Selling Points: teen prostitution, violence, coercion
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2004
Lexile Level: HL640L
Fry Reading Level: 3.8
Fiction Ages 12+
Dillon wakes me up. I fell asleep in the boots and leather mini-skirt and nothing else. He's brought a friend home. The friend is grinning down at me. I yank the sleeping bag over me. His name is Barrel, and he's big and round like one.
"She'll do," he says. Then he leaves.
"Do what?" My head is pounding.
"Nothing. Don't worry about it." Dillon heads for the shower. "Go back to sleep."
So I do.
Izzy's mother works far away and leaves Izzy at home, alone with Rob the Slob. Angry at her mother and trying to deal with school, friends and the attentions of charismatic Cody Dillon, Izzy finds her life swirling out of control. Coerced into putting out to help Cody, Izzy finds she is one in a long line of girls ensnared in prostitution, with no way to escape. Believing that her mother will come for her, Izzy manages to fight back and, when the chance appears, make a run for it.
Bookvacations.wordpress.com - March 18, 2011
"This book broke my heart. It deals with a very difficult subject; one that society would rather sweep under the rug...This book is not only for teens, but also for parents. It calls for parents to value their children and to always put them first. I think this is a great book for young adults to read as it puts everything in perspective, and will help both young adults and parents become more knowledgeable in terms of protecting themselves and their loved ones. Five stars."
Teen Summer Reading Club - August 1, 2006
"This book talks about a lot of things that teens nowadays would experience."
CM Magazine - November 26, 2004
"Charmed is the gold standard of what hi/lo titles can be. Highly Recommended."
YALSA Quick Picks, short-listed
CCBC Our Choice, commended
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