On the Edge

On the Edge

Allison Van Diepen

HarperTeen, imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2014

294 pp.   $17.99

Teen Romance

ISBN 987-0-06-230344-8

 

Maddie Diaz can’t wait to graduate high school and leave her lower-class neighborhood to attend college. But one night everything changes when Maddie witnesses two members of the local gang, Los Reyes, beating up a homeless man, and she calls the cops. With a fresh target on her back, Maddie is scared for her safety, until she meets Lobo, the head of a rival gang, who promises to protect her. As Maddie spends time with Lobo and his gang, the Destinos, she learns their goal is to rescue girls who are victims of human trafficking at the hands of Los Reyes, and she can’t help falling for Lobo. This novel is moving, with a message that penetrates the heart of the reader, plus the Latino flavor throughout is incredibly refreshing. Teens will relate to the characters in this book who make the most out of the situations life throws their way.

 

Reviewed by Kelly Rogers

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT