Told in a series of lyrical verses, author Patricia McCormick’s novel, Sold, is the story of a 13-year-old Nepali girl named Lakshmi. Written from Lakshmi’s point of view, Sold begins by describing Lakshmi’s impoverished yet welcoming family life. When rain destroys her family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather forces her to take a job to help the family. A stranger takes her away to India and she soon discovers that the adults she trusted were actually leading her into sexual slavery. Although trapped in a brothel, tortured, abused, and cheated, Lakshmi still maintained hope amidst the darkness of her existence.
As a reader, you get the chance to see what life in India’s sex trafficking is like. You get to hear the voice of a strong woman who keeps fighting. And you get to be whisked into Lakshmi’s world thanks to the beautiful poetry of the novel. McCormick’s writing style brings you into Lakshmi’s life with vivid descriptions told in sparkling verse. Once you start reading this book, you won’t want to put it down. So pick up this book and hear Lakshmi’s voice. For the sake of all those trapped in sex trafficking. And for the sake of women everywhere.