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Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
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Apr 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: age-high-school, urban-fiction
Recommended for: high school and up
Read in April, 2010

Just as gripping and gritty as her other verse novels, this new book from Ellen Hopkins follows the lives of five teenagers from varying backgrounds who ultimately end up in prostitution in Vegas. She does such a good job developing their characters, backstories, and desire to be loved that this journey is terrfyingly believable. It was heartbreaking to realize the combinations of youth, neglect, loneliness, parental belief, and substance abuse that led them all to the same place. Not for the faint-of-heart, but worth a read.

"I have
no place. No home. Sex,
but no real affection. I am
kept, but not cherished."

"I'll miss her, of course. She's
been the biggest part of me for
a very long time. But truth is,

the biggest part of me should
be me. Just have to find her."

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Julie I think this is my favorite so far. you are right, not for the faint-of-heart.

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