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Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.
Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story, a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, "Can I ever feel okay about myself?"
A brilliant achievement from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins, who has been called "the best-selling living poet in the country" by mediabistro.com,Tricks is a book that turns you on and repels you at the same time. Just like so much of life.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 10 minutes|
|Narrator||Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Cassandra Campbell, J. Paul Boehmer|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 01, 2009|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#26,490 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#43 in Coming of Age Fiction for Teens
#119 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Being a Teen (Books)
#283 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Dating & Sex (Books)
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TRICKS chronicles the lives of five different teenagers, all around the ages of fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen. Eden, the daughter of a born-again pastor and his equally (perhaps even more) zealous wife, falls in love with a boy named Andrew. Andrew is not born-again or even particularly religious. Ginger is the daughter of a prostitute with zero maternal instincts who sells her to the highest bidder. Seth is gay and from Indiana, with a conservative father who believes being gay is a sin. Cody is a normal boy until a combination of death in the family, his girlfriend's older brother introducing him to gambling, and just screwing things up really badly comes back to bite him. Whitney is a girl who feels ignored by her mother, and only loved by a mostly absent father. All these teens are faced with hard choices, make a few really awful ones, and all end up "tricking" for money. At some parts, TRICKS was very sad, but again, it didn't really seem like Hopkins was doing justice to how sad the situation really is. It was sort of like, "Look, isn't it terrible! Aren't they unfortunate! Couldn't you just cry?"-- terrible things happened to the teens, but because the story is sectioned in a way that doesn't really let the reader connect with them, it doesn't leave as big of an impact as it should. After the last page, you hardly remember any of the characters well enough to even feel anything for them.
TRICKS is written in characteristic Hopkins style-- free verse, and written the way a real teen would talk. But something was missing in this one. There was none of the heartbreak I felt with IDENTICAL, none of the sympathy I felt for the characters in IMPULSE (which was also divided, but only between three characters), none of the suspense of BURNED or CRANK or GLASS. TRICKS was an all right book, but coming from Hopkins, I expected something more.
I've also never read a book in this format before, meaning, a book in poem. At first I kind of struggled with it and I had to get used to the way the text looked on the page (I know, weird) but after awhile I just flowed through the book.
There's this huge misconception that poems should rhyme, and this is one of those books that break that stereotype. The poems don't rhyme, but it creates a beautiful story about 5 teens.
So, the 5 teens are all going through an assortment of problems and throughout the story some will meet each other, which is actually kind of cool the way that you can see how all of them intertwine. This book specifically deals with the problems of teen prostitution. I didn't know what a horrible problem this really was until I read this book. I think it does a great job of spreading awareness about tough issues that people don't really want to talk about. I would definitely say this is for older kids and kids who are at least in high school, because there was some stuff in here that even I was a little shocked by and once or twice I thought, "Wow, should I be reading this?". But then I realized something. Every teenager should read this book to help prevent the stuff that happens in here, from happening out there in the real world.
It's scary to think about, and even scarier to think that that could be you or one of your friends. It was really eye-opening I think. Parents may not want anyone to read this book, and I can see why, but at the same time I think teens should so they know of stuff that really happens outside of their own little perfect bubble. Life is not perfect and neither is anyone living in it and I hope that many people will read this to spread awareness and help prevent teen prostitution.
Let's just say this: it's worse than you think. Read this book. Find out.
Eden, the daughter of a born-again minister in Idaho, who falls for an older boy and has to deal with the consequences of misbehaving in an ultra-religious family.
Seth, a gay teen in Indiana, who is struggling with the loss of his mother and the fear of showing his real self to his homophobic father.
Whitney, a girl who has always felt that her mother loved her sister more, and is desperate to be loved in the way she feels she deserves.
Ginger, the oldest daughter of a prostitute, who is dealing with raising her five siblings and what happens when her mother’s life leeches into her own.
Cody, a teen living in a happy, supportive family in Las Vegas - until everything starts to fall apart.
Some of these teens are living in awful situations, some are very well off, but all of them are struggling with the idea of love - familial love, romantic love, even love of themselves. Throughout Tricks, the reader follows these five teens as they make different decisions in the name of love, and land themselves on a path they never imagined could happen to them. Ellen Hopkins tells their stories beautifully, and interweaves the stories of these teens who just need someone to care.
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It sheds a light on a subject rarely talked about or acknowledged in today's society or any society for that matter.
This is an immensely dark read with scenes that shocked me and stayed with me long after reading. The emotional state of all 5 characters was written superbly, leaving tears in my eyes in many parts of the novel. Ellen's writing is beautifully lyrical and adds so much to the story. Hopkins writes this story with realism, demonstrating how and why each character turns to selling their body.
The themes of religion, sexuality, homophobia, relationships (parental, family & romantic), substance abuse, poverty, sex, love and of course prostitution were all handled seamlessly by Hopkins.
This story explores these serious themes brilliantly with caution, while also questioning what it means to love & what love is.
Tricks is a story about five deeply troubled teenagers, all from different areas, backgrounds, and family situations who end up falling into prostitution.
Each character has a story to tell. These stories are brief, and jump from one character to the next and back again. At the beginning, I was a little frustrated at how short their stories were and was afraid that I would not be able to distinguish one character from the next. It turns out there was no need to worry. Hopkins does a brilliant job of infusing her characters with life, personality and emotions. As I continued to read, and the characters’ situations became more harrowing, I found the stories very intense and was relieved there was some separation. I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed the writing style. These stories told in verse allowed me to get into the minds and feelings of the characters without extraneous detail, and helped me feel a deeper connection with them.
Tricks broke my heart and made my stomach churn. The stories were gripping, painful, and honest. My own teenage years, painful memories, wrong choices, and difficulty with parents all came flooding back. I wish my own parents could have read a book like this, just to see how their own behavior and actions could irreparably damage a child’s life.