that as you can get. I was completely smitten with these two. They were really just two very normal kids, not stunningly beautiful or extraordinary, Claire is even described as a little uncoordinated and awkward. On the Fringe is both heart-wrenching and hopeful. You can feel each characters emotions, especially Claire's, but also the other characters as well, no matter how they handle it, show it, or bury it. The story being told alternately from Claire's and then Daniel's perspective, really gave us the full story from all sides and that worked for me. There are some great emotional scenes between Claire and her best friend, Addie, and for Claire and her brother. I really enjoyed all the shifts in each relationship throughout the story. I also loved how present Claire's parents were. There are also some very spine-tingling moments, as well as plenty of excitement and danger, thanks to a very insane and angry spirit looking for revenge. Mostly, it's about what you would give, what limits you would go to for that impossible second chance. It's about being surprised by love and how powerful it can be. It's also about missed chances, remorse, misconceptions, and revenge. On the Fringe is an excellent debut, and I'll definitely be on the look-out for more from this author in the future.