Tricks – Ellen Hopkins

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?”

Out of all the Ellen Hopkins series, I must say that this was least favorite. In this book Hopkins goes into the harsh details of; sex, love, drugs and even prostitution in the life of a group of confused young teenagers. I felt as though most teens in this day and age are already familiar with these situations and lifestyles that come with them. Therefore I found the story be somewhat boring, this book unlike her others did not have the ability to make you feel as though you could really put yourself into the story and/or relate to the characters. – Brittany, Teen Clerk


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