by Allison van Diepen
Published by HarperTeen Release date : November 25th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Young Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One thing in particular that well, intrigued me, was the statement – “[…] will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles.” Hi. I love Simone Elkeles. Perfect Chemistry was one of my first YA contemporary’s read (back in the day) and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Not only that, I am on of those people who have an obsession with the mob, or any organized crime, really. This has YOU WILL LOVE ME written all over it! I remember being pretty excited when I downloaded On the Edge to my kindle. Why didn’t I read it sooner? I couldn’t tell ya – but I’m glad I (finally) did. Did I love it? Nah, not really. But I did quite enjoy it.
What I enjoyed most about On the Edge was Maddie. Regardless of everything bad I could potentially say about her, she was brave for doing what she did. Stupid, yes. But brave none the less. She is also very stubborn and protective of her friends/family. I loved that she didn’t step down, or let others BRING HER DOWN, even when she was feeling pretty crappy. She knew when to press for more information, for someone to back off and when she just needed to let someone else to their thing.
The romance was kind of.. insta love ish. There was an attraction there; and I loved the teasing and flirting but I didn’t quite understand where HIS feelings came from. It seemed like he was secretly in love with Maddie (for a while) and that wasn’t the case. There should have been a little more depth to their relationship build up – but overall, I liked these two together because they just work. I don’t fault her for falling for him, and I definitely don’t fault him for doing what he did. This is why I love this type of book so much – crime is obviously a bad thing. But what about when you do it for the right reasons?
My main issue with On the Edge was a similar issue I had with another one of Allison novels, Raven. I felt like it was quick and to the point, with no real depth. While I appreciate it in a sense; because some authors are way to wordy, I wanted more. Call me picky. *shrug*
Overall – I really enjoyed On the Edge. Yes, I had some issues but it was a quick, sweet read..