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)
By: Ellen Hopkins
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.
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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‘Traffick’ blew me away. This book is a heartwrenching, eye opening, and page turner. I couldn’t put down ‘Tricks’ and Ellen did it again. I loved this book, all of these teens have seen things that no one should have to see and now they are faced with the other side of the coin. Is there is a way out? What are they supposed to do now? Can they survive going back to the life that pushed them onto the streets in the first place?
I felt for all of these characters, I couldn’t even imagine what these teen were going through, but I felt as if they were taking me with them on their journey the whole time. The way Ellen writes her books just captivates me in a way no one else does. When I pick up one of her books, the world disappears.
‘Traffick’ really speaks for itself; the book is s phenomenal read and yet again brings controversial issues of sex trafficking in teens to the surface of a very blind society. This happens to people around us every day, but nobody wants to believe it.
‘Traffick’ is a must read, it’s dark, raw, and emotional, but it is amazing.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not receive compensation for this review.