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Cayenne just turned eighteen years old and she barely remembers her mother who died from breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in the Silk family have a history of dying young from breast cancer. Cayenne figures that since her days are numbered, she might as well enjoy life now and engage in risky behaviors such as dodging trains and jumping off cliffs.
She and her sister, Saffron received a note that their dead mother left them a series of video messages before she died. Cayenne is unsure if she wants them because she feels that her aunt Tee has been more of a mother figure to her and her sister. However, when her aunt tested positive for the BRCA gene mutation and decides to undergo surgery, Cayenne is conflicted about her future.
The book was an emotional rollercoaster as Cayenne comes to terms with her life and her health. I didn't like that her sister, Saffron was pushing her to do things that she thought would benefit Cayenne like choosing to get tested or undergoing surgery. I understand that Saffron cares for Cayenne but, I believe forcing or strong holding people to make decisions is a bad idea. Overall, I thought it was a good read and look forward to reading other books by the author.
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About the Book:
Title: HOW TO LIVE LIFE ON THE EDGE
Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Pub. Date: August 4, 2020
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she'll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping off cliffs with her boyfriend.
When Cayenne receives a series of video messages her mother made for her before dying, she isn't sure she wants them. Her aunt Tee has been her true mother figure. But then Aunt Tee tests positive for a BRCA gene mutation--the one that doomed Cayenne's mom--and decides to get a mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing cancer. As Cayenne helps her aunt prepare for the surgery, she finds herself drawn to her mother's messages, with their musings on life, love, and perseverance. For the first time, Cayenne starts to question what it truly means to live life to the fullest, even when death might be written into her DNA.
Sarah Lynn (Scheerger) works as a clinical social worker with at-risk youth, helping them figure out who they are and who they want to be. She also provides counseling to adults and couples. She lives in southern California with her husband and children. Sarah started out writing under her first and middle name (Sarah Lynn) because she thought having a pen name seemed mysterious and cool. However, over time she’s transitioned to writing under her real name as well (both Sarah Scheerger and Sarah Lynn Scheerger). Sarah loves reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
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