Title: Girl on the Verge
Author: Pintip Dunn
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
From the author of The Darkest Lie comes a compelling, provocative story for fans of I Was Here and Vanishing Girls, about a high school senior straddling two worlds, unsure how she fits in either—and the journey of self-discovery that leads her to surprising truths.
In her small Kansas town, at her predominantly white school, Kanchana doesn’t look like anyone else. But at home, her Thai grandmother chides her for being too westernized. Only through the clothing Kan designs in secret can she find a way to fuse both cultures into something distinctly her own.
When her mother agrees to provide a home for a teenage girl named Shelly, Kan sees a chance to prove herself useful. Making Shelly feel comfortable is easy at first—her new friend is eager to please, embraces the family’s Thai traditions, and clearly looks up to Kan. Perhaps too much. Shelly seems to want everything Kanchana has, even the blond, blue-eyed boy she has a crush on. As Kan’s growing discomfort compels her to investigate Shelly’s past, she’s shocked to find how much it intersects with her own—and just how far Shelly will go to belong…
First of all, at first, I love the book because the main character is Asian. Asian American, but still Asian (I’m Asian too). But on a serious note, I wanted to read more diverse books and own-voices books, and this book allows me to do just that.
At the beginning, I felt a little bit annoyed at Kan, but it was only for a short while. She managed to redeem herself, and I’m no longer annoyed at her, but I didn’t like her as much either.
I think, one of my favourite things about this book is Ethan. He’s so sweet, and he’s a dancer. Lately, I’ve been fascinated by dancers, so I was happy with him. I think he might just be on my long-list of book boyfriend.
This book is a contemporary, young adult thriller, and though it didn’t make the hair at the nape of my neck stand or make me have goosebumps, but it was a little creepy. In a way. It kind of reminds me a bit of The Roommate, and Criminal Minds. At first, I thought the antagonist was a psychopath, but it turned out she’s just…kind of delusional.
I didn’t cry reading this book, but it didn’t stop me from being sad. It really made me feel sad at the lost of life, especially if the person who died is young. I’m not going to reveal who or when, you can find out yourself by reading this book.
To sum it up, I find myself really enjoying this book. I read it all in one sitting. The creepiness is not strong enough that it’ll give nightmares—like the aftermath of watching Criminal Minds—but it is still enjoyable. It is a bit predictable (or it’s probably because I’ve read and watched too much crime stories) but there was a twist that I didn’t see. I think those who likes crimes stories relating to someone’s mental state, or well, just some creepy thriller, this book is for you.
I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and the novella BEFORE TOMORROW.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at http://www.pintipdunn.com
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