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My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
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My Book of Life by Angel

by Martine Leavitt

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First time reading a novel in verse: picked a good one. So well written. Lyrical. Relatable. How does a girl end up in Angel's shoes? A home where one parent's grief over the loss of a spouse makes the parent unavailable to parent. A girl who copes by shoplifting, one shoe at a time. A predator who sees the crime and uses it to lure her in, adding drugs, and finally convincing her to prostitute herself to help him out. She can't go home and she has to protect her younger brother, because the pimp knows where she lives and tells her he will hurt the brother unless she cooperates. This is her life, made bearable by "candy," until one day the pimp introduces an 11 year old girl, Melli, who was in a group home. Angel is supposed to show her the ropes. instead, Melli is a wake-up call for Angel, who is determined to save Melli from the same fate. Such a sad story, but so easy to read. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Apr 7, 2014 |
This is a very beautiful story with a powerful message. I loved how innocent Angel stayed despite the fact that her innocence was stolen at such a young age. I think this makes her an extremely strong character because she does not let her bad situation get to her and no matter what she always has hope. I found that the end was the best part. It flew by, and the twists were so gripping. I also think that writing in poetry made the intense parts better. Overall this is a wonderful book that I think more people should read. ( )
  Milaxox | Feb 23, 2014 |
A true but hard look at what happens to some girls who are unhappy with life, find a "boyfriend" who hooks them on drugs and turns them in to child prostitutes.
Fans of Ellen Hopkins books may enjoy this book ( )
  TeamDewey | Feb 15, 2014 |
My "VOYA" Rating: 5Q, 3P

My Book of Live by Angel is written in verse and it's written superbly. Angel is a 16 year old girl with clepto tendencies. She meets a man named Call and find that he distracts her from the pain of her mother's death. Call is charming initially, but later he introduces Angel to "candy." She likes candy in the beginning, loving the way it makes her feel. Not much later he introduces her to his friend, then friend of a friend and so Angel is introduced to prostitution. Then one day Call brings home an 11 year old girl named Mellie that's supposed to learn the ropes from Angel. Angel then works hard to make a plan to save Melli from Call.

Angel's narrative is beautiful with language that is gripping, a protagonist that moves you, a pimp that makes your stomach turn and a world that begs of awareness. Leavitt writes a story of heartache, strength and courage that will stick with me for awhile. ( )
  cfranson | May 31, 2013 |
This would be an excellent book to hand out to young girls that could potentiality head down this terrible road. When reading this book, you walk along side Angel and feel all that she feels. This book stays with you. ( )
  WetheReaders | Apr 30, 2013 |
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When sixteen-year-old Angel meets Call at the mall, he buys her meals and says he loves her, and he gives her some candy that makes her feel like she can fly. Pretty soon she's addicted to his candy, and she moves in with him. As a favor, he asks her to hook up with a couple of friends of his, and then a couple more. Now Angel is stuck working the streets at Hastings and Main, a notorious spot in Vancouver, Canada, where the girls turn tricks until they disappear without a trace, and the authorities don't care. But after her friend Serena disappears, and when Call brings home a girl who is even younger and more vulnerable than her to learn the trade, Angel knows that she and the new girl have got to find a way out.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:17 -0400)

"16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught."--

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