The title was well chosen, perfectly describing the crux of the book. Dani is “on the edge of ready,” and we see her practice the ready better and better. One of the characters advises her, “Dani, whatever happens, life will go on. She paused, taking my queen off the boars. She looked at me and said, and you can handle it. I promise.” Edge of Ready by L.B. Tillit is an excellently written reminder that we are all practicing. No matter what happens, we must just continue pretending as if we had it all together, and as we practice, we get closer and closer to the edge of ready, until we, like Dani, will find ourselves no longer on the edge, but truly ready.
I would recommend Edge of Ready to older students looking for a meaningful, enjoyable portrayal of the power of living.
Reviewed by Madeleine Sullivan (age 17) for Reader Views Kids