Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
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?"
Drooool. Okay, so this book has been out for about two days already, but I haven't gotten to a bookstore.
Ellen Hopkins is the author I always end up reading when I'm supposed to be doing other things. (I can't help it!) If there's an unread Ellen Hopkins book near me, nothing gets done. So I'm waiting until the school year to buy it.
I seriously love books in verse. When I read Crank, the first book I had ever read in verse, (I think) it was like WHAM! Where have you been all my life? So now I own all her books, except Identical. And Tricks.
I'm actually thinking of dedicating a whole segment on here to books in verse. Does that sound like a good idea? Let me know in the comments. And if you have any suggestions of books that are in verse, (other than Ellen Hopkins and Sonya Sones) let me know.
Posted by Taste Life Twice at 5:35 PM