by Eileen Schuh
Katrina is an underage genius who has suffered loss. A crappy home-life which she occasionally found respite from in the company of her loving Grandparents who took it upon themselves to teach her wondrous things and armor the best weapon a human can possess, their brain.
On her own at puberty she lives with a motorcycle gang for a year, doing the bidding of the gang-leader who helps her to understand that she is worthwhile and deserving of respect.
This book is part of the Backtracker series and only the beginning. I expect great things of Katrina in the next books. The Traz is a suitable YA read probably from ages 14 and up as it covers topics related to drugs, alcohol (a drug), sex (the desires for not the act of) and violence (allusions, not explicit). I hope these aren’t viewed as spoilers because what I’m trying to say here is that parents of teenagers should not dissuade their kids from reading this book. I recommend this book.