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Review: Dime by E.R. Frank

Title: Dime
Author: E.R. Frank
Year Published: 2015

Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 317
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2016 Google Reading map)USA (New Jersey)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school library

Summary (from the back of the book):
 Dime has lived in the same place for almost as long as she can remember. But it isn't home, and lately, things are falling apart. Then she meets Daddy. He stares at her with those eyes, like some gangster puppy dog. It's the first time she's felt this kind of love. Now, Dime has a real place, a family, and a way to be someone special....

At a cost. It's so smooth and so fast that Dime is pulled into the life without even realizing it, making choices and doing things she never thought she'd do. Losing herself piece by piece, until it feels like she's barely got anything left inside. But what if the tiny part that does remain is enough to help her break free?

Review: Woah. This book is chilling and intense! There were parts that were so uncomfortable that I wanted it to go away, but I couldn't stop myself from reading it because I wanted to find out that it all ended up okay. But of course, life doesn't for kids in the trafficking world.

Dime is so young at 14, but so mature in many ways. She's had a rough life from the start, living in foster care that isn't great, or even good most of the time. Finding "Daddy" must have felt like a godsend: food, clothes, a shower, and affection. Too bad the affection turned into more. Then some more. And then it was too late for her to escape. But she's still smart and she likes to read and she knows she needs to get out. But how?

I like that the author lists books and resources about child trafficking and prostitution at the end of the book. This story holds nothing back, which makes it so difficult to read at times, but also so important to stop pretending like this isn't happening.

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