Happy Wednesday, readers! Today I have for you an interview with Savannah Avery, author of Girls, a new YA novel about human trafficking among a group of teenage girls. Here's the blurb:
When Coco meets the girls she wants nothing more than to be apart of their group. They have everything she ever wanted- friendship, independence, beauty, and attention from boys.
But being one of the girls isn't easy. The group's leader M has strict rules and requires all of her girls to use their bodies to make her money.
How much is Coco willing to give up to be one of the girls?
I was able to talk to Savannah Avery about where the inspiration to write Girls came from, the importance of YA literature and why human trafficking should become a more widespread message to people everywhere.
How did you first start writing?
I can't really tell you when I started to write, I think it's always been something that had been apart of my life. I've always read and I'm sure at one point I thought 'Hey! I can do this too!'
Where did the inspiration come from to write 'Girls'?
I thought about the book's characters before I even thought about the plot. I had this idea about writing a story of teens who 'did something wrong'. I thought about it for a while, trying to figure out what that 'something wrong' could be. That's when I came across human trafficking, and I knew I had to write about it!
What messages did you try and get across in the book?
I want people (teenagers and adults!) to know that human trafficking can take place anywhere. It can happen in a high school, it can happen to a regular teenager. I hope this book will help people rethink what they think about human trafficking.
How important do you think YA literature is?
I think it's probably one of the most important genres out there! YA literature talks about topics that a lot of other genres won't! It also helps teenagers learn more about the world around them.
Sum up 'Girls' in three words.
Real. Intense. Sad.
Thank you for being interviewed on my blog, Savannah! You can order Girls here.
A review of Girls will be up on my blog soon!
Until next time :)