Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tricks, by Ellen Hopkins

Barnes & Noble

Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching...for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.

Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story -- a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, "Can I ever feel okay about myself?"

How do teens -- still children -- end up selling their bodies? This book explores the stories of five teenagers who find themselves immersed in the world of prostitution. Their backgrounds for their choices are all different, but they all ultimately lead to a single reason: survival.

Hopkins does an amazing job portraying the lives and emotions of the girls and boys in her story. I love Hopkins' use of verse and she does not disappoint!

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