[493]: On the Edge by Alison Van Diepen


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.