The Scary Side of Vegas, Part 1

Summary:

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? For five teenagers terrorized by the monsters who brought them here, living in Las Vegas is anything but a vacation. The teens, struggling with identity and their place in the world, live in the dangerous world beneath Las Vegas’s flashing neon lights and circus shows. Ginger runs away, after learning that her mother has been profiting from abusing her. Whitney is lured to Vegas with the false promise of becoming a model. Eden is separated and betrayed by the man she loves. Seth, unable to convince his father to accept him, is kicked out. Finally, Cody's growing gambling debts push him to do anything for money. When left with no options, these underage victims begin turning tricks to survive. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
Two boys and three girls tell their stories of how they got on the path to underage prostitution. Hopkins uses free verse poetry to create an extremely raw and powerful piece which portrays the characters’ emotional states along the way. The unique characters also provide a fascinating story as a reader, I could not put down. To me, the book serves as a warning about the threat of human trafficking in the United States. The second book in the series is Traffick, which continues to follow the victims and depicts the permanent repercussions on their lives.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Despite being fictional, these gripping personal stories will engage readers well after the book ends. Tricks is a free verse novel about 5 teens who are victims of sex trafficking. It is for high school students and older.  The reading level makes it a high interest / low readability option.

Content Awareness Factors:

NOTE: Do not use the Reading Level as a selection guide. Make no mistake, this book is for mature teens and young adults, as it covers themes of sex trafficking, drugs, abuse, and sexual identity. 


Type of Book:
Tricks is a free verse novel about 5 teens who are victims of sex trafficking. It is for high school students and older. The reading level makes it a high interest / low readability option.
Educational Themes:

Tricks is an excellent example of storytelling through poetry. It is gritty, real, and opens up opportunities for discussion, as well as personal reflection.

Reading Level:
3.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The book is informative and powerful, but it is not one you'll put on your permanent shelf.

Title Tricks
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Tricks, Book 1

Author Ellen Hopkins
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2017 (Reissue Edition)
ISBN 9781481498241
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.00
Genres Coming of Age, Social Issues
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