Thank you to Wednesday Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
I really enjoyed this book, even though the prose sounded really intense, and like something that would punch me in the gut. While it was very sad, I was able to read through it and finish the book. (Which I was fearful I wouldn’t be able to do) The Author had a very tasteful way of writing on such a terrible topic. I was nervous that it would be graphic and descriptive. So I was surprised to find it wasn’t.
Lex goes through a lot in this book, and the amount of bad people in her life outnumber the good. However, she was written as a strong female, and she chooses to surround herself with the like. She comes to her senses in this book early on and realizes when good things were happening for her. Part of me does feel like things were a bit too easy for Lex, and that it wasn’t a very realistic outcome. Regardless, I still devoured it in two sittings. It was a very fast paced read.
The sex trafficking topic is very hard to stomach, and the deplorable conditions that Lex/Poppy and the other flowers were kept in, and what they all experienced together was enough to really just hurt my heart, because that kind of thing is not fiction. This is a real issue going on in our world, and I am glad that YA Authors are shedding a light on this topic.
I loved Lex’s Aunt, Uncle, and her two friends, they really are the bright light in the darkness of this book.
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