Thursday, July 6, 2017

Author Spotlight: Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn + Interview

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 11:00 AM
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 novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, the MASL Truman Award, and the Tome Society It List. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include GIRL ON THE VERGE, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and the forthcoming SEIZE TODAY.
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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Title: Girl on the Verge
Genre: YA Suspense/Thriller
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Kensington
Publication: June 27th 2017
Cover Rating: 3/5

Have you ever heard of the movie or term 'Single White Female'? Basically, it is where another female that lives with you tries to become you. Not in a flattering, annoying way, but in a creepy, murderous, take over your life way. The movie is an adult perspective on the subject. This book, is the teenage version and it is so much more brutal and creepier beyond measure. When our parents and teachers try to instill in our young minds that we need to share, I am pretty sure they didn't mean THIS WAY.

Kan is your typical teenage girl. She worries about her looks, she is interesting in having a relationship, she is just over a really normal girl. The thing that makes her stand out the most, her ability to create majestic clothing, is something that causes a rift to form between her and her grandmother. Kan is not your typical teenage girl because she is an Asian-American and her grandmother is VERY strict about culture. She is not typical because she doesn't look like any of her friends so she is weird in America but she doesn't look like any her grandmothers family either as she is a 'big' girl in their eyes. Kan doesn't know where she fits in and has to figure that out.

Ethan is a dancer. He also happens to be Kan's love interest. She doesn't dance but she sees him at school and at the dance studio, where she makes costumes for the kids, yet she doesn't have the courage to even mutter "Hi" to him. Their romance in this book was so cute and sweet. I fell for Ethan pretty hard. But, I wasn't the only one. 

Enter Shelley. Kan's mother works at a hospital and comes home one day with Shelley tagging along behind her. Shelley had just recently lost her mother to cancer and Kan's mother was someone Shelley's mom told her she could count on. So Shelley ends up moving in with them. She starts school with Kan and that is when things start to get weird. She is instantly bad mouthing Kan's friends and putting these very negative thoughts into her head. Shelley wants to be the only person in Kan's world and she will do anything to make that happen. 

Throughout the book there are so many issues that arise. Shelley was messed up beyond ANYTHING. The cruel and manipulative things she did are things I can't even imagine a grown woman doing. And then there was a MASSIVE plot twist at the end of the book. I kind of figured it out but I kept doubting myself because the plot kept moving. I loved the I couldn't flat out guess certain things. This is definitely one suspense/thriller book that everyone needs to check out.

In the end, I really loved this creepy book. I was so happy about the grandmother. I hope Kan can move on from this craziness that happened and live a normal life. I hope her and Ethan stay together, too. There was one thing that happened at the very end. Kan's grandmother gives her something very precious but Kan is such a fricken amazing person that she wants to give the item to its rightful owner even if that person did do A LOT of horrible, illegal things. Kan was such a good person and we could all learn a thing or two from her. The book also had some pretty good messages. The biggest one being, just because you are different from the people around you doesn't mean you don't belong. You just live on the verge and you can end up where ever your heart desires.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.




1) What has been the best and worst parts about becoming an author?
The best part is that my lifelong dream of becoming a published author has come true. Sometimes, I still can't believe that there are people out there (who are unrelated to me) reading my stories...and reacting to them. It means everything to me to be able to share my stories, and I am grateful every day that I have this opportunity. 

The worst part is the rejection. I thought I was rejected a lot before I got published, but it's nothing compared to after publication. The good news is that I'm pretty immune to the negative comments now, but sometimes, one will still sneak through my defenses.   

2) If the world was ending and you could only bring 5 things to Mars(excluding pets, Husband/Wife/SO, children or other breathing things) what would those 5 things be?
  • A notebook and pen. (I'd bring my cell phone -- on which I could type endlessly -- but I don't know if I'd be able to charge it!)
  • The complete collection of Harry Potter books
  • Nam prik kang dong. A Thai spice that consists of fried shrimp, onion, garlic, chili, and tamarind juice. It makes everything taste better.
  • The Hamilton soundtrack.
  • A good pair of running shoes.

3) Out of all of your books, which was your favorite one to write?
Oh, wow. This is a tough one. I think it would have to be FIT TO DIE. This sci fi book doesn't come out until next year, but it was the first book I sold, and I wrote it with pure passion burning inside me. My first book on submission had been roundly rejected, and I wrote this book thinking, "Oh yeah? Well, watch this. I'm going to write a book so good you won't be able to reject me."  

4) If you could be any non-human creature, what would you be?
I would love to be a penguin! I've always had a particular affinity for this animal, and I love how they have one mate for their whole life. 

5) Are you currently working on any new books? 
I am! I'm not sure I can talk about it much yet, as we haven't signed the contract, but it's going to be a sci-fi-ish novel, and I'm super excited about it. We're expecting it to come out early 2019, after FIT TO DIE releases in October of 2018. The companion to FTD, FIT TO BREATHE, comes out October of 2019, and the one I'm working on now is unrelated to any of my series. 



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