CHARGE: To explore the lengths to which an individual would go to survive.
FACTS: Inspired by the author’s own life, we see two different stories of young women coming of age during the reign of Pablo Escobar in Columbia. Survival looks very different when filtered by social class. Death, kidnapping, and deprivation strike them all. The choices they make will ultimately seal their fate. The story moves slowly at times, letting gruesome images linger.
VERDICT: Guilty, as charged. The book is hard to read at times, but it covers an important topic.