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Snitch Paperback – November 27, 2007
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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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Julia finds herself in the crosshairs while at a party when she tips off her current ex on a rival Blood gang to ambush him. This sets off a firestorm within the school and the streets when Julia recognizes the ones she once called her friends are now her enemies. Julia knows that also she can't stay neutral between the rival gangs anymore so she makes an epic decision that is a turning point within the story. Eric is afraid of what consequences Julia has taken on, but willing to stand by her no matter the cost, especially since the two have reunited. Can their love survive or will gang culture get the best out of the two?
My impression on book -- pretty decent read for the most part. It's a fast paced read with a twist. It doesn't start getting interesting for me until mid-way into the climax into its falling action. I will for be reading Ms. Diepen's 'Street Pharm' downline since I've heard good things about it.
Rating - 3.5/5.0
It discusses the life of urban teens the pressure to join gang culture, especially in a city like New York, but there is so much more to this story. It has love and betrayal, and so many lessons about what true friendship means (and how to deal with friendships that don't work out).
It is fast-paced and full of action and twists and turns. There are some salty bits, so I would say best for advanced 7th/8th grade readers on up, but that would be up to the parents/teacher.
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.