“Hell isn’t some fiery/ pit ‘down there.’ It’s right here on Earth, / in every dirty city, every yawning town.
Tricks ReviewOverall, Ellen Hopkins does very well in creating a unique, multiple-perspective work through the writing of Tricks.She is able to successfully pull 5 characters together in a very specific, creative style with the incorporation of poems and poetic voice that creates story. When the reader looks closely, the emphasized words of the poems become a poem of their own, and this element makes this work stand out amongst many others on the shelf.
Compared to her other works, however, this piece was moderately disappointing. There were some elements of cliche, specifically in the romance scenes, and it seemed overly ironic that all of the characters ended up in the same place.
Even with the somewhat negative points noted, this work is still impressive. The incorporation of very realistic occurrences in each of the characters' lives aids in the success of this very admirable piece.