Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Review: Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Summary: (from amazon.com)

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?"

A brilliant achievement from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins -- who has been called "the bestselling living poet in the country" by mediabistro.com -- Tricks is a book that turns you on and repels you at the same time. Just like so much of life.

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 640 pages
Release Date: August 25, 2009

Originality: 20/20
Characters: 15/15
Writing: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Ending: 8/10
Entertainment: 10/10
Cover: 9/10
Recommendation: 10/10

Total: 97/100 = A


I've been trying to write this review forever, and I can't find the right words for it.

Just know that Ellen Hopkins is an amazing author.  If you haven't read her you should.

And you need to pick this book up PRONTO. :)


I received this book as a Christmas gift.  I was not in any way, shape, or form paid for this review.