The powerful and long-anticipated companion to The Skin I'm In, Sharon Flake's bestselling modern classic, presents the unflinching story of Char, a young woman trapped in the underworld of human trafficking. Turned out of the only home she has known, Char boards a bus to nowhere where she is lured into a dangerous web. Still, while Char might be frightened, she remains strong and determined to bring herself and her fellow victims out of the dark and back into the light, reminding us why compassion is a powerful cure to the ills of the world.
Since The Skin I'm In was published, readers have wondered about the fate of Char, the bully who targeted Maleeka for her dark skin. In her latest and unflinching novel, Flake uses Char's raw, blistering voice to speak the truths many girls face, offering insight to some of the causes and conditions that make a bully. This is a timely and radical story of a girl on the brink and how her choices will lead her to either fall, or fly.
"[Readers follow Char] into the dark world of sexual trafficking, a place she begins to think she deserves.... the antagonist from the first book, [Char] is presented here in all her vulnerability, eliciting empathy even as she makes mistakes. The ease with which some prey on vulnerable youth is starkly portrayed, balanced by the efforts of other caring adults to save them. The unflinching narrative is rich in dialogue and detail. A vivid and important depiction of the struggles of too many teens." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||15 and up|
|Author||Sharon G. Flake|
|Publication Date||Jan 5, 2021|