|Plot Summary of On The Verge|
Red Dress Ink, July 2002, 12.95, 304 pp.
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, Resident Scholar
|"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."
Steph, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of On The Verge|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Kids growing up/acting up?
- struggling to earn a living to survive
- story of "the rich"
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
- family young v. old guard
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
If story of urban/rural...
- Big city life
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- New York
- mostly 1st
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- male homosexuals doing their thing
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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