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Tricks

Written by: Ellen Hopkins
Narrated by: Laura Flanagan,Jeremy Guskin,Cassandra Campbell,J. Paul Boehmer
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Publisher's Summary

When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival.

Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.

Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story, a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, "Can I ever feel okay about myself?"

A brilliant achievement from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins, who has been called "the best-selling living poet in the country" by mediabistro.com,Tricks is a book that turns you on and repels you at the same time. Just like so much of life.

©2009 Ellen Hopkins (P)2009 HighBridge Company

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love anything by ellen hopkins❤❤❤❤

love anything by ellen hopkins❤❤❤
suffering from the disease of addiction myself. it really hits home reading her work... her words atent bullshit

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  • Jerry Riley
  • 2009-10-19

Outstanding and Scary

This book is excellent. It following the path of teenagers who are rejected, feel unwanted, or trapped, and how their choices result in drugs, death, and even prostitution. The key emphasis is that the teenagers and the parents for a variety of reasons are not communicating. That means that they are not talking AND listening to each other. The result is that a schism develops and widens. This is NOT a parenting book. Rather it is a book that lets you, as the observer, watch and become scared as you want to save these kids from their path of destructiveness only to realize that the saving needed to start before they ever left home. I believe that it is a very good book for teenagers and parents. However, there are multiple sexual descriptions that may not be appropriate for the preteen or the sexually naive teenager.

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  • Kat Ferguson
  • 2016-07-29

Very raw.

I really enjoyed the realism in the stories. This isn't a feel good book, it's an eye opening book.

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  • Angie
  • 2015-02-02

I very much enjoyed

This was a very addictive book I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to any body.

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  • Diane De Baun
  • 2014-05-17

Dark and depressing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes sad and debauched stories

What was most disappointing about Ellen Hopkins’s story?

I was hoping for the story to turn around and get more positive so I listened for a while til I couldnt take it anymore, making me ill

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Illness, darkness. I guess the title Tricks was the clue.

Any additional comments?

It might actually be a good wake up call to some teens to be careful and that the world does have alot of treachery in it.

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  • Andy S
  • 2021-01-17

The best Ellen Hopkins book out there!!!!

If you're reading this, trust me. take a chance, spend the credit or the couple bucks on this book. It's fantastic.

I may be biased though. was maybe 14 when I read this book for the first time, ten years ago or so. I devoured it in one night on my bedroom floor. It drowned out the troubles in my life, educated me, and started what has been a long love affair with Ellen Hopkins' books. it is by far her best one.

this production did not disappoint. if I have to complain about one thing though, Cody's voice actor didn't fit the character, but hes an amazing narrator nonetheless.

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  • Brian Rawcliffe
  • 2015-12-30

Excellent as Always

The only thing I dislike are one or two of the readers. They are a tad over the top. But, the story is still intense.

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  • kaija
  • 2015-11-14

moving

this book gave me plenty of feels. i am constantly impressed hy ellen hopkins' writing and by the quality of her audio recorded books. like watching a movie with you ears. enthralling.

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  • Marsha
  • 2014-06-21

I'm not buying that teenagers are all that hopeles

Where does Tricks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

MIddle of the road. Distracting enough for the commute, but too depressing and too anxious to prove to us how awful life is for me to recommend to anyone else.

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  • Janit L Johnson
  • 2012-09-19

Eye Opener

Would you consider the audio edition of Tricks to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book so I can't say but I usually prefer the audio in most books

What other book might you compare Tricks to and why?

None to compare

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me sad because I know this is what happens to so many kids thoughout the worlk

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  • Easton
  • 2022-09-26

A classic Ellen Hopkins

Before reading please understand this is a dark and sad story just like all of Ellen hopkins books. The narration performance was excellent. If you read bellow this review there are others writing about its too dark and yes it is dark but the story is amazing. Others that review and didn't finish should not be listened to, if you can't finish the book, how can you say it's bad?