Dime by E.R. Frank
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?
Publishes in US: May 26th 2015 by Atheneum
Genre: ya contemp
Source: Simon via Edelweiss
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I wanted to read Dime because tough contemporaries appeal to me and Dime fits that bill, focusing on teen prostitution.
The set up is familiar for this sort of read-- a teen who ending up with a pimp. I think they even called him Daddy as well. There was the set up with the main character being second in rank, a younger one who is innocent in ways that breaks your heart and the older girl, or one who has been in the business longer.
I think that one reason it took me a bit to connect to the main character because I didn't know her before and that is totally on me, a personal preference. But we see her right in the middle of her stint into prostitution with clues of her past in memories. We can tell from the synopsis that she will get more self awareness of her situation and see that she needs to find a way out in order for her to grow and change as a person.