[493]: On the Edge by Alison Van Diepen

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Harper Teen | Hardcover, 304 pp. | November 14th, 2014 | Young Adult | Romance | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Reminiscent of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry series, On the Edge is the story of a girl who found herself in the wrong place and at the wrong time.  It’s also  a cautionary tale of what happens when you take a short cut home in the middle of the night and essentially how doing the right thing can sometimes be a dangerous thing.

Maddie Diaz is an outstanding student; a good kid who works hard and who’s well on her way to getting off the vicious cycle which she’s only too familiar with. One night, after a house party she attended with her friends, she stumbled upon a couple of kids beating on a homeless man. Unable to leave the defenceless alone, she calls the police. Consequently putting her right on a collision course with a ruling dangerous gang.

This book runs a bit more deeper than the Perfect Chemistry series. You may have the typical gang rivalry in this book, but this also dealt with human trafficking. A subject that’s something not being discussed as often in YA. While it does not give a real representation of the problem, the author’s willingness to broach the subject is at least commendable.

The romance between Maddie and a leader of another gang is flaccid, I’m sorry to say. While Lobo might give the Fuentes brothers some competition in the looks department, those boys (even the youngest) has stronger personalities than him. Yes, it’s not fair to compare the series to this book, but I think the readers should be advised that if you’re going into this with the expectation of satiating a lingering desire for the Fuentes’, you might be in for a disappointment. They are not even close.

Aside from the mild anxiety you would feel with Maddie’s life being in constant danger – albeit, temporarily –  the story is relatively angst-free. There was a made up love triangle (but not really) wherein Maddie would have to weigh in the pros and cons of the two characters, but honestly? It soon becomes a bit of a pesky irrelevance.

Unfortunately, my initial excitement about this book slowly tapered off as I dive deeper into the book. And it’s not because the book was satisfactory, it’s because reading it was not as good as I’d expected it to be.  But if you’re a fan of such story lines, and wouldn’t mind reading a story that’s easy on the feels department, you might enjoy this book.

  • I tried my hand with the Perfect Chemistry series but it just was not for me. I don’t know what it is, but I just cannot connect with the ‘bad boys’, especially ones that are in gangs and like to pick on the weak. Nope. Definitely a nope on this one.

  • sounds like this one has a lot of deep and somewhat dark subjects in it, interesting

  • I’ve never actually read Perfect Chemistry but I’ve seen it around! I’m not really much of a contemporary reader of late but I would read it once in awhile if it sounds interesting. It’s too bad this turned out to be leas than you expected and the romance a bit lacking Joy. And whaaat?! It’s your birthday? Happy birthday!!!

  • I am fond of books with this type of theme, but the power of the story lies on HOW its told. It looked good at first but.I prefer something more gripping.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Ah this is disappointing! I’ve only read the first Perfect Chemistry book, but I really enjoyed it, so knowing this one doesn’t even come close really sucks. I don’t think I’d read this one. Great review, Joy!

  • I actually had to do a double take to check that this book wasn’t by Elkeles! Whilst I loved Perfect Chemistry, the books after that sort of went downhill for me, so I don’t really think that I would want to read something on similar lines. But thanks for taking one for the team Joy! Great review!

  • I agree that the gang aspect sound interesting but I am sad that your excitement for it diminished chapter by chapter. I am sorry this didn’t live up to your expectations.

  • I agree that this started out well and then somewhere along the way it lost its momentum and turned really boring. I had huge issues with the romance. I couldn’t connect with it at all. :/ It’s a shame you weren’t able to enjoy it more, but I understand where you’re coming from.
    Great review, Joy!

  • Sorry the book didn’t live up to you expectations, Joy. Better luck with your next read!

  • Aw, sad face. I’m sorry you had issues with this book, Joy :\ but glad you still liked it 😀 And aw. Not such a good romance? HOW MEAN. Romances should be the bestest, lol 😀 Probably not for me, then. Hmph. Though the plot sounds interesting 🙂 Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  • I remember reading perfect chemistry aaaaaaaaages ago, and at the time I thought it wasn’t too bad. Tried to read book two in that series, and nope. It also made me realise how dreadful book one was as well, just the same storyline rehashed again and again. This sounds like entertainment, rather than anything really in depth, reading with a detachment and without expectations sounds like the key to enjoying it. Sorry it didn’t work all that well for you Joy, it doesn’t sound like your typical read. Lovely review nonetheless <3

  • Going to have to give this a pass, then. I really loathed Perfect Chemistry.

  • Christy

    Hmmm … I’m kind of curious now. I didn’t give the book much thought before, but the whole gang aspect sounds interesting.

  • Maybe, it depends on what kind of mood I am in