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Publisher's Summary

“An engrossing tale of a dangerous teen romance” (Kirkus Reviews)

Best of YA 2016 - Suspense Magazine

He was perfect. At first.

The summer before senior year, 17-year-old Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran's charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents' impending divorce.

But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect.

But her efforts backfire and Kieran becomes violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up.

Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran's mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge. 

©2016 Christina Hoag (P)2018 Christina Hoag

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Chloe is having a hard time at home so when she meets Kieran who is older and puts some things in to perspective. She trusts him, and things are great until they aren’t. Its interesting to see how fast it can change without you seeing or realizing that your almost dependent on that person. And they were so young. I wasn’t a fan of Kieran’s from the get go and I went in completely blind other than the blurb. I found him to be very manipulative she justifies some of his behavior I think because she wants attention and he gives it to her. And that can be a hard trap to get out of. He wanted her all to himself, he never wanted to meet or hang out with her friends. Huge red flags but when you’re a teenager and life at home isn’t easy you turn to whoever will give you what you need. It was a good lesson book. I love the voice of Marian, Chloe’s boss at the paper. The narrator did a good job bringing depth to these characters.

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Girl on the Brink

If you have been in a bad relationship you will see the signs, but innocent Chloe doesn’t know any better. This book was so scarily accurate I had trouble putting it down. I was waiting for something truly dreadful to happen to Chloe. I was waiting to see how far Kieran would go.

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GREAT YOUNG ADULT BOOK

good book for young adults to understand how a relationship can go bad fast. well written.

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Great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I think it gives a very sharply observed account of how far and fast a relationship can go downhill. A cautionary tale.

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Greatly written, rough topics

I was gifted a copy of this book by the author. The story of amazingly written, and is a very believable story about a young girl and her first love. And how he is the absolute worst excuse for a human being. This is a story about mental and physical abuse, and how to break the cycle. It is lot a happy love story. The narration relies a bit too much on heavy accents for my liking, but is otherwise completely fine.

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Thoughts from a 34 year old man.

This book made think of my daughter and hoping she never has to experience a relationship as Chloe has in this book. Kieran had me infuriated throughout this story. The author does a good job of expressing physical and mental abuse. If anything I hope this book shows teenagers warnings signs of a bad relationship. The narrator brings the characters to life.

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  • 07-21-20

Excellent!

This story is so engaging, and skilfully narrated. I listened to it because my 13 year old daughter recommended it, and found it just as appealing as an adult. Even though the story is about teens, it resonated all to well with my last abusive relationship. Highly recommended!

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Such an emotional rollercoaster that makes you really see what goes through someone’s head when abuse starts out so slowly. The flow in this story is flawless and to see how it ended makes me love it even more. Great listen.

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Girl on the Brink

Christina Hoag pulled me in with Girl on the Brink. This book is honest in its depictions of a teenager in a manipulative relationship. The relationship through innocent eyes is seen one way, while others can see the full picture. The author did a great job in conveying the story. Angela Rose Masi was great bringing emotions. I fully enjoyed this listen.

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I was so pulled in my this book. Though I have never gone through anything like this myself, I had a friend who did. It is really heartbreaking. I could feel her feelings. The way everything got turned around to where it made her out to be the problem instead of the victim. I am so glad I listened to this book. it was amazing. The narrator did a wonderful job!

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  • 01-10-21

Beautifully read

This isn't the type of book I would usually listen to, it is aimed at a younger listener but it was a thoroughly enjoyable book. Perfect escapism for 2021!

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  • Kirsten Carlyle
  • 08-19-20

Great listen

I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book. It was very easy to listen to and would be a good holiday read. I found the narrator very easy to listen to and the characters were relatable and well developed. I will look out for more from the author 😊

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  • Dektolia
  • 08-19-20

Interesting story and great narration

Girl on the Brink could be used as a great conversation starter with teens as far as red flags for abusive relationships. I also found the comments at the beginning very relevant (in 2020) about diversity being a lasting issue. Overall, I found the story to be interesting. Angela Rose Masi was a new narrator for me. She really impressed me with her accents and dialects for the different characters, most especially the support group characters. I can't think of any other story I've listened to where the characters had such drastically different speech patterns. It made the characters seem more diverse. There was some room for improvement in the editing, but I liked enough other stuff about the performance to overlook it.

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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 06-20-20

Interesting

Chloe meets Kieran whilst on a job for a local newspaper. What starts as a fun filled relationship soon turns into one where she is being manipulated and isolated from her friends. With her family falling to pieces around her, Chloe wants to help Kieran overcome his demons from his childhood. The story really showed how very subtlety someone can assert influence and control. When times are good you really want to believe in Kieran, when times are bad you want to shout as Chloe to run as fast as she can and not look back. Taking a tough subject I felt the author dealt with it sensitively and at times it made me feel uncomfortable, but that was important to the story as it made it much more realistic. An interesting listen.

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  • Jacky
  • 06-09-20

Absolutely brilliant well written poignant

Really enjoyed this book and saw myself in it and could empathise with the story, so very true

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-20

Great great book a must.

I love books like these I love love love the kind that just have you glued from the very start, Christina Hoag absolutely did this for me in this book. He was perfect. At first. The summer before senior year, 17-year-old Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire and Kieran becomes violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up. Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge. This would be a great way to catch young girls attention in high school age to spread awareness that domestic abuse doesn't just happened in older or married couples, it could happen to just anyone.

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  • Saskia
  • 04-02-20

Heartbreakingly worth the listen

I received a free audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review. When I first started listening to this book, I did not expect the very dark twists and lengths that this novel would go to, but, honestly, it was such an intensely good read. Masi did an incredible job of bringing the main character to life and you can’t help but feel for Chloe throughout the book. Domestic violence is not an easy subject to broach, particularly in a novel for a younger audience, but Hoag does an amazing job at portraying the scenarios through her protagonist’s eyes. Not only do you want to reach into the book and protect Chloe yourself, but you also begin to understand the complexities within such a relationship and the internal and external turmoil such victims have to face. The last few chapters literally had me on the edge of my seat in shock and worry for Chloe. I really recommend this book if you are a fan of novels by Holly Bourne or John Green.

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  • Amanda Elliott
  • 03-03-20

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I thought this was a very well written and narrated book , it is very easy to follow with great characters , I really felt for the main character in this book and fell in love with her , please write a follow up book as I’d love to see her in the future