Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Narc” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.49  ·  Rating details ·  243 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
“You’re going to hate me forever when you learn my secret.”

When his little sister is caught with a bag of weed, seventeen-year-old Aaron Foster takes the fall. To keep the cops from tearing his family apart, Aaron agrees to go undercover and help bust the dealer who’s funneling drugs into his Miami high school. But making friends with the school’s biggest players isn’t eas
Paperback, 275 pages
Published August 8th 2012 by Flux (first published August 1st 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Narc, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Narc

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've just finished reading this book - like ten minutes ago - and I'm breaking my own rule as you can see (I try not to write a review the same day that I finish the book). I'm sitting here in front of my shitty computer (I really need a laptop!) and trying to say something meaningful about Narc. So, I go and make another mistake - I google the author. And I like her and now I can't write all those shitty things I've been thinking about last night after I've read first half of the book. Like, h ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

I am giving a big round of applause to Criss-Jean Chappell for having the guts to be real here. I greatly appreciated how she handled so many aspects of this story, especially the end.

This is a hard review to write because my feelings vary so widely here. I adored the flawed, dumb teen boy main character who also is an honorable, loving brother and son. In contemp fiction we so often have a flawed male MC designed to swoon us with his bad boy ways, then he evolves into the perfect male that we
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this novel with no expectations. I liked the cover and the first line of the synopsis had me hooked. You're going to hate me forever when you learn my secret. That pulled me into this novel. I was slightly hesitant to read this novel because it's about drugs, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

I enjoyed this no
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
E-galley received from Netgalley for review.

"You're going to hate me forever when you learn my secret"

This sentence practically drew me in. It's very powerful. I would've read the book just for this sentence alone.

In order to protect his younger sister, 17-year-old stoner Aaron Foster is practically forced to become a "narc" and help the cops discover who is dealing drugs to the students of Miami's Palm Hammock High School. This is not easy for him. Previously, he was "human wallpaper" and just
Alyssa Seno-Varga
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
What would you do if you were forced to make a life threatening decision that could hurt your family and friends? How do you think those people would treat you after your decision was made? What if you were forced to choose a side? NARC, by Crissa-Jean Chappell is a very alluring and adventurous book that I would recommend to any teen. People who like high school based novels would love NARC. The author really draws in your attention by her creative writing style and amazing detail of today’s wo ...more
C. Lee McKenzie
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Aaron Foster is stopped for speeding and the cop finds a baggie with weed, Aaron's life takes a major turn . . . and not for the better. To keep from going to jail and making his mom's life more miserable than it already is, he agrees to become a narc. From then on the story is about Aaron's failure as both narc (at least for the most part) and as a boyfriend.

The writing is very strong. I was impressed by the cliche-free chapters that still managed to capture the teen voices. And I enjoyed
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. There have been few times where I have to stop reading a book because I worry about what's happening. Hunger Games after Rue was one. This was another. Not because it was scary or dark, but because there was no one there to worry about Aaron and I worried for him. His mother existed in the sense that she's alive, but other than that, not a parental figure in the least. Had she had a bigger presence in his life, he wouldn't have gone down the road he ended up on.

I feel l
Jennifer Pittman
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
A riveting tale about a teens adventures being a narc for the Narcotics unit in Miami. Aaron must decide between being a narc, him being tried as an adult for possession/going to jail, or his little sister being charged with possession/going to jail. He decides to take what seems to be the lesser of the evils, and becomes a narc. Little does Aaron know, what being a narc involves. He is going from his normal days to having to be more outgoing and hanging out with a crowd that he normally doesn't ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Narc is the brainchild of author, Crissa-Jean Chappell, known for crafting heart-wrenching, emotional and poignant novels regarding the human condition. This novel is no exception. Written from a male POV, which is tricky as it is, Narc embraces the emotional underbelly of society and brings the humanity of all its characters to life. The sparse, haunting prose isn’t flowery or too descriptive. Rather, the emotions, the themes and the pain takes center stage making the story incredibly raw and r ...more
Stacey Conrad
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Aaron--flipped to be an informant after being picked up for drugs.

Morgan--emo/goth girl, dancer who cuts herself; Aaron is interested.

I am buying this for my Ellen Hopkins kids. It's not poetry, but the same type of drama they love. The dialogue and characters feel real. I have met these kids before.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Again, I found Ms. Chappell's writing to be extremely exciting to read and finished her second book in less than a couple of days. Both of the books (the other being Total Constant Order) are written for young people, probably teenagers, but are exciting none the less. Both books lend themselves to a series and I hope that she has a sequel.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
very well written, very romantic and thoughtful. I loved it, after i was done i could not stop thinking about it!
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. Sweet and heartbreaking and very, very realistic.

Review forthcoming.
Anastasia & Amelia
Aug 03, 2012 is currently reading it
Judging the Book by its Cover

We think it's only fair that we state the definition of a narc before we begin our usual "analyses." A narc is a general term used to describe someone who informs the proper authorities when they see others committing illegal deeds. The guy on the cover obviously doesn't look like an adult, so we're assuming he's a teenager. Ohhhhhhh, boy. Where we come from, "narcing" isn't exactly what you want to be known for. In fact "narcing," might just be the worst thing you
Medeia Sharif
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Aaron is torn. He can either be a narc or be thrown into jail after he and his little sister are caught with drugs; he has to protect his sister and he doesn’t want to hurt his new friends, who are taking and dealing drugs. Working as an undercover teen narc, people are onto him. He’s in the midst of speculation and danger. I enjoyed the unique premise—I’ve never read a YA novel about narcs before—and I loved the Miami setting.
Naomi Marroquin
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was one of the best books I've read in months. It is so suspenseful, LOVE.
Once Upon a Twilight
Many know that I jump on any book be it YA or adult when the story is based in Florida or more specifically to Miami. Crissa-Jean does a pretty great job on detailing the locations. It helps visualize the story better when the author helps you picture the locations, people and items that you read in each page. Being from Miami myself, to me its more of a visit home. The smells, noises and people come back to me in full color when I read Narc. So every time her story went somewhere, I felt I was ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Solid 2.5.

When Aaron gets pulled over for speeding and his little sister's caught with a bag of weed in her pocket, the officer makes him a deal: find out who the source of drug distribution is in his high school. Over the course of his duty, Aaron befriends Morgan and Skully, two girls who are themselves heavy into the school's drug culture and who have ties to the source. As soon as Aaron has the source in his sight, he's ready to spill to the police. Except, it's not as easy as it sounds. He'
*I received Narc as a free review copy, in exchange for an honest review.*

First things first, is anyone looking at that cover the way I’m looking at it? I mean there’s not a lot going on with the cover, but it’s enough to make you wonder where that loner kid’s story is going to take us.

Narc is about a guy named Aaron, he’s not the most popular kid in school, and he’s not the smartest. He looks just like the guy on the cover -- alone. Until he’s caught doing twenty over the limit, with his little
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you know about narcotics or drugs in particular? How about the consequences for getting caught with these type of illegal things? Well you will once you're done reading this book. The reason why I say this is because throughout the book seventeen-year-old Aaron Foster goes through certain obstacles for the single mistake he committed and now he has to live with this burden until his job that was given to him is finished. Enabling him to let go of the weight that he is holding on his shoulder ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This book was very different in the sense that it was like nothing else that I have read before.

The premise was completely new to me and I liked that about it. I liked how real it felt, the characters, the storyline and situations. It was gritty and a little raw in details. Very much what I could imagine life would be like for the characters.

I felt bad for Aaron, he was a kid stuck in a really bad situation and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and things just went down hi
Rob Macfarland
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Narc, a teen fiction novel that I highly recommend to anyone reading this who either has kids, nieces, nephews or that wants to transport themselves back to that awkward moment called high school! The gist of the story is that a kid's little sister gets busted with weed and instead of taking her to jail her loner big brother is coerced into coming out of his shell and befriending the cool kids in school because he has become a narc. The novel is witty, humorous, suspensef ...more
Liza Wiemer
NARC by Crissa-Jean Chappell is a powerful novel about a boy named Aaron who gets himself into some serious trouble. I was deeply impressed with how Chappell brought out Aaron's voice, making him a sympathetic, troubled young man who is deeply loyal to family, protective of friends, and caught in the middle of his poor choices from the past and his current desire to make changes in his life. He takes some stupid risks and gets mixed up in some pretty messy things, all involving drugs. This is a ...more
Drake Gerdes
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I truly thought this book was very real and interesting. Most authors have to have a super happy ending and they never really have anything too terrible keep happening to the main character, it always ends up being alright for them. Well Crissa-Jean Chappell was very real in this book. She shows people how hard it is being a teenager by making Aaron stumble and fall and fail over an over again. Don't get me wrong, he still was doing it for his little sister, but it still had the real events that ...more
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book because it talks about how some group of people can change your life in how you think but it all depends on how the people look at you or treat you.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 03, 2014 added it
How did you pick this book?: I picked this book after Mrs. Peters came to our class and gave a short summary of this book.

Significance of the title: The title relates to the main character who has become a narc undercover in order to protect his sister. Its the role that Aaron plays in this book.

Purpose: I think this author wrote this book to tell a story about doing whatever it takes to protect those you care about. In the beginning he was trying to protect his sister, and in the end he was try
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I was so excited for Narc, since I love the cover, and the premise sounded perfect for me. It turned out to be only an okay read for me, though, and I didn't connect with the story like I was hoping I would.

I still love the whole idea of reading about a narc, and the plot is very well-done. Even if I didn't love everything about this book, I did enjoy finding out how something like this would work, how someone would go about setting up a drug bust. The question of whether or not Aaron would go t
Chapter by Chapter
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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 interestin ...more
Waiting For Wentworth
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read Narc because the premise definitely interested me, and I really enjoy reading books from the male's POV. I wondered how being a narc would play out in a high school setting. And I was curious how a boy could go from being 'human wallpaper' to fitting in with the 'in' crowd.

I did actually enjoy the story like I thought I would. At times the writing was good. However, I found most of the book to be rushed and a bit clunky and disjointed. Almost as if Chappell couldn't finish writ
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Ferocity Summer
  • Smashed
  • Lucky Fools
  • Circle of Silence (WiHi, #2)
  • The Waiting Sky
  • The Stone Girl
  • Counting Backwards
  • Under the Bridge
  • Intentions
  • Nothing Special (Stupid Fast, #2)
  • Riding Out the Storm
  •  Death of a Kleptomaniac
  • The Boy Recession
  • I Am Rebecca (I Am Not Esther, #2)
  • In Too Deep
  • Life is But a Dream
  • The Kiss Off (The Kiss Off, #1)
  • The Six (The Gateway Chronicles, #1)
Crissa-Jean Chappell was born in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut young adult novel, TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER (HarperTeen) is a NYPL Book For The Teen Age and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Chappell’s second novel, NARC (Flux Books) is currently optioned for film. MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH (Flux Books) is a Florida Book Awards medalist, which Kirkus calls, "compelling and emotionally nuanced." Ch ...more
More about Crissa-Jean Chappell

Young Adult Deals

  • A History of Glitter and Blood
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1)
    $7.99 $0.99
  • This Is the Story of You
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Steeplejack (Steeplejack #1)
    $8.51 $2.99
  • Don't Get Caught
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • So B. It
    $6.74 $1.99
  • The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Cloaked in Red
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Fire and Bone (Otherborn, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Romeo Catchers (The Casquette Girls #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Black and Green (The Ghost Bird, #11)
    $4.99 $1.49
  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Love, Lucas
    $9.99 $1.99
  • By Your Side
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Challenger Deep
    $9.49 $1.99
  • Mosquitoland
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Girls on Fire
    $8.99 $1.99
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »