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Tricks (Tricks #1)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  21,294 ratings  ·  1,186 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 627 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published August 20th 2009)
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When I went to pick this book up at the library, I was surprised at how small and fat it was. Great, just what I need…a 600+ page book and hardly enough time to read. When I opened up the book and glanced at the first few pages, I was delighted and shocked the margins were so wide and there were no more than seven words per line. Then I thought, “wait a minute, this is freakin’ poetry!” Since I read so little poetry and never developed an appreciation for it, I left the library slightly disappoi ...more
Jul 27, 2010 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who don't shy away from disturbing and uncomfortable books
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather, Ryan, Crystal
Shelves: 2010, verse, ya
"Tricks" was my second Hopkins' book. I read "Impulse" a while ago and remember devouring it in a matter of hours and loving it. I wish I felt the same way about "Tricks."

Hopkins has established herself as a crusader of tough teen issues - drug use, suicide, abuse. This book was no exception. The author approached teen prostitution head-on, not sugar-coating it and without unnecessary moralizing. I applaud Hopkins for that, not many authors have guts to touch this kind of subject. As for the nov
Jan 24, 2012 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, ya
Wow! This book is memorizing and has completely blown me away. No review I am capable of writing would ever do it justice. I'm not sure whether it's Hopkins writing style or subject matter that shakes you to your core, or both, but either way, it's nothing short of spectacular and I know that days from now, I will still be thinking about this book. Well, perhaps haunted would be a better term.

By the title alone, you can deduce what awaits these characters, a life of teen prostitution, but what y
Aug 27, 2009 Thomas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who's 13+
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Maybe I've just overdosed on Ellen Hopkins (again), but the overwhelming emotion this book left me with was relief. Relief that this book was done, relief that there wasn't another of her books in my stack at home. That makes it sound like I hated this book, and I didn't. Maybe I'm just emotionally exhausted by her writing, which can best be described as intense. Maybe if I read this book again in a year or two, maybe after a cheerful middle grade fantasy, I'd like it better. And maybe one day I ...more
Krista Ashe
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Jamika Monroe
Tricks is a riveting tale of the struggle between acceptance and survival. 3 girls and 2 guys must make life changing decisions in their quest to find peace, love and happiness.

Ive read only one of Ellen Hopkins books before (Impulse) and was blown away by it. Besides the fact that her books are written in prose, Hopkins brings out the purest, rawest part of the human condition. The story flows from bad to worse and even through all the horrible decisions and horrifying experiences, you can't h
Eva Leger
Jun 15, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hopkins fans
Recommended to Eva by: I like Hopkins' other books
I'm a little biased here so this will be short. My favorite books by Ellen Hopkins, by far, are her Kristina books. Those, in my opinion, far surpass anything else I've read by her, including this.
I don't mean to say this isn't good - it's great. I'd definitely go higher than the four stars if I could do a half but it's just shy of the five star rating for me.
Hopkin's manages to intertwine five different teenagers lives, all very different lives at that, and connect them together in the way she

Tricks was my first Ellen Hopkins book and I have to admit that I underestimated her. Not many books have the ability to make me feel as much as Tricks did. This will probably be the hardest review I’ve ever written, because I don’t think I can properly find the words to explain my feelings for this book. I’m in awe.

In Tricks, there were five main characters whose perspective we read from - three girls and two guys. Each character was so different, particularly in who they were and how they foun
Janie Johnson
Another profound read from Ellen Hopkins. Whether she is telling a true to life story or a fiction each of them always touch me in a very emotional way. She writes with such realism that you have no choice but to feel what our characters are feeling, and to experience what they are going through. So much emotion comes to the forefront when I read one of her books.

In this story we journey with 5 teenagers, Eden, Seth, Whitney, Ginger, and Cody. They have experienced horrendous people, acts, and s
Tricks tells the stories of 5 teens who find themselves, due to various situations, leading dangerous lives in prostitution and "turning tricks". Eden is from an ultra-conservative and religious family who disapprove of her dating; Seth works with his father on a farm in a rural area and struggles with his homosexuality; Whitney can't seem to live up to her sister or earn her mother's love; Ginger's own mother is addicted to drugs and engages in prostituting herself; and Cody finds himself in fi ...more

Rhyanne Lynch
January 18,2012
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“Tricks” by Ellen Hopkins Review

How much of yourself are you truly willing to destroy in order to survive? And once you have made these decisions, will you ever be the same? After dwindling down to nothing, and realizing there is no one to save you, what would you do? Most could never imagine having to answer such drastic questions, but for five teenagers, these are questions they have asked themselves before.

In the novel “Tricks” by Ellen Hopkins, descript
Three words; heartbreaking, depressing & nightmare

I had a really hard time getting through this book. Not because it was poorly written, but because it was heart-wrenching. I was disgusted, I was appalled, I was depressed.

I couldn't definitely feel a emotional change in myself the week I read this book. It took me a long time to want to read something again... and I just wanted something light and fluffy.

Hopkins is a powerful writer and I give her kudos for writing about these issues, I know
Read the entire book today. Obviously the stories within are interesting enough for me to keep reading. The poems at the beginning of every switch of character were enjoyable and I like how the title connected with one of the last words from the previous person. This book sort of reminded me of Requiem for a Dream, the movie, for obvious reasons. I did enjoy this book but I am in a depressed mood, much like the same feeling I had after watching Requiem for a Dream...just not as bad.
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Jun 19, 2011 Dylan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens ages 14 and up
Recommended to Dylan by: Melissa See
Tricks is about 5 teens (2 boys, 3 girls) that all fall into prostitution through various circumstances.

Eden falls in love with a boy, and because of her religion, she is forced to go to the Tears of Zion: A commune for teens who have "demons" inside of them and are put through emotional torture by their parents.

Seth is gay, and because of this he puts an ad on the internet to see if anyone can help him experience what it means to be who he is. And a guy named Loren does this, however Loren ha
This book has to be the hardest book I have ever read and after finishing it I was very undecided as to how I was supposed to rate it. I have decided to not rate it on how much I liked it because I really don't see how anybody could enjoy this book. It is very dark and disturbing. So, I have to rate it on how well Hopkins made her characters come alive, if it moved me at all, and the overall flow of the book. When I take away my initial feelings I think Hopkins did a phenomenal job with this boo ...more
I was told before I got this book that it was about teen prostitution. I didn't realize however, that is was ABOUT teen prostitution. This book is all about prostitution. ALL about it. Really, the only thing missing was a play by play of the events, although it was graphic enough that you really didn't need it. So as I was reading it, I kept going, why on earth am I reading this book? Then I read the author's note at the end of the book and I realized WHY the author wrote it and it all made sens ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Eden, Ginger, Cody, Seth, and Whitney are teens whose life circumstances have taken them to an increasingly common yet horrible place. Simple survival is their motivation for selling sex for money.

Eden never thought about sex. Raised by a fire-and-brimstone father and mother meant hours in a church pew, not on dates and at parties. Meeting Andrew changed her life. He was just as innocent as she was, so the two learned about love tog
Jessica Karthan
A Story of the Devil
“When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival;” A quote that will haunt you throughout the 625 pages of Ellen Hopkins’s sixth fictional young adult novel, Tricks.
Tricks cries out the heart-wrenching and disturbing story of five teenagers: Eden Streit a sixteen-year-old girl that was born into an extremely religious family and fights to stay with her boyfriend, Andrew, Seth Parnell a seventeen-year-old farm boy that struggles to hide his sexual orientati
The book Tricks, written by Ellen Hopkins, was more than one story. All the stories connected to one thing. That one thing was about the meaning of I love you. The saying “I love you” was used in many ways. To get someone to do something for them or they actually mean it. In this book all the characters come from different parts of the country. They totally different from each other, but going through the same thing. Everyone in this book is young and still looking ahead in life. Some had a brig ...more
WARNING: Only read this book if you're okay with sexual content, abuse, addiction and general sadness.
In order of how much I cared about these characters:
2. Eden
3. Whitney
4. Seth
5. Ginger

Cody's story: I FEEL FOR HIM SO MUCH. Seriously his story affected me the most.
Eden's story: Loved her relationship with Andrew, Jerome's a creep and I like the hope at the end of her story. Her parents are nuts, wonder how Eve handled it...
Whitney's story: I liked how it ende
Chandler Stricklin
A story like this, gripping and emotionally appealing, speaks to me personally. In tricks by Ellen Hopkins the story of two young teen girls, one of them is Eden, a loner teenager who suffers the mental and physical destruction of an abusive home, and the other girl, named Whitney, is a young adult living out in the real world trying to make a life for herself leaving behind her mother and abusive father, But Whitney, being a high school dropout, didnt have very many options to make money so she ...more

I read the book “Tricks,” by Ellen Hopkins. The book starts out by introducing five different characters' lives. Each character had a different problem at home with their family. Each one of these problems led all of the characters into prostitution. All of the characters go through different stages of depression and abuse. Whether it is mental abuse or physical abuse, it came from someone they thought loved them.

The first character of the book was Eden. She came from a very religious family. E
Lauren Johnston
After reading Ellen Hopkins’ novel Tricks, it is clear that she continues to engage a teenage audience by writing books “about troubled teens, for troubled teens”. In her book Tricks, Ellen tells the story of five teenagers, two boys and three girls. Ginger Cordell has a mother whose job gives people a lot of pleasure (if you know what I mean). Whitney Lang broke up with her boyfriend Lucas just to get together with her (slightly older) new boi Bryn. Eden Streit has to hide her relationship with ...more
Love. One four letter word that we all want and need, yet, for some is something lost. In this book, it is shown how love can keep people strong, but tear them to pieces in an instant. That is what made this book so interesting. It starts off as everything going pretty good and everyone finding the love they never knew existed. But after truths spill out, love can turn so bad. Five different lives. Three girls and two guys. All older teenagers who find themselves in Las Vegas selling their bodie ...more
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Though have to say a little perturbed how this book is classified under YA. I know, (personally) I wouldn't want any of my teenage children reading this. The content is pretty hardcore (teenage prostitution) and I thought I lived with a liberal mind. I guess it's better to know the dangers out there than to pretend they don't exist. It's also okay to think that outside of what you may know, there will always be an element of evil that live amongst us, and will take advantage if th ...more
Megan Anderson
Wow. Another amazing novel in verse from the über-amazing Ellen Hopkins. This one, at times, was almost painful to read, particularly Eden's story; I wanted to take her away from everything and save her for real. I wanted to beat Whitney over the head for being so whiny, even as her life went to pot, and Cody was all-too-similar to someone close to me, who luckily hasn't gone so far down the same road. I wanted to hug Seth and encourage him, but I actually admire Ginger the most--she refused to ...more
Jul 30, 2009 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Tricks is yet another fast paced and heartbreaking read from Ellen Hopkins that will leave you saying "Wow, what if that happened to me?" at the end.

From the start, you become engrossed in the teens tragic lives with Hopkins prose. At first, I thought it may be a bit hard to follow all five teens lives, though with great character development, each character becomes imprinted in your head by the end. You feel their fears, sadness, hate for the life they have been given, and the happiness they c
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Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkin ...more
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“Some people
Never find the right kind of love
you know, the kind that steals
your breath away.
Like diving into a snowmelt.
The kind that jolts your heart,
sets it beating apace.
An anxious hiccuping of hummingbirds wings.
The kind that makes every terrible minute apart feel like hours.
Some people flit from one insane possibility to the next.
Never experincing the connection of two people.
rocked by destiny.
Never knowing what it means to love someone else,
more than themselves.
More than life itself, or the promise of something better.
Beyond this world,
More even (forgive me!) than god.
Lucky me, I found the right kind of love.
With the wrong person.”
“Eyes Tell Stories
But do they know how
to craft fiction? Do
they know how to spin
His eyes swear forever,
flatter with vows of only
me. But are they empty
I stare into his eyes, as
into a crystal ball, but
I cannot find forever,
movies of yesterday,
a sketchbook of today,
dreams of a shared
His eyes whisper secrets.
But are they truths or fairy tales?
I wonder if even he
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