Thursday, March 03, 2016

Review- Naked by Stacey Trombley


The best place to hide is in a lie…

I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.

Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.

The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.

Someone knows who I really am.

And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…

Release date: 7th July 2015
Published by: Entangled: Teen 
Page numbers: 304


Naked is very intriguing at the first glance. Trying hard to run away from disturbed pasts and trying even harder to build a pleasant future is a hit theme, and it works every time. Just the title and cover of the book are so interesting that it's worth a thousand glances. And once the story is told and everything falls in place, both start looking even more perfect. Naked is a book that demands to be read and deserves a try. 

Anna runs away from home at the tender age of thirteen, when everything seems to fall apart and the outside world suddenly becomes attractive. She lands in New York, the city of her dreams once she escapes her control and power freak, dominating and strict father and her very submissive, society driven and silent mother. Silently cursing herself and awaiting her death on the streets of the city, she is then rescued by a handsome boy, who pretends to love her, makes her believe what she is doing is for money that they will need, and ends up giving her scars for life. 

The entire novel goes from Anna's point of view in the first person, and author Stacey Trombley does a meticulous job of explaining every step Anna takes and even justifying it from the mind of a young girl. Just the way the book begins is so captivating and brilliant that there is no choice but to keep reading just to uncover the mystery and to know what happened to Anna. While at the very beginning, there were times when curiosity was demanding to know about Anna's past, the way it was taken up at the end made everything get together at the perfect moment and the right time. 

Naked is a story about trying to cure wounds that won't even bother to heal. The many side characters stand tall and add in meaningful elements to take Anna's life where it deserves to head. A high school background makes the story very tragic and real. The way art is portrayed in the book is simply astounding as well. However, as resplendent as these elements are, Anna remains the main focus throughout. A brave and strong girl, she ends up teaching the reader just as much-if not more- as she learns from her own life. 

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