Her name is Exquisite, a name given to her by her
boyfriend/pimp, Luis. Unfortunately, her world with Luis
has been shattered and Exquisite finds herself returning
home, back to the world where she's Anna Rodriguez, a 17-year-old former
prostitute and runaway. Anna no longer
knows how to fit in with her old world despite her
parents' expectations that she'll suddenly be "normal"
again. One young man, Jackson, dares to befriend Anna, but
will all that be crushed when someone starts leaving her
notes saying they know who Anna really is?
NAKED is not an easy read by any means, but it is one that
delves into social issues often ignored, or swept under
the rug. Stacey Trombley introduces us to Anna at the
crucial moment when she is leaving behind her life as a
teenage prostitute and trying to assimilate back
into the world she fled three years prior. Anna is
prickly, snarky, and sometimes downright unlikable - and
yet my heart melts remembering when she looks at the
guard dog, Czar, and sees beyond the growling exterior.
Stacey Trombley does a marvelous job at showing us that
what we see on the exterior doesn't always give us the
Relationships are a key part of NAKED. We see Anna's
fractured relationship with her parents initially as
Stacey Trombley helps us to understand why Anna would
choose the streets and Luis over the security of her
childhood home. I personally love Sarah, the woman who
helps reunite Anna with her family and who doesn't forget
her, particularly when things start to intensify.
However, it is Anna's own ambivalence about Luis and her
own identity that really makes NAKED so powerful.
From the high school rumors to the darker experiences
Anna has faced on the streets, Stacey Trombley shows us a
young woman struggling to both find and understand her
own identity. NAKED is a complex, multifaceted story that
is sure to generate a lot of discussion as Stacey
Trombley doesn't shy away from difficult subjects. If
you like your stories intensely realistic, then don't
miss out on Stacey Trombley's fantastic young adult tale.
When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never
knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a
prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside
and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure
wouldn’t want her anymore.
Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she
meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind,
trusting. But what will he do when he finds out the truth
about her past? And when a dark figure from New York comes
looking for Anna, she realizes she must face her
secrets…before they destroy her.