Naked by Stacey Trombley
Published by Entangled Teen on July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
My expectations for this book were far from what I encountered.
I assumed as I went in that this was gonna strike hard. I was waiting to be moved and shaken. I was waiting for harsh reality.
Anna’s POV was very…messy. She seemed unsure with herself and the people around her – and I get that – but it was difficult to read. I couldn’t really relate to her/understand her thought process. HOWEVER, I loved her development as a character. She was far from who she was at the beginning of the book, by the end. I do believe she truly found who she was looking for all along – and came to terms with herself and her family in the process.
As side characters go, I do wish there was more substance to the people she surrounded herself with. I want to know more about Alex and Jen. I know things sort of tied up with them by the end, but I felt like there was room for so much more.
I think it was very well thought out plot. I enjoyed the story and thought that the book was somewhat fast in the beginning, but well paced throughout. I liked Anna’s growing relationship with her mother and deterring relationship with her father. But I do feel as if things fell short. I believe there could have been much more to this story that maybe we didn’t get.
I suggest you give this a read if you’re looking for a book with a deeper meaning than meets the eye. This book fits the bill when it comes to fighting back against the social norms of high school, and your own self-confidence.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*