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Friday, February 5, 2010

Rgz Street Team: Sarah reviews Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

The rgz Street Team is a group of teens who bring YA reviews to our blog, led by Postergirl Miss Erin. Find out more.

Today, Sarah reviews Tricks by Ellen Hopkins (who was here as our featured author of Impulse last April!):

"Tricks is a story of five teens that find themselves in a place that they never though that would be. Each characters comes from a different background and had their own journey there. Their stories are all intertwined and create a large story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. All are living their lives as best they can, but all are searching... for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is what can happen when those powerful little words -- 'I love you' -- are said for all the wrong reasons.

"Tricks is a powerful book. The characters are like people I know. I related to aspects from pretty much every character. They were definitely three dimensional. I cheered for them and cried for all of their sadness. I felt that the plot moved a bit too slow for some of the characters and was resolved rather quickly. It was an original look on teen prostitution and how people get in to it. I love how Hopkins makes sure to keep the story real and edgy. Hopkins created a wonderful book that I think that you should check it out. At the end, you will be thinking 'What if this happened to me?' and will want to read more." --Sarah


Melissa Walker said...

I recently saw Ellen read LIVE and it was incredible! Thanks for the review, Sarah--can't wait to read TRICKS!

runa said...

I agree about it being wrapped up a bit too quickly, but being an amazing book regardless. Thanks for the review!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks, Sarah! I don't have TRICKS yet. Must read!

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