|What unbreakable looks like|
Author: McLaughlin, Kate
Lex endures the horrors of being trafficked with other girls at a hotel. After being rescued and moving in with her aunt and uncle, she cautiously and slowly tries to get back to her normal life only to be raped by her boyfriend and his friends. When the crime pushes her into the limelight, she uses her new power and influence to help others with the support of family, friends, and a new love.
Booklist (+) (06/01/20)
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Booklist - 06/01/2020 *Starred Review* At 17, Poppy is one of Mitch’s “flowers,” whom he keeps at a motel and sells for sex on a secret website. When rescued from a life as a trafficked teen, Poppy has a choice: escape the hospital where she’s recuperating or live with her aunt and uncle, who want to help her become Alexa—Lex—again. She chooses her family and begins the difficult journey to recovery. She makes friends who are supportive, but trust remains an issue, and obstacles impede her pathway. For every step forward, “Poppy” reminds Lex that she doesn’t deserve anything good in her life. At school, she is sexually assaulted by the boy she’s dating and his friends. She’s also afraid that her pimp will learn where she lives and kidnap or kill her. Lex’s protracted progress is heartrending and moving, but with her support system’s constant love and reassurance, she gains internal strength and finds her voice. As a narrator, Lex is frank and reliable. Her history is one of manipulation and exploitation, but eventually her story becomes one of hope and confidence. Drugs, physical abuse, rape, and death appear through the story and are tough to absorb; however, graphic depictions are avoided. This shines a light on a little-talked-about topic that involves teens. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.