Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review- Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Series: N/A
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published:  August 20, 2009
Pages: 627, US Hardcover
Edition Reviewed:  Hardcover
Source:  Library
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?"
Review *always spoiler free unless noted*:
Meh.  That's really sums up my feelings about this book.  At first, I thought it was the fact that it was written in verse.  Upon further reading, it was proven that this wasn't the case as to why I wasn't a fan.  I wasn't particularly moved by the stories.  I didn't shed tears.  I honestly didn't react at all.  And it's not just this book.  I've tried to read Crank as well, and couldn't finish it.  Maybe it's just me, because I think I can count on 1 hand the number of negative reviews.  Considering that I love raw and gritty stories, I was really surprised that I felt nothing towards this book.  Not for me, but everyone else seems to adore it.
2/5 Stars

-Victoria Victorious

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