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The Precipice
The story begins with a young couple on the verge of implosion. Natalie and Trevor are in a committed relationship when Trevor is accused of molesting his 11-year-old cousin. Natalie's family has a history of buried conflict, and her closest friend initially cuts ties when she hears the news. This leaves Natalie to navigate her role alone. If she stays with Trevor, she will likely lose the respect of those who care about her. If she leaves him, she abandons the boy she considers the love of her life when he needs her the most.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The well-crafted plot of this novel will engage readers. The conflict at the book's core ratchets up the stakes and creates a fast-paced narrative

Prose: The prose is skillfully crafted and a pleasure to read. The descriptions are vivid and memorable.

Originality: The storyline here is original and edgy. Though readers will have encountered some of the book's themes and plot points before, the author makes them her own.

Character Development: Natalie is a solid, realistic character. Her voice is strong, and dialogue further reveals her character. Trevor is equally well developed.

Date Submitted: August 24, 2017

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