Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Young Adult | Fiction
Pages: 336 Pages
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
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Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon
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?
It has been a long time since I've read a book that was so emotionally charged. A book that I could feel right down into my gut. Dime left me utterly raw.
Dime brings to light the horrors of Human Trafficking; An underground industry that happens right in front of us. Dime is a 13 year old girl who is in the Foster Care System. Her current foster situation is far from perfect but she has a roof over her head, food on her plate and an education, something she prides herself in. More specifically, she has a passion for reading, she loves to relate to classic characters like Charlie from the Chocolate Factory and Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. When Dime's foster home situation worsens, her foster mom turning to alcohol, she finds herself staying out at night on the streets and eventually standing in front of Daddy, a pimp who wines and dines her and fills her with false hope and promises; It's not long that Dime finds herself on the street with her "wifeys" making money for Daddy.
I don't think I have loathed a character any more than I have loathed Daddy. He is worse than any evil villain I have come across. He is just a "normal" man that you probably wouldn't think twice about when passing him on the streets yet he is responsible for ruining and demolishing so many lives. He steals your soul and leaves you empty so you have no choice but to stay with him. His manipulation literally left me fuming. There were even moments when I was thinking to myself that if I was 13 years old and in Dime's shoes, would I have known any better? At that age she was completely vulnerable and there for the taking. She was infatuated by him and was willing to say or do whatever he asked.
I really had a soft spot for Brandy. Although she was rough around the edges(but who wouldn't be in her situation?) you knew she had a yearning for a better life deep down, no matter how much she loved Daddy or how much he "took care" of her.
Dime is not for the faint of heart. E.R. Frank brings forward the ugly, ugly truth. I had no idea how strategic and manipulating these men or women can be to one another to come into and stay in this business. Despite how powerfully raw this novel is, I could not put it down. A part of me was so committed to Dime and a the other characters that I just had to know what their outcome would be and another part of me was learning from this novel. Afterwards I ended up researching documentaries including 3a.m. Girls which left me completely baffled with how out and in the open this is. It is literally happening right under our noses. E.R. Frank also provides great resources at the back of the book.
I would definitely rate this book a Mature Young Adult or even Adult Fiction. Like I said, it gets pretty detailed. Yet, I think this book would open a lot of eyes and encourage people to learn more and to do more about Human Trafficking. I have already educated myself more since reading this book and will continue to learn more and take it from there. I have also put in a request at the 3 libraries in my city that they must carry this. I think it is great for teenagers to not only educate themselves on this matter but to see how easy it is to get pulled in. The characters may be fictional but this situation is very real.
If you were anything like me, you will most likely devour Dime in one sitting because you just simply have to know the fate of these girls as soon as you can. I immersed myself in their lives and ended up caring so much for them. A little piece of my heart was taken by each of them.
I will definitely be picking up E.R. Frank's previous novels and will be keeping my eye on her future work!!
Be sure to get your come of Dime that hit's shelves tomorrow, May 26th!