Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: February 16, 2012
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
A 17-year-old Moldovan girl whose parents have been killed is brought to the United States to work as a slave for a family in Los Angeles.
Hannah believes she’s being brought from Moldova to Los Angeles to become a nanny for a Russian family. But her American dream quickly spirals into a nightmare. The Platonovs force Hannah to work sixteen-hour days, won’t let her leave the house, and seem to have a lot of secrets—from Hannah and from each other.
Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah must find a way to save herself from her new status as a modern-day slave or risk losing the one thing she has left: her life.
This book is a great introduction for not only young adults but also adults to start learning about the horrors of human trafficking in America. It hits so close to home because it shows the reality of human trafficking: that you can find it everywhere, even in the suburbs! However, some stories remain the same: Hannah is a young girl who thought that she was going to go to America to create for herself a bright future. Unfortunately, she was deceived by these so called "agents" and abused by the family she took care of. Hannah was only a teenager but she quickly learned to grow up in order to survive.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. I was captivated by Hannah and her desire to make a friend. Despite her situation, she just wanted someone to talk to. I also enjoyed the book because it was very suspenseful until the end. My only issues is that I thought that the ending was rather sudden and rushed. What happened to the family that abused her? Did Hannah get any justice? Was she able to return home? What exactly happened to her uncle? There were so many questions left unanswered that I thought the author could've answered without hurting the type of ending that she was trying to create, which is that there is not a happily ever after because it's still an ongoing issue. However, I would have liked more of a closure. On the other hand, I think this a great book that will open the eyes and inspire many young people to help put a stop to this issue. Even though we are young, we have the power to affect change. For some information, please visit: http://www.humantrafficking.org/countries/united_states_of_america