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A young woman finally moves out of her parents' home in NJ to her very own apartment in NYC. She works as an assistant for a magazine editor. She and her friends experience life in the city and we watch as the main character teeters on the edge of something that will drastically alter her life.
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The review of this Book prepared by Steph

Red Dress Ink, July 2002, 12.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 03732501172

Just having graduated from college, Eve Vitali has landed a temp job as an assistant to the editor of Bicycle Boy magazine. Her closest friend Tabitha also works in the same building as an assistant to the editor of NY BY Night. Eve lives with her parents in her old room in New Jersey, partying over the weekends at places where the rich and famous go to make a statement.

Her college roommate persuades Eve to leave the nest and move into the city. The pair is once again roommates even though Tabitha feels like an extra wheel and isn't happy with the arrangements. Looking for guys and a place to find them is the extent of the trio's social life. On the business front, Eve, a journalism major, sees no future for her at the company and realizes that if something is to change, she will have to do something drastic.

ON THE VERGE is a lighthearted coming of age tale in the Big Apple. The protagonist shows growth throughout the story line making decisions that will eventually lead to her taking a huge corner risk. Readers will hope she succeeds because she's perky and bright displaying the potential to go far in her chosen field if she can get her act together. Ariella Papa has written a work that will appeal to the under thirty crowd.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   struggling to earn a living to survive Other aspects:    -   story of "the rich" Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer    -   secretary Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   Italian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   two guys doing it Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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