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My Book of Life by Angel Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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Leavitt also talks about her research on the many prostitutes that went missing and how it helped with this book.
My Book of Life By Angel is about a girl named Angel, a girl tricked and deceived and lured and eventually trapped into prostitution. At sixteen years of age. But she tells her “dates” that she’s 13 and it’s her first time because people will pay more for that. Because the world is awful, you know? People can be cruel and horrible.
But then there are people like Angel. Someone who may have been a little naive, but still doesn’t deserve the life she was forced into. She’s called a whore. And, you know, that’s probably what most people think if they were to drive by a prostitute on the sidewalk. You don’t think, “Oh, I bet she’s a lovely person.” You avert your eyes and keep moving because you don’t want to involve yourself with those kind of people. Right? I think that’s what moved me about this book. This book helped me sympathize with people I don’t necessarily understand. Do I understand being tricked and then forced into prostitution? Do I understand seeing girls around me go missing and then seeing no one bat an eye because we “don’t really matter”? Do I understand the need for “candy” or drugs to escape the reality of my life? No, I don’t. Not at all. And I don’t pretend to understand what they go through every day. I’ve lived an easy life in comparison. But this book helped me to sympathize for them, to want to help them. It makes me sad for the world we live in where 16-year-olds and 10-year-olds are wanted and paid for by men four or five times their age. I can’t even think about it right now.Read more ›
National Book Award Finalist Martine Leavitt tackles tough topics in MY BOOK OF LIFE BY ANGEL, much like YA-novel-in-verse-heavy-hitter Ellen Hopkins. The narrator Angel is sixteen, working as a prostitute in Vancouver. She ran away to live with her boyfriend Call, who unbeknownst to her was a pimp. He got her addicted to drugs and convinced her that she wouldn't ever be welcome in her home again. It's a series of events that's happened to far too many girls.
But two events happen that give Angel the strength to go cold turkey. The first is the disappearance of Serena, a more experienced hooker who watched out for her. The second is the appearance of Melli, a mute eleven year old who Call wants to turn out. Angel is not so inured to her life that she's okay with that. She works double shifts and keeps turning down the drugs in order to protect her young charge. But as long as Melli is with Call she'll never be safe.
There is a noticeable shift in Angel's narration as she becomes more coherent and able to think more clearly about multiple things at once. The poetry always felt like a logical way for Angel to express herself. One of the things that makes the most impact on her during her time with Call is PARADISE LOST, Milton's epic poem, which a john makes her read aloud.
MY BOOK OF LIFE BY ANGEL is for mature readers only. It deals with prostitution of underage girls, drug abuse, and murders that go ignored.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book could have been the most bleak possible look into the life of a young prostitute. While it doesn't avoid the terrible situation that these young girls are in, the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by AmyRose
Although I did enjoy this book and thought the plot was interesting. It was not as well written as other books I have read, the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation lacked. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rachel
I didn't get this book on Amazon but it is by far one of the best books (poems) I have ever read. It is very short but it is full of emotions.Published 10 months ago by Madi
Martine Leavitt's "My Book of Life by Angel" is a verse written story that is haunting as it is revealing in substance. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul L.
In this novel-in-verse, mature high school readers will learn the sad story of Angel, a teenage runaway. Angel meets Call in a mall, who gets her hooked on drugs. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SunshineRose
Normally, I tend to shy away from novels like My Book of Life by Angel. Stories that feature a narrator who is the victim of abuse or exploitation are tough for me to read, partly... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Angela's Library