Thursday, November 5, 2015

Blog Tour: Traffick

The sequel to “Tricks,” Hopkins’ latest book follows five teenage victims of sex trafficking — from all walks of life and gender orientations — as they try to extricate themselves from their current situations and find a new way of life.
About The Book:
TRAFFICK (Tricks, #2) By: Ellen Hopkins Release Date: November 3, 2015 Pages: 528 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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 helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead.

And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out? How these five teenagers face the aftermath of their decisions and experiences is the soul of this story that exposes the dark, ferocious underbelly of the child trafficking trade. Heart wrenching and hopeful, Traffick takes us on five separate but intertwined journeys through the painful challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal to forgiveness and love. All the way home.
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Review:
There's so many reasons that I love Ellen Hopkins's books. First, I love her writing. Novels written in verse are hit and miss for me, but I can always count on her books being a hit. Second, Ellen's books deal with heavy issues. Traffick (and Tricks) deal with sex trafficking of minors. Third, not only does she tackle heavy issues, she shows them in such a realistic and raw light. There's definitely not any sugar coating here.

While Tricks focused on the individual characters, Traffickgives us the broader picture about how each teen's actions have affected their families and friends. We're finally able to see how each character is moving on with their lives and the challenges that they face. It was a fantastic and much needed follow up to Tricks.

And, just in case it's needed, Traffick deals with heavy stuff and could be triggering for some. You can expect rape/abuse, drugs/substance use, LGBT-phobia, and death.
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars
About The Author:
Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing. Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a regular speaker at schools; book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world.
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* This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post and review! Thank you so much for your participation. xx

    Amy

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