All Woman and Springtime by Brandon Jones
The premise of this book is interesting...a girl in North Korea, living in an orphanage, becomes friends with another girl, one from a very different background from her's. This wealthy, spoiled girl winds up orphaned through bad luck, where as the main character has been 'reeducated' in the gulags of North Korea. Through a variety of poor choices, these girls wind up in the hands of the sex trade. It's a pretty brutal story, though I questioned how well-researched the book was. I doubt it is as easy to 'escape' from North Korea as author Jones makes it out to be. While the story was quite disturbing in so many ways, I wished that it was more factual and political. The last one-third of the book takes place in Seattle, where the sex trade is a serious problem, so it felt more 'real' when it got there. The two girls and their stories are compelling and it is an intriguing read, just not the 'best' ever.