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Girl on the Verge

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  118 reviews
How far would you go to belong?

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 t
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Published June 27th 2017 by Kensington
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Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher

My initial interest in this one stemmed from a desire to find more culturally diverse reads in a plethora of genres. I always fangirl when I can find one in the young adult sector as I think it's important to empower our young people and expand their views on cultures other than their own. I'm not "old" by any means, but I'm far enough removed to wish I had found more books like this when I was a teenager. Girl on the Verge was a fantastic example of such; while it didn't feel like an i
Ben Alderson
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I can say, with my hand on my heart, that this book is one of my favourite books this year.
It you like the creepy, twisty stories like WE WERE LIARS then you would love this.
I will not say much as I really do not want to give the story away. But it is DIVERSE and HONEST and CREEPY.
may ➹
(deleted my original review but I was very excited to read this for its Thai-American rep, as a Thai-American myself, but sadly it was not representative of my own personal experiences so it didn’t have as much meaning to me as I’d hoped for! I also just didn’t really care for the story)
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Kanchana is a Thai-American girl that has always had a feeling of not quite fitting in. Kan has been raised in a small Kansas town where she is the only one of her descent among her classmates but when she visits her homeland she also stands out as being too Americanized.

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
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
In my seventeen years in Foxville, Kansas, it's never been me. Why should anything change now?

I liked a lot about this book: the #ownvoices aspect, as Kan is a Thai girl in a predominantly white school; the twistiness; and the family theme. It's rare to see a Thai protagonist, so I really appreciate Pintip Dunn's inclusion.

However, I saw everything coming from a mile away. If you've read any sort of suspense or thriller, you'll know exactly what's going on. I kept reading, hoping I'd be proved w
Pocket Full of Pages
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
‘Girl on the Verge’ by Pintip Dunn.

Publisher: Kensington Books.

Expected Publication: June 27th 2017.

Page Length: 256 pages.

Genre: YA contemporary, Mystery, Thriller.


This book was provided to us by the publisher, Kensington Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

We were so thankful and privileged to receive an eBook of this unique book before it’s release date. Here is our honest review. We always try and find good points within a book whilst remaining honest about our thou
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to give this book more credit for diversity, but couldn't do it. I liked that the main character was of Thai descent, but instead it was used as a crutch, we were reminded of it at seemingly every moment. Yes, I got that they lived in a mostly white town and her grandmother and mom were immigrants from Thailand, but I didn't need it thrown at me all the time. Mention it a few times and leave it at that, don't make it a bigger deal than it needs to be, that's all I'm saying.

Other than th
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The fun part of any mystery or thriller is trying to second guess where the author is going with it. And when you get it wrong, and are surprised, it is even better. That is where the tension lies.

But, then there is this book, where I figured out not only who Shelley really was, but who she was not. It was the only suspense there was, really.

The story, on the other hand, is fast paced, even though there is a sort of love triangle, with the Perfect Boy ™.

So, although it was well written, and has
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't intend for my review to be a haiku but the universe had the syllable count planted in my subconscious somehow so here you go:
holy fucking shit
what the hell did I just read
I need to lie down
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from Kensington in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I was very much looking forward to reading this book. I previously read The Darkest Lie and thoroughly enjoyed it. From the synopsis it sounded like this one would be sure to follow suit. So you need to understand that it pains me tremendously to write my honest thoughts on Girl on the Verge.

I wanted desperately to like this
Lisa-Books Smiles
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Girl on The Verge is wonderful and by wonderful, I mean creepy, twisted, and disturbing. This book is filled with everything that makes a perfect thriller! I am delighted to see another great spine-chilling young adult thriller to hit the shelves soon.
Thank you to the author, publisher, and netgalley for providing me with an e-copy for an honest review.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
**I received a complimentary copy of GIRL ON THE VERGE from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

GRADE: A+++++++
5++++ stars

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
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
The Girl on the Verge is a wonderful diverse mystery thriller that also discusses what it’s like to be a PoC in America. It follows Kan who experiences diaspora because she doesn’t truly feel as though she is Thai enough or American enough to fit in at home or in school. This novel explores what it’s like to be a Thai-American and mixing those cultures together while Kan is also dealing with a roommate who tries to steal her life as the days progress.

This novel was so enjoyable to read, and I w
Actual rating: 3.5

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You may have or have not noticed, but I might be Pintip Dunn’s biggest fan. Most of all, I enjoy her writing style, and this book doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the writing. Her ability to pull you into the story solely with the narration comes through again.

The story revolves around Kan, a Thai-American girl who feels as though she doesn’t belong anywhere. The aspect of growing up between both cultures
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ownvoices
2'5 stars, it was an okay read.

EDIT: After deciding to put it on hold I went back to it and finished it in one sitting. It was a somewhat easy read, with some creepy moments in the way that sometimes you feel uncomfortable with what you are reading, with the things Shelley does and the reasons why.

It's a story that delivers an interesting plot if you don't look below surface too closely, because then somethings began to seem incoherent (no spoilers, but such as how Shelley has accomplished what
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
This was a book. It was twisty, and engaging, and fun. It reminded me of a Criminal Minds episode in the best way. There was action, suspense, and a bit of romance. All around, this was a really run read that kept me on my toes.

Things I Liked :
I loved that we got to see Kan deal with microaggressions in her daily life. I mean I’m not happy she had to deal with assholes, but I thought it was very realistic to show how Kan was othered in her school and home life - she wasn’t Thai enough, she wa
Paula  Phillips
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

Though Girl on the Verge has a strong focus on Kan and her American-Asian roots and the trying to fit in with her friends, this story isn't about Kan. Its main focus is on Shelly. Kan's dad has passed away, and her Grandmother has come to live with them as Kan's mother works long hours at the local hospital. When a patient is killed, Kan's mother takes in Shelly - a teenage girl about the same age as Kan. Kan has always wanted a sister and sees this as an opportunity to have someone around whom
Ashley Gillan
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the tradition of "Fatal Attraction" and the recent movie "Unforgettable," "Girl on the Verge" explores what happens when someone gets a little too....friendly. However this book adds some twists that make it a great, suspenseful read.

Kan is a great character who is immediately likable and relatable. I really enjoyed her character and was immediately creeped out by Shelly, who was also really well written. One added "twist" that makes the book interesting is that despite Kan's pleas, her mothe
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God. What a book. This book has left me speechless (and I talk quite a lot). It's one of the best new books I've read and I don't think anything can compare. 

When I first started this book I thought it was going to be the classic cookie cutter story about a popular girl taking someone socially awkward under her wing. But I was pleasantly surprised. The contrast between Shelly and Kanchana's personality becomes more evident as the book moves along and the author is an expert at subtly mak
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this. I don't think it was scary, but it was creepy! I really liked Kan. Her journey with acceptance of her identity as Thai American, and learning to not care about others opinions was one of my favorite things. I also adored her relationship with Ethan. Also, he's a Latin ballroom dancer; that's awesome. As for Shelly, (view spoiler)
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I expected something different…

You see, the plot description doesn’t really tell you how much of a thriller this is.

When I started reading, I was intrigued. My own background can be described as ethnically ambiguous. The number one question I tend to be asked by strangers is, “What are you?” Usually after they’ve spent the last ten minutes staring at me. (Nothing creepy/uncomfortable about that, right?) I also get the shout out. After the requisite 10 minutes of staring, a total stranger will s
Suze Lavender
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kanacha doesn't look like her classmates. She lives in Kansas together with her mother and grandmother, but most of her family members are living in Thailand. Kan does her best to be a good Thai girl and she tries to fit in at school. She designs her own clothes and would love to go to art school. She has three good friends, who don't always understand her, she is secretly in love with Ethan, but doesn't dare to talk to him and secretly she's feeling a little bit lonely. When Kan's mother brings ...more
Feb 02, 2022 rated it liked it
This was a solid three stars from me. I think it would have been more if it hadn't been from alternating viewpoints, so the tension and suspense had a chance to grow, but as it stands nothing is altogether surprising, since we see what's going on first-hand through those POVs. There's no real guessing as to what's happening or who's the bad guy, because you've already been told, the MC just hasn't pieced it all together yet. I still enjoyed it, I just don't think it reached its full potential.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who liked Pintip Dunn's first contemporary thriller, The Darkest Lie, this new book is a must-read. Kan is a Thai-American high school girl trying to find her place in an all-white, Midwest town, when her mother brings an orphaned teen into her home to finish high school. Shelly is lost and grief-stricken, and is grateful for any attention Kan gives her. But the friendship takes a turn when Kan starts dating her dream guy and Shelly's fixation on Kan turns darker. And darker. This gri ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what I thought of this one. I guess that mainly I just didn't think the things this book tried to do mixed that well together. I did like the own voices aspect and how it deals with feeling like you're in several worlds and not fitting in any. I just need to think a bit more about this, to say something eloquent about it.

full review here:
Jul 25, 2017 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Unfortunately, I was unable to finish this book. I am a big fan of Pintip Dunn but I was unable to connect with the character and the story-line.

Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The good news is Girl on the Verge is good, the bad news… it’s good – but just doesn’t tip the scales to great simply because it’s just a little too shallow. The shallowness of both plot and characters let the story down. The storyline, although unoriginal, has all the makings of a brilliant psychological thriller where the reader alternates between wanting to slap the gullible character and hiding under the duvet. More depth is needed and although there were occasional flashes of sinister, dark ...more
Kester Nucum
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for a review. This will not affect my review in any way.

Overall Thoughts: I’m surprised that I finished this book in two days. Two days!!! It might not have been that long, but I couldn’t put it down, especially in school. I’m glad I got to skip Wellness (I was done with my Pacer Test exam so…) because it gave me enough time to finish it. Girl on the Verge hooked me
Katherine Paschal
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kan has always felt like she does not belong- be it in her life in America, or with her family in Thailand. She tries to be the good Thai girl her grandmother wants her to be, but she dreams of being a fashion designer instead of the doctor she wants for her. When Kan's workaholic mother brings home a strange girl to come live with them, Kan tries hard to be supportive. The girl, Shelly, is completely alone and has suffered tragedy, so Kan befriends her and is excited at how much joy just being ...more
✰ Alexandra ✰
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both Pintip Dunn and Netgalley for this opportunity.

When I initially requested this book, I saw that it was categorized as a thriller, and for those types of stories, I normally steer away from the description and just dive right in. MAN, was this a wild ride from start to finish.

We start this story off with Kan, a Thai girl living in Kansas. She struggles to fit in because of her culture and finds it hard getting
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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominate

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