Last review of 2018 – I promise! However, hang tight for a review of the 2018 reviews. What book was my favorite? What book stretched me the most? What book would I recommend to others? I’ll break it all down for you!
Book 47 – a gem of a Little Free Library find – a book I gave a great big hug once I reached the end. The perfect book to end my year on.
by Patricia McCormick
Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Poetry
Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Sold is about the young Lakshmi, a Nepali girl who’s sold to ease the financial strife of her family. Though they believe she’s headed to a big city in India where she’ll work as a maid, she quickly learns she’s been sold into prostitution upon her arrival at the “Happiness House”. Lakshmi lives a nightmare, fighting to survive, fighting for her dignity, and fighting simply to endure.
“Instead, we linger over a luxury that costs nothing: Imagining what may be.”
“Simply to endure… is to triumph.”Patricia McCormick, Sold
Awards (based upon my brief research):
Quill Award for Young adult/teen
National Book Award Finalist
My Overall Rating:
5 – Oh my goodness, this was just the most beautifully written book I’ve ever read. Never before have I fallen so deeply in love with a writing style. McCormick’s writing was poetic, eloquent and just all around beautiful. She shared the perfect amount of detail – telling a challenging story, one of human trafficking, with grace. Told from Lakshmi’s perspective, her beautiful soul was represented so well with this writing style. While she was fictional, I know she represents a lot of women and children who are so very similar to her and my heart just absolutely aches for her.
This was a great book to close out the year on… one that made me cry. One that I hugged when I finished. One that I just cannot explain without using the word beautiful at least three times.