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)
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.
Holy shit. Ellen does it again. She rocked my world, gave me all the feels I could ever feel in one book, she tore my heart open, and just when I thought I was done, she tied my heart back together. Tears were shed, my heart fell, and I had high hopes for everyone involved. Traffick did not disappoint in any way. I am so happy to see how their stories end. Each character, Eden, Seth, Cody, Whitney, and Ginger, all have their own happily ever after in the sense that they will get past what they have been through.
That being said, it had been a while since I read Tricks, so I was a little uneasy going into this. However, I noticed at the beginning of everyone’s story, they talked a little bit about what happened in the prior book. That helped so much, as I was unable to reread Tricks.
One of the main reasons that Ellen Hopkins is hands-down in my top 5 favorite authors is because of her raw prose. It makes you angry, it makes you sad, and on top of it, it makes you want to cry. All of her characters are haunted by something, driven by something, or conflicted by something. Her books are insane, in the best and worst way possible. They show you the dirty, hateful things in this world, but it also brings light to a subject that many people don’t know about. Traffick is no different. There is not a true happy ending, like romance lovers like me think. However, there is a sense of satisfaction with and for the characters as their stories come to an end.
The topics discussed within her books is not something to be taken lightly. Always have a box of tissues, compassion, and awareness that sex trafficking happens everywhere, worldwide. It is a rough world, as we see through Ellen’s writing. Although her books are quick to get through because of her poetic prose, they will leave you feeling sad and angry. Each book, with every different character, sticks with you, long after the book is over.
Disclaimer: I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. These thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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