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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 kn
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Felicia A girl who witnesses a gang crime, and in her decision on what to do about it, she attracts the attention of a rival gang.
There's a lot of drama, rom…more
A girl who witnesses a gang crime, and in her decision on what to do about it, she attracts the attention of a rival gang.
There's a lot of drama, romance, comedy, and good action. Definitely a good read.(less)
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Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

I had high expectations from this book, and usually, when I have high expectations from a book it doesn't deliver. On the Edge was no exception to that rule. I really wanted to love this book. It had every potential to become a book that I loved, forbidden romance - check, crazy gang business - check, action - check, but even all that wasn't enough. All I kept thinking is how Simone Elkeles managed to create so much better and much
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
I was so excited for this book because I'm such a sucker for books that have anything to do with crime and or the mob. The summary of this reminded me books by Simone Elkeles and Katie McGarry, which I love. There were parts of this book that I really liked, parts I liked okay and parts that I didn't really like. Overall, On the Edge might not have been the book I was expecting but I still enjoyed most of it.

What appealed me the most about this book, other than the danger aspect, was the romance
My thanks to HarperCollins

Point of View: Single (Madeleina "Maddie" Diaz)
Setting: Miami
Writing: First Person | Past

It was such a thrilling and fast-paced book. At first I was a little skeptical because I normally don't feel comfortable reading books on gang violence, drugs and human trafficking. It was surprising that I ended up liking this book.

Just to be clear, even this book was on topics I mentioned above, it wasn't too descriptive to the point that it was unbearable, and I was thankful for
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book really took me away. I was expecting a romance story (based on the cover) and instead got this deep story of love and war.

Plot: This is a really good story. So it starts off as this hard working girl, is walking home then witnessing a crime. That crime that she witnessed has gotten her into trouble with local gangs. I think the whole mix up with gangs gives the story a much more realistic feel. It was such a simple story that with the turn of events brings it life.

Street Gangs: If you
Shannon Moore
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The romance aspect could've been played up a little more but still sweet and endearing with a side of danger and suspense! Cute love story and loved the intensity in the plot. ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book. It is my true opinion only

OMG I LOVED this book!
It is so different from most contemporaries.
Because gangs are involved, it has a dark presence to the book.
I really liked all the main characters.
I was literally hooked from the beginning.
I didn't find this cheesy, fake or over the top like some romance stories can be.
It was real and raw and very intense.

Full review to come!
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Ever since this book first appeared on Goodreads I've been intrigued by it, I would even say this was one of my most anticipated books of the year, so when I received a copy for review I was ecstatic, the concept is what initially drew me in, I find that I quite enjoy books that feature gangs and girls who fall for gang members, it also helps when it's compared to Simone Elkeles who's Perfect Chemistry series I adore.

One night while walking through the park after a party Maddie witnesses two gan
The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
The plot line as a whole was okay....I kind of felt like the romance was a bit insta-lovey though.
Jay G
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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One night on her way home, Maddie Diaz witnesses a violent crime against a homeless man. She decides to intervene and becomes the newest target of a dangerous gang called the Reyes. She then learns that she is being protected by a rival gang leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes. Not knowing his identity, Maddie has no way to thank him but as time goes on they become cl
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars!

I'll admit that I hadn't heard of this book before until I was browsing through Edelweiss one day and came across it! I loved the cover, so I checked out the synopsis and knew I had to read it! The synopsis just drew me right in and I couldn't wait to read it! And luckily, the book was available to download now, so I didn't even have to request it lol! I bummed it up to the top of my TBR list too! This book really was amazing! It was better than I was expecting it to be, and I had pret
J. Greene
This book is pretty lame. No offense to the author but geez. The entire thing was one giant slice of Kraft American cheese.

So cheesy, so predictable, so un-hard core, so meh.

Quick breakdown. A girl sees a homeless being beaten to his literal death, she interferes--gets hunted by a gang. In steps mysteriously, mysterious Lobo. She falls in love, they lead this supposed gangster life--other stuff, the end.

The fact that the blurb says this book is compelling literally makes me laugh--geez talk abo
On the Edge was about a 2.5 - 3 star read for me. I was fascinated by the gang related parts but the romance fell kind of flat for me.

High school senior Maddie Diaz has everything going for her. She has great marks, a part time job at McDonald's, she's editor of the school newspaper, and she even has a full scholarship for college. On her way home from work one night she witnesses two gang bangers attack a homeless man. Maddie reports the crime and identifies the perpetrators. Not the best move
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
UGH. I'm pissed. DNF at chapter 23.

I wonder how she can write a book about Hispanics in Miami with no Cubans in it whatsoever. Or any other Hispanics for that matter. It was just about stereotypical "Mexicans" who eat nothing but tacos and burritos, are gang members and/or cartel, bat-shit poor and work at a Mac Donald's. I guess that's what happens when you fervently wish as a community to have more diversity in YA. It comes back to bite you in the rear.

Nothing like Simone Elkeles, they shoul
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Apr 29, 2014 marked it as lost-interest-did-not-finish
DNF @ 35%.

The writing style wasn't working for me at all, and the romance was already way underdeveloped. Friends tried to warn me, but I was determined to at least try it. Such a shame because I love that cover and I was really wanting a swoony YA romance.

Featured on my 2014 REC IT post.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I'm a sucker for the bad boy with a heart of gold storylines. This was a good story about gangs in Miami and dealt with some deeper issues like sex trafficking. Maddie witnesses the brutal murder of the local homeless man and decides to testify against the gang members who committed the crime. She has a target on her back and soon gets involved in the horrible things going on underground. Lobo, the leader of a vigilante group fighting to save the girls trapped in slavery and dismantle the gang r ...more
Dee/ bookworm
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read! went through it in a couple of days!!
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
See the original review here @ Creased Book Spines.
One thing you should probably know about me, I'm a huge sucker for books that involve gangs, the mafia, bad boys and probably everything that is related to these three. Honestly, lock me in a room full of books that fit into the categories above, I probably wouldn't object.

On The Edge didn't fail to amaze me. I had so many great expectations from this book, mainly because I decided to skip the reviews of this book on Goodreads (because no matter
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
On the Edge is one of my favourite books written by Allison van Diepen yet! The book was crazy addictive and oh so good. I read On the Edge really quickly because I just couldn't stop reading it for even a moment. Allison van Diepen is known for her darker YA novels that tackle difficult subject matter, and her latest novel is no exception. It's really not all too often that I read a YA novel that deals with how high school students are affected by gang violence.

In the gritty streets of Miami, e
Joy (joyous reads)
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Reminiscent of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry series, On the Edge is the story of a girl who found herself in the wrong place and at the wrong time. It’s also a cautionary tale of what happens when you take a short cut home in the middle of the night and essentially how doing the right thing can sometimes be a dangerous thing.

Maddie Diaz is an outstanding student; a good kid who works hard and who’s well on her way to getting off the vicious cycle which she’s only too familiar with. One night
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arc, arc
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The gang and thrill part of On the Edge was pretty awesome. I loved the danger and how people were standing up to violence, gangs, and all that goes with them (drugs, sex trafficking, etc.). What I liked less was the romance.

I liked the romance in theory: gang leader falls for innocent girl. That's hot! And parts of the romance were fun and sexy.. it just felt insta-lovey to me. They have like two dates and are practically in love with each other. The
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
18-year-old Maddie is walking home through a park late at night when she witnesses a brutal attack which ends in the victim dying. Maddie identifies the killers to the police, but then she worries that the gang that the boys were in will take it personally, and she’ll get killed herself.
Should Maddie have testified? And is she really being watched?

This was an okay s
Jennifer Gaden
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! First book I’ve read by Van Diepen. This story was intriguing and suspenseful. Not what I thought it would be like! I loved the sneak peak on Light of Day at the end. Can’t wait to start the sequel 👍🏼
3.5 stars
One thing in particular that well, intrigued me, was the statement -  "[...] will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles." Hi. I love Simone Elkeles. Perfect Chemistry was one of my first YA contemporary's read (back in the day) and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Not only that, I am on of those people who have an obsession with the mob, or any organized crime, really. This has YOU WILL LOVE ME written all over it! I remember being pretty excited when I downloaded On the Edg
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I think at this point, everyone knows I have a slight obsession with forbidden romances. That is exactly what made me want to pick up On the Edge. The romance part of the book, unfortunately, did not wow me, but I did find myself enjoying certain parts of the book.

I can't really pinpoint what it was about the main character, Maddie, that didn't work for me, but I wasn't particularly engrossed in her character. By no means did I hate her, but she wasn't one of those memorable characters for me ei
Shelby Diane
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, I won't write an excessive review but I'd like to clear the air about some things. First of all, if you loved Perfect Chemistry then read this. Second of all, this book seems to have received several negative reviews. While I did not rate it five stars, I would at least give it close to 4.5. Book boyfriend wise, Lobo is your guy. He's got all of the swoon-worthy book boyfriend qualities we love and enjoy; he's mysterious, possessive, protective, strong, damaged, gentle, loving, tough, and ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have read all of this author's previous books and loved them so I was fully expecting more of the same - which I got have to suspend your disbelief for this one.

Maddie witnesses a horrific crime and chooses to go to the police, except that now, she is the target of the gang members she just accused. One night, she is taken down but gets some unexpected help from a very surprising source.

This book is engrossing as I was completely taken by the graphic description that basically
Jessie Potts
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, november-2014
3.5 stars
Why you should read it: I don't often read YA contemporary (love me some fangs and fur), but the cover and book blurb had me interested. I love forbidden romance and was curious to see how the author would make a gang leader likable. Maddie (poor girl) witnesses a violent crime and becomes a target for one gang … only to be rescued by a rival gang. I liked the realness and violent quality the book has (in regards to it being YA). It seemed realistic to me (having never met a gang before
Kathy Martin
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maddie Diaz is a high school senior attending a magnet school but living in a bad part of town. She has been accepted to the University of Florida with a full tuition scholarship and is eager to get out of Miami. One night walking home from work she sees a couple of gang members attack a homeless man and set him on fire. She identifies them to the police and then becomes a target of gang retaliation.

Luckily, she has also attracted the attention of Lobo who is the leader of a rival group who want
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
If you liked the Perfect Chemistry books, you'll like this.

I liked the girl friendships in this book, but the plot suffers from continuity and consistency issues that should've been dealt with in the editorial process. I also felt like it was lacking in character development and backstory that would've made it a much stronger story. For example, Maddie doesn't speak Spanish well, and we're told this, but we never really know why--this sort of detail could've served her backstory but it was omitt
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Allison van Diepen is the author of many teen novels, including Takedown, Street Pharm, Snitch, Raven, The Oracle of Dating, The Oracle Rebounds, and The Vampire Stalker. Her novels have been named ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and New York City Public Library Books for the Teen Age.

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