Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell

Super excited to see this one published in a few days!!  This book is great at showing what teens are like and what a teen feels when thrown in an adult situation.  It’s gritty but great and a good read!  Definitely worth reading.

Title: Narc

Author: Crissa-Jean Chappell

Publisher: Flux

Summary (by Goodreads):

“You’re going to hate me forever when you learn my secret.”

Seventeen-year-old stoner Aaron Foster was offered a choice: go to jail or turn undercover narc to find the dealer who’s funneling drugs into Miami’s Palm Hammock High School. But Aaron has never been good at getting close to people. He’s human wallpaper, a stoner wastecase who’s obsessed with video games and street magic.

With a cop from Narcotics breathing down his neck, Aaron gets himself invited to parties where the deals go down. To get close to the school’s biggest players, Aaron lies to everyone–most of all, the cute but troubled Morgan Baskin. With the Everglades party on Halloween night–and a planned drug bust there–just days away, Aaron realizes that he’s falling hard for Morgan . . . and trying to protect her could cost him everything.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: This was a book from NetGalley.  It was given to me to read and review for free; I am not getting paid for this review.  This is my honest and true opinion.  That being said, thank you to Flux for letting me read and review this book!!  Everyone else, look for it to be released NEXT Wednesday!!!

Aaron gets pulled over one night for running a red light and a cop finds weed in the car…actually on his younger sister.  When forced between seeing his sister go to jail or help the cops find who is supplying his school with drugs, Aaron chooses to become an undercover narc.  Aaron soon has to choose between his newly made friends and the local law and finds that the right thing is hard to do.

Aaron makes friends with some new people; mainly 2 girls, Skully and Morgan.  Skully’s parents are filthy rich but have no time for her or her diabetic brother; so she lives in her own mansion and throws parties all the time.  Morgan’s step-mom has convinced her that she was too fat and needed to be a size zero…ever since then she’s been trying to fix herself with drugs and cutting.

Aaron’s father was killed overseas in Iraq while taking pictures of soldiers.   This leaves his mother, who is barely home to notice anything going on, with him trying to take care of things while looking over his little sister.  Poor guy!  So he truly feels alone in anything he does and feels like there’s no one to talk to.

I loved how conflicted Aaron got over friends and family.  Even though he knows what needs to be done in order to keep his family together, the friends he’s made need help and getting them sent to jail doesn’t sit right with him.  The author does a great job showing how putting kids in an adult situation doesn’t always mean it’s a black and white issue…there are many shades of grey.

I’m normally not big on contemporary books, but I really did enjoy the book, the characters, and the dilemmas.

Myst~

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3 responses to “Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell

    • Hahaha! It is rather depressing…there are some funny moments, but he just has horrible luck throughout the book. I guess the only “up” is that he doesn’t end up dead at the end… Does that count?

  1. This book reminds me of a trilogy I read: Wake, Fade, and Gone. All three books are by Lisa McMann. It’s about a girl who has the ability to go into people’s dreams, but she can’t control it. Eventually, she gets sucked into the narc business when she meets a boy named Caleb. It’s rather dark, but it’s really good.

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