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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  987 ratings  ·  233 reviews
The realities of teen prostitution are revealed in this eye-opening, heartbreaking story from the author of America, which Booklist called "a piercing, unforgettable novel" and Kirkus Reviews deemed "a work of sublime humanity."

As a teen girl in Newark, New Jersey, lost in the foster care system, Dime just wants someone to care about her, to love her. A family. And that is
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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This book is going to save real Dimes by sitting quietly on the library shelf and holding acres of real pain and strength inside it for anybody who needs it. Dime's love of literature is what will keep this book on the shelf and on the awards lists, even though the horrifying details of these girls' lives will bring censors around. A wonderful, honest and useful book for kids (and former kids) who read in order to survive.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this, and then tell someone else to read this. It is important.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-depressing
I normally don't watch the news because I tend to get hooked on a headline or tragedy and become obsessed. This book has catapulted me into the world of human trafficking, and now I can't stop researching it.
A thirteen year old foster child lives with her foster mother and foster brothers and sisters. She goes to school, where she enjoys reading and returning home to help with the babies. But the stress of the children causes her foster mother to turn to drinking which makes life a little darke
I can't say I enjoyed this book, because of the subject matter, but it was very well written. It especially hit me hard because my daughter is about the same age as Lollipop, and I just can't wrap my head around what she, Dime, Brandy, and L.A. went through and how they lived. Dime tugged at my heartstrings. Usually I don't like open endings where everything is not neatly tied up and explained, but for this book, it worked. In a book that was weighed down by loneliness and sadness, it ended with ...more
yasmine skalli
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh god. this book was a rollercoaster. in a good, heavy, terrifying sense. i think it’s definitely something everyone should read.
Aimee Massey
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I plowed through this book with equal parts intrigue and disgust because (from what little I know), all of ER Frank's real-life job has led her to produce a realistic portrayal of teenage prostitution. A young girl who has a titch of hope in her love of reading is lost in the foster care system and happens upon a pimp, Daddy, who plays her like a fiddle: gaining her trust and showing her the 'good life' only to send her back to her foster situation that allows her to think that what he can provi ...more
A well written, difficult, disturbing and edgy read.
This book is tragic and incredible. It contains an accurate description about the horrors of modern day prostitution. The characters are well developed and very believable.
It is simple. This novel needs to be read.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely wonderful book that gets real about sex/human trafficking without getting too graphic. The book is told from Dime’s point of view, a teenager who gets pulled into the life of turning tricks with a pimp. It’s clear the author researched this topic and they site some sources in the back of the book. I thought the start was a little slow and confusing as I didn’t grasp the time jump right away. The ending was beautiful though and while it didn’t answer everything, I think it g ...more
Prince William Public Library System
Dime, LA, Brandy, & Lollipop are not your typical "Daddy's" girls. They are all young women and girls forced into prostitution to bring home Daddy's coins. They are put out in the afternoon and don't come home until they earn Daddy's quota.

LA is the oldest and thinks she'll be the one to marry Daddy, after all, she's been with him the longest and he lets her handle the coins. She also thinks nothing of abusing the other girls and trying to cause friction in the house. LA recruits Dime, barely a
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I absolutely loved the main characters of this story (aside from Daddy). I do believe this is a topic to be explored. However, I did not like how the story was told. I felt like I was going through the abuses of these poor girls while I read it.

With a little bit of hope stirred into this book, it would have received 4 stars.

With a little less of the 'books save lives' theme, it would have received 4 stars.

With a different format (knowing she was going to be ok, and then telling the story in hin
This is hard to rate. It's not a book that I necessarily "like", but it's incredibly well done. Frank did a masterful job at making a rough, horrible subject accessible to ages 14 and up. The language was well done and very believable. Dime is a character that I'll remember. I didn't notice the face in the "D" on the cover, until I was looking at the cover small on goodreads. Going on my 2015favorites shelf for the moment, but I'm not sure it'll stay there. 3 1/2 stars.

I'd nominate it for Cap Ch
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book and a very exciting ending. Not at all a book that I would have ever picked up on my own but I enjoyed the way it was written and also all of the literary references made by Dime. Looking forward to discussing this one with my book club!
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, at-home
Perhaps I should have foreseen how this book would make me feel when I told a friend what book I was reading next. "Ehhhhh," she said, showing all her teeth. It was tough, as a privileged white girl, to read just what is a truth about living as a po ho. My constant emotion was anguish.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Really Good! shows how easily a young girl can be swept into prostitution. very graphic and disturbing, but real. one that stays with you
There was a time when men were kind When their voices were soft And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind And the world was a song And the song was exciting
There was a time Then it all went wrong I dreamed a dream in time gone by When hope was high
And life worth living I dreamed that love would never die I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid And dreams were made and used and wasted There was no ransom to be paid No song unsung No wine untasted But
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrifying and heartbreaking, and the worst part of it all is that although the book is fiction, this is reality for so many young girls and women in the world. Even though it was incredibly difficult to read, I thought it was a very well-written story. Obviously, I loved Dime's love of literature and the ways reading provided her an escape from the horrors she was living. I felt the ending was a bit rushed, but I did like that it ended on a hopeful note.
Mesha Gee
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in a few hours on a work day. That’s how good and quick it is. It is absolutely heart wrenching and definitely an issue occurring world wide that needs to be solved. I could not put this book down. The characters are so well written and the book definitely left you wanting and hoping for more.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, wndb, 2018
Damn. First of all, this book is chock-FULL of triggers, my HSP friends. Worth it (if you can hack it) for the fact that it opens your eyes to the brutal and horrifying world of teen human trafficking. Real and harsh and honest, you won't be able to look away after reading this.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will haunt me for a long time. It is not an easy read, it is even less of an easy read knowing this is a YA book. But real life isn’t easy and Dime’s story needs to be heard. This book is about child trafficking and underage prostitution. About the men that run it, about the kids that get trapped in it. About shattered innocence and horrible, horrible people who will pay money to do unforgivable things to a child. I pray that Dime’s story can save others.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So well-written, this book is a quick read. I loved Dime, and was routing for her the whole time. It’s hard to say that I loved the book because the subject is so disturbing, without being graphic. I’ll sleep better now that’s finished.
Julie Spransy
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed

Absolutely loved the ending! I did not see that coming at all! Would def recommend and it was a wonderful choice for our book club! This will make for an excellent discussion once we get together
the book is now one of my favorite books it was really intresting
Kim Childress
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature readers, teachers, youth groups, librarians, high school students and teachers
Though this is fiction, it’s not for the faint of heart. A horrific, utterly realistic look at the tragedy that is the sex-trafficking industry.

Dime is the fictional story of a thirteen-year-old foster child who thinks she’s been rescued by Daddy when he gives her a REAL winter coat with pockets and promises, promises, promises. Dime is quiet and observant; she listens and sees. And she can read. As she experiences what it means to be one of Daddy's girls, she is allowed to go to the library--bu
At 13 years of age, Dime's life has already taken a series of unfortunate turns. She lives in an over-crowded foster home, which isn't great to begin with. Things get even worse when Dime's foster mother starts drinking again. Dime now has to stay home from school to help around the house while dodging the advances of her foster mother's sketchy new boyfriend. In a fit of anger, Dime flees the house. While sitting out on a cold street corner, Dime meets a girl who temporarily loans her the winte ...more
This book is horrifying and heartbreaking. I was holding out on four stars, but this book is incredible. Five stars.

Dime (we are never told her real name) is a 13-year-old girl living in a foster home in New Jersey with a guardian who drinks and physically abuses her. Her only true love is reading, which she quietly does whenever she has a moment in between caring for her foster siblings and fighting off the sexual advances of her foster brother. She walks the streets cold, sick, and hungry in
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-realistic
SO, this is one of those books that I can't say that I "liked" reading; the content was gut-wrenching and uncomfortable--but necessarily so, which is why I gave this 4 stars. Frank did an exceptional job with delivering the message of the story without being didactic.

14 year old Dime remembers only bits and pieces of what might have been her biological family. Instead, most of her memories are of her neglectful foster mother and their chaotic, poor life. After being kicking out of the house aga
This was a really tough one to read. It is disturbing and unfortunately realistic to life. Young girls are prostituted out to men and they are "groomed" throughout the process and even learn to love "Daddy." It's actually quite disgusting what a grown man can and will do to a child as young as 11 in this book.

The most disturbing thing to me was (view spoiler)
Fiona McDonald
This book is nothing short of intense.The reader feels what Dime feels almost seamlessly. You feel her desperation, her longing for someone to love her, her fear, and most powerfully, her rage. This book is unsettling and nauseating at times, but the topic is too important to ignore. It was not a light or easy read by any means, but the pages managed to fly by because of Dime's honest voice She is both too mature and too naive. Overall, this book is heartbreaking. I loved E.R. Frank's writing wh ...more
Lorraine McCullough
Piercing. Raw. Real. While not a light summer read, I can see why Dime is a GA Peach Award finalist for this year. Human trafficking is very serious issue, and Frank brings attention to this in her captivating YA novel. It reminded me a lot of Patricia McCormick's Sold, and our students love that title. The reader watches Dime lose herself piece by piece until there is absolutely nothing left. At times, there were some violent and graphic scenes that were incredibly difficult to read but I think ...more
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E. R. Frank is the author of two highly praised novels for Atheneum: America and Friction. Her first novel was Life Is Funny, winner of the Teen People Book Club NEXT Award for YA Fiction and was also a top-ten ALA 2001 Quick Pick.

In addition to being writer, E. R. Frank is also a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She works with adults and adolescents and specializes in trauma.

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