September 3, 2012

Review of Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell


“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.

Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Publication Date: August 8, 2012
Publisher:  Flux
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I wasn’t sure what to expect from the novel Narc by author Crissa-Jean Chappell.  In all honesty, the description/synopsis had me both interested and at the same time nervous.  I’m a teenager, I like to thing of myself as a very intelligent one because I am so against the use of drugs and illegal substances, so the idea of reading a story about a character who has used drugs in the past and is now forced to find a drug dealer and rat him out the cops definitely caught my eye.  It sounded interesting and when the story began I found myself actually very into the story.

Narc as I just said, is the story about our main character Aaron Foster who accepts the offer from a cop to be a snitch in exchange for not going to jail.  By doing so, Aaron has to attempt to become one of the popular people in his high school and smoke out the drug dealer (no pun intended).  While he does this, Aaron makes friends with people who he thinks are suspects  or people who can lead him to the drug dealer.  The story is split up into three parts.  Each part revolves around Aaron as he continues to lie to the people around him about who he is and what his motives are.  Throughout all of this, Aaron also begins to fall in love with a troubled girl named Morgan who Aaron hates having to lie to.

Narc begins with the main character Aaron getting chased by a police car with his little preteen sister and is pulled over.  The officer discovers that his sister was carrying a bag of weed on her and the story sets off from there.  Readers will get to watch as Aaron goes from a nobody to suddenly one of the more popular people in his high school.  They get to see what his home life is like after the death of his father, who was a photographer in the army, and see the emotional war going on inside of Aaron as he deals with the conflict inside of him that comes with lying to Morgan.

I enjoyed the romance between Morgan and Aaron just because I felt like Aaron was one of those pretty good boyfriend examples that you can in YA novels.  He’s openly caring for her well-being and at the same time beats himself up about lying to her.  And the lying plays a pretty big role because Morgan’s very insecure,  whenever Aaron lies it’s pretty obvious and I personally thought that it hurt her when she knew that he was lying to her.  In Narc, you get a wide array of characters from slutty popular girls to an independent character like Skully.

I thought that everything in Narc was pretty decent.  It had the right amount of action, drama and of course romance.  I don’t have many complaints about the novel, it’s just that I found that it was missing a lot of detailing.  You mostly get to see what Aaron’s thinking as opposed to knowing what the setting around him is like.  Some readers may not like the vulgar language used in the novel, but it’s nothing too risqué.  I would recommend Narc to fans of addiction stories, YA romance and readers who want a quick and dramatic read.

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  1. Leigh

    Great review! Maybe I’ll try this one. I’ve never read anything about a high school drug dealer before, only watched it.

  2. Eileen

    Awesome review! I kind of wish I bought Narc when I met Chrissa because it sounds so poignant and good :) And also as a teen, I’m pretty against using drugs but I like the whole concept of this and I’m gad the romance was good too! :)

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