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Book Review: Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn


Title: Girl on the Verge

Author: Pintip Dunn

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: June 27th, 2017

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Thriller

Format: Ebook

My Rating: 4/5 stars



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 teenage girl named Shelly, Kan sees a chance to prove herself useful. Making Shelly feel comfortable is easy at first—her new friend is eager to please, embraces the family’s Thai traditions, and clearly looks up to Kan. Perhaps too much. Shelly seems to want everything Kanchana has, even the blond, blue-eyed boy she has a crush on. As Kan’s growing discomfort compels her to investigate Shelly’s past, she’s shocked to find how much it intersects with her own—and just how far Shelly will go to belong

My Review:

I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

A diverse, own voices, twisted thriller that will keep on surprising you with every turn of events.


Girl on the Verge is a mystery/ thriller starring Kan, a Thai- American who struggles with fitting in either cultures and traditions. The feeling of being the Girl in Between is very conflicting. It is difficult at first to grasp the idea of “getting the best of both worlds”.


This is a book that you need to dive into without knowing much about it, so I don’t want to spoil it. But, one thing that I can say is that you will have a lot of ” WHAT the FUCK!!! ” moments while reading Girl on the Verge


The only reason this isn’t getting 5 stars is because of something in the end. A new fact was revealed after the story was wrapped up, so I couldn’t enjoy that part because I felt like, for me, the story has already ended.

Pints Dunn was successfully able to shine a light on how it feels like to be a WOC immigrant, who lives in America. Honestly, I hereby declare Pintip to be the Queen of standalone novels because of her unique style in writing them.


So, here is why you read it:

. Own voices
. A dark, twisted Thriller
. A Pintip Dunn Mystery
. Good representation of WOC


If this sounds like your cup of tea, then feel free to grab your copy here! This is an affiliate link so I might get a commission if you decide to make any purchases. 

13442212_2.jpgAbout the Author:

When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.
Pintip 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. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist.


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