My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read Tricks by Ellen Hopkins for my book club. It was good. Nothing eyeopening really. As a therapist this is not new news that kids from all walks of life can end up in prostitution and that it all doesn´t look the same. Both boys and girls get sucked into the industry and most of the time out of shame or necessity. I guess I´m just a little jaded. Nothing in this book brought me to tears like others have said in their reviews but I guess I have heard some horrific stories in my profession and if I cried about all of them then I wouldn´t really be very therapeutic for the client or be able to function in general. The author could have played a little more into the shame that comes with getting in this line of work and that being the reason they don´t contact home. That kids with good parents do this and then don´t come back because of how ashamed they are of who they had become.
I would have liked the stories to be all told at once. Like start with one character and finish that story and then go to the next. It did keep my interest and this is one of those books where I just had to finish. It´s a quick read though. If you have a bleeding heart or think homosexuality is wrong then this is not the book for you. Move on. But if you want to learn more about how children get sucked into this profession and how the real world works in countries where the underbelly of society is swept under the carpet because the people that think these people that do drugs, prostitution, or are homosexuals are not worth societies time, then this is the book for you. America has lots of human trafficking because people turn a blind eye to it. These kids often have no where else to go and are doing the best they can with what they have.
If you have read it what do you think?