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The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
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May 02, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in May, 2012

It was whispered among members of Victorian gentlemen's clubs that having sex with a virgin could cure a man of sexually transmitted disease. Certainly it would prevent him from becoming infected, so a brisk and very expensive trade in virgins sprang up to cater to these fastidious gentlemen.

In the teeming tenements of New York Moth's mother tried to keep her daughter off the streets first by selling her boots (her only footwear), then by selling Moth herself as a lady's maid on her twelfth birthday. She could not have known that the respectable woman who came to take Moth away was both insane and abusive. Moth barely escaped that world only to find herself in an even more dangerous one.

Remarkably, the author turned what could have been a depressing and depraved expose into a quick, fascinating, and ultimately upbeat story. I could not put it down, and highly recommend it for both adults and older teens.
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