Sold was a great book. It was very sad and different knowing what this girl went through. She was a prostitute but did not choose to become one. Her parents sent her away and she had no idea where she was going. She had to dress up and take pills and keep clean always so men could come and have sex with her. Very good story above all.
Sold by Patricia McCormick is a sad, sad, sad sad sad sad sad book.
When Lakshmi, a yound girl living in Nepal, is sent the sex trade by her own father, who spends his only money on gambling and himself, she must fend for her life, and try to please whomever she can while she secretly tries to read childrens books with another girls child.
Horrifying and eye-opening, Sold will be a story that affects your life and changes the way you look at things.
The only thing I did not like about this story was that it had a particularly happy ending. This is great for readers, however, this happens in real life, and many girls do not get a happy ending. I believe it is important to express that most girls do not escape from this work.
A worthwhile read and deffinitly one most would enjoy if they are looking for a book that puts you in a foreign world.
Oh my, what can I say about this book. It is the hardest and easiest book to read. It is easy to read because the sentences are short and it is told through a young girls words. It is hard to read because I know there are young girls experiencing this situation even today. It is the story of a young girl in India who is sold by her stepfather. She thinks she is going to the city which she has never seen to be a maid. She accepts this situation with grace and dignity. But the buyers want more than a cleaning woman. She is sold into prostitution. The story is tastefully told with the young girls feelings well expressed. This book is emotionally very powerful. Because of the mature content I would not recommend it to students below high school level. But, parents might feel their junior high students could handle the book. Discussion of this book might help change the world situation.
There is so much to admire about the writing in this book. The joy and happiness of a Lakshmis life in India is seen along with the poverty of her village. The dignity of her mother is contrasted with the stepfather who deserves no admiration. Lakshmis life is simple and her trip to the city exposes her to things she has never seen or known. (electricy, televisions etc) Her innocence is sharply contrasted with the adults who traffic in human beings for a living. The worked she if forced to do is contrasted with the kindness of people caught in the same trap. In the end Lakshmis courage shapes her future.
National Book Award Finalist
Reprinted from my blog
In Nepal, Lakshmi is 13 years old she lives with her family in a small hut. Her family is severely poor,more and more within each day. Raising her pet goat, doing homework, and spending time with her friends and family is the simple pleasures she enjoys.Their crops are swept away when horrible monsooms storms come. Her stepfather tells her she must attain a job in order to support her family.
The following day Lakshmi is introduced to a cheek stranger promising her a job as a maid for a wealthy family in the city. Happy to be a great help to her Lakshmi accepts the offer.
On the long journey to India Lakshmi realizes this is not what she hoped for.
I loved this story so much. That its changed my life, when I'm older I will now open an organization saving young girls from being sold in India and Nepal. Then the Nation. I will also work hard to rescue the girls already in brothels and bring them to a safe haven.
The most important part of this book is how real it is. No, it's not fictional, it's REAL. And reality not only sucks sometimes, but it rips your heart out. Or their hearts out.
I think we all need a shock of how sheltered of a life we might live. No matter what, there's always someone out there who has it just as tough or tougher than you. And this book is a stark reminder of that. The poignant details blur into a huge message, and that message hopefully left everyone with an awareness.
It's sometimes good to know what the life holds, as horrible as it might seem. Read this book out of caution because it is for older readers, but it's still worth the read, and so much more.
SOLD is heartwrenching and shocking; it will move you to tears. In simple, poetic prose, McCormick tells the story of Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old Nepal girl who is sold by her family to an Indian brothel house when her family loses all of their years crops during the rainy season. Sold into sexual slavery, Lakshmi must repay her debts to the woman who runs the brothel housewhich in reality will never occur because she will never be free.
Despite this dismal-sounding setting, there are surprisingly vivid and warm pictures of the mountain life, a life that most of us have never known. Lakshmi is observant, determined, and not one to be pitied, despite the terrible situation shes in. The characters we meet at the brothel house touch our lives in an extraordinary way.
SOLD is not a long book, nor is it very complicated, but its amazing how many emotions one can get from so little words. This is the must-read book of the year, hands-down. You will cry and smile, break your heart and repair it with images of the beauty and endurance of human nature.