Tricks by Ellen HopkinsTricks by Ellen Hopkins


byEllen Hopkins

Paperback | December 6, 2011

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“When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival.”

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. These are five moving stories that remain separate at first, then weave together to tell a larger, more powerful story–a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. And figuring out what sex and love are all about.

TRICKS is informed and inspired by living near Las Vegas–a big teen prostitution scene–and by the fact that teen prostitution is not exclusively the result of kids running away from abuse. Kids from “better” families are selling themselves for hefty sums in order to finance addictions or even just to buy jewelry or clothing. In some cases, parents prostitute their children for the same reason. So what happens to the kids who are asking themselves, and asking us, “Can I ever feel OK about myself?”

Highly charged, TRICKS is a gripping experience that turns you on and repels you at the same time.
Ellen Hopkins was born in Long Beach, California on March 26, 1955. She started her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written about 20 non-fiction books. Her first novel, Crank, was written in verse and met with critical acclaim. Her other fiction ...
Title:TricksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 7 × 5 × 1.8 inPublished:December 6, 2011Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416950087

ISBN - 13:9781416950080

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldnt put it down! Great read! Once again, Ellen Hopkins does not disappoint. She gives great insight on a world that most of us can't imagine. I love all of her books but this one is definitely near the top of my list.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read This was a very interesting read. It really opened my eyes to the reality of teenage prostitution and what teens do to survive. It was sad but also interesting.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Captivating, it provided a lot of insight on how contributing factor revolving in prostitution.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not a bad book spoilers/tw: the book revolves around 5 teenagers across the States and their journey into teenage prostitution. i liked that this book was written from multiple perspectives and it was sad/interesting to read how their lives deteriorated because of prostitution (and how they got into it in the first place) and some of their attempts to regain control over their lives. i really wished this book went into more depth with each character, i feel like i would have more of an emotional attachment to them. some of it was a little far fetched but nevertheless, i would definitely recommend this book: it was a quick and harrowing read and i want to read more of hospkins' books now. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good! This one took me a little while to get into, but once I did I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tricks. Unfortunately, as her books went on, Hopkins seems to have strayed from actual poetry and just fell into prose structured like a poem without actually being a poem. Beyond that, however, the story was good.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Ellen Hopkins Ellen Hopkins quickly became one of my favourite authors after reading the Crank trilogy. I fell in love with her writing style, her characters and her way of handling heavy subject matter beautifully. I would recommend any of her books to anyone, and this one is no exception
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy but good Hopkins is such a wonderful writer. This book, like all her others, is so well written. The subject matter is definitely a little heavy, but so are the lives of youth who "turn tricks." A must read.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Fan of Ellen Hopkins I have been a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins and this novel is no exception. The issues that are covered in this novel are big issues that are common in today's youth culture. Another book that I couldn't put down until i was finished. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read good story. love the writing style.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Well Done I read this book many years ago and it still has an impact on me. I really did enjoy it but I don't think I will read it again. I think it is an important book for young people to read.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I bought this (and some other Ellen Hopkins books) for my teenage cousin based on staff recommendations, she loved it!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! Everyone should read this along with Traffick. The vivid imagery is so capturing and will allow one to lose themselves in the book.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Another great read from Hopkins. Full of haunting imagery and wonderful poetic rhythms. Easy to read as the book flowed between stories and povs
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was fantastic. Read it.
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tricks This was a pretty good book. A little to far fetched for some of the stories about the five teens, but non the less, I am old enough to know where she is going with the thought patterns of these sexaul incounters. And i think she did a great job portraying young girls and boys who pull "tricks".
Date published: 2011-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening Reading the beginning of this novel, I knew right away that it was going to be really good. Turns out, it was amazing. Following the lived of these five teenagers was a big eye-opener as to just what certain people are going through and what people and factors in their lives can drive them to do. From being sent away for falling in love, to being kicked out of home for being gay, everything in between only adds to the intensity and harsh conditions of this novel. It focuses around these five adolescents who, under unique circumstances to each of them, must resolve to prositution to get to their "goals", be it paying the rent, havin a place to stay, saving the family from bankruptcy, buying drugs, or finding the way back to the one that they are madly in love with.Whoever the character and whatever they suffer through, you can truly see what type of life they are living and how emotionally and physically harsh their lives are. The writing style is quite different, as it uses poems with verses, stanzas, etc. The content inside is amazing, to put it in simplest terms. It gives you a real and emotional look into the lives of these teens and although they're fictional, it's not hard to believe that there ARE teens out there who, under the same or similar ciscumstances, must result to the exact same thing, whether by choice or by force. Overall, I would highly reccomend this novel to anyone around 14+.
Date published: 2009-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book by Ellen Tricks is about five teenagers from different walks of life, that for some reason or other are questioning love, and looking for it. Two of them find it with the same sex, the other three find it with the opposite. One boy falls in love with gambling and one girl falls in love with a hard, addictive drug. In the end, they all end up in Vegas, doing things they never thought they would. As always, Ellen writes a fast-paced novel about the harder things in life. I love how she doesn't sugar coat anything, gives it to us the way it would happen in real life. Definitely another must read!
Date published: 2009-09-18