Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank. In her bestselling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead. And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out? How these five teenagers face the aftermath of their decisions and experiences is the soul of this story that exposes the dark, ferocious underbelly of the child trafficking trade. Heartwrenching and hopeful, Traffick takes us on five separate but intertwined journeys through the painful challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal to forgiveness and love. All the way home.
In TRAFFICK, Ellen Hopkins creates yet another compelling story. Filled with five characters many of us already know from TRICKS; Eden, Seth, Whitney, Ginger, and Cody try to find their way.
Told with as much beauty and grit as all of Hopkins’ work, this novel succeeds in showing readers the tough choices that must be made in order to survive. In a style perfected in eleven other YA novels, the poetic prose works to deliver narratives that are stark and true.
Ellen Hopkins brings closure to some of the big questions left unanswered at the end of TRICKS, but also proves the power of redemption and love. This story is one not only important to those of us already connected to the characters of TRICKS, but to those unnamed teens who have found themselves in similar situations.
As always, Ellen Hopkins takes difficult topics and gives them a face and a story. Too often, those suffering are unable to find their voice, and are grouped as “issues” or “problems.” Within TRAFFICK, there are characters who feel heartbroken and powerless, but this novel proves that we all have choices, and we all have the power to become better.
TRAFFICK takes five teens’ stories and turns them into more than just words on a page. There is a reason so many readers wanted this sequel. Eden, Seth, Ginger, Whitney, and Cody feel real, and readers care about them as if they really know them. Maybe in a way we do because the story is told with honesty. But in the end, we care, and it’s clear the author does as well.
She lists two numbers in the author notes that I feel should be posted anywhere they can. The National Human Trafficking and Smuggling Center at 1-888-373-7888, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST. Keep and eye out and always keep track of the children you love.