Snitch

Snitch

by Allison van Diepen

Paperback(Reissue)

$10.79 $11.99 Save 10% Current price is $10.79, Original price is $11.99. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, November 19

Overview

Julia swore she’d never join a gang—but for Eric, she’ll risk everything. Now in trade paperback with a new cover, a gritty novel from the author of Street Pharm.

Lines are clearly marked at South Bay High School. It’s mixed territory for the Crips and the Bloods, which means the drama never stops.

Julia DiVino wants none of it. No colors, no C-Walks—it’s just not her thing.

But everything changes when Eric Valienté transfers to South Bay and rolls into her life. Lines are redrawn. And then they are crossed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442481657
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 97,561
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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.

Read an Excerpt

Snitch


  • People always make it sound like God is a man. But we’ve got no proof of that.”

    Everybody gasped. Then a few snickers and giggles.

    I felt myself blush, but I hurried on. “The whole idea of God looking like a man is a European concept. Back in Ancient Greece—”

    “You saying God is a girl?” Eddie Evans shouted. “So God’s got titties and a—”

    The class erupted in laughter.

    I kicked my volume up. “No, that’s not what I’m saying. God is not male or female.”

    “So God is a transvestite?” Jay shouted from the back row.

    “Not a transvestite, dumbass, a hermaphrodite,” Cassie said. “That’s when you got a package and a coochie.”

    Ms. Howard’s face reddened. I didn’t know if she was going to pass out or go postal. She yelled at everyone to settle down, but no one paid attention. She turned on me. “Just hand in your paper and sit down. We’ve heard enough.”

    “You’re not gonna let me present it? I spent a lot of time on this.”

    “Too bad you didn’t choose a more appropriate topic.”

    “But this was one of the choices you gave us! It was topic seven—explore how different cultures—”

    “Sit down,” she snapped.

    Knowing when to shut up wasn’t usually a problem for me, but I heard myself saying, “This isn’t fair. You’re the one who assigned the topic.”

    The class went, “Oooooohhhh.”

    “Go to the dean, Julia.”

    The class was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. As everybody watched, I picked up my books and stalked out. You really should have seen her face. She didn’t think that A-student Julia DiVino would dare stand up to her.

    My legs felt like jelly, probably more from the stress of the situation than anything else. Dad was going to kick my ass if he had to take off work to go to a suspension hearing. Or would he be proud that I stuck to my guns? I doubted it.

    I surprised myself by heading toward the bathroom on my way to the dean’s office. I guess I needed a few minutes to let the redness in my cheeks go down.

    Everybody knew Diana the bathroom lady. She was in her forties, with bleached-blond hair and heavy-metal tattoos. Her job was to spend her entire day outside the girls’ bathroom, making sure nothing nasty was happening—no drugs, no fights . . . no suicides.

    “Hey there, baby.” Diana reached out to receive my bathroom pass, but I shook my head.

    “I don’t have one.”

    “Why not?”

    “I’ve been sent to the dean’s office by Ms. Howard, but I want a minute to . . .”

    “Go ahead, sweetie.”

    Our bathrooms were like a mini Brooklyn housing project, littered with trash and covered in graffiti. The graffiti was mostly gang stuff: RLB rock da house, Hermanas Mexicalis is bad bitches, Crab girls got crabs. The worst culprits were the school’s biggest girl gang, the RLB, aka the Real Live Bitches. I’d spent lots of toilet-sittings deciphering their codes. All you needed to know was a little pig Latin and a little Creole and you could crack pretty much any code.

    I splashed cold water on my face and let it spike my lashes and dribble into my eyes. The shock of the water made me feel a bit better. I patted my face dry with scraping brown paper towels, careful not to smear my (thankfully waterproof) mascara. Running my fingers through my hair, I headed out to face the dean, thanking Diana as I left.

    “Holla back!”

    I jumped when I heard the voice behind me. Turned out it was Black Chuck. “Chuck, what up?”

    “I told you, don’t call me Chuck. I’m going by Black now.”

    “What kind of a name is Black?”

    “My kind of name, Ju.”

    I rolled my eyes. “I told you not to call me that. Everybody’s going to think I’m Jewish.”

    “So? Nothing wrong with that, is there?”

    “ ’Course not, but—”

    “No butts. Only asses. So where we going, Ju? Don’t tell me you cutting. Not Miss DiVino. You got a sub in Howard’s class?”

    “Actually, she sent me to see the dean.”

    “Yeah, right.”

    “I’m serious. It’s because I said in my speech that God wasn’t a man and didn’t have a package. She got upset.”

    Black Chuck burst out laughing. “I got you. Well, if they gonna suspend your ass, I’ll walk you down there.”

    “You’re so sweet.”

    He dropped me off outside the office. As he walked away, I shouted over my shoulder, “Your pants are falling down.”

    He shouted back, “Damn right they are!”

    The dean’s office was a large space with about a dozen orange plastic chairs and several connecting rooms. It used to be guidance central, but the admin switched the offices when they realized that more students needed suspensions than programming advice.

    I’d always felt sorry for the poor suckers who got sent here. Today I was one of them, along with a hot Hispanic guy who sat outside Dean Hallett’s door.

    The guy lifted his eyes, meeting mine. I looked away quickly, sitting down two seats away from him. I felt him giving me a once-over before looking back down at his iPod.

    Just my luck, Hallett was on duty today. She was the strictest of the deans. I took a deep breath, wondering what she’d do to me.

    The guy didn’t seem worried. He was nodding his head to his music.

    “Is it too loud?” he asked, removing one of his earbuds.

    “No, it’s fine,” I said without looking at him.

    I was hoping he’d put the earbud back in and go back to minding his business, but he kept looking at me. “So, you in trouble or something?”

    “Well, I am in the dean’s office.”

    “That doesn’t mean anything. I’m just here to get my ID card.” I glanced at him. His smile was smooth, easy.

    “Not me, unfortunately.”

    “I feel you. I’ve been at the dean’s office myself a few times at my old school.”

    Okay, so I had to ask. “What school’s that?”

    “You wouldn’t know it unless you know Detroit.”

    “Detroit, huh? I hear that place is gangsta. Guess you won’t have trouble getting used to Brooklyn.”

    “No trouble at all.”

    “How’d you end up in Brooklyn?”

    But he couldn’t answer, because that’s when Hallett’s door opened. She was a heavyset woman with the shrewd eyes of a criminal prosecutor.

    “Hi, Eric. Come on in.” Her eyes landed on me. “Was there something I could help you with, Julia?”

    “Uh, well . . . Ms. Howard wanted me to speak to you.”

    “All right. I’ll see you in a few minutes.” She let Eric into her office and closed the door.

    I sighed. Wait until she found out why I was there.

  • Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    See All Customer Reviews

    Snitch 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Snitch by Allison van Diepen was a page turner, a book you couldn¿t put down. It about Julia DiVino, a 16 year old girl who wants nothing to do with the gang banging or drama. But when Eric Valienté, a new Hispanic student at South Bay High comes into her life, everything changes, from her friends and family, to what she wears around school. This book affected me because it was so suspenseful and it was a real page turner. Also it caught my attention because it¿s not like other books you would read because it is a lot like real life and it make you feel like you are one of the characters yourself. I think this book would make an excellent movie. If you like the type of books that have gangs, drama, action, suspense, and a little love to top it off, this would be the book for you. Also another great book would be Street Pharm also by Allison van Diepen. As you read Snitch book, my advice would be don¿t stop reading because it will keep you thinking.
    I of course gave this book 5 of 5 stars!
    qeoo-_ More than 1 year ago
    Can't put this book down , its so interesting. I want to know what happens next whenever i attempt to put the book down.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is a major page turner . I love this book so much , as soon as you pick up the book , you will not be able to put it down .  I love how it tells you both the good and bad that can come out of being in a gang , and it tells how when you think that you are in love with someone at any point in time , you must know them and not trust blindly . I cannot stop reading this book . Allison Van Diepen has outdone herself this time . 
    BluemilkChopsticks More than 1 year ago
    Aliison Van Diepen kept me hooked on this book and when i showed it to my friend they loved it too. this book is the best raven is good street phram is awesome but this one is the best READ IT!! THE BEST!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was amazing and totally worth the money! If you like Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry series you will love this book! It shows what its like being surrounded by gangs and the consequenses of being in one. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about romance, gangs, and teen drama this book is perfect. It was a great book and if anyone says its bad they have lied to you. I completely loved it and am going to read it again for the second time in a row! Buy this book NOW!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was amazing! Totally different then any more book I've read before. Theres drama,action,romance and suspense. I love this book so much and its probably my favorite book ever. i recommend it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ! finished it in one day. I couldn't put it down! I recommended it to all my friends! And they never read but they were hooked too! 
    roguelibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Plot: Julia goes to a school controlled by gangs. Even one of her oldest friends, Black Chuck, is a Crip. But Julia decided a long time ago that she would stay neutral. Everything changes when she meets the new kid, Eric. He¿s gorgeous and everyone wants him but he seems to be only interested in Julia. Things are perfect until Eric suddenly joins the Crips. Julia follows him deeper into the world of gangs, one which is more dangerous than she ever imagined.I haven¿t read much street lit and I know very little about street gangs (I admit it, I¿m a white girl who grew up on Canadian military bases) so I can¿t say how well Van Dieppe captured this world. She certainly describes it well enough to make it seem real. I¿m a bit wary of the amount of slang she uses. It seems to work (though again I don¿t know the street) but the problem with slang is that it can go out of date quickly. Still, I understand that this is a convention of the genre.The novel doesn¿t glamorize gangs and the culture surrounding it but neither is it preachy. You can understand why people like Black Chuck or Eric might join a gang, and the codes of behaviour that they follow. The book is also fast paced and exciting with short chapters and a lot of dialogue. Even someone who isn¿t a big reader can enjoy it.I actually met Van Diepen when I got this book and Raven. She spoke quite eloquently about street lit and working in a Brooklyn high school much like this one. I think she has a very good understanding of girls like Julia and she is very serious about trying to reach them.
    SandySurfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    It was by far the best book I ever read i could not set it down it was filled with actoin and exitment!
    FMB_08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    The book that I read was called Snitch by Allison van Diepen.It was a really good book.The main character was Julia Divino.This book took place in the school.This girl had a big crush on a boy,they had met in school.After awhile when they got to know each other they went out.Then things happened.This book was gang related.If people like gang stuff they should read it.Yes I do recommend this book to people.I think everyone should give this book a try.
    SamanthaDellea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This book was deffantly an amazing book. I was so drawn to it. It was very eaisy reading and you just couldn't put it down!!! I would recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book to read. My only dislike about it is that it ended!!!
    BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Allison Van Diepen is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I look forward to continuing this series. This was a fascinating and terrifying glimpse into gang and violence that are in our young adults lives. This was the story of a young girl that finds a boy that seems to have it all figured out. Although, things start becoming a lot more complicated. Julie finds herself faced with some troubling decision, and the consequences lead to more difficult decisions. Will Julie be able to figure it all out before it is too late.
    Hawa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    SNITCH IS A GREAT BOOK ABOUT GANGS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND THIS GOOD GIRL CALLED JULIE DIVINO N HER FRIENDS,SHE LIKED A NEW BOY AT SCHOOL CALLED ERIC WHO MOVED FROM DETROIT.THE STORY TELLS YOU ABOUT HOW THE SCHOOL WAS ALL ABOUT GANGS GROUPS AND HAVING BEEF WITH EACHOTHER BUT THERE WAS THIS GIRL WHO DIDNT WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE GANGS ALL SHE WANT WAS EDUCATION AT SCHOOL BUT ONE DAY THE TEACHER(M.S HORWARD) SENT HER TO THE DEAN'S OFFICE (SUSPENSION ROOM) THERE SHE MET THE NEW BOY.THEY DIDNT TALK MUCH BUT HE CAUGHT HER ATTENTION BECAUSE HE WAS SO NICE N CUTE!...DAT WAS ERICJULIE TOLD HER FRIEND Q ABOUT THE BOY N Q COULDNT WAIT TO SEE WHO WAS ERIC JULIE'S CRUSH....JULIE AND FRIEND WHEN TO THE SCHOOL PARTY, JULIE KNEW ERIC WAS GOIN TO BE THERE SO HER N HER FRIENDS WHEN TO THE FLOOR N DANCE ALL ATTENSION ON THEM......SHE COULDNT SEE HIM BUT ERIC APPEARED BEHIND HER SAYING HELLO TO HER....ANYWAYS AM GOING TO STOP BEFORE I START TYPING THE WHOLE BOOK ...SNITCH IS A FANTASTIC BOOK I HAD FUN READING IT EVERN THOUGH AM NOT A BIG FAN OF READING BOOKS BUT THIS BOOK JUST MADE ME REALIZE WHAT I WAS MISSING..I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO MY FRIENDS N MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE TO READ IT, MOSTLY HIGHSCHOOLERS
    tinkerbell1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This book Snitch is by Allison van Diepen.This story is about a girl named Julia who attends South Bay High School.South Bay High School`s run by two gangs known as the Crips and the Bloods. Julia is an A student who lives with her dad.Julia and her friend Q made a Pact in seventh grade that they will not join a gang, but that changes when she meets Eric Valiente.Eric started talking to Julia and they went to dances and kept in touch with each other They started going out and Julia¿s friends were happy with her.But Julia didn¿t know why Eric wanted to go out with her.I recommend this book to the readers because it¿s an interesting because there¿s a conflict between two gangs and the things they got to do to be admitted into the gang.
    BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    At first, I was finding it to be a surprisingly okay read, but I just got sick of it by the fiftieth page. I flipped ahead and discovered the main plot points that might have been interesting if I cared about the characters, but I don't. Julie DiVino is pretty much just annoying. Eric is almost interesting, but not enough to save the book.Plus, the writing is just bad. It's not the worst I've seen, and it's not horrendous or anything, but it's not good. Snitch just wasn't worth finishing.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a great book. I loved it and i couldnt put it down. I reccomend this book to anyon who is trying to find their way out the gang and find love.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I'll pay what you wish if you spy on Lily at Oliver Twist. Get close with her, and make her trust you, then figure out three things: one, if she is part of SHEILD, two, how she got the scar on the base of her throat, and three, if she likes Malcom. Thanks.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I guess not.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Such an amazing book if youre a teen and not really into reading this is one book that will get back into it. I loved this book i couldnt put it down every chance i got i was reading. Cant wait to start on the other books!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago