Series: Tricks #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on August 25, 2009
Source: Owned Audible Book
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?"
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Some of the stories were more compelling than others, but I still really like how Hopkins tackles the tougher side of teen life- this time with teens who find themselves caught in prostitution. 2 boys, 3 girls, all find themselves in situations where they are forces to sell themselves. This was actually a really good audio, although the subject matter was sometimes awkward to listen to in public (shopping trip to Target, I’m talking to you), and there were a bunch of times I was just wanting to yell at the teens to STOP MAKING SUCH BAD CHOICES! But, they made choices that a lot of teens could easily make.
Whitney’s story- a young girl who feels unloved and gets taken in by a much older guy is all too familiar. Eden’s story felt the weakest (I felt like her slip into prostitution needed a much longer build up), but I still liked her, and like Ginger, she ended up having a lot more backbone than I initially thought. Ginger and Seth were probably the most interesting to read about, and out of the five teens they are the ones I think have the best chance of growing up and becoming decent adults. Cody’s story was good, but I hated the online gambling aspect- plus in a book with 5 characters, his storyline, like Eden’s, felt rushed.