Thu, January 15, 2015

On the Edge by Allison van Diepen Review

On the Edge book cover

On the Edge book cover

On the Edge
By Allison van Diepen
Publication date: Nov. 25, 2014
HarperTeen, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.

Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn’t, she wouldn’t have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back.

But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?

On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen’s other novels.

— Goodreads.com description

Ahhh, I don’t know about this one. It was totally readable and I had no problem finishing it. And I think those of you who love gritty, angsty NA kind of stories would like this one.

But here were some of the negative comments I wrote down while reading:
– No heart
– Judgey/insensitive toward anti-anxiety medications
– Too “this, then that”
– Glorifies gang activity when it’s “for the right reasons”
– Illegal activity and brutality

I don’t know, maybe I was in a MOOD when I read this, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. Have any of you guys read this? I’d really be curious what you thought and if I’m in the minority here!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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