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.
TRAFFICK (Tricks, #2)
Release Date: November 3, 2015
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.
--Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I loved Tricks. Tricks is my favourite Ellen Hopkins novel (and I even got it signed when I met her) so I for sure signed up to be a part of the blog tour for it's companion/sequel Traffick! I reread Tricks before I started it (which I highly recommend, or at least read a really good summary of the book) and dove right into it.
I always find Hopkins' novels tough because while they are quick to read because of her style of writing -- verse -- they have very heavy themes which bog me down with emotions. And Traffick was no different. We pick up with Ginger, Eden, Cody, Seth, and Whitney dealing with the aftermath of where we left them in Tricks.
One of the best things that Hopkins does is ensures that all the characters she writes have to deal with consequences, whether it be during their story or facing them at the end. And Tricks had some pretty big question marks at the end of it, so it was nice to see the stories have a bit of a conclusion. However, I do kind of wish I had just let my imagination dictate where their lives and stories would go from where we left them.
Am I glad I read this? Yes, absolutely. But I was also satisfied with how Tricks ended. If you just want more of these characters, I would recommend reading this one.
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√ïs 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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