The realities of teen prostitution are revealed in this eye-opening, heartbreaking story from the author of America, which Booklist called “a piercing, unforgettable novel” and Kirkus Reviews deemed “a work of sublime humanity.”
As a teen girl in Newark, New Jersey, lost in the foster care system, Dime just wants someone to care about her, to love her. A family. And that is exactly what she gets-a daddy and two “wifeys.” So what if she has to go out and earn some coins to keep her place? It seems a fair enough exchange for love.
Dime never meant to become a prostitute. It happened so gradually, she pretty much didn’t realize it was happening until it was too late.
But when a new “wifey” joins the family and Dime finds out that Daddy doesn’t love her the way she thought he did, will Dime have the strength to leave? And will Daddy let her?
This is going to be a short review, because honestly, I’m not sure what to say about Dime besides the fact that I really, really, really liked it.
This was an intense read. And heart-breaking. And it made me ANGRY. And I wanted to jump through the pages and hug Dime and take her home with me.
It almost feels wrong to say I was riveted from the open paragraph, but I was. Dime’s voice and story drew me in and it was like I was addicted to the book while I was reading it. It was one of those books that I ignored life for a few hours in order to read.
If you are all about happy, light stories, then this may not be the best choice for you. But, if like me, you LOVE realistic books that aren’t always easy to read but make you feel all kinds of things then you will absolutely love this novel.