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Sold by Patricia McCormick

Sold (edition 2008)

by Patricia McCormick

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Authors:Patricia McCormick
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2008), Edition: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC), Paperback, 263 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Read in 2012, Prostitution, Slavery, Sex Trafficking

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Sold by Patricia McCormick

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Synopsis: In a small, remote and poverty-stricken village in Nepal lives Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl whose husband has already been arranged for her when she reaches the appropriate age. Her family is reliant on their crops to survive. However, one season, the Himalayan monsoons wash away all of her family's crops and her father instructs Lakshmi that she must go to work in the city to pay off her family's debts.

Frightened to leave the village, but with no other choice, Lakshmi is taken into the city to work as a maid. The journey takes a while and Lakshmi is in awe at seeing things like trains, and different villages on her way. All she knows of the city is hearsay through the village.

Exhausted, but ready to start working as a maid, Lakshmi is confused when she arrives at a place only to be thrown into a room, given makeup and a rag to clean herself with. And there we learn she has been sold into the sex slave.

My Opinion: A well-researched and written account of what goes on behind the scenes in the sex trade. Reading this in the safe confines of my own home makes me feel so lucky that I will never have to endure what other people have to in their lives.

The book itself is written in short paragraphs, keeping experiences brief enough to cringe yet thankful that they are brief.

Read it as an adult and highly recommend. ( )
  Moniica | Mar 22, 2017 |
exquisitely heartbreaking. ( )
  kate_r_s | Feb 12, 2017 |
Amanda recommends
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
It was really sad what those girls went through. You might not want to read it because it gives the flat out truth. They were stuck in a pit that they couldn't get out of and they were slow but surely dig themselves into it unintentionally. In the book it says she thought hope was an affliction because it's crushed so easily. It shows you how lucky you are to be warm, not to be abused, to be well fed, and cared for. It was extremely depressing and you feel as if you attatch to her. Be thankful you've never feel a belt bite into your back, or hunger gnaw away at your stomach that only a cup of water will make you up chuck. Be thankful for your freedom and rights. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
Sold was fast paced and captivating. Each page threw an emotional punch that wrecked havoc on an innocent girl's life...

The book was heartbreaking and tragic. It was about a young girl that was sold to the nasty brothel biz. She was lied to, beat, scolded, raped, drugged, and shamed. Her sliver of hope dwindled each night she was bought... It was a terrible, horrific tale about how sick and twisted our world can be. To know that these things happen every day just made it that much worse. My stomach rolled and my throat tightened. It was truly horrifying. I honestly wanted to jump in the book, search the dirty streets, and save all of the sweet souls that were being held captive.

Why didn't it get 5 stars? Well there were two things that made me feel conflicted.... #1 the verse style. While it works for some, with this one it didn't. #2 I felt there could have been more detail. Many parts just grazed the surface when I wanted to dive deeper. Even with those things though I still recommend it to readers looking for an intense read about ugly truths. ( )
  ReadersCandyb | Oct 7, 2016 |
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Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.

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