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Out of the Cages by Penny Jaye
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it was amazing

This is an important and powerful YA novel about the horrendously real human trafficking of young girls from Nepal. This story of 15 year old Meena, her younger friend Putali, and other girls in an Indian rescue shelter, shines a light to expose dark and ugly places, with the hope of bringing about awareness and freedom.

Out Of the Cages is an unputdownable story of betrayal and friendship, of cruelty and compassion, of shame and courage, set in the foothills of the Himalayas and the dark, seedy heart of Mumbai, India. The setting is richly textual as are the complex characters who will stay with you long after the teary end of the book.

Told from Meena's present reality of escaping the bars of the brothel to living within the prison of trauma and shame as her mind unwittingly yet more and more forcefully flashes back to how she and her best friend, Putali came to be in the brothels of Mumbai. The story tracks how Meena's past threatens to thwart her rehabilitation at the Little Sister Rescue Foundation.

This is a compelling, insightful, moving book, written with great sensitivity, that takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster. Jaye has spared the reader details of much of the horror that young girls like this experience, not glossing over it, but not labouring the point. It is enough. The conclusion, which kept me guessing to the very end, is true to the lived real-life experience of trafficked girls, with no glossy happily ever after, but there is redemption and hope.

There are those for whom this subject matter will be too personal and raw. This book is not for them. But everyone else, from upper YA to adult, should read this book.
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Reading Progress

July 8, 2018 – Started Reading
July 11, 2018 – Shelved
July 12, 2018 – Finished Reading

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