Author: Crissa-Jean Chappell
Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Flux Boos
Rating: 3 Stars
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. -Goodreads
This story has been told countless times in YA. Boy on the fringes of teen social scene gets put in a rock and hard place position, (this one with drugs) boy finds himself in new circles, with new friends and love interests. Boy starts to like new people and places and doesn't like his decision to betray new friends. Yada...yada....
Aaron was the best part of this book. His discovery or should I say realization that the rich "haves" that everybody thinks have everything are just kids, like himself, doing whatever they feel that they have to to fit in.
The anguish that he feels in relation to carrying out his undercover assignment is palpable and seems to build the closer one gets to the end of the book.
It gets really easy to feel sorry for the whole lot of them; even though you now that they all got themselves into the situations.
The strange, and most redeeming thing about this read is the fact that it ends on a hopeful note. After all the dirt that is done in this book, one is very grateful for this sliver of happy.