Hannah is an ordinary teenager growing up in Moldova until her parents are killed in a terrorist bombing. While she’s still mourning the loss, she gets an offer that sounds too good to be true: a job as a nanny for a Russian family in Los Angeles.
At first, it seems like her luck has finally turned around, but life with the Platonovs quickly spirals into a nightmare. Lillian, the mother, forces Hannah to work sixteen-hour days cleaning, and won’t let her leave the house. Sergey, the father, is full of secrets. And they refuse to pay Hannah.
Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah has become a modern-day slave. And the more Hannah unravels this family’s terrible secrets, the more her life—and her family back home—are in grave danger. Desperate and lonely, she reaches out to the boy next door. But in the end, the only one who can save Hannah is herself.
Trafficked is a unique book not just for the YA market but for the fiction market. It’s a haunting story of a girl looking for a future who instead gets trapped in a nightmare. Hannah’s story is a very real one that I think should be read by everyone.
Hannah goes to America to earn money to help her grandmother, learn English, and go to school to become a doctor. She never thinks about herself, only the ones she loves and people she can help. Even though her trip to America started terribly she doesn’t let if affect her and she looks forward to the opportunities America presents her. She is brave, kind, funny, and strong. No matter what happens to her she continues to think of how she can help her grandmother and anyone else who might need her help, including the neighbor boy, Colin. Hannah’s relationship with Colin doesn’t really develop until close to the end of the book so it’s hard to feel like you know him. Either way, he is a nice guy who just needs a friend, like Hanah.
The family that Hannah “works” for is not what you would expect. They are a nice family of four with some dark secrets and quite a few insecurities. They don’t seem like the type of people who would force a teenage girl to slave for them and that is the scariest part. On the outside they are just another normal family but on the inside, things are so much darker.
My one complaint is that the book does drag a little. There are brief spurts of suspenseful chapters and then it goes back to Hannah’s everyday chores. It got a little dull at times and I sometimes had to force myself through some of the less interesting parts. Luckily it wasn’t often and the end of the book just killed me. Those last chapters are impossible to stop reading.
Overall, Trafficked is a heavy story but one that has a great message. This book is a raw account of one girl’s harrowing ordeal but all throughout there is a little ray of hope that keeps Hannah going. You must check this one out.