Marco Serena Serena itibaren Jannod, Madhya Pradesh, Hindistan
How to review this book? On the one hand, if you're a fan of Hopkins' work, this is at once familiar and fresh: story told in poems, sex, drugs, moral ambiguity, depression, incest, death, love gone horribly wrong, and so on. As with her previous book, Identical, and her earlier title,Impulse, the story is told through the thoughts of different characters. I didn't love this device in "Impulse," but it really works in "Tricks," giving five teens equal humanity and pathos. While all of the characters find themselves in roughly the same dark, dark place, Hopkins does a great job of tracing the individual paths that bring them there. On the other hand, it is hard to know what to make of YA pornography, and I do mean this in the 'writing-about-harlots' sense of the word. Hopkins continues to push whatever envelope remains in YA by turning her attention to kids who trade sex for money and drugs and love. These are kids exploiting their bodies while being exploited by johns and pimps and parents. This is explicit stuff not for the faint of heart. And ultimately, "Tricks" really is about the human heart, about how it can beguile and deceive, can debase and ennoble, can stumble and fail and recover. And not.
The most interesting part of the book is the ending. Lina, Doon and Poppy are finally on top of the world. They experience seeing birds for the first time and breathing in everything. The sights, smells and their first glance into a new town. I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book of this series!
all of. G.MacD's historical novels are fabulous. Definaely not easy, but worth the effort. They make you want to be a better person.