Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: On The Edge by Allison van Diepen

Title: On The Edge
Author: Allison van Diepen
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Expected publication: November 25th 2014 by HarperCollins
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I am so pleasantly surprised about the quality of Young Adult Literature I have read this year so far. Book after book, story after story, I've witnessed firsthand the amazing work of all these new and not-so new authors and I have come yet again to the conclusion that this is why YA continues to rock the world.

On the Edge caught me off guard. When I planned to only read a few chapters (because I am at my perpetually state of studying) I ended up finishing the whole book in a couple hours. The story was fast paced and the writing was engaging, the mystery was nail baiting and the action was so real and heartfelt that I completely gave up on anything else but immersing myself in the book.

I'm glad to be reading about taboo topics like gangs, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, horrible murders; no matter where your bubble is, this stuff is happening, and it is happening to young people. There's nothing wrong with reading about a high school cafeteria but there indefinitely something good in reading about the real world. And I seriously think that Ms. Allison did a wonderful job, I mean yes the story is fictional and maybe a bit over the top, but it still sends a clear message of speaking up for the right thing, and not judging people before knowing them.

I loved the unexpected fairy tale within it. I love Ortiz, the mystery knight in shiny armor, and I loved Maddie, the courageous heroine. And I appreciate the loyal friends and their untold stories. I so want this to turn into a series and learn the story of all these characters whose lives have me hooked. Manny and X specially, but also Maddie's friends.

And I might be being too serious, because this book deals with so many serious crimes, but I want you all to know that it has a lot of fun into it too. Maddie's friend Iz and Manny were absolutely hilarious and had me cracking up all the time I wasn't chewing my nails.

I can't recommend this enough, I am really pleased and will continue to seek this author's work because I loved what I saw. And you should too.




  1. Wow! This sounds like an awesome book and that cover tho!
    I love it that it speaks about the real world and things that are happening to real young people these days
    GREAT review deary
    Your reader,
    Soma R.

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