Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

"When sixteen-year-old Angel meets Call at the mall, he buys her meals and says he loves her, and he gives her some candy that makes her feel like she can fly. Pretty soon she's addicted to his candy, and she moves in with him. As a favor, he asks her to hook up with a couple of friends of his, and then a couple more. Now Angel is stuck working the streets at Hastings and Main, a notorious spot in Vancouver, Canada, where the girls turn tricks until they disappear without a trace, and the authorities don't care. But after her friend Serena disappears, and when Call brings home a girl who is even younger and more vulnerable than her to learn the trade, Angel knows that she and the new girl have got to find a way out."

Sorry... short review this week. I really need about 14 hours of sleep due to having dress rehearsals and dance recitals all weekend. Anyway, soo...this was heavy. It was actually in verse, too, which I think was right for the story. I can't actually tell if the verse made it more heavy or relieved some heaviness--it just seemed to fit the story. It also made it go a lot quicker. And, yes, it dealt with topics of abuse and addiction, in a different way than I've read before. It was undeniably wonderfully written. Definitely not a super uplifting book, and has a high maturity level, so I would only recommend it to high school age or over. Try it if you are okay with that sort of thing; it is good, I promise. Get it at Kettleson. 

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