- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (June 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149670360X
- ISBN-13: 978-1496703606
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was so happy to read an advanced copy of this book. I couldn't put it down. It touches on the dark and light within everyone, and delves into a deep dark fear of many. Kan is a wonderful heroine, with so many amazing qualities, you can't help but want her to win, and wow, dream-guy, Ethan, is a hot delight. I won't say any more about them other than LOVED the chemistry. Highly recommend this book!
Oh Pintip Dunn, I think I'm in love with you. Only a few pages into GIRL ON THE VERGE I knew I was reading a story I'd reread many times. The level of tension gave me a visceral reaction in my chest. I had to stop reading several times, just to catch my breath and slow my heart rate.
Kan straddles a world between her old-fashioned Thai grandmother and her American life in Kansas. When her mother brings home an orphan, Shelly, Kan embraces her as the sister she never had. But, Shelly jumps into the relationship too quickly, in a Single White Female manner, and soon Kan realizes Shelly isn't the mousy girl she seems to be.
With remarkable, steady fast paced writing and plot, Dunn masterfully reveals twists and turns throughout the story. I guessed some, but that did not diminish my enjoyment of GIRL ON THE VERGE, if anything I couldn't wait for the twist to happen. Dunn's characters have so many layers. Kan narrated most of the story, with chapters from Shelly's third person POV interspersed to add depth to Shelly and show aspects of her personality Kan had yet to discover.
GIRL ON THE VERGE is a must read for anyone who likes thrillers, creepy friendships or disturbing characters. Pintip Dunn will take hold of you in an Eileen Cook kind of way, my highest compliment for a YA thriller.
How I wish I had had a book like this when I was growing up! It's too darn rare to find compelling characters of diverse backgrounds who struggle with all the "normal" high school things like being popular and having a boyfriend, let alone straddling two cultures, one at home and one at school.
Kan, let us know how things work out for you, OK? There's so much more to your story that we want to know!
When Kan's mother brings home another teenage girl and informs the family that Shelly will be staying with them Kan immediately feels drawn to her. The two become good friends sharing a lot in their feeling of not quite fitting in and Kan does her best to make Shelly feel welcome. After going to school together though things start heading downhill when Shelly begins to isolate Kan from her friends and imitate Kan.
Girl on the Verge is a young adult thriller from Pintip Dunn. My first thought when getting into this book was basically a young adult version of Single White Female. I suppose that movie was twenty five years ago this is marketed towards an audience that may not know of it but for me it lacked a bit on originality.
The book however was a quick and easy read that had some good things about it. I liked that the main character was Thai and that seemed to be done well bringing that culture into the story. Kan was easily likable also with Shelly being the opposite and just a bit spooky right off the bat. I did find it odd that Kan seemed to exude confidence around Shelly though when she was anything but confident in her own school life and with friends.
In the end, I'd rate this one at 3.5 stars. The story seemed a bit predictable due to be similar to other things but it was still a somewhat engaging and creative take on the idea that I wanted to actually keep reading until the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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