Review: Stealing Candy

Stealing Candy
Stealing Candy by Allison Hobbs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Stealing Candy” by Allison Hobbs was riveting, suspenseful, played with my mind and down-right dirty all at the same time. Being an avid reader, it’s very rare that I discover a book that can do that all for me, but I’ve really suceeded here. Ms. Hobbs paints a picture that’s leaves you so open and so vulnerable that you can’t help, but come back for me. She sheds light on a very important social topic – sex trafficking…detailing the story of an ex-con named Bullet who believes twenty-something prostitutes are too old to mess with for his pimp game so he prefers to go for what he calls “his candy.” He has stolen three underage girls and, by using manipulation, violence and head-games, has forced them into selling their “goodies” for cash to support his lifestyle, his bankroll. He eventually has them believing that they even can grow to love this life, and theirs is better off with him because nobody else cares. But, he forgot about one person…Saleema Sparks. She decides to search for one of the girls, and ends of gaining so much in the process…love, self-worth, self-examination, but she also gets murder.
“Stealing Candy” had me on the edge of my seat…even while I was grocery shopping because even though I always have my 3-year old daughter right there with me anyway, I found myself pulling her closer, making sure she was within my eyesight. My 10-year old niece was with me as well, and I kept saying to her “Stay near me…you need to stay close to me.”

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Stealing Candy” was recommended and provided on-loan by my co-worker, Gwen Clark.

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Review: After

AfterAfter by Amy Efaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“After” by Amy Efaw was a very moving and powerful read…Devon, a fifteen-year old soccer player gets pregnant, and, probably similar to most fifteen-year olds who gets pregnant, she is in denial, shock and doesn’t want it to happen. But, unlike many, she is in denial all throughout her pregnancy, and, because of this, when her baby is born, she attempts to get rid of IT the only way she knows how – the TRASH.

Consequently, Devon is soon enveloped in a sea of orange jumpsuits, juvenile court, her lawyer, but, worst of all, dealing with her own emotions and feelings. She begins to learn more of how she came to this point and how she will go forward from her.

More importantly, Devon realizes that she’s not exempt – she can make mistakes and learn from them. Staying in lockup around other girls her age, she thinks she is so much different from them, but she quickly learns that she’s one-in-the-same. And, with the help of her lawyer, Dom, she comes to grip with who she really is, and what she really did, even if she can’t remember.

I went through so many emotions in this book…it was very moving. And, even though many of us haven’t been in Devon’s exact situation, I think we can all relate to having something happen when you didn’t want it to happen, and what to do from that point forward.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “After” was obtained from my personal library.

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