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Light of Day
     

Light of Day

by Allison van Diepen
 

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From the author of On the Edge and Snitch comes a dangerous, sexy novel perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles. With romance, action, and realistic friendships, this is a gripping story about finding out where you belong, discovering the power to make a difference, and finding true love along the way.

When Gabby Perez is almost drugged at a nightclub,

Overview

From the author of On the Edge and Snitch comes a dangerous, sexy novel perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles. With romance, action, and realistic friendships, this is a gripping story about finding out where you belong, discovering the power to make a difference, and finding true love along the way.

When Gabby Perez is almost drugged at a nightclub, she decides to take action. Teaming up with a mysterious stranger known as X, the two go after a gang that's drugging and kidnapping innocent girls off the Miami streets and forcing them into prostitution. As their search deepens, Gabby and X can't ignore their undeniable attraction to each other. Then Gabby discovers the truth about who X really is and the danger that surrounds him. Can their love survive the light of day?

Light of Day is set in the same world as On the Edge (readers will recognize some of their favorite characters in this book) and features a diverse cast.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, December 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 5) - Judith Hayn
Gabby Perez is sampling the Miami club scene when Raul, a local pimp/street hustler/procurer of young girls, spikes her friend Maria’s drink. The handsome, mysterious X warns Gabby of the danger in time to save both teens. Gabby, a senior, broke up with the most popular guy at St. Anthony’s Catholic High and is now paying the price when her former friends believe JC’s nasty innuendos about her and their relationship. She finds another group to hang out with in the members of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Club and endures several adventures in the psychic arena. Gabby is also completing an internship at WKTU as a Sunday night deejay; here she can use her on-air platform to share her experience with others to raise awareness of the teen slavery racket. Gabby’s growing infatuation for X is based on the assumption that he is an undercover cop, and she joins up with him to help find Bree, a former friend who has disappeared into the teen prostitute underworld in the streets of Miami. The novel is taut with suspense, violence, and sexual tension. As with Van Diepen’s other books, the language is understated despite the gritty scenes and situations. The reader will root for Gabby and X to see if their love can survive his identity when real danger occurs. Reviewer: Judith Hayn; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-08-05
An outspoken young radio host teams up with a brave-but-secretive stranger to solve a missing-girl mystery. Senior Gabby Perez is no naïve wallflower, but when a seedy club-goer sneaks roofies in her best friend's drink, it takes a hot, blue-eyed, square-jawed stranger to warn her to get away. A young Miami radio personality, Gabby uses her weekly show, Light Up the Night, to discuss what (almost) happened and thank the handsome stranger who came to the rescue. The following week, the mystery guy, who goes by "X," waits for her at the radio station and cautions her that she's getting involved in a dangerous sex-trafficking situation. Gabby suspects X is an undercover cop, and the two attempt to get the scumbag off the streets. As Gabby and X's chemistry becomes undeniable, she must deal with uncomfortable truths about his past and a kidnapping case involving a friend. Meanwhile, at home, Gabby struggles with rigid parents who seem to care more about why she broke up with her perfect ex than her talent as a DJ. Van Diepen returns to her On the Edge (2014) world—the tough streets of Miami—for another exciting story that delivers with a central relationship full of twists and surprising depth. Readers who like their romance on the gritty side will fall for van Diepen's steamy thriller. (Thriller. 14-18)
Booklist
“The tangle of love and danger is reminiscent of Simone Elkeles’ PERFECT CHEMISTRY”
Resource Links Magazine
“Messages about having confidence in who you are, listening to your heart and your gut, establishing both intimacy and identity are excellent and far from didactic in the fast-paced narrative.”
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Simone Elkeles
Praise for ON THE EDGE: “Heart-pounding, romantic and suspenseful. I loved it!”
CM Magazine
“LIGHT OF DAY is a fast moving read, with lots of action related in the sassy, snappy voice of the main character.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062303479
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/24/2015
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
407,978
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Allison van Diepen is the author of Street Pharm, Snitch, Takedown, On the Edge, and other novels for teens. Her books have been named ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and NYPL Books for the Teen Age. She lives with her family in Ottawa, Canada, where she also teaches high school.

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