This is not a white-picket-fence story. Here's what people are saying about this book:
With her authentic voice, Theresa Santy weaves a believable thread of love, faith, and grace into a fast-paced plot. I can’t wait to read what she does next!
~Leslie Gould, Christy Award winning and bestselling author
KRISTEN LIVES ON THE EDGE - OF SANITY, LIFE, DEATH, AND FAITH
For as long as she can remember, Kristen Craemer has been running from something. In high school and college, she ran competitively, until her Olympic dreams were shattered. Now, she runs to escape—from her past, from intimacy, from reality, and from the cold, black mist that haunts her nights. Desperate to stop running, she turns to therapy, alcohol, and pills—anything to dull the fear—but her struggle intensifies with every passing night. Gradually, the nightmares encroach on her days, until everything she holds dear slips further away. Kristen’s fears increase when she meets Ethan, a bronze-eyed Jesus freak. The claims he makes about God are too unbelievable to be true, and to Kristen they are more terrifying than her recurring dreams. She can’t open her heart to Ethan, and she won’t open her heart to his faith. Instead, Kristen keeps running, and every time she runs she finds herself standing at the shore of the Pacific Ocean, glaring into the crashing waves and fighting the urge to submerge herself beneath the turbulent water forever.
On the edge is the powerful story of a “girl next door” who struggled to make it out of childhood alive, only to drown daily in shame and fear … until she finally dives over the edge and into redemption.
Edgy Christian Fiction . . .
The protagonist, Kristen, is as flawed a protagonist as I’ve read in years, but her flaws were what made me want to keep reading. It’s a strength of this book, I think, that the author didn’t feel she had to deliver pretty packages to the reader at any point in the book, including at the end.
On the Edge is definitely a Christian book, but be forewarned, this is not a "white-picket fence" story. It's not sugar coated. Even still, it was more than worth the reading,
I love stories that dig deep into the flaws and imperfections of its characters, and this did exactly that. Sometimes I wanted to slap Kristen, but mostly I wanted her to find love and peace . . . and answers to her past.
Typically, I prefer books with more of a folksy rhythm. But I went outside my comfort zone and read On The Edge. I'm so glad I did! Theresa Santy weaves complex characters and plots into a wild ride for the reader.
This book I believe is more for the Christian audience but as a Agnostic I really enjoyed it.
Ms. Santy’s characters demonstrate an honest, no-holds-barred look at the issues facing young adults today. Woven throughout the story are surprising change-ups and fast-paced action. A page-turner evoking laughs, tears. A good read.