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Thirteen-year-old Katrina is no squeaky-clean heroine: thanks to a tumultuous home life, she's already deeply embedded in the underworld, privy to, and participating in, drug deals and other shady activity. Katrina is a genius, far smarter than other kids her age, and she doesn't fit in - she prefers the excitement of the wheeling and dealing on the street to the bullying she gets at school. An inheritance from her maternal grandfather has made her wealthy, and his teachings about computers have helped Katrina get a finger on the pulse of the burgeoning cybercrime movement that accompanies the rise of the Internet (the books are set in the early '90s). Despite the inattention of her preoccupied father and alchoholic mother, Katrina gets by on her intelligence and clever subterfuge, until her relationship with her much-older boyfriend takes a bad turn, and sudden tragic circumstances make her an orphan. Alone, overcome with grief, and uncertain where to turn, Katrina is taken under the protection of a biker named Shrug, and is instantly plunged into the world of the biker gang The Traz.
Of course, everyone within The Traz has their own agenda and Katrina finds she must constantly walk a tightrope to survive. Secrets, lies and betrayals of trust are par for the course - no one is quite who they seem, even Katrina herself, who is at times a highly vulnerable little girl and others, a mature woman full of dark, powerful wisdom. (I was particularly drawn to Katrina's knowledge of woodland plants and their uses, lore she learned from her paternal grandmother. The legacy of her grandparents is an integral theme, offering a stark contrast to Katrina's "family ties" to The Traz). When undercover cop Chad infiltrates the gang and enters Katrina's world, things really heat up - could there be life outside the gang for Katrina?
Schuh's deft, tight writing doesn't give the reader much room to breathe: the action and dialogue are visceral, relentless, and blisteringly fast. The language is "street" and very strong - there is absolutely nothing sanitized about this book, which makes it all the more relevant. The addition of a study guide will be helpful for educators, parents, and teens, as this is a book that simply BEGS to be discussed.
In all innocence and misguided belief a gang's word is its honourable oath she's drawn into a close-knit circle, but nothing is quite what it seems. In deep by her own volition and suddenly aware of her own failings can she get out and resume sense of normality? Not knowing which way to turn for help in her plight, an undercover cop gives new hope but is he what he seems? Has Katrina lost her chance at happiness and of that which she craves most: love and true friendship? This is a hard-hitting novel and no shirking on the grim reality of stepping to the wrong side of the street and that of the laws of the land.
Working in law enforcement I see a lot of things and Schuh managed to write a wonderful book deeply rooted in truth and reality. For me, it was a psychological glimpse of how teens get trapped in a life of crime. But it was also a book about the certain choices we make in our lives, both teen and adult alike.
I also teach intro criminology at the local community college and may add this as required reading for my students.
I honestly jumped from the couch when I read the words, THE END, then calmed myself down when I realized The Traz is part of a series of books that will be later published. Whew!
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I was torn on how to rate this book.