On the Pineapple Express by H.L. Wegley
(Harbourlight Books 2013)

H. L. Wegley has written an interesting novel using the social issue theme of human trafficking, especially the sex trafficking trade. Without delving deep into the depraved minds of those criminals, Wegley has highlighted the dangers of this horrendous crime and how it has reared its ugly head in today's times.

Although simplistic in style, the action and characters will grab at all ages of readers.

I did find this book to be geared towards the Young Adult (New Adult) crowd. I would have preferred to see a little more action, a little more grittiness (without compromising Christian morals, of course), and a little less kissing.

For any reader On the Pineapple Express not only brings to light what "Pineapple Express" means (a little new knowledge for me) but also the reality of the trafficking.

I would encourage this book to be read by all teenagers. Let them understand the dangers of the real world and "over-sharing" themselves on social media. They can become prime targets and there may not be a "Jennifer" or "Lee" to rescue them.

At the end of the book a great message is sent informing about these dangers and there is a list of how the reader can help and/or become involved in defeating this horror.

Good book, good read, and a most definite for teenagers and young adults. I look forward to reading Hide and Seek, which is book 1, and book 3: Moon Over Ma'alaea Bay.

Way to go, H.L. Wegley!


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