Traffic by Ellen Hopkins
You have not read a book until you’ve read anything by Ellen Hopkins! Ellen has been around a minute and her books are very popular with teen readers. Her books, written in prose, touch on very difficult subjects that parents would probably rather not discuss with their teens. Most of Hopkins’ books cover the topic of drug abuse. I’ve always wanted to read one of Hopkins’ books, but I don’t know why I hadn’t gotten around to one until now!
Ellen Hopkins came to my bookstore and I was thrilled to be able to meet her! Her talk was very interesting as she discussed the idea behind Tricks, and the sequel Traffick.
Traffick is a very VERY difficult subject and this series is for older teens, 17+, I think. The topic is human sex trafficking. If you think that kind of thing only happens in third world nations, you’re wrong. This happens in the US, almost everywhere. So Traffick follows the lives of several teens from Tricks who turn to prostitution and drug use. These kids from all walks of life and their stories are eerily similar and frightening. To think that adults can abuse children that way makes a parent sick. As a teen, I can imagine the story feels gritty and exciting. And hopefully a life that one does not want to participate in.
Once I’m able to get past the prose style of the tale, you get hooked into the story. In fact, the prose, short sentences, and abbreviated paragraphs, help ease the burden of the story; makes it less heavy and overwhelming. I could not put it down.
I’m disgusted, angry, sad, and hopeful all at the same time. I LOVED it! I’m not sure how I feel about the diversity bit in this book, but some of the characters are gay so, it counts.
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