Review of The Traz by Eileen Schuh

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Katrina is thirteen, an orphan, grieving and alone. But she is more than that. She’s intelligent, beautiful, wealthy, and intrigued by the dangers of street life. Shrug’s a giant of a man with a voice of thunder and eyes of granite. He has tattoos, a leather jacket with The Traz gang patch, and a motorbike. When he asks Katrina if she wants a ride, she makes a decision that will change her life forever. Katrina quickly discovers the violent and horrifying side of life on The Traz compound. But there is no way for her to escape until she meets Chad—an undercover cop with rich brown eyes, a gentle chuckle, and a plan to get Katrina safely out of the clutches of the gang. However, there’s a problem…somebody is keeping dangerous secrets from them both. THE TRAZ is as daring, raw, and spirited as the young heroine. It’s exhilarating entertainment but it also contains a vital message for those on the cusp of maturity and for the adults who guide them. THE TRAZ is released with a Teaching Guide to give youngsters, parents, educators, law enforcers, and other community leaders an opportunity to discuss and explore the darkness that at-risk teens are both facing and fleeing.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I felt that it had lots of potential and was well-written, but I was also slightly bored at times. It was very slow at first, but picked up in later pages. Unfortunately, it was also very predictable. It’s worth a read, and is a short read, but I wouldn’t expect too much excitement or anything from it.



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