Tricks

Tricks

Book - 2009/08/25
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Five troubled teenagers fall into prostitution as they search for freedom, safety, community, family, and love.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009/08/25
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416950073
1416950079
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION HOPKINS
Characteristics: 627 p. ; 19 cm

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rhormoz
Aug 08, 2016

In literature, many novels share the theme of self identity. By definition, self identity is made up of characteristics, such as race, religion, sexuality, gender, nationality, values and traditions, which distinguish oneself from other people. Often self-identity can be affected through the influence of others. In particular, self identity can be affected through traditional beliefs about gender roles. Social traditions impacting one’s self identity is unquestionably shown in the literature work "Tricks" written by Ellen Hopkins.

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KKPGIRL
Jul 21, 2013

This book was ok, but it's so similar to all of Ellen Hopkins's other books that I got really bored. The only thing that was different was the prostitution aspect. The teenage drinking, drugs, sex, abuse, coming out as gay, breaking away from religion, etc. was the exact same as every other EH book. Maybe if you haven't read very many of this author's other books you might enjoy it, but since I've read all of her books, it was just very repetitive and predictable, and I don't like reading the exact same storyline over and over.

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Serious book but totally engaging, a real page-turner. Often books with multi-characters are confusing but the story line flowed in their poems making it easy to remember what had happened last to each one. I'm sure that many teens have had exactly these lives and the quickness of their fall and the bleakness of their situation - at age 15, 16, 17 - makes it hard to imagine anyone ever getting out alive.

JennComishen Aug 10, 2012

Great book. I wasn't expecting these teens to do such things. Another great one by this author. Great writing.

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sunreader
Jun 23, 2012

good book.

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BookLover1511
Jun 17, 2012

this was the first book i read of Ellen Hopkins and i got to say it was wonderful, i loved all the characters and the way it as written was amazing. the book gave me a new prospective on why people prostitute and how the situations can lead them to that path. People do crazy things in order to survive. i cant say that if i was in there situations i wouldnt do the same thing.

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CaitlynnNoelle
Feb 04, 2012

Was an amazing book but the end could have tied up better.

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tcb2011
Sep 20, 2011

This was a well put together story. It carries a true and realistic tone. This books was insightful, accurate, and real. I loved it. This author has a different style of wiriting but the story is well worth it.

Exo Aug 26, 2011

My personal favorite of all of Ellen Hopkin's work(I've read all of her books). This is a great book, I started and finished it all in one day. Outstanding.

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bookworm06
Mar 30, 2011

I don't quite know how to describe this book. It was very real, yet, the way it is written...I didn't dislike the book at all. In fact, I quite enjoyed it, but it really makes you think upon your own life and the decisions you have or will eventually make.

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KKPGIRL
Jul 21, 2013

KKPGIRL thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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White_Crocodile_4
Apr 02, 2013

White_Crocodile_4 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Ms_Silva thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

green_dolphin_274 Jun 19, 2012

green_dolphin_274 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

LifefilledNights Oct 23, 2011

LifefilledNights thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Exo Aug 26, 2011

Exo thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Drug use

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Sexual Content: Teen prostitutes but no detailed descriptions of specific acts.

LifefilledNights Oct 23, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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youareahunter
Dec 16, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

600 pages. Amazing book all in poem form. Follows 5 teens from Western US. Each travels a rocky route and ends up prostituting themselves in Vegas. Good Pentacostal daughter who had a boyfriend is sent to off to repent at wilderness religious retreat. Gay Midwest teen finds sugar daddy, gets bored, turns tricks on the side. Spoiled and ignored Santa Cruz teen girl wants love & boyfriend and ends up unwittingly meeting a pimp, getting hooked on heroin, pimped out in Vegas. Oldest daughter flees after being pimped out by her skanky mom, slowly remembers all the other times this has happened. Handsome teen boy turns to online gambling to pay family bills and loses a fortune. He's not gay, but he's soon turning tricks in Vegas. Glimpses of redemption for some at end.

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