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Popularity didn't come easily for sixteen-year-old Brianna Taylor. She didn't wear the right clothes or come from the right family. In fact, she didn't come from any family at all, unless you counted Jolene, who just wasn't that much into being a mom. So when Brianna joins the cheerleading squad, she finds herself suddenly popular. But then a one-night stand has life alterPopularity didn't come easily for sixteen-year-old Brianna Taylor. She didn't wear the right clothes or come from the right family. In fact, she didn't come from any family at all, unless you counted Jolene, who just wasn't that much into being a mom. So when Brianna joins the cheerleading squad, she finds herself suddenly popular. But then a one-night stand has life altering consequences, and Brianna must accept help from the one person closest to her mistake.No longer in control, Brianna must reevaluate all that she thought was important and learn the true meaning of family....

Title : Brianna on the Brink
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ISBN : 9780823427413
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Brianna on the Brink Reviews

  • Sean O'Hara
    2019-02-14 00:18

    For a story that sounds like it should be taking a stand against slut-shaming, this book comes down pretty hard on the side of stuffy bourgeois morality. The protagonist has sex once and not only does the guy keel over dead, she ends up pregnant. Remember girls -- don't have sex because something bad will always come of it. But does she get an abortion? Hell no. Good girls don't have abortions. She doesn't even give it serious consideration, just a knee-jerk "No way." However, the most absurd moment has to be this passage:And I thank God or Allah or Buddha or whoever’s in charge up there in the sky that I never became a Worst-Case Scenario—so screwed up by a lousy parent that I can barely get through the day. I see those kinds of kids at school—pillheads popping whatever they can find in their parents’ medicine cabinets, Goths wearing black clothes and white makeup 24/7, and huffers who have too few brain cells left to be bothered with something as basic as personal hygiene.Oh my God, there are kids who subscribe to a fashion sense that's at odds with the mainstream! They must come from horrible families! It's absolutely impossible for a Goth to be a well adjusted member of society who just doesn't like Abercrombie & Fitch. And taking a step back, look at the overall implication of the passage, that kids who pop pills or sniff fumes do so because they come from screwed up families, as though normal people never try drugs just for the hell of it.Ugh.

  • Tamera Wissinger
    2019-02-11 02:22

    16-year-old high school cheerleader Brianna Taylor has a deadbeat mom, an unforgiving sister, no positive role models, and a lot more freedom than her maturity level warrants. She’s been spiraling down before the story’s start, and one lie that precipitates an impulsive act with serious and far-reaching consequences lands Brianna in a homeless shelter. When the once popular girl tries to reengage in school, she is shunned in the mean way that only high school kids can do to each other, and even considers dropping out. Eventually Brianna faces her mistakes and the choices they require of her. She also makes amends with those she has hurt the most, and she grows to recognize and begin to rectify her own inappropriate behaviors. This is a touching, gripping drama that explores both the best and worst of human nature in time of crisis. When family acts like strangers and strangers end up acting like family, Brianna also comes to understand that DNA isn’t always the measure of strength in a family bond. It pulls no punches, doesn’t lecture, and even manages to find blessed moments of levity.Told in first person, present tense, the wry, sharp voice of Brianna keeps the plot moving. Indeed, at 170 pages, (ARC version) this entire story reads at a fast clip with the reader keeping pace with Brianna as she endures her school year.In addition to possibly use as a mother/mature teen daughter read that could open an important dialogue, I think this can be a useful book for older girls who might struggle with self-worth, those with limited support systems at home, or who are facing their own impossible choices. In Brianna's case, just one person, and an unlikely one at that, suggesting that she might attend college and study for a profession was all it took for her to begin thinking differently about herself, her potential, and her future beyond high school. Maybe there are girls who could see bits of themselves reflected in Brianna's experience and begin to consider their own potential. While this story is tastefully told, the themes are mature and for older girls and young adults.

  • John Clark
    2019-01-27 03:26

    Brianna has never had much of a home life or family. Her mother is completely self-absorbed and more interested in the latest 'love' in her life than either of her daughters. As for her father, all she knows is that her mother dismisses him by describing him as an empty-headed sperm donor without revealing his name. That leaves her older sister Keisha who protected Brianna when they were younger, but now barely tolerates her, allowing her to live in her cramped laundry room. Bree has found a way to fit in at school by becoming a cheerleader and faking fitting in with the hot girls. When they go clubbing illegally one night, she sort of steals Derek, an older guy, from Juliana, the girl-pack leader. They end up having sex in her cramped bedroom. Derek has a heart attack and all hell breaks loose: Paramedics, cops, and an instant bad reputation. Derek's dead and even worse, he was married to Bree's English teacher. Bree finds herself homeless and friendless. After a stint at a shelter, the oddest thing happens, Jane, Derek's widow, takes her in and an amazing relationship begins to evolve that includes Earl, Jane's dad in early stages of dementia. When Bree discovers she's pregnant, everyone has to navigate uncharted waters. How she gets through her pregnancy, what she chooses to do and how she discovers who her true friends are will pull readers along very nicely. This is an excellent first novel that combines a mix of improbable elements with those we probably see daily and creates a sometimes sad, often sweet story that teens (and teen fiction loving adults) will enjoy and set down with more than a bit of reluctance once they reach the end.

  • Roger DeBlanck
    2019-01-31 03:05

    Brianna Taylor has problems: her mother has never acted the way a parent should, both her older sister and her best friend have kicked her out of their houses, and now sixteen year old Brianna finds out she’s pregnant. Nicole McInnes’s debut YA novel addresses the despondency many teens face on a daily basis. Brianna may be a product of poor parenting and disloyal friends, but her dilemma is also the consequence of her own wayward behavior. Narrated in Brianna’s own fantastic, first-person voice, her life could become a sum of bleak outcomes, but instead her story takes turns that guide her down a path of hope. When compassion arrives from the most unexpected of individuals, Brianna shows remarkable resilience in confronting her problems and finding a way to make something positive out of impossible situations. It’s refreshing to encounter a YA book that does not sidestep the reality of stark issues, and yet navigates them towards a resolution that is uplifting and responsible. Employing clever plot twists, smooth prose, and the seamless use of humor to lighten difficult circumstances, this is a compelling and heartwarming story that invests you in Brianna’s plight. I found myself unable to put the book down as I rooted for Brianna to overcome her problems and maintain her dignity. McInnes has created a strong, sensitive, and likeable character in young Brianna. It would be wonderful to see her growth continue in a sequel. I look forward to McInnes's next book.

  • readknitread
    2019-02-03 03:14

    Brianna is a bad girl cheerleader. Her mother is horrible and dates losers. On her 16th birthday her mother tells her that she has to move out because the current boyfriend doesn't want her around. She moves in with her sister and her loser boyfriend. She and her other bad girl cheerleader take fake IDs and go to the local college bar in Flagstaff, AZ. There she hits on a hot guy and tells him she is 21. They end up at her place where they have sex and then he at age 25 drops dead of a heart attack. It turns out that her dead lover is the husband of her English teacher. All the other cheerleaders start talking trash about her being a slut. Her sister's boyfriend hits on her so her sister throws her to the curb. She ends up at a women's homeless shelter where she gets rescued by of all people, her English teacher. The teacher is willing to put Brianna's needs over her hatred that she basically slept with her husband and killed him. Even when it turns out that Brianna is preggers. In the end it all works out. This is a debut author who may be trying too hard. But she has the whole drama Jerry Springer thing packed into a pretty short book. There is an attempt at character development but it is low. The book is neither horrible or terrific. I'll hand it out to teens who want drama.

  • Kristy Isla
    2019-02-05 00:15

    I will admit upfront this book made me cry, but in both a good and bad way. Brianna is a 16 year old high school student that ends up having a one night stand that leaves her pregnant. While this is a typical scenario this story does not have your typical ending and that is what I think was the most compelling about this story.In this small book you see dramatic changes in the character. You see her have to make some very adult decisions quickly and how she handles them. Nothing comes easy for Brianna, and I think this is a tale where she could go either way at any time and that is what the author was trying to convey. Brianna definitely learned the lesson that some of the smallest decisions can have the most lasting impact.Recommended for teens, especially those interested in stories about pregnancy. Some language, alcohol use, child abuse/neglect, violence.

  • Demitria Lunetta
    2019-01-23 08:00

    Recommended for fans of: YA ContemporaryAt times Brianna is not the most likeable of girls. If you’ve read my recent blog post on anti-heroes through, you’ll know that this makes me even more intrigued by her character. She’s shallow and mean, kind of a bully, and way too worried about her looks and what others think of her. This is what makes the story though, because she’s a regular, insecure teenage girl with a crappy home life. Brianna definitely grows throughout this story, as she is forced from her home, ostracized by her friends, and made to grow up way too quickly. I loved her default role-model, Jane someone who is selfless without being annoyingly preachy and self-righteous about it. I think what I liked best about this book is that Brianna learns that her actions have consequences, good and bad, something that we all have to face sooner or later.

  • Aisling
    2019-02-03 07:04

    I won this book on First Reads. For a first novel and a short one, it packs in a lot of emotion and the characters do evolve. I found McInnes' writing to be powerful and compelling. Brianna is a popular girl, a bully, and a cheerleader at the beginning of the book but none of those at the end. Instead she has made peace with a rocky childhood and a life changing pregnancy at 16. This books sends all the right messages but I still don't want my YA daughter (15) reading it. Yet. I absolutely would read another book by this author but I'm not sure it is YA unless they make a category called 'older YA'.

  • J. Mann
    2019-02-01 01:25

    Our heroine begins the story as a small-time bully who is way too worried about what others think about her. I was immediately interested. (I get bored with the "I'm too smart and can't stop reading books and writing in my journal" protags.) We also learn that there are some major reasons behind her insecurities. But life doesn't stop and allow Brianna to learn to love herself, instead, it pushes Brianna right to the brink. And it's SOME BRINK! This was a very real story, with real bad things that happen when you do real things wrong. Spoiler alert, after a truly rough ride, Brianna does come out the other side...a very different girl from page one.

  • AlmaRamos-McDermott
    2019-01-28 03:10

    Sixteen-year-old Brianna never expected her life would change the night she met Derek. She was popular, a cheerleader, well known, and had a great group of friends. Even though her mother never cared about her and had kicked her out of the house so she could marry her boyfriend and she was now forced to live in a tiny corner of her sister’s apartment with her sister’s boyfriend, life was still good.Read the rest of my review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c...

  • K.A. Barson
    2019-01-23 00:22

    BRIANNA ON THE BRINK felt very real to me. The characters and setting and plot are very believable. While at first, I didn't care about Brianna because she was a typical snarky cheerleader and a bit rough around the edges, as I got to know her, I began to understand her and to root for her. I wanted everything to work out for her. I laughed and I cried, which for me, is the ultimate test of a good book. It's a book about choices and consequences and unconventional relationships. I highly recommend it.

  • Carly Patterson
    2019-01-26 02:01

    Brianna on the Brink was one of the better written teen pregnancy books that I have read. Although the ending was more than slightly predictable. The characters are well written and evolve as the book goes on. I felt bad for Brianna because she had a sucky home life, and after making one bad choice her reputation was ruined. In the end though, I think she did the right thing and was working to have a better life than her mother could or was willing to give her.

  • Kelly Stultz
    2019-02-13 03:00

    I adored this book for so many reasons, but the biggest is watching the character arch of Brianna. McInnes is masterful in her characterization -- the plot drama is there and it's gritty, but the subtlty of McInnes' writing allows for the true personalities of her characters to show through. A beautiful debut.

  • Peggy
    2019-02-18 04:20

    This is one of those books where the main character grabs you so much, you have to read quickly to find out what happens. Brianna has an incredible character arc, and I loved reading her journey. She has a lot of inner strength, and she really surprised me several times. It was a great read!

  • Amanda Sun
    2019-02-08 07:22

    What a delightful read! I couldn't put it down and just zipped through it. I absolutely loved Brianna. She was dealt such a hand in life and I really felt for her as she struggled through. This is a quick and entertaining read with very smooth writing.

  • Liz Fichera
    2019-01-29 04:13

    Complex YA contemporary fiction. Most of all, a story about forgiveness. Bonus points for the Arizona setting. I was wrapped up in the lives of Brianna, Jane, and Earl from the first pages.

  • Sarah (The Book Life)
    2019-02-13 07:02

    Brianna on the Brink isn't fast paced or action packed, but it does pack a bit of a punch. Brianna's story definitely has life altering consequences and we start to see what those are from page one. While a bit jarring at first, to start right from where the problems really start to snowball, it ended up really working for me. We get a lot of Brianna's backstory worked in throughout the book and by the end I felt like I had a whole picture of Brianna's life.Things for Brianna have never been easy. She has a mother who doesn't really want to be one, a tough as nails sister who doesn't put up with much, and a best friend who is more like a best frenemy. So once everything went down at the beginning of the book I found myself trying really hard to figure out how this all could possibly end up okay for Brianna, but I guess that's the quiet magic of this book. The situation she finds herself in is incredibly awkward and a little unbelievable, but Nicole McInnes writes it in such a way that it just works. There aren't any bells and whistles to this book, it is strictly about people who are trying to get past some awful things and how they end up helping each other through it. The two main characters are very solid and well fleshed out, the secondary characters really stay more in the background, but it's still a full story. It was a quick read for me, because I found myself really wanting to know where things were going to go. I defiintely think this is a good read for anyone looking for something about real people just pushing their way through life

  • Barbara
    2019-01-21 08:21

    Sixteen-year-old Brianna Taylor doesn't have a lot going for her. Her mother asked her to leave their home so there would be more room for her own boyfriend, and her older sister leaves her to do whatever she wants while allowing her to stay in a tiny room in her place. But what she does have going for her is cheerleading. She and her best friend Jules Hill rule the social order in their high school and enjoy stirring up things inside or outside the classroom. Even teachers aren't safe from their ridicule or bedevilment. But when Brianna's one night stand with Derek ends in disaster, she quickly becomes the object of ridicule, and Jules leaves her far behind. It turns out that Derek was the husband of their English teacher, that he died of a heart attack after their sexual encounter, and now Brianna is pregnant. Impossibly, while Brianna tries to sort things out in her life, his widow takes her in, and they become friends. While Brianna endures daily abuse from her classmates, she also grows and realizes that she's smarter than she has given herself credit for being. Additionally, she comes to realize that family often has little to do with the individuals to whom you are related and more to do with how you relate to others and how they relate to you. I was glad that Brianna started believing in herself even though some of her circumstances and thoughts seemed unlikely.

  • Gilly
    2019-02-04 02:57

    A very interesting contemporary issues book about a young woman who makes some bad choices and ends up living with the consequences of her actions.The set up (Brianna ends up pregnant by her teacher's husband, who dies on the night of their one night stand) becomes slightly implausible (the teacher ends up taking her in while she's pregnant) but oddly, that relationship became the most interesting part of the novel. Brianna is surrounded by people who let her down and desert her and she's not a particularly nice character. But her burgeoning relationship with her teacher presents her with a strong, stable mother substitute. Brianna learns and grows a great deal while in her teacher's house. I would almost argue that this is the novel's strongest element, since it provided a healthy mentor/adult relationship which was not always perfect on either side, something not often seen in teen novels.I also greatly enjoyed that the novel, despite a few mean girl cliches and the implausible premise, managed to avoid a number of cliches. The choices Brianna and her teacher make about the pregnancy were not entirely predictable and I hand it to the book for being - not shocking - but not banal, either.On the whole, a thoughtful, solid effort.

  • Laura
    2019-02-20 03:09

    While the writing was decent and there were some interesting points, I just kept asking myself, what's the point? Where's the plot? What do I have to hope for that Brianna will eventually accomplish? Well, I couldn't figure it out. It's pretty much just all going with the flow, not really heading anywhere. None of the characters were likable, even the ones who were supposed to be the cute nerdy kids or the motherly teacher. They all came off as fake and unimportant. [spoiler]One of the things that bugged me most was Nathan. He was supposed to be this real, sweet guy, but then he just dumped his date for the hottie. And instead of realizing his mistake and apologizing to the girl he actually likes, he waits until Jules dumps him to go crawling back. And the awful part? The girl actually forgives him! Like thanks, I totally want to be some jerk's second choice.[/spoiler]

  • Andria
    2019-02-12 03:19

    Well, the good thing about this book is that it's a quick read. I read 3/4 of it on my lunch break. The bad thing(s) are that it's basically a ripoff of the movie Juno, and seems like a pro-life tract about how you *can* get pregnant the first time, and how there's always some awesome couple out there waiting for a baby. My biggest problem with this book is the fact that Brianna has sex with a married man and then a doctor tells her she's pregnant one week later. One week. She may also already be experiencing morning sickness at that point, which usually occurs around the sixth week.After that, there's a lot of coincidence, easy resolutions and plot fast-tracking to get through nine months in a fairly slim book. It's fairly interesting, but not very good, and I would not give this to any teenager because it really paints an unrealistic picture of how pregnancy works.

  • Rachele Alpine
    2019-02-10 07:00

    This was one of those books that I read quickly, because I wanted to see what happened. I loved the character of Brianna. Although she is not completely likable at first, the reader is taken on a journey along with her and my feelings toward her began to shift. As she learns things about herself, so does the reader, and I found myself cheering for Brianna as the story moved forward. McInnes does a great job showing the growth and change in Brianna and I love who she becomes at the end. McInnes also does a great job tackling topics that are very difficult, but she never does it in a way that sounds preachy or false. A great read, and one I know a lot of my students will enjoy reading.

  • Liesl Shurtliff
    2019-02-14 00:22

    16-year-old Brianna's life is altered when a one-night stand ends in disaster. This book deals with tough and controversial issues with depth and tenderness. Brianna is a multi-layered character with an authentic teen voice.

  • Sue
    2019-02-11 06:11

    Too many plot holes/errors to be believable - a bad thing for realistic fiction.

  • Amy Parker
    2019-02-05 03:22

    A quick, but powerful read. Brianna is truly a girl struggling through life who needs to find a home and does in the most unexpected person and place. A really great contemporary.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-27 07:20

    This was a very quick read – and there is a lot packed into the 170 pages. While, for me, the rating was lower, I can see a reluctant reader being pulled into the story & drama and rating it higher. The book’s shortness also will have appeal to reluctant readers. Given the topics involved, high school students and older.The story starts with a bang as Brianna tells readers what not to do when “the guy you just went all the way with keels over from a heart attack.” So, I was immediately sucked into the drama that Brianna calls life – and man is it drama! Her mother is a flake, her sister is trying hard not to be a flake but failing, and Brianna’s friends abandon her as soon as they discover that the guy she left the club – and who keeled over from the heart attack – was their English teacher’s husband. Brianna quickly finds herself all alone and then she finds help from the most unlikely of places: her English teacher Jane. And this is where the book lost me. It started so realistic; I could totally see all of the abandonment really happening. But the wife of the guy Brianna had sex with coming to her rescue? That was a huge leap … especially considering Brianna and her former pal Jules had targeted the teacher for some serious hazing. I just doubt the strength of a widow being able to come to the rescue of the girl her husband with whom he cheated.Despite my misgivings, I was pulling for Brianna. (view spoiler)[ So the cheerleader in me was thrilled with the ending. But, while the ending wrapped everything up nicely, it was justtoonice. Unfortunately, it was probably more realistic for Brianna to have kept the baby and returned to her mother & sister.(hide spoiler)] There were some good messages in the story. Let's hope those who need to, listen.

  • Megan (The Book Babe)
    2019-02-17 01:03

    [image error]Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.I don't really know what to say about this one--I did like it, and it was amazing sometimes, but other times I just found myself thinking that it was a bit cliched...slightly traveling along with the sludge pile, and being everything that people say a good young adult novel should be. I'm not saying that it sucked or anything, I'm just saying that I would have loved more complexities.I'm not saying that simple stories don't rock, I'm just a fan of complexities. I did almost die of laughter on the very first page, though. Speaking of which, the author clearly has a sense of humor, and I enjoyed that.Brianna herself was a pretty good character, but I just...I didn't understand a lot of her decisions. I feel like she could've handled them differently, and that it would've been better if she had. I understand that she's supposed to be a troubled teenager and all, but yeah. Sometimes she seemed a bit too troubled, then other times she bounced back to a normal, albeit pregnant, teenage girl.Another complaint that I have is that Brianna was the only character that had great character development. Jane was pretty good, but all of the others seemed a bit flat, and I could use a bit more background on all of them. I did totally love the ending, though! It ended so peacefully, with all the loose ends tied up nicely. I just...I needed more complex characters, with more complex stories.All in all, I would recommend Brianna on the Brink as a light read, for people who love simple books.

  • Seanean
    2019-01-30 00:10 was the girl on top, both literally and figuratively. She's best friends with the girl at the top of the social ladder and she's the flyer on the cheer squad.But when Brianna makes the mistake of going home and sleeping with her English teacher's husband (though she didn't know who he was at the time), she goes from the top of the crowd to school slut.She now must face the consequences of one bad night.Final thoughts: Yes, Brianna's had a crappy childhood and yes, her mother isn't much of one, but Brianna's choices seem a little unrealistic. She never really thinks about things; she just reacts. Her story probably hits notes that many teen girls might find familiar, but the story as a whole just doesn't work. I'm also bugged by the fact that McInnes seems to think a student in regular English, who has skipped a couple of weeks of school, would suddenly be allowed to move into an AP English class in MARCH, when the test is given in May... and that she could actually PASS that test. Um... no.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-23 01:26

    16 year old Brianna is a cheerleader and is best friends with the most popular girl, Jules. One night, while out at a bar (with fake IDs), Brianna meets a charming 20something man. She brings him back to her place (her "roommates," AKA her sister and her sister's boyfriend, are out of town) and, after they sleep together, he suddenly has a heart attack.After going to the hospital, she discovers that her one night stand is actually the husband of one of her teachers. And so begins a sometimes charming, but mostly contrived story of a girl who becomes pregnant and must readjust her entire life.Parts of the book were great - I loved Brianna's teacher and her nerdy friend Norman. But most of the characters were one-note and not fully developed and the plotting was quite obvious at certain instances. The book has potential and I wouldn't dissuade a teen from reading it, but it's not one of the best of the year.

  • Diane Ferbrache
    2019-01-25 06:13

    Brianna is a popular cheerleader with a messed up family. Her mother has a new life with a new man, so Brianna is sleeping in her sister’s laundry room. In the first chapter, she picks up a nice looking man at a bar, he dies after they have sex, and she discovers that he is her English teacher’s husband. When her sister kicks Brianna out, she ends up living with her English teacher…..then she turns up pregnant. WOW! That’s a lot for such a slim book (only 170 pages!) but McInnes pulls it off. Sure there are moments where I rolled my eyes (of course she’s pregnant!), but the storyline is captivating, the characters (although somewhat stereotypical) are interesting and the action moves swiftly. There are moments of surprise and the ending is satisfying and logical. Even though it’s somewhat predictable and the cover is truly terrible, I think teens will like it.