Ratings and Recommendations
Rating: 4 teacups
Book Worthy: Hampton Roads Book Club
After life as a teenage prostitute in New York City can Anna go back to life as a “normal” teenager in her suburban home, attend school, and fall in love with the cute, geeky boy who makes her feel good? Or will the lies she tells about her past make him hate her because of the one thing she is… a liar?
This novel deals with some very dark topics in a serious and well written way. It does receive a 4 for a couple of reasons. Even though there is definite repercussions for many crimes in the book, some things seem to go unpunished which should have carried some punishment; including something close to date rape and blackmail with a sex tape. Another point is forgiveness comes too quickly. Otherwise, the subject matter and crimes with punishments seem to be more fitting in a legal sense.
The dysfunctional relationships go from broken more toward fixed or becoming fixed, which show great progress in the growth of many of the characters making them complex individuals that are interesting to read about in a novel. Both Jackson and Anna seem to mature throughout the book and realize their potential as young adults as oppose to becoming stagnant. Anna even recognizes some painful truths that shows her characters development.
Due to the darker nature of some of the subject manner moms or dads may wish to read and use this as a chance to share their “what is normal” moments also with their teen or young adult readers. I think it is a wonderful portion of the book so much so, that I will share one of mine here. I was sexually abused by a trusted adult when I was a young child and never shared the fact and felt responsible and shame until I was 25-years-old. I would have loved to have the opportunity of Anna’s poster at the time in the same setting.
Is this novel for you? Can you handle serious topics like rape, abuse, violence and teenage prostitution? Do you want your characters to grow and develop with real answers and some unresolved problems just like in life. Do you buy there can be hope even in light of dark things happening? Then this is a good fit for you and I recommend you get a copy and enjoy.
*I would like to thank Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGALLEY for giving me an unreleased copy for an honest and fair review.
* If you buy this book through the above link money is generated, however, donated to the non-profit American Association of University Women (AAUW).
AAUW works empowering women, since 1881, standing up for causes in the areas of educational, social, economic and political issues especially important to women. Marie Currie was one of the first beneficiaries of the group that would become AAUW receiving monetary help to attend college. I am a proud member and believe that the profit from books seems a fitting donation.