Today I am lucky enough to be part of the Naked blog tour!
by Stacey Trombley
Release Date: 07/07/15
A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her...
When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn't want her anymore.
Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he finds out the truth about her past? And when a dark figure from New York comes looking for Anna, she realizes she must face her secrets... before they destroy her.
Naked was definitely a unique book. It was unlike anything I'd ever read before. It follows Anna, who ran away from her family at age thirteen. She ended up in New York City, dating a guy named Luis who taught her to sell her body in order to make money and keep the two of them afloat. Of course, Anna believes that Luis wasn't telling her what to do, because he "loved" her.
After getting caught by the police, Anna is brought back to her family and Luis is sent to go on trial. She's forced back into her home, where she hasn't been in three years. Everything is so different; her parents even adopted a dog that they think is a boy though she can tell it's a girl. Her parents tell her that she has to go back to school, even though the entire freshmen class is way younger than her. At school, she makes a friend named Jackson, amidst everyone calling her names and bullying her. However, she gets a note from someone saying that he/she knows everything about her, as well as her life in New York City when she was known as "Exquisite".
This book was definitely different. I really loved Anna and felt so horrible for her situation. I hated her father and even her mom, though her mother had grown on me by the end. She had reason for running away; I just wish that someone had noticed that something was wrong in her life before she got the opportunity to do so. It sucks that she was so young too, because when you're that young you're easily fooled and manipulated because you're so naive, which Luis definitely realized.
I think Jackson was my favorite character. He was so sweet and always gave Anna the benefit of the doubt, especially when everyone thought the worst of her. I also loved learning more about Jackson throughout the book. I'll be sure to check out more by Stacey in the future.
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.
Blog tour put together by YA Bound Book Tours!