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Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Tricks

Title: Tricks
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: 
 August 25, 2009
Reviewer: Stephanie

Summary: 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 do not 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, and 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 them, "Can I ever feel okay about myself

Review: Have you ever had to make a decision that would change your life and the lives of your loved ones? Have you ever been in a situation, where you feel everything and everyone is against you? Well, this is what these five teenagers are facing. Ellen Hopkins' novel, Tricks, explores the lives of five troubled teenagers in such a powerful way; it will leave you shocked for many days to come.

Eden Streit is a girl, who was forced to live the way her parents want her to live. Her parents are against dating and love, and when they find out their daughter was with a person named Andrew. She is forced to live at Tears of Zion (a place for corrupted teenagers ).
Seth Parnell is gay and he struggles every day to keep that a secret from his father. When the truth is out, Seth's father cannot except it and forces him to live on his own. Now Seth has to make a decision that will change his life forever.
Whitney Lang is a popular girl. She is used to having things she wants, but not the attention she desires. When she hooks up with a popular person, she is very happy, but when the relationship ends, she is left with anger. That anger drives her in a rebellious direction that she will soon regret.
Ginger Cordell's life has always been filled with drugs. Her mother has six kids, with five different fathers. The only person she truly cares for is her grandmother, but when things get hard, Ginger cannot take it anymore. She decides on running away with her friend.
Cody Bennet's life was a good one, until his stepfather died and everything changed. Now he has to take care of his brother Cory and his mother. Money was a big problem and the only option Cody could see was gambling.

Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Their moving stories remain separate at first, but then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story. A story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. Will they find the little light that is left in their souls? Or will they surrender to the darkness that is the devil.

Ellen Hopkins has put light in some very challenging subjects. There are many twists and turns throughout the book that leave you wanting more. This is a book for those who enjoy their poetry, but it is very revealing on many topics, that may not be so suitable for younger readers. Overall, Tricks is a great read.

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