Recommendation Friday #2

April 10, 2015

     Recommendation Friday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Taylor and Stephanie over at The Bibliophile Gathering :)

Today I will be recommending a book I read over winter break for a read-a-thon. Not many people talk about it but I feel like someone should....

......And that book is Sold by: Patricia McCormick

What is Sold about?
"Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small village in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her moth brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must take a job to support her family.
     He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to help, Lakshmi journeys to India only to learn the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
    An old women named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped e=there infill she can pay off her family's debt--then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.
     Gradually, Lakshmi forms friendships that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision--will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?"
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Now don't let the whole prostitution thing scare you. This book is not graphic in that way.

I started reading this book without reading the synopsis first and boy was I a surprise when I realized what the book was about. Even though I was shocked, I could't put it down. The book is extremely easy to read because of the way it was written.

The story is written in a short, vignette-style but is still written incredibly well. 
It takes place over a period of years, I believe. 

I know personally that I don't like to read books with younger narrators/main characters because they tend to be immature and whiny.
The main character, Lakshmi, is not whiny whatsoever. She is actually quite the opposite. Though she is in a nightmarish situation, she stays strong the entire time and never gives up hope. The more time she spends in the brothel the stronger and wiser she becomes. I actually came to admire her greatly.

I recommend this book because it an eye opener to what still occurs today in different parts of the world. It really makes you have a respect for girls who have to go through this or that have gone through this.


I you've read this book please tell me your thoughts!




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