Traffick by Ellen Hopkins- A Badass Book Review and Tour #Bookreview

The sequel to “Tricks,” Hopkins’ latest book follows five teenage victims of sex trafficking — from all walks of life and gender orientations — as they try to extricate themselves from their current situations and find a new way of life.

About The Book:

TRAFFICK (Tricks, #2)
By: Ellen Hopkins
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Pages: 528
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank.

In her bestselling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead.

And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out? How these five teenagers face the aftermath of their decisions and experiences is the soul of this story that exposes the dark, ferocious underbelly of the child trafficking trade. Heart wrenching and hopeful, Traffick takes us on five separate but intertwined journeys through the painful challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal to forgiveness and love. All the way home.

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Traffick Review

By Michael Melville

After taking part in Ellens Hopkins tour for her last book “Love Lies Beneath,” I was not sure what to expect with Traffic. It’s poetry and I am not ashamed to say that I sometimes don’t get poetry the way I should. It just goes over my head but branching out and trying new things is important in this business and as a writer. After my interview with Ellen before I was intrigued so I signed up. I was worried because I hadn’t read Tricks which is where the characters from Traffick are introduced. I didn’t find that to be a problem at all however. When I got my print copy in the mail I nervously excited and briefly asked myself, “Michael what have you gotten yourself into.” It was a MASSIVE print book but twenty pages in and I was hooked. Not only was I hooked I was blown away.

During my 4 ½ years in college (so far) the poetry I was reading and studying had been things like the epic of Gilgamesh, the works of Homer, English and American poets from the 1800’s like Keats, Frost, and Tennyson. Classics to be sure but not exactly socially relevant in this day and age (in my opinion). THIS book….Traffic is the kind of poetry students in writing and English classes in college should be studying. Not only so they can appreciate its artist qualities but also the sheer genius of how Ellen pulls very relatable, gritty and fighting subject matter from the real world and shoves it right in the readers face. She does it in a way that isn’t over the top and appears to teeter on the safe side of the line of too much info but is still real and truthful. You get what’s going on or went on.

Traffick is about sex trafficking, not just any sex trafficking but the hush-hush world of underage sex trafficking. It’s a very real and very huge problem in the world and one that goes largely overlooked by most people. Working where I work, it would be a lie if I said that I hadn’t heard stories and seen some things over the years. This book follows 5 teens who for one reason or another become victims of the sex trade in sin city itself; Las Vegas.

There aren’t any chapters but rather sections I guess which are about the individual characters. Each section starts with a poem written by a character than all the poems after that are about that characters story. An example would be “A poem by Whitney Lang – Need rises up” after that poem there are 12 more which move forward that specific scene in her story. I won’t lie it took me a bit to get used to the pace of the poems, but once I did it was an awesome experience.

As I was reading, I realized this book is considered teen fiction by the publisher and written for grades 9 and up (14 years old+). At first I was shocked and asked myself, “who would let their daughter or son read this book? It’s just so intense and gritty and real?” It was then that I realized this is exactly why teens should read this book. Life is not all sunshine, princesses, and roses. This book can show you just how easily it is to get involved and trapped into this the kind of life where nightmares are made.

Ellen shows us how desperate the characters are which gets them into this life and how desperate they are to get out or even just survive. This isn’t Pretty Woman and there is no Richard Gere who is going to rescue you. Whitney, one of the characters who is from a privileged California lifestyle is tricked into the life by a pimp outside the GAP who fuels her new need for heroin and eventually traps her into a life of prostitution. The realness of this book and characters is vivid and gripping that I was caught up in a way that is rare.

I won’t lie; It made me hate my fellow members of the male species a little bit who drive the supply and demand of this business. It made me feel sick and sad and even happy for some of the characters as the story when on. I would highly suggest and recommend this book to anyone who likes poetry, intense stories, and gripping characters.

(I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review)

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November 4th anything but vanilla book blog – Top Ten List
November 4thBookish Lifestyle – Guest Post
November 4th– A Diary Of A Book Addict – Review
November 4th Beauty’s Library – Review/Author Interview
November 5th KDH Reviews  – Review


November 5th Reads and Treats  – Review
November 6th Book Chic  – Review
November 6thThe Power of Three Readers – Review
November 9th Reading Junky’s Reading Roost – Review
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November 11th   Reading Is Better With Cupcakes – Review
November 11th Heather Ann’s Book Reviews – Review
November 11thShe Reads New Adult – Review
November 12th BookAHolics Anonymous – Review
November 12th Erin Fanning – Guest Post
November 13th Heather Harlen – Random Ten’s List
November 13th Alec John Belle  – Review
November 13th Confessions of a Kid-lit Lover  – Review
November 13thMelissa Martin’s Reading List – Review / Interview
November 13thThe Phantom Paragrapher – Review
November 13thTeen Librarian Toolbox – Review / Interview
November 13thMiranda’s Book Blog – Guest Post 

About The Author:

Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing.
Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of ChildrenÕs Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

She is a regular speaker at schools; book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world. 

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