by Stacey Trombley
Release Date: 07/07/15
Summary from Goodreads:
A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her…
When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn’t want her anymore.
Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he finds out the truth about her past? And when a dark figure from New York comes looking for Anna, she realizes she must face her secrets…before they destroy her.
Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list.
She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough.
Keep a look out for her debut novel NAKED, coming from Entangled Teen in 2015
I liked certain aspects of this book, but generally speaking, I had different expectations. It sounded to me like it would be a total tear jerker, a brutally honest account of how this young girl overcame such a horrible thing. I was prepared for it to be powerful and emotional, I wanted this book to evoke so many feelings but it didn’t. First of all, I had a hard time thinking of Anna as a prostitute, or rather, believing that she actually went through that. Since the book starts pretty much with her going back home, the only traces left of her old life are the things she tells us. The book is narrated in first person and in my opinion, Anna’s voice was mostly rambling and occasional cryptic insinuations of her past, and that wasn’t enough for me to feel totally invested in her story. Also, if you live through 3 years of absolute hell, where you were raped, beaten and forced to have sex with disgusting men, I would think you’d be happy, even relieved to exchange those problems for high school drama and controlling parents. But then again, I just didn’t get Anna. About 3/4 of the way through, I got interested in the relationship with Jackson and the other girls from school, the things they were doing, etc.. But that felt wrong and trivial because the main focus of this story should’ve been Anna’s situation. I think Naked had a lot of potential but it just kind of fell short for me.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
3 out of 5 stars
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