"When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival." Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. three straight. two 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... read more
Hopkins weaves the lives of five teens who sell themselves for money, security, drugs, and power. Ginger ends up stripping after running away from an abusive mother, while Whitney is manipulated into prostitution by a man who she thinks she loves. Seth is kicked out of the house by his father... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Hopkins weaves the lives of five teens who sell themselves for money, security, drugs, and power. Ginger ends up stripping after running away from an abusive mother, while Whitney is manipulated into prostitution by a man who she thinks she loves. Seth is kicked out of the house by his father when he discovers he's gay and ends up being "kept" by an older man.
There are five different stories within the greater book.
Eden's story, her father is a preacher who ofter turns to alcohol and beats his family. Her mother accepts it, and when they find out about Eden's love with a boy they do not approve of, the send her to a place where she is supposed to be 'healed by the Lord' a place for supposed delinquents. They are kept in cells, and she ends up being sexually abused in return for shampoo and food. She eventually convinces her captor to run away and take her with him, and then escapes. She meets several people on the way to Vegas, some nice, and some not. She is eventually rescued in Vegas by her love.
Ginger's story, there are several different kids, all have the same mother, but except for two, they all have different fathers. Iris (her mother) is constantly whoring, and the children are taken care of by their grandmother. We come to find out that Iris had sold Ginger to a man for sex. Ginger then runs away with a friend (Alex) they become strippers, and lovers. It progresses, and it shows how she loses Alex little by little. She meets Whitney in their apartment.
Whitney is the classic girl living in her older sister's shadow. Whitney meets the wrong man, he made her feel important, and sexy. Taking pictures of her, and having sex. They move to Vegas, and he starts getting her hooked on Heroin. This is when she meets Ginger, when she is a junkie.
Cody is a young man who's step dad dies and leaves behind Cody, his mother, and his little brother. Cody struggles to control his little brother and still pay the bills along with dating his girlfriend. He gets addicted to gambling, and wastes away their savings. He gets into prostitution to earn money.
Seth is a homosexual who was kicked out of his house by his homophobic father. He meets someone on the internet and falls in love with him. They meet, they date, but then Loren moves away. Seth is heartbroken and vulnerable. He meets a man in a bar and moves to Vegas with him. He is then 'kept' in return for sex he gets to stay there. His 'owner' brings in others to have threesomes with them. He meets a man in the weight room who helps him come back to real life.
Some of them meet, some of them only have similar situations, but this is a very powerful story.
“Because life, and maybe death, will always be a gamble after all.”Cody Bennett
“You should dress like that more often. Nylons and heels, you'd be just about perfect." "What do you mean, 'just about'? Not the right thing to say to someone you kept waiting for two hours.”Lucas, Whitney Langs
“Love is more than blind. It's brain-dead.”Whitney
When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival.Highlighted by 36 Kindle customers
They say you should reach for the stars, and I’d like to, but my arms are much too short.Highlighted by 36 Kindle customers
The first time I kissed you. One kiss, I was totally hooked. Addicted to you. I could never love anyone the way I love you. I’d follow you across the universe.Highlighted by 35 Kindle customers
Don’t you know? We’re connected by an invisible chain. It’s very long, very light. But also very strong. It can’t rust. Can’t break. And the only thing that can sever it is if you ever stop loving me.Highlighted by 35 Kindle customers
But if you only tell me how to love you, I’ll reach into the depth of me and find a way to hold you.Highlighted by 26 Kindle customers
inside my veins. When we touch, you are my skin, hold all my joy inside of you. When you go, I wither.Highlighted by 26 Kindle customers
Because life, and maybe death, will always be a gamble after all.Highlighted by 20 Kindle customers
When you fly well below the radar, you get away with a hell of a lot.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
Loss is loss. Doesn’t take death to create it.Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
Bible says God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, and no damn bleeding-heart liberal gonna tell me different.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
This book definitely contains some material that would not be suitable for all young adults. The youngest age I would recommend for this book would be age: 13. And that would be if that 13 year old was extremely mature, and honestly, exposing a 13 year old to content like that probably isn't appropriate. On average I would say an age where a child would actually understand this book, take it seriously, and really appreciate this book, would be sixteen. Based mainly on content and themes, as well as conflicts. There isn't much explicit language but there quite a bit of graphic sex. Please be cautious of what your children read, it will influence the way they behave in society. High school age, is a very appropriate time for young adults to read this novel.
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