‘Happy Everybody Reads YA’ Sunday Blog Share.
Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my novel Girl Friends. Until recently nobody talked much about the sexual exploitation of young girls. But thanks to a very tenacious youth worker, a Times newspaper reporter who wouldn’t give up either, and scores of brave girls and young women, there have been several successful prosecutions across the UK. In my own city a campaign has started to raise awareness among young people, so that they can spot if one of their friends is at risk.
In Girl Friends, Courtney is at a loss to understand what is happening to her best friend, Grace, although all the signs are there. It takes another, older, girl to put the pieces of the jigsaw together – and their detective work is almost too late for Grace.
“That’s interesting. But I can’t see Grace falling for anything like that. She may not work hard at school or get great grades, but she’s not stupid.”
“Well, maybe she believed that Kal had something more to offer her, something she really, really wanted. Something that made the loss of your friendship, the rows at the home, and missing school etcetera, all worthwhile.”
“Oh, God, yes,” I am about to sit down again, but Hannah’s words deliver another shock. “He’s told her he can put her in touch with a man who can arrange a modelling contract for her. She’s mad to be a model— would do anything for it.”
“There you are then.” Hannah sounds almost pleased, and this makes me so angry I nearly hit her.
“But that solves nothing. We think we may know now why she’s behaving like she is, and can guess it won’t work out for her. And aren’t we the clever ones. But meanwhile, she believes she has a modelling contract almost in the bag. In fact she’s going today to meet this mythical man to get it sorted.”
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