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Tricks | [Ellen Hopkins]

Tricks

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story, a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, "Can I ever feel okay about myself?"

A brilliant achievement from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins, who has been called "the best-selling living poet in the country" by mediabistro.com,Tricks is a book that turns you on and repels you at the same time. Just like so much of life.

©2009 Ellen Hopkins; (P)2009 HighBridge Company

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    Gerald W. Riley 10-19-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding and Scary"

    This book is excellent. It following the path of teenagers who are rejected, feel unwanted, or trapped, and how their choices result in drugs, death, and even prostitution. The key emphasis is that the teenagers and the parents for a variety of reasons are not communicating. That means that they are not talking AND listening to each other. The result is that a schism develops and widens. This is NOT a parenting book. Rather it is a book that lets you, as the observer, watch and become scared as you want to save these kids from their path of destructiveness only to realize that the saving needed to start before they ever left home. I believe that it is a very good book for teenagers and parents. However, there are multiple sexual descriptions that may not be appropriate for the preteen or the sexually naive teenager.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 06-21-14
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm not buying that teenagers are all that hopeles"
    Where does Tricks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    MIddle of the road. Distracting enough for the commute, but too depressing and too anxious to prove to us how awful life is for me to recommend to anyone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane De Baun Hemet, CA, US 05-17-14
    Diane De Baun Hemet, CA, US 05-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Dark and depressing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes sad and debauched stories


    What was most disappointing about Ellen Hopkins’s story?

    I was hoping for the story to turn around and get more positive so I listened for a while til I couldnt take it anymore, making me ill


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Illness, darkness. I guess the title Tricks was the clue.


    Any additional comments?

    It might actually be a good wake up call to some teens to be careful and that the world does have alot of treachery in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica P Tamulonis 04-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally Unexpected"
    If you could sum up Tricks in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tricks?

    When character after character was headed to Las Vegas.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Ginger.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My heart broke into a million pieces when the truth about Iris became clear.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea what to expect when I chose this book to listen to. The book was beautifully written in a dark and tragic way that forced me to listen to it non-stop. Definitely a good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janit L Johnson WESTVILLE, OK, US 09-19-12
    Janit L Johnson WESTVILLE, OK, US 09-19-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Eye Opener"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tricks to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book so I can't say but I usually prefer the audio in most books


    What other book might you compare Tricks to and why?

    None to compare


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me sad because I know this is what happens to so many kids thoughout the worlk


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Steamboat springs, CO, United States 01-29-14
    Doris Steamboat springs, CO, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't get this book"
    Would you try another book from Ellen Hopkins and/or the narrators?

    I have read 4 other books from this very wrong person this will be the last


    Has Tricks turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes and No


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    This is what is wrong with the youth of today lazy and go the of the drugs Sad

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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