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On the Edge

(Sweet Valley High #40)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  878 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Headed for trouble...

Regina Morrow and Bruce Patman have been going together for months. But when beautiful, devious Amy Sutton is paired up with Bruce on a school project, she schemes to steal him away from Regina. Little by little Bruce's resistance to Amy's charm begins to crumble.

Regina is furious when she discovers that Bruce has been seeing Amy behind her back. H
Mass Market Paperback, 150 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Bantam Books
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Title: On the Edge
Series: Sweet Valley High #40
Author: Francine Pascal // Kate William
Genre: Young Adult
Overall Rating: 3 stars

Sometimes I forget how ridiculous these books are, and I love them! I don't know why I continue to keep reading them, it's like this inner urge to finish every single Sweet Valley book ever, which is some feat to be honest. But this is one that I read as a kid, I found it in a charity shop and have long since lost my copy.

Basically, Bruce is back to being a s
Ryan Quan
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is where the deaf girl dies after snorting one line of coke for the first time. Things just got REAL! Seems so wrong since poor Regina Morrow was just held hostage (see: Hostage!). And I don't think she even got to sleep with Bruce! When I think of this book, I also think of Martika's 1989 anti-drug hit "Toy Soldiers." ...more
Julie Hughes
Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it
I know this is weird, but I still remember the cocaine scene in this book.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the one Sweet Valley High book that actually has a genuinely impactful message; don’t do drugs!

I will never forgive Amy and Bruce for the way they treated Regina. She was one of the characters who seemed like an actually nice girl, despite her beauty and wealth she wasn’t a jerk like everyone else is her town!
Her association with the “bad crowd” serves as a warning to all, and the ultimate ending is one I have remembered vividly for the last 24 years! 😂😭

Regina’s story is a cautionary tal
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am almost embarrassed to admit to how many SVH books I have read over the years. These books are really pretty cheesy (although, I wanted to be Lila Fowler when I was in middle school--I thought she was awesome)
This particular SVH edition was a little different. One of the characters tries cocaine for the first time and dies of heart failure. (apparently the kid has some sort of un diagnosed heart defect to begin with) This book seriously kept me from ever doing drugs. I was always convinced t
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Amy is a cunty cunt in this book. I mean a CAPITAL K KUNT.

At the end everyone is like, “Let’s not blame anyone for this. We know we aren’t responsible..... except Molly. Let’s blame her because it was her house and her party.”

Nope nope nope. You guys aren’t getting off THAT easily.

Bruce and Amy are cunts because they parade around in front of Regina without a care in the world about her feelings. Amy clinging to Bruce is what drives Regina to the arms of Justin Belson... and to Molly Hecht’s wo
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: age-ya, 1993-to-1997
So yesterday when I thought I had remembered the book where Regina dies after doing cocaine JUST ONCE (thanks to the Forever Young Adult blog), I was wrong. I was reading some older Sweet Valley High reviews/drinking games on that blog and found that THIS was the book where Regina dies. #41 is just the one where everyone blames Molly for Regina's death. However, I'm pretty sure I read both of them. ...more
Aug 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, readit, sweetvalley
This book used to make me cry [for obvious reasons] but when I re-read it the other day, I just wanted to strangle Amy Sutton. I will never understand how she got away with breaking up Regina/Bruce and no one at that school blamed her, instead they went after the people who met her all of once or twice. Oh, logic and SVH... you were never destined to meet.
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
I can't possibly add all of the SVH books I devoured in middle school, but I truly loved this one! Poor Regina! poor Bruce! Bad drugs!!!!! ...more
May Ling
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
29 years later....I still remember that cocaine scene!! Made me feel sad at the time.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-creeps, 2018
lmao this is a SVH classic
When Regina Morrow finds out that her boyfriend Bruce is seeing another girl, she is devastated. Amy is doing everything she can to separate the two, and it is actually working. Only too well since Regina caught the two of them literally embracing and she goes home crying.

Consequently, Regina cuts herself off from her old crowd and begins hanging around with a group known for using drugs. One couldn't blame her for feeling betrayed by her friends since apparently everyone at school knows about A
Tiffany Spencer
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
On the Edge
Plot: Everyone at SVH seems to be talking about the latest scandal. The feelings brewing between Bruce and Amy. The only one in the dark is Regina herself (Bruce’s long-term girlfriend). But it all comes out at a BBQ the Wakefield’s throw. Elizabeth wants to warn Regina, but Jeffery tells her it’s best to stay out of it. At the party, Amy and Bruce sneak off to “make out” (that is have sex) behind a tree. Elizabeth sends Jeffery to run interference, but it’s too late. Regina sees them
Bambi Quim
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I'm pretty sure I knew, even when I read this novel as much younger girl, that it was very unlikely that someone would die from snorting cocaine ONE time. Having said that, this book, even knowing that it was melodramatic, has always stayed with me. I feel like a childhood without a deaf girl dying because she did one bad thing and she wasn't Elizabeth Wakefield might have resulted in a very different, and probably less melodramatic, me. Having said that, I highly recommend this book. Because it ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it
These books are like junk know you shouldn't but sometimes you can't resist. I often read the Sweet Valley books when I was younger and felt like a trip down memory lane. This one did have a surprising twist near the end though. ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-early-years
The covers sucked me in, the books were entertaining and I could not put them down....I loved that the book covers looked so much like the romance novels from Harlequinn that you were not supposed to read at age 10, but these were okay!!
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
One of the two Sweet Valley High books I read as a youngster. I thought it was pretty terrible at the time, but it certainly has stuck with me, and definitely did it's job of making me absolutely terrified of ever taking drugs of any kind! So there's that... ...more
Chrissie the Reformed Book Hoarder
3.5 I'm basing it on my first reading when I was in 6th grade. I remember that I rather teared up on this and introduced me to now one of my favorite poets in the world. ...more
A.  Winchester
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect anything from this book. It started as many others, the typical story of the perfect high school couple which is not so perfect after all. So we have the typical white blondie chick that comes into Bruce and Regina and break them apart. So Regina is very, very heartbroken. She starts hanging out with Justin, a guy that everyone says is bad influence (he's not. He's sweet). Okay so at this point of the book I wasn't impressed but then, at the last 40 pages this goddamn book gives ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite SVH books of all time, this is the one where Regina finds out that Bruce was cheating on her and dumps him and immediately falls into a "bad crowd" of kids who *gasp* do drugs. Better than DARE programs, I'm pretty sure this book scared me off from ever trying cocaine throughout my adolescence, as Regina actually winds up dying just hours after snorting 2 lines at a party and the book doesn't really even show if she liked it, just how fucking sad it makes the whole school (exc ...more
Sarah Baines
Just Say No

I was reminded the time I was reading this of Grange Hill and Zammo McGuire and the Just Say No song that was released (those of a certain age will know what I'm talking about) in the 80's. Here, we have the Sweet Valley High version. I'm pretty sure when I first read On The Edge all those years ago, I was pretty shocked by the whole thing - this seemed edgy stuff at the time - and this aspect of the book feels as relevant now as it did then.
Sara Hunter
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was visiting my younger sister last week, and she'd had the great luck of finding the SVH series at a used bookstore. Of course she bought them because of the nostalgia factor. Anyway, we'd been talking about the riveting cocaine scene and I decided to re-read the book since it's been something like 20-30 years since I first read it. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
There were actual consequences for a semi regular character. Stay away from drugs kids.
Dec 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: trashy novel fans with hour to spare
Iy. What was I thinking?

Recall how I mentioned I was going back to old lit and teen novels/authors to ignite old fiction love? On a dare or on my own...

Well, this was one book where the plot stuck with me. For one cent it was mine in here in less than 36 hours.

I read it in about an hour and a half, two hours perhaps with munchie break at most.

The effect of the tale's off and I am far from relating to the characters in this fantasy land of Sweet Valley. The main character (Regina) registered an
Lydia Rose
Jun 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Regina Morrow and Bruce Patman have been dating for a long time, so when Regina finds out that Bruce likes Amy Sutton, she falls apart. Since it was at the Wakefield's house, Regina knows that Elizabeth knew, and didn't tell her. She avoids all her friends, and makes new ones... With drug users. Her brother hears the name of a boy who called her, and tells her that they're not good people, but she doesn't listen.

One day, Justin's, the boy who called,friend Molly comes over, and invites him to h
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll miss this book the most because it was always my favorite. It was scary and tragic yet educational. There are many lessons learned. I admit to blaming Amy before reading the whole story, but I know now that Bruce’s fading romance for Regina’s like losing interest in an old favorite book series and finding other book series to read. I’ll always remember my thought after I read this book: If everyone read this book, there would be less drug users in the world. That’s a powerful message becaus ...more
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
I finally read this for the first time yesterday! I devoured SVH like crazy, but I was never able to find this book. I knew what happened though, because it's referenced in so many other books.

Does this book deserve 3 stars? Of course not. But had I read it during my SVH obsession, I would have loved it. Reading it now (in literally 25-30 minutes) it wasn't that great.

But it is Sweet Valley. AND it taught me a valuable lesson - drugs are bad, mmkay?
Angela Pauline
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
The plot was really good and different even though I feel sad because the ending was to tragic and sad and the fact that she did not end up with Justin nor the other guy. And it really amuses me a lot that the guy's name is Justin Belson. I was like, really?! ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Aug 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Read this back in secondary school... 'Sweet Valley High #40 - On the Edge' by Francine Pascal ...more
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Francine Pascal (May 13, 1938— ) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of novels. In 1982 she created the characters and the stories for the first six books and her agent, Amy Berkower of Writers House sold them to Bantam Books. Book number one is mostly written by Ms. Pascal. From then on she wrote the stories for every book ever published in the series. After the ...more

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