This young-adult novel is rated PG-13 with good reason. Step into the life of Hope, a fourteen year old who's never been kissed. After a strange turn of events she's held hostage as a prostitute in the sex-slave industry in Atlanta, Georgia.
Not as far fetched as you might think. The USA is quickly becoming a hotbed for this industry.
This story shows how it can happen to anyone and how young girls are being targeted.
This would be an excellent book for parents to read with their young daughters, not only as a teaching tool, but also to give them a glimpse into the world right around the corner.
There were a few things I didn't quite get while reading it. The "MARTA" is referred to often and it took me a while to figure out that it must be the public transportation system in Atlanta. I didn't even realize the story was set in Atlanta until towards the end of the book.
A heartbreaking read when you realize that it is based on true stories that the author collected while ministering to and rescuing girls like Hope.
Keep in mind that while it's been toned down, there are still some explicit scenes and rough language.
For more information please visit Susan Norris at her website.
This book was provided for review by Glass Road.