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By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Poignant tale of teen girl who turns to sex work to survive.

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Is It Any Good?

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This novel is thrilling and poignant, but for mature readers only. In Nightcrawling, debut author Leila Mottley uses her linguistic gifts as a poet to make a beautiful book from a very sad, ugly story based on true events. The main characters are well-rounded enough to be sympathetic even when they make terrible choices. Evil characters are written as believable people, not cartoon villains. Mottley vividly captures the look and feel of the city of Oakland, where she has lived her entire life. A few of the major plot points seem to come out of nowhere, but those leaps tee up page-turning sequences. A romantic subplot seems forced and leaves loose ends.

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