Kanchana is a Thai-American girl that has always had a feeling of not quite fitting in. Kan has been raised in a small Kansas town where she is the only one of her descent among her classmates but when she visits her homeland she also stands out as being too Americanized.
When Kan’s mother brings home another teenage girl and informs the family that Shelly will be staying with them Kan immediately feels drawn to her. The two become good friends sharing a lot in their feeling of not quite fitting in and Kan does her best to make Shelly feel welcome. After going to school together though things start heading downhill when Shelly begins to isolate Kan from her friends and imitate Kan.
Girl on the Verge is a young adult thriller from Pintip Dunn. My first thought when getting into this book was basically a young adult version of Single White Female. I suppose that movie was twenty five years ago this is marketed towards an audience that may not know of it but for me it lacked a bit on originality.
The book however was a quick and easy read that had some good things about it. I liked that the main character was Thai and that seemed to be done well bringing that culture into the story. Kan was easily likable also with Shelly being the opposite and just a bit spooky right off the bat. I did find it odd that Kan seemed to exude confidence around Shelly though when she was anything but confident in her own school life and with friends.
In the end, I’d rate this one at 3.5 stars. The story seemed a bit predictable due to be similar to other things but it was still a somewhat engaging and creative take on the idea that I wanted to actually keep reading until the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.