On the Edge by Allison van Diepen
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: November 2014
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.
When Maddie witnesses and reports the murder of a homeless man, she -and everyone else- knows that she is far from safe. But she has a protector in Lobo, and has to fight the odds in order to do the right thing, and keep herself safe at the same time.
One the Edge is one of those books that go right on my “i-could-have-liked-it-better” shelf. It’s a good book, but it could have been better. I do like the concept of the gangs, and thrill, and danger, but the romance just seems to be lacking.
Normally, when there is romance in a story such as this, I expect it to be hot and sizzling. Instead, it’s just sweet; and that’s what is a bit disappointing. I like the “gang leader falls for innocent target” concept; it’s hot and refreshing, and some parts are fun and sexy, but not the way I feel they should be. Generally, the romantic aspect of the story just flew right past me, and I was left thinking “Is that all??”
One thing I like is the fact that people are standing up for what they believe is right. There is a lot of drug/sex trafficking and violence going on around; and the fact that Maddie, despite her fear, is brave enough to do the right thing, is a cool concept.
Romance aside; I love every other aspect of the story. The fact that the romance is not the focal point of the story is a plus for this book, and the characters are believable. The gang-related plot is what I like most, and I totally dig the fact that nothing is too intense or overwhelming, despite the theme.
On the Edge is really a cool story, and if not for my problem with the romance, I would love it, instead of just like it.