Review: The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis

The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication: September 4th 2018 by Kids Can Press
Format: ARC

Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor.

Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.

People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?


TW: rape

THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW is an emotional story about Grace, who moves in with her estranged uncle and figures out how to move on past a rape two years ago. This novel is extremely poignant and felt so genuine.

Grace is an orphan after her father has a heart attack and passes. As a result, she hops from foster home to foster home until she returns to New Harbor to move in with her uncle. Along the way, she fixes her relationships with Janna and Owen. I really enjoyed how this novel has a positive attitude towards therapy, as it is a rather frequent motif in this novel.

Grace was such a genuine character, and I liked reading from her perspective – she’s hurt and angry, and these emotions are so transparent. I loved how she’s able to work towards moving on, and that she got some justice in terms of having her rapist go to jail. The writing is also quite lovely – it’s easy to read yet poignant and elegant.

Overall, THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW is an emotional read, but I think it’s totally worth it to pick it up. Marci Lyn Curtis is now on my list of authors to keep an eye out for – you will definitely want to read her upcoming novel.

Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. 


alice name.pngAlice is an 19 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.


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