Author: Stacey Trombley
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary , Fiction
Format: e ARC
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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The best place to hide is in a lie…
I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.
Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.
The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.
Someone knows who I really am.
And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…
I received an e ARC of Naked from Entangled Teen via Net Galley , in exchange with an honest review.
So far,Naked is the best book that I have read this year ! Not only does the author discuss a topic that many writers stay away from, but also she does it perfectly !
We follow the story of Anna, an underage prostitute, and the things she dealt and will deal with. The writing style reminded me of that in Poison Study by Marian V. Snyder. You get to follow the story after she goes back to her parents and school, and you will be filled in on what happened during the past few years in the form of teasers.
The character development was brilliant, and it will make sense by the end of the book. When you finish it, you will realize how Anna went from being abusively raised by her father, and defiant mother, to being naive, to living in denial, and finally to waking up and realizing that those who claimed to love her were fake.
The character development was not just for the protagonist , but also her mother.
Living such a traumatizing life, the author was able to write each stage of this journey in an effective way, and with perfect timing.
I cried; I smiled ; in other words, Anna's story will haunt you and will make you see this sensitive topic with a new , understanding point of view.
P.S: Anna's Art Project was brilliant ;)
This is indeed the perfect debut novel for Stacey Trombley , and I can't wait to read more books by this talented author.
I give Naked 5/5 stars.
About the Author
Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list.
She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough.
Keep a look out for her debut novel NAKED, coming from Entangled Teen in 2015