January 8, 2015

On the Edge - Allison Van Diepen

Young Adult
Pages: 304
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Goodreads / Amazon
From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel—perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin—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 knows there's a target on her back.
But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?

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 should NOT have said that. They should have bothered though to show this book to someone who knows at least something about Miami before publishing. I'd rather read "white" books all my life than get more books like this.

Also, it's not only the ethnic issue, it's also the lame insta-love, the duh-non-surprise of who Lobo was, the cheesiness and cheap mystery of it, and well, everything else. There were even comments along the book like "you don't even look Hispanic" as a positive thing, and WTF, lady.

Stephen King says the 1st tip to writing is WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW. Maybe authors should stick to that.

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