Sold by Patricia McCormick Review

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family’s debt—then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.

Lakshmi’s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother’s words— Simply to endure is to triumph—and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision—will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

Well, this book was a very interesting book. Let me begin by saying that this is not a book that I would pick up at a bookstore simply because it’s not a book that I would typically read. I had to read this book for school and I was surprised at everything that happened in the book. Lakshmi is not a girl that the author based off of one person she met, but rather multiple women she met in Nepal who were forced into sex trafficking. Lakshmi is a young girl of the age thirteen. She is naive to the reality of what happens when girls are told they will work as maids, which is expected because she is a child. One day, Lakshmi’s stepfather takes her down to the local shop where she is told she will go to the city to work as a maid. Upon arriving in the city, Lakshmi is surprised to learn that everything there is not what she expected. Lakshmi is taken to the Happiness House, where she is forced into being with men. This book was a very emotional book for me and a challenging one for me to read, simply because this stuff happens to young girls in real life and that is the harsh reality of life. I found it extremely horrible that Lakshmi was forced into having sex with much older men and she was only thirteen years old. I felt that throughout everything that was happening to her, Lakshmi remained a very strong person. I, being only fifteen, cannot imagine what I would do if it were me in that situation, but I felt Lakshmi stayed strong and held onto hope when most girls would have given up long ago. Overall, this book is a very difficult book to read because of what happens to the girls in the Happiness House. I feel like every time one of the girls started to have hope, something horrible happened and things got even worse for them. I will say that I have to give this book five out of five coffee creamers because it was that good. I definitely recommend this to people looking for a tough and challenging read, but just be warned that the book is graphic and has some very mature themes.


October 2014 Reading List

October 2014:

*these books are subject to change*

(these books are listed in the order that I plan to have them finished. As always, that is subject to change)

~Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
~Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (this is a 700 page book so yeah :o I’ll try to read it as quickly as possible)
~Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
~My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

November 2014:

*these books are subject to change*

(these books are listed in the order that I plan to have them finished. As always, that is subject to change)

~My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
~Moonlight Lost by Sabrina Archer
~Forever Kinda Love (Lovelly Book 1) by Clara Stone
~Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (didn’t finish it because the book is so huge; probably won’t finish until December)

The Mediator: Shadowland by Meg Cabot Review

themediator“Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.”

So I put aside Paper Towns by John Green and began reading Shadowland, the first book in The Mediator series by Meg Cabot. By the way, sorry I haven’t posted in so long! I started school and things got chaotic and didn’t have time to read, but I finally was able to re-read this book. This book is…different. Susannah Simon is an average sixteen year old girl; well as average a ghost whisperer can be. This book reminds me a lot of the show The Ghost Whisperer except the main character is a teenager. This book is really good actually. Suze can see, hear, touch, and speak to spirits. That’s kind of crazy, right? Anyway, Suze moves to Carmel, California all the way from New York City. Upon arriving in her new home, she encounters a spirit in her bedroom. Well, she encounters the very hot spirit of a dead cowboy; Jesse. Let me just say that Jesse is perfect! He is so sweet and caring towards Susannah and it’s just amazing. However, Suze doesn’t care for Jesse very much. The two of them get on each others nerves. Suze is a stubborn girl and doesn’t listen to anyone. Since I don’t want to spoil the book, I’ll just tell you that Suze does some pretty stupid things without thinking about them. At some points in the book, Suze annoyed me because she didn’t listen to anyone and just did whatever she wanted to. She didn’t think of the consequences or repercussions her actions may have. One thing I loved about Suze though is that she didn’t crap from anyone. She stood up for herself and what she believed in and I admire that. Overall, I give this book 4 coffee creamers. I give it four coffee creamers because I just felt the book didn’t have quite a very complex storyline and I felt the main character was kind of annoying. Regardless, this is still one of my favorite books and I will be reading the second one soon.

On another note, I recently finished reading the book Sold by Patricia McCormick for school and I will be posting my review of that either tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday, so be looking out for that because that book was something and I have a lot to say about it! Anywho, hope you enjoyed this review!