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Head’s up: I will NOT give spoilers in these book posts.
We are basically halfway through January! Crazy how time flies! But how are everyone’s New Year’s resolutions going? Great, okay, so-so, nonexistent? Haha! I LOVE making resolutions and goals. One of those resolutions is to read a book once a month so I’m going with it. Pretty reasonable, right?
This month I read Sold by Patricia McCormick, who traveled to India and Nepal to do research and interviews, and although it’s a short read (200 pages or so), it’s SO good.
You can probably tell what the book is about by the cover? I’ll give you a sec to guess…got it? Yep, that’s right – sex trafficking, a girl being sold into prostitution. Even though it’s a short book, it really puts in you this young girl’s shoes. Her thoughts, emotions, humbleness, naivety, hopefulness, hopelessness, and frustration. You can buy it here.
Quick fact from the book: Each year nearly 12,000 Nepali girls are sold by their families, intentionally or unwittingly, into a life of sexual slavery in the brothels of India. Worldwide, the U.S. State Department estimates that nearly half a million children are trafficked into the sex trade annually.
My favorite review on the back of the book is from Publishers Weekly which reads, “Hard-hitting…poignant. The author beautifully balances the harshness of brothel life with the poignant relationships among its residents.”
What are you reading this month?