naked by stacey trombley (tw: prostitution, rape, abuse)
overall rating: 3.4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
character development: 4
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.
Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.
The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.
Someone knows who I really am.
And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…
*i received this book from netgalley in return for an honest review.*
naked is another book that deals with sensitive topics, specifically prostitution. it gives an interesting perspective on prostitution, showing the human side of it. we see why anna became a prostitute (although her reason definitely does not represent all possible reasons for prostitution) and we see her struggles during her experience.
the characters were decent overall. i found anna quite annoying, but i loved jackson! he was definitely my favorite character—he was just so sweet and caring. the family aspect of this story was also really interesting, and i liked seeing how anna grows closer to her mom.
the plot starts off right in the middle of the action and continues to move quickly. it keeps you engaged, but after a while it becomes pretty predictable. however, the ending was satisfying. the writing style was okay, neither amazing nor terrible.
finally, the romance was really cute but used a lot of clichés. again, it was pretty predictable.
overall, naked wasn’t particularly enjoyable, but it offers a different look at prostitution.
have you read this? what did you think?
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