Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: Stealing Candy by Allison Hobbs

Jan 3, 2012

Book Review: Stealing Candy by Allison Hobbs

Description from Goodreads:
Forced teen prostitution in America is on the rise and is being exposed through the media. Allison Hobbs offers a provocative look into the lives of three young girls who have been forced into sex slavery by a homicidal pimp, and the one woman who risks everything to try and save their lives. Stealing Candy by Allison Hobbs is a shocking novel about human sex trafficking. Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds have been abducted by a pimp who refers to them as “his candy” while treating them with cruelty and contempt.  Routinely battered, emotionally manipulated, the girls are brainwashed into accepting sexual servitude as their hopeless plight in life. Saleema Sparks has made it her life’s mission to provide a sanctuary for troubled teen-age girls. With dwindling personal funds, she may have to close the doors to her one-woman operation—Head Up—a safe haven for young women in crisis.  But when Portia, a member of Head Up, goes missing, Saleema does not accept that the troubled teen is simply a runaway. She is compelled to look for Portia, forcing an apathetic community to open their eyes and lend a hand in the search for the abducted teen. But can she help Portia and the other sex-trafficked girls break free from the malicious pimp who has abducted them? Determined to save three young lives, Saleema risks everything to get the girls out of the pimp’s murderous grasp.

My Thoughts:
Stealing Candy is one of those books that really makes you think. It is fiction, but yet everything about it is all too real. Allison Hobbs did a great job depicting what teen prostitution is like in America, the America that most of us will never see. These poor girls go through horrible abuse being trafficked by a psychotic pimp, and he will stop at nothing to keep them working and keep them under his watch. This book is raw, gritty and graphic. Saleema is an amazing character and she really holds the whole book together for me. There needed to be that small ray of sunshine to keep everything going amidst all the darkness. Excellent urban read with great writing and editing. Strebor Books never disappoints!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!  

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