TricksPaperback - 2011
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. These are five moving stories that remain separate at first, then weave together to tell a larger, more powerful story-a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. And figuring out what sex and love are all about.
TRICKS is informed and inspired by living near Las Vegas-a big teen prostitution scene-and by the fact that teen prostitution is not exclusively the result of kids running away from abuse. Kids from "better" families are selling themselves for hefty sums in order to finance addictions or even just to buy jewelry or clothing. In some cases, parents prostitute their children for the same reason. So what happens to the kids who are asking themselves, and asking us, "Can I ever feel OK about myself?"
Highly charged, TRICKS is a gripping experience that turns you on and repels you at the same time.
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Sexual Content: Teen prostitutes but no detailed descriptions of specific acts.
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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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