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Author: Jeremy Craig
ISBN: 0738714445
Language: English
Pages: 226 pages
Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (June 8, 2009)
Rating: 4.1
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. He could have saved them. Jeremy Craig is a graduate student in the film program at Columbia University in New York City. The Straits is his first novel.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. When a hurricane ripped through Florida last year.

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He could have saved them.

When a hurricane ripped through Florida last year, it leveled high school student Jim Beauregard's house―while his mom and sister were trapped inside.

Now "home" is a FEMA trailer, shared with his overweight and disabled aunt. Facing eviction, Jim's got to earn enough money for a new place, fast. But when he loses his construction job after being duped by his nemesis, Hollis Mulwray, Jim's got nothing left. Only by joining an underground poker gambling ring does he see a glimmer of hope―in a roomful of dangerous (and possibly crazy) older men.

But more could be at stake than he realizes.

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I was so pleased with this book, and would like for the author to write a sequel. I could "see" the characters and locale, and that is a good indication for me that this author has obvious talent!
After a hurricane took the life of both his sister and his mother, Jim Beauregard now resides in a FEMA trailer with his aunt Mel. When Jim is fired after his arch-enemy sets him up and with FEMA placing The Straits under eviction, Jim's only hope is cards. Though participating in an illegal underground poker ring may be risky, Jim has no choice. Can one simple hand of Hold 'Em Texas get Jim enough money to survive eviction and even get Hollis Mulwray off his back for good? Or is there something more important at risk here?

The Straits was an Ace read, not to mention there was a Full House of spectacular characters. Not only was it an edgy story of a guy living in a hurricane-depressed neighborhood who also constantly gets a bad reputation; but the story of letting go of self-blame. (Oh, yeah and I always wondered what really happened to all those people who lost their homes and were supposedly helped by FEMA.)
The book's settings leaped right out of the pages and into your mind. Jim and other important character's backgrounds were easily told in just a few short chapters leaving plenty of room for the emotional side of the story. Even though Jim's situations were not always pleasant, the storyline was absorbing: the characters, the poker games, the local teen hangout, the mysterious trailer, and the best ending you could ever hope for. I knew Hollis would get what was coming to him sooner or later, but what did happen was the best play yet.
You know what I truly liked about this book? The Straits was written so smoothly, it was like watching an actual movie in your head-even down to the last little camera shot detail. Since the author is a graduate student in a film program at Colombia University, welp, maybe someday The Straits will really come to life.... on the big screen.
Overall The Straits was a brilliant emotional journey of letting go, and one heck of a poker game.

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary, Tragedy, Drama
Age Group: YA, ages 14+ Content: Some language, drinking
Personally Enjoyed It: 4/5 Rating (based on content): 3/5
If only his aunt had listened to the hurricane warnings. And if only he would have been more careful while looking out for his kid sister. Then Jim Beauregard's life wouldn't be so complicated.

After losing his home and his mother and sister, Jim finds himself living in a trailer with his Aunt Mel, trying to not get evicted. Jim's life continues to worsen as he loses his job by listening to orders from the same guy who got him expelled from school.

With no income on either his or Aunt Mel's part, Jim must find a way to make some quick cash. His last resort is to turn to his friend Jackson's addiction, cards. Jim has always been good at playing cards, even though it has gotten him into all sorts of trouble.

Thrown into a world of numbers, gambling, and loan sharks, Jim must survive while not getting busted by the cops or his aunt - or cheated by his opponents. And, of course, he needs to come away from all this with a little more than just breaking even.

Toss in some light humor, a little romance with the usual girl-out-of-his-league type character, Kathy, and plenty of action and card terminology, and Jeremy Craig creates a novel that will make guys want to read. The story is fast-paced and the characters are all unique and extremely crazy.

THE STRAITS is a great read that can be finished in one sitting, but you're going to want to read it again!

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
The Straits is driven by familiar themes of adolescent struggle and yearning, but it engages these themes freshly through a nuanced, compelling narrator and a contemporary concern with place (the Gulf Coast, in this case). As he shuttles himself around a damaged, recognizably post-Katrina landscape---FEMA trailers, abandoned homes, mildewy stenches---Jim Beauregard demonstrates an intense alertness to details. Speaking of his beloved game of poker, he says "the smallest things---an indiscriminate glance, a move of the hand, a twitch---send the biggest signals" (22), but this also describes how Jim engages with everything he encounters. That assertion---that small things matter---is also Craig's central thesis in The Straits, and although that theme periodically receives explicit attention, it is to Craig's great credit (and the novel's benefit) that he chiefly works to elaborate the theme implicitly within and through the keen mind of his narrator.

Throughout the novel, we witness Jim's almost compulsive attention to concrete particulars, associations in memory, even to quirks of language. Such details may or may not have any discernible consequence in Jim's life or in The Straits' plot, but through them Craig invests his writing with a complex, believable texture, a rich ambiguity lacking in much YA lit (e.g., Stephanie Meyers, to cite one easy target).

In such abovementioned vigilance, and also in his world-weariness and recurrent sarcasm ("I was working for about an hour before Hollis Mulwray ruined my perfectly forgettable day by showing up" 23), Jim comes across as a kind of teenage hard-boiled detective---think Phillip Marlowe---who, instead of tracing the threads of some external mystery, must navigate the failures and convolutions in his own urgent circumstances. In this regard, The Straits could be said to resemble The Catcher in the Rye. Jim, like Holden Caulfield, is tough, stoic, sarcastic, and shrewd: a prototypical adolescent male, the teenager as "troubled existential wayfarer." However, Jim is more sympathetic than Holden. His toughness is so evidently tied up with the trauma (witnessing the death of his mother and sister) that he has suffered, that he is repressing. Jim's no "sap," but he does show signs of being vulnerable and conflicted; his narration betrays buried hesitations and anxieties, in spite of himself.

As one reviewer says, the novel does meander and does perhaps verge on melodrama at times, but these are mostly conscientious authorial decisions, not the results of negligence or inept planning. The novel's true subject is not the immediate drama of winning the girl and a few big hands of poker, but Jim's larger crisis: dealing with trauma, loss, and unjust, frustrating realities. So the drift of the book---desultory and then drawing forcefully to a climax---suits this focus. I would quibble with the reader who described the ending as "decidedly forced." I might say just "deliberately arranged," the latter third of the book finally allowing the action to rise, key elements to converge, and latent troubles to be faced (at least partly, or incipiently). Things do wrap up at the end---sort of---but the final twists and turns are still surprising, and we are left with just as much ambiguity as clarity. Craig, like his protagonist, rejects the dream of resolution via sentimentality. That makes the ending, and really the book as a whole, especially satisfying, raises it above the average teen-in-crisis potboiler which it somewhat resembles.

Exploring, through fiction, how people cope with enormities of destruction and personal loss is a difficult, delicate art; and in spite of a few peccadillos, Craig's well-executed debut pulls this off in an irresistibly winning way.
This book is very well written. The characters are well developed, the dialogue is entertaining, and the plot holds your attention and surprises at the end. I couldn't put it down!