Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn - Book Review & Giveaway


Book Review
By Suze
 
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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 Shelly home with her, a girl her age who needs a place to stay, Kan sees it as a chance to really bond with someone. Will this be a good plan?

Shelly wants to be like Kan. At first Kan is flattered she's looking up to her, but Shelly doesn't know how to stop. It's like she wants to have everything Kan has and be with the people Kan likes to spend time with, especially Ethan. Shelly tries to become Kan's best friend, but something isn't right. She might tell Kan she's her best friend, but Kan doesn't trust her new housemate. Are there valid reasons for her to be suspicious and what will Kan do when Shelly goes too far to be part of her life?

Girl on the Verge is an interesting gripping story. Kan is a sweet girl who always feels like she doesn't belong. The boys at school don't seem to notice her and people always comment on the color of her skin, while her grandmother thinks she's way too American to be a good Thai girl. I love how open and honest Pintip Dunn writes about her struggles to find her identity and to be happy with who she is. Kan is gorgeous and talented, but she needs a bit more confidence. She's a wonderful and brave person and I loved reading about her.

Shelly is creepy. She gave me the chills from the moment Kan's mother introduces her. She's way too intense, doesn't know how to stop and doesn't seem to have any scruples. Pintip Dunn skillfully creates an eerie atmosphere around her character, letting the reader know there's something wrong while slowly revealing what it is. Finding out more about Shelly and her background kept me on the edge of my seat.

Girl on the Verge is a multilayered story with plenty of surprising twists and turns. I liked how Pintip Dunn describes the thoughts and feelings of both Kan and Shelly. It was interesting to find out more about their character traits and motivations. Girl on the Verge is a captivating fast-paced story with plenty of vivid descriptions and fascinating details. I really liked this book and couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen to Kan and Shelly. I loved this intriguing, oppressive and compelling story.
 
Advice
 
Girl on the Verge would be a great choice for readers who love a good thriller with interesting main characters.
 
About Pintip Dunn
 
 
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and the novella BEFORE TOMORROW.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com
 
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Giveaway
 
One very lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
 

 

34 comments:

  1. Oh I can see a nice and twisted character. Definitely a book I will love to read. Just by reading the review I feel characters.

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  2. Girl on the Verge sounds like an interesting, gripping story with lots of twists and turns. Love books like this.

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  3. Thanks for being on the tour! This sounds like a fun, well written read! :)

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  4. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  5. This sounds like such a great read! I'm intrigued!

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  6. What an interesting book! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I'm looking forward to reading more about Shelly. If this is any way as creepy as Single White Female then it's going to be good!

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  8. I've seen a couple of Pintip Dunn books around the blogosphere but have yet to read one. This one looks interesting, and I do love a good thriller with interesting characters. ;) thank you for the giveaway!

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  9. This is one of my most anticipated books for June. I can't wait to read it and the cover is stunning!

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  10. Loving the rat work on the book

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  11. Looking forward to reading this - it looks fab!!

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  12. I love psychological drama / thrillers! This is on my to read list, definitely!

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  13. This sounds like a very interesting book.

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  14. I've yet to read this author. And so many people recommend her. Shame on me.

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  15. Fab giveaway thanks for the chance x

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  16. Love this author! All her books are good!

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  17. Love the cover. How did it come about?

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  18. Definitely my sort of book, and the cover is amazing, which makes me want to read it before reading what the book is about.

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  19. This sounds like a fun read!

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  20. Sounds like an interesting story. I'm a half asian as well and always felt like I didn't particularly belong with either ethnic group. It can be hard but ultimately I love myself and where I come from.

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  21. I have been seeing this book on many blogs and I love the cover and know I will enjoy reading!!

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  22. There are probably many people who feel they live in two different worlds these days. This must be hard to figure out but I'd like to read the book to see how it does play out for the characters :)

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  23. I love a good thriller, so I think I'd really like this book too!

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. I'm looking forward to reading Girl on the Verge.

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  26. Sounds great. I know this author from her 'Forget Tomorrow' series, love that she writes super different things, lol.

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  27. I'm really excited to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  28. Looks interesting, I can't wait to read the full story!

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  29. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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