Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

This spare, sometimes cryptic book tells the story of a girl named Angel who is a victim of human trafficking. A man named Call befriends her, says he loves her, gives her cocaine, and then forces her into a life of prostitution. Angel's only friend, Serena, disappears and she is on her own. Writing down her story in her "book of life" is the one thing that keeps her alive. But then Call brings in a little girl named Melli and Angel  finds it in herself to try to protect Melli from the life she is living. This book is well-written and poetic, but is a tough story to read. It's haunting and sad and gives you a glimpse into the harsh reality of girls who are trafficked. Recommended for high school readers.

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