I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.
Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.
The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.
Someone knows who I really am.
And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…
The moment I saw this cover, I started to obsess. Add in the reviews saying the story was dark and well... I quickly put it on the MUST READ list.
When I started reading I expected to be sickened by details, but really the ugly parts only made me more consumed. Yes, the book had rape in it, but the few explicit details mentioned would not turn a reader away. It was just enough to capture the audience and pull out sympathy from deep within. My heart hurt for Anna. She had a passive mother, an abusive father, and a past that shadowed her wherever she went. She ran away and fell for a guy that used and eventually sold her. Then when she was sent home her family was all kinds of awkward. Throw in a new relationship and bullies at school and you get a whirlwind story filled with twisted mystery and heart wrenching emotion.
The writing was top of the line. It was fast paced with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. I wasn't sure how it would all come together, but I was pleasantly surprised. I remember at times wanting to scream or reach through the book and shake a character or two, but in the end I definitely came to peace with them all. Each one added a unique aspect that made the story well rounded. I enjoyed the thrilling parts and swooned over the bad girl/good guy romance. The wacky side of me craved more darkness, but I really enjoyed it for the most part. It was a one of a kind book that I recommend to all readers with an open mind.