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Traffick (Tricks #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,266 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank.

In her bestselling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helpe
Hardcover, 505 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Sara Not necessarily. Book 1 focuses on how the characters got into the trafficking life. Book 2 focuses on how they get out of it. It helps to read the…moreNot necessarily. Book 1 focuses on how the characters got into the trafficking life. Book 2 focuses on how they get out of it. It helps to read the first one as well, but you could probably get through book 2 well enough without it. I personally liked the second book better.(less)
ella bianchi I do not believe so, however, I think this would fit nicely as a trilogy, from what I have heard on it.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


When I read the first book, Tricks, I was so appalled at the things happening to these children. Ginger, Cody, Seth, Eden and Whitney. All of these kids had different things going on, one had gambling issues that led to drugs and eventually being shot. One had a mother that pimped her out to her boyfriends so she runs away with her girlfriend and they have to get pimped out to survive. Another, trust
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
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SO excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In a nutshell: A powerful and confronting follow-up to Tricks, which deals with the aftermath of the characters' experiences with sex trafficking, abuse, gambling and addiction.

Tricks was actually my first ever Ellen Hopkins book and still my favourite. I can't say that I love reading her books because they're so intense - I don't like what's happening but I can't look away. I definitely appreciate how she deals with such powerful topics so honestly, particularly issues that I struggle to under
Anna Luce
Rating: 4.5 (rounded up to 5)

Traffick was yet another beautifully written novel by Hopkins. It picks up soon after Tricks and we follow our five protagonist as they struggle to overcome the obstacles in their lives. It's not an easy read, Traffick was a slow and at times painful journey to a better place. I would suggest re-reading Tricks before delving into this sequel, however, I didn't, and soon I remembered each of the protagonists story.
The personal development each of them undergoes in th
Peter Monn
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love all of her books. Amazing ending to this duology! Check out my full review on my booktube channel
Alec John
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Review to come.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
After reading a lot of Hopkins traumatizing books, I have come to the conclusion... One should NEVER visit Las Vegas. Good lord. I am once again traumatized and need to read something not as traumatizing.
Callie Stevens-Pickard

Five teens, five different stories each facing the aftermath of the poor decisions they each made. These teenagers made mistakes involving drugs or sex and now they must face the consequences that follow. Ellen Hopkins is a third wave feminist author. Hopkins addresses awareness of sex trafficking throughout her story. Hopkins writes this story to entertain, but also to inform what teens who are involved with sex trafficking go through and the tragedy and hardship they face afterwards. Traffick
‘How am I supposed to stay clean
when the truth of what I’ve done
closes in around me, squeezing
hideous memories from the deep
recesses of my brain […]’

Tricks is a novel that leaves you haunted for a group of incredibly real individuals that wound up in unimaginable situations. It told the story of five individuals: Seth is kicked out of his home after his father finds out he’s gay. Ginger is forced to run away after she’s raped and finds out that her mother collected cash from the experience. Ed
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
can i just say that this book i could really relate, and that i hugged my book after i finished with it, because once it ended. a part of my freaking soul ended with it too. good job ellen.
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
"What I’ve learned is just how resilient love can be. You can beat it, pound it into pulp, but killing it is hard to do."

If the previous book was about damnation, this one was salvation. In Tricks, we’re introduced to a cast of characters who all find themselves trapped in the world of selling their bodies. This book is all about those characters escaping and rediscovering themselves.

It goes without saying that this was a much happier and more pleasurable read than the first one. Despite enjoy
Julia Sapphire
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
2.75 out of 5 stars

Trigger warnings: Prostutition, Substance Abuse, Sex Trafficking, etc.

Just like book one this was difficult to read. It was dark and painful to read at times.

This is a topic I have not previously read about, aside from book one in this series. But this is so important. Reading the stats at the end of this book as well and hearing about how common this industry is absolutely horrifying.

If you read book one, I don't think Traffick adds a ton to the story. If you liked the c
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. review to come.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I don't review favorite authors**

This was a great sequel to Tricks.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Traffick where to begin on this amazing book. I mean in Tricks the first book Ellen had me at the edge of my seat. She had me laughing, crying, screaming and most of all hurting because this is reality for some teens.

I have seriously thought about opening up a ranch and saving teens who have been the sex trade. For the Preachers daughter Eden turning tricks in Vegas was fun at first but the funness started to wear off and she was rescued by a child prostitution rescue center. It is here that she
Elise (TheBookishActress)
4 stars. I don’t consider myself a Hopkins fan; I’ve read many of her books and hated most of them. But I actually genuinely love this series.

This is my favorite of Ellen Hopkins’ series mostly because it doesn't just read like torture porn. A lot of her books don't even have hopeful endings: someone dies or doesn’t make their way out, every single time. Tricks allowed the characters to leave and improve their lives. With emotional and physical trauma, but not dead. This book was ultimately hop
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

"A chat

With the Grim Reaper
should be enough to scare
away any thought of relapse.
Wish it were that easy,
but not even days conversing
with death can disintegrate
the claws of addiction."

Traffick is the long awaited sequel to Tricks. Traffick is just as hard to read as Tricks, if not harder. It follows the fate of each character as some get closure, some get hints of happiness, and some still lost.

Overall, Tricks and Traffick will teach you that overcoming addiction, self-doubt, and a pas
Anna - Boktycke
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
So happy that this sequel exists. I really feel for the characters.

Review in Swedish at Boktycke.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
“What I’ve learned is just how resilient love can be. You can beat it, pound it into pulp, but killing it is hard to do.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-tn
Not a fan of the prose, but well written and thought provoking.
Emily Timco
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with an arc for this book. I was so excited to receive this book, as Ellen Hopkins is one of my favourite authors.
This was a quick read, as most of her books are, but still very deep, and like with all her books I felt connected to the characters and they were all very easy to identify with. I also really enjoyed how the first poem in each characters chapter was from a background characters POV, I feel like this added something more to the story
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!

Ellen Hopkins has done it again! I absolutely loved Traffick!

The thing about Ellen Hopkins is that some of her books can easily have sequels or companion novels. Such as the case with Burned which got the sequel Smoke. Or how Impulse got the companion novel Perfect. The same goes for her adult novel which got the companion Tilt.

So when I heard Tricks was getting a sequel... *internal screaming*

And let me say, Traffick did tie up some loose ends after Tricks.

We now follow the aftermath o
Kelly Hager
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins for years and her books pretty much always break my heart. This one is no exception. It's a sequel to her book Tricks and it's not a spoiler to say that just because the teens have escaped from prostitution, it doesn't mean that their lives are any easier.

Between them, their difficulties range from medical problems, drug withdrawal and self-esteem issues, but there are a lot more difficulties below the surface. It's a lot to overcome---especially for a few
Ashley Daviau
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tricks was a story of desperation and hitting rock bottom but Traffick is a story of hope and redemption. While I enjoyed Tricks, there was just something so moving about Traffick that it comes out on top. Seeing these 5 teens struggle to regain control of the downward spiral that was their lives was absolutely beautiful and completely heart wrenching at times. Once again, Hopkins delivers a stunning portrayal of real issues that plague our society and that desperately need to be addressed. Just ...more
Michelle Montgomery
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good from start to finish , and the perfect follow up to Tricks . Tricks left me wanting more and wondering what was going to happen, Traffick answered those questions and delved way deeper into the characters. Something I cherish about Ellen Hopkins is her bluntness, and having no borders and boundaries in her writing.. this was definitely one of her best. A great read and a must read for those who read Tricks!!
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Liked this one much better than the first! I'm glad Tricks ending up having a sequel, because the ending of the first book was awful and so devoid of hope. I left this book much more satisfied.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've always thought that Ellen Hopkins's books were important, necessary, and relevant. Tricks and now, Traffick, definitely fall into those categories. When I first read Tricks years ago, I remember feeling the harshness of the stories and the horrors of what the characters Eden, Seth, Ginger, Whitney, and Cody had to experience. While it may have been difficult for me to read, I reminded myself that it was inspired by true stories of real teens who experienced them, and my discomfort didn't ma ...more
Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)

“There are more imperfect diamonds than flawless stones.”

In the follow up to Tricks, Hopkins continues the stories of five trafficked teens to see where their stories end up. Cody; a gambler who was forced into the life to pay his debts and was shot. Ginger; who’s mother helped her into the life and had to run away. Seth; a gay teen kicked out of his home forced to exchange his body for shelter. Whitney; pimped out and addicted to heroin. And Eden; a preacher’s da
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Actual Rating: 4.8

Gahhhhh I love Hopkins' writing style. I love the poems at the beginning of each section and how the words on the right side of the page spell out a phrase that go hand in hand with the chapter. I loved all these characters and found them extremely interesting. There were 5 characters, which you would think would be hard to keep up with, but it really wasn't. Everyone had such a distinct story and I liked reading about them attempt to overcome their struggles.

My favorite w
Emma Lauren
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Traffick by Ellen Hopkins, was the second installment of the Tricks Series. It follows the five teenagers that were introduced in Tricks, that all, by one account or another, became prostitutes. Now, in Traffick, we follow their stories as they try to get out of the Sin City that they have become a part of. Some of the paths seemed easier, with helping houses, or friends by their sides, but others had it more difficult, like being crippled from the waist down, or still being addicted to heroin. ...more
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“What I’ve learned is just how resilient love can be. You can beat it, pound it into pulp, but killing it is hard to do.” 3 likes
“A chat

With the Grim Reaper
should be enough to scare
away any thought of relapse.
Wish it were that easy,
but not even days conversing
with death can disintegrate
the claws of addiction.”
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