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On the Edge by Allison van Diepen Book Review

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 gotta say On the Edge sounded pretty interesting from the synopsis. How it was is a completely different story. With an unrealistic gang scene and an instant love story, I couldn't really find myself to like this book that much.

The main character, Maddie, got on the Reye gang's hit list. She then got help from the mysterious Destinos gang and the leader Lobo. No one really knows who Lobo is, but from the moment he saved her, she was instantly attracted to him and wanted to get to know him more. From there, it grew into a I-want-you-but-I-can't type story. It wasn't even that hard to guess what Lobo's true identity was. I actually figured it out the very start, but doubted myself because I thought the character would pick up on the same voice and same body physique as someone she actually knows in person. The relationship itself is all nice and sweet. I just thought that they hopped on the I-love-you-let's-be-together-forever bandwagon waaaay too fast.

Now, let me elaborate on the unrealistic gang scene I spoke of. I honestly think that it should've been more scary and bloody. Of course, you'd have to censor out some stuff for the YA audience, so I wasn't really going to dock marks for that. What really got me was the fact that the boss (the Reye gang leader) was so easy to track down and eliminate. I don't think that the Reyes got to become the top of the food chain just to be eliminated so quickly. I expected it to be harder than that.

Overall, On the Edge didn't really live up to my expectations. I think the whole story was very average if you took out the fact that it was supposed to be about gangs. The love story was beyond normal like something you would find in a movie. I guess the book just wasn't for me.

My name's Ariella and I'm a 15 year old Canadian girl that loves to read. Everything began with a book called the Lightning Thief and from there I was hooked. I enjoy and read all kinds of genres but my favourites are paranormal and mythology. I love reading YA books but I love Middle Grade books as well. I also blog over at Secrets of Lost Words. You can usually find me crawling on twitter so feel free to contact me!


  1. I get what you mean about getting rid of the gang leader way too quickly. In adult books, a few more bodies will fall before that happens, and it will be described in an excruciatingly visceral manner. This book sounds very atypical of teen romance books in a gang world, tbh.

  2. I have seen a lot of similar reviews for this and I am sad because I really wanted this to be a good one, sorry that it disappointed.

  3. you are the second person that thought this book was unrealistic. I am glad I passed it. It is weird that a gang leader could be eliminated so quickly. eh.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf


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