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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416950303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The deal was no gangs. Ever since seventh grade, Julia and her friends have determined not to allow the gang-permeated culture of Sheepshead Bay High School to ruin their futures. But that resolve wavers after Julia falls in love with newcomer Eric, a Crip, and joins the gang herself. She feels protected by the Crips, but drugs, sex, and violence are rampant, and when Eric begins to lie to her, Julia’s carefully planned future dims. The author of Street Pharm (2006) exposes another teenage counterculture, realistically depicting the world of the gangbanger and the insidious nature of lifelong protection, with no escape. Julia and Eric are poignant, authentic characters in a continuously looping, real-life tragedy. Although their stories offer hope, their friends are not so lucky. Snitch presents an important object lesson for today’s teens. Grades 7-10. --Frances Bradburn

About the Author

Allison van Diepen is the author of Street Pharm, Snitch, Raven, and Takedown. She teaches at an alternative high school in Ottawa, Canada. Visit her at AllisonvanDiepen.com.

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The characters were well written and unpredictable.
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I will check out more books by Allison van Diepen now that I've read this one.
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I was able to read it in one day and not put it down!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Julia and her friends try to stay clear of the gangs that run rampant in her Brooklyn high school. Up until the day that Eric Valiente shows up, she has succeeded. A chance encounter in the dean's office on Eric's first day brings the two of them together.

Julia is instantly attracted to the hot new student, but she's never been the type of girl to score a guy like him. At a school dance, however, Eric makes the first move on Julia, and they quickly become an item.

But Eric has secrets of his own that he's not willing to share. Before long, he has become a member of the Crips gang. This goes against everything Julia believes, and soon, she breaks up with him. But one night at a club, she hears that a rival gang is going to jump Eric. With a subtle warning to Eric, life changes for Julia.

Overnight, she is considered a snitch and loses all of her friends. For her own protection, and against Eric's pleadings, she asks to join the Crips, as well.

Once a Crip always a Crip. At least until the night that the leader of the gang and some of his lieutenants are busted in a raid. All eyes turn to Julia and Eric as the snitches. Can it be happening to her again?

Ms. Van Diepen writes a powerful novel of the struggles to avoid the attraction of inner city gangs. Julia is a strong, independent character who tries valiantly to avoid the politics that goes on in her community. Only when it comes to her own protection does she have to reevaluate where she stands. The story moves quickly and is quite griping and gritty in its details.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shelly on February 14, 2009
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This was an interesting read for me. I teach in an urban environment and I know that some of my students are involved in gang life. I think this book did a great job of allowing someone to see the reasons why a person would become involved in a gang. Diepen reveals both the risks and the benefits of gangdom in this novel and she shares a glimpse of urban life in general. I thought some of the slang in this book was a little over used, but overall she captured the essence of a real teenage girl. I thought the romance plot was good, but it got a little serious too quickly for me. The characters were acting like they were absolutely in love without justification for it. I would have liked to see the romance develop a little more slowly, but perhaps this is where I am being old and stuffy.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Henstra on December 3, 2007
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Julia Divino is a good girl, not squeaky clean but good. she's an A student with plans for college, and she vowed a years ago never to join a gang. Julia has friends in the life and that's as close as she wants to get.

Eric Valiente, Julia's dream guy. They meet he likes her, they'er togeather and it's amazing. Julia's falling fast and hard. but when Eric gets jumped in everything goes wrong. Julia is faced with choices and decisions that she never imagined having to make, and what happens when Eric turns out not to be who he says he is?

This is my First Van Diepen book, so I didn't know what to expect, and I only have two small complaints, 1 Julia has a tendency to get preachy which gets agravating at times. And 2 Given the teaser for Snitch I anticipated a harder edgier storyline. It was still a really decent read though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dahliasbooks on July 15, 2010
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My 10th grade English intervention students loved this. I read it myself and enjoyed it. Does contain lots of references to drugs, sex, gangs, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Savannah on March 6, 2012
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This book was definitely one of the best books I've read in a long time. It keeps you in suspense the whole time making it unresistable. I was unable to put it down and read its 295 pages in two days. A very good book and does not turn out the way you would think. I would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm VINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
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Snitch is a powerful, intriguing, and fast-paced novel. I quickly learned that the storyline was highly addictive where I literally finished the book in one day! Julia was a great character, she was strong willed and fearless. I was amazed at her courage and determination to not let a school full of gang members ruin her chances of college. I wouldn't be able to go to South Bay High School because you were under a microscope on a daily basis. If you looked at someone wrong or wore the wrong "color" it was an invitation to a deadly beating. As I read, Allison's writing came alive and I felt like I was on the streets of Brooklyn. Also, it does help that I actually know most of the places and areas mentioned in the book. Even though most of these places aren't as scary as they were portrayed in the story. So, Brooklyn isn't all gun shootings and gangs, just want to make that clear :) I live in a good Brooklyn neighborhood so I should know...

Now, the other character that I liked was Eric, Julia's boyfriend. He was an interesting character but also very influential with Julia. The moment he came into her life everything changed and I didn't agree with Julia's decisions at that point. Allison also surprised me with a shocking outcome at the end of the book. I seriously wasn't expecting it! But, I do need to warn my young readers that their is curse words left and right. They seem to all have potty mouths. Overall, a great read with interesting insight into gangs in schools.
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