Trafficked by Kim Purcell Review (SPOILER FREE!!!)

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Author: Kim Purcell

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary,

Pages: 384

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publishing Date: February 16th 2012

Description according to 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.”


  • Trigger Warnings:
    • Rape
    • Abuse
      • Mentally
      • Physically
      • Emotionally
      • Sexually
    • Human Trafficking
  • Plot:
    • This book does bring up a situation that really isn’t talked about not only in books but in day to day life.
    • While this book was very informative the pacing was off for me.
      • Nothing really started to pick up towards the last 150 pages for me in terms of what was happening.
  • Characters:
    • Okay, I had to put the book down a couple of times while I was reading it because the villain, Lillian, was angering me so much I was about the throw the book across the room.
      • If anything this showed not only me but maybe even future readers what some people have to go through and that it can happen all around us.
    • The rest of the characters that were brought up in this book all had a reason to be in it which was enjoyable to see all of the characters being used and not to just fill up space in the pages.
    • Hannah:
      • She had to go through a lot of tough things in this book but at the end I saw much progression of her changing as a character I just hope for her character to be safe.
  • The Writing:
    • Amazing!
      • That is all I can really say about this book, the writing flowed with the whole story and it was easy to grasp what was going on without the author going to in depth about what was happening.
    • This book isn’t as dramatic as some people I know wanted it to be but I think that is a good thing because this may show what it may be like for people who are going through a situation like this instead of a portrayal of a dramatic  Hollywood movie version.
  • All-in-All this book isn’t for the faint of heart. While it doesn’t go extremely in depth in terms of the graphics it is still shown throughout the book. This is a good read to inform people of what others are going through.

4/5 Stars



According to Amazon, “This is the Short Version:

I write books I needed as a teen. I dance in elevators and change rooms. I love loud laughter, cold showers and hot tea.

This is the Long One:

The first book I wrote was in Mrs. Aalto’s fifth grade class when I was picked for an enrichment class. I was so proud. Mine was called the Mystery of the Poison Ivy. It probably isn’t any more brilliant than any other child’s book and I didn’t win any prizes, but it changed my life.

I realized then that having an imagination was a good thing. Before this point, it was a bad thing. I was constantly daydreaming in school and teachers would yell at me for not paying attention. One teacher dropped a stack of books in front of me and another threw an eraser at me. “Kim tends to daydream” is on nearly every elementary school report card. On top of this, I couldn’t read very well and I was terrified to read aloud for years. But finally, I learned how to read and discovered that I could escape into books. I became an expert at walking and reading.

I grew up in a small logging town in northern Canada where I did a lot of outdoor sports and walked down by the river where a lot of the scenes in This Is Not a Love Letter are set. Two weeks before I graduated from high school, my friend Al went missing, and this changed the course of my life. I decided I wanted to make a difference, but I didn’t know yet how. Later, I decided to fictionalize this experience in This Is Not a Love Letter, in the hope that it would help other kids.

I went to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC to get a degree in International Relations and English and there, I learned something about the world. After I finished, I traveled to Mexico and Central America for a year, during which I wrote my experiences in my journal in Spanish. I realized I needed to tell stories, but I was going to be “practical” and get a journalism degree. I went to BCIT to get a broadcast journalism degree.

In the summer, I worked at the radio station in my town, driving around and reporting on baseball games and fairs. I wanted to spend time with my family, but I wanted to travel the world. I thought I’d be a foreign correspondent, and maybe write a novel.

Shortly after I graduated journalism school, I moved to Korea to teach English with freelancing contacts in my pocket, but they quickly got thrown out when I met my future husband, Gavin, who was also teaching English after college and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I started writing my first novel. It turned out to be a ‘practice’ novel and so I moved on to my next.

I moved to LA with my husband (who began working in the TV world) and started teaching ESL there while I worked on my second novel. I took writing classes, rewrote my novel about twenty times and sent it to some agents. Nobody wanted it. I rewrote it some more.

I started mentoring girls at WriteGirl (, an organization that pairs women writers with teen girls, many of whom live in South-Central LA. After a couple years, I became the Curriculum Director for WriteGirl, incorporating some of the fun teaching methods I’d developed in ESL into teaching creative writing. I wrote a book about teaching creative writing with the director, Keren Taylor, and some of the other writers at WriteGirl (PENS ON FIRE).

I kept teaching ESL. I loved teaching my foreign students and hearing the stories they told me. It was a lot like journalism, but with more compassion. They told me stories about being mistreated and also stories of mistreating others. I helped one woman get out of a bad situation in which she was cleaning for almost nothing. I also taught some rich students who thought it was no big deal to have a slave working in their homes. “Life is better for them.” “They have food, don’t they?” I became interested in the subject of modern-day slavery and the trafficking of humans. There are so many domestic workers in LA that I realized anyone could be a slave. Your neighbor could have someone working in their home as a slave and you wouldn’t even know it.

I traveled to Moldova to research my next book, TRAFFICKED. I came home and wrote. I had a baby. We didn’t have much money for babysitting, so I wrote every time the baby slept. That baby grew and then I had another baby. I stopped WriteGirl and started an ESL blog to share some of my knowledge with a broader audience. I did some freelancing for It’s My Life, a PBS website. And I kept rewriting my novel.

Shortly after we all moved to New York City, I found a wonderful agent. Then, I found an editor in the most unusual way. I was coming home from the National Book Awards reading with some friends and we were talking on the subway about how my agent was about to send out my book when I noticed a woman was listening to us. I figured she was probably another writer – Park Slope is full of them. But then, when I got off, this woman got off and she said, “Excuse me, I’m sorry for eavesdropping, but I’m an editor and I’m interested in your book.” I told her I’d love to get my agent to send it to her. She gave me her card. When I walked away, I looked down at it. I expected her to be from a small publisher because of the unusual way we met, so I was both shocked and thrilled when I read “Penguin”. We sent it to her and they bought it. So it was a serendipitous moment, preceded by years and years of hard work.

But then, my agent stopped agenting, and for my second book, This Is Not a Love Letter, I was back at square one. I applied for my MFA at VCFA, and when I got in, I looked for another agent, and found Sara Crowe at Pippin. She sold my book, and two years later, it came out. Six years after my first.

My bio, in many ways, is about never giving up. And doing what you love because you love it and that alone is a great reward.”

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